Starting on April 28 and lasting until May 7 the LUGA, the regional farmer’s market is back in town. It is a celebration of Swiss culture, agriculture, and innovation.
The LUGA fair is a beloved tradition in Lucerne and has been held on and off since 1895 (this year will be the 44th edition). It is a celebration of Swiss culture, agriculture, and innovation and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the best of Switzerland in one place. This year will have a variety of highlights including a house which has been turned upside down, a lovely garden to help local gardeners understand what grows well in the region, a movie cars and cosplay section, as well as the Swiss BBQ competition (on May 6 & 7).
The event takes place outdoors and indoors with 450 stands offering a variety of regional goods ranging from foods, home goods (think jacuzzi and soft pillows), wellness and education. There will also be lots of farm animals on view as well as educational games for children.
One of the highlights of the fair is the agricultural exhibit, where visitors can see Swiss cows, goats, and sheep up close and learn about the importance of farming in Switzerland. There are also demonstrations of traditional Swiss crafts such as cheese making, wood carving, and milking. As well as daily pig races.
In addition to the agricultural exhibits, the fair also showcases the latest innovations in technology, sustainability, and energy efficiency. There are exhibits on solar power, electric vehicles, and sustainable building materials, as well as displays of the latest Swiss-made products and innovations.
For those looking for entertainment, the LUGA fair does not disappoint. There are daily concerts featuring Swiss and international musicians, as well as street performers, magicians, and acrobats. The fairgrounds also have a wide variety of carnival rides and games for children and adults alike.
Of course, no county fair would be complete without food, and the LUGA fair is no exception. Visitors can sample a wide variety of Swiss cuisine, from traditional Swiss cheese and chocolate to local specialties such as raclette and rosti. There are also food stands featuring international cuisine from around the world.
There will also be entertainment with a different theme every day, from junior choirs to evening concert and folk music. And, of course, there will be the Lunapark which every child, teenager (and many adults) in the area are dying to go to.
The fair will be open from April 28 to May 7 from 10.00 to 18.30 (Sunday May 7. 18.00)
The Lunapark will open from 11.00 to 24.00 on weekends and 11.00 to 22.00 during the week.
Ticket for the Luga cost CHF 15.- per adults or CHF 10.- if you go after 16.00
Children under 6 are free, after that it costs CHF 10.- for their entry
The Luna Park is separate and you pay your rides as you go along.
Parking is very limited so it is advised to go by public transport (you can even get a 10% discount on your entrance fee if you buy your ticket with SBB).
More information can be found at the official website.