The Saanenland’s Off-Season? What Off-Season?
Some of Gstaad’s best non-sporting events are held in September and October. This fall will see plenty of off-season action, including the Gstaadermesse, Country Night and Gstaad Classic Audemars Piguet rally.
Country Night Gstaad brings country music’s hottest stars to the town’s famous tent, where more than 10,000 expected fans will two-step to the sound of headliners LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill and Hoosier band The Flynnville Train. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the festival is the brainchild of country music fan and local businessman Marcel Bach, who founded the Country Night in 1989.
The concerts will be held Friday to Sunday, September 20th to 22nd; all performers play Friday and Saturday nights, while Sunday hosts a slew lesser known and local performers during the daylong family-friendly fête. www.countrynight-gstaad.ch
September 25th to 28th will see vintage cars tour the Saanenland with the annual Gstaad Classic Audemars Piguet rally. These old-timers, which date from the 1970’s and earlier, will roll in ‘regularity’ mode, which means it’s no race to the finish – quite the contrary. Timekeeping loops are fixed in advance by rally officials and drivers must adhere to these times as precisely as possible. This system allows for even modest performers to come out on top. Please see www.gstaadclassic.com for more details on the event.
Gstaad’s busy networking event, the Gstaadermesse, is a perfect chance to discover the Saanenland’s businesses. More than 50 exhibitors will host stands at the Sportzertrum, in addition to crowd-pleasing food, drinks and entertainment. The Gstaadermesse, which runs October 24th to 27th is held bi-annually – miss it and you’ll have to wait until 2015 to get a glimpse into the heart of local business sector. www.gstaadermesse.ch