It is worth taking into account one more nuance when meeting with local residents. If it so happens that you want to invite someone to dinner, it's worth doing it 3-4 weeks before the planned event. The fact is that this kind of events are usually planned in advance, and all weekends can be scheduled for the month ahead. Invitations for holidays are made well in advance too. And, of course, tourists shouldn't be late, since locals appreciate the tact and courtesy, and being late can be seen as disregarding these rules. At the same time, an apology can help save the embarrassing situation - it’s still worth keeping in mind that locals tolerate many things.
As for festivals, Winterthur has a number of interesting and original events worthy of being visited by all tourists and local residents alike. First of all, it is worth noting Fasnacht Carnival held in late February or early March. Here you can see all possible characters - the colorful parade is participated by people dressed as monsters. Costume selection is huge - all it takes is fantasy and money. The traditionally elected “King Of Fools” receives the keys to the city from the so-called Carnival Committee. The culmination of the event is the burning of Böögg.
If you visit Winterthur at the end of June, you can witness such a significant event in the life of the city as Albanifest. This is a fair, during which you can taste and buy the best beers and foods. A musical program of DJs and local bands is prepared for visitors. The audience is also entertained by dancing and theater groups. Many small restaurants in the city center join the celebration, offering a special menu for this time. It's worth visiting the festival just for the fact it is one of the biggest events in the life of the city, through which you can get acquainted with the traditions and culture of Winterthur.