The Märetfescht – Solothurn's Market Festival
23.06.2017 – 24.06.2017
The first "Märetfescht" festival was staged in the summer of 1978, and it was an immediate success. Every year since then, just before the summer holidays, the city's historic centre has played host to a two-day festival that is a genuine Solothurn event: it aims to showcase the city's special charms as a place to live, shop and experience life – for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
The Märetfescht combines a market organised by Solothurn shops and businesses (on the Friday afternoon and the Saturday) with a large-scale city festival (on the Friday and Saturday evenings). The event draws thousands of visitors to the city of Solothurn on both days.
To mark the close of the festival, Solothurn's churches hold a gospel service on the Märetplatz (the market square) at 11 am on the Sunday.