Live our Milano with us: fashion weeks, feast days, and whole nights dedicated to whooping it up!
Many of the art, design and fashion events in Milan are actually trade fairs; often it’s their fringe events and parties that take the city by storm.
The most traditional festivals in Milan generally used to be located around its prominent churches: primarily the Duomo, but also in residential neighbourhoods.
Commercial events in Milan take place at Fieramilano which is located in Rho, in the north-western outskirts of the city.
Our tip is to find out what’s going on before visiting the city of Milan: the atmosphere generated by international events can undoubtedly be exciting and will certainly make for some unforgettable memories, but note that hotels and taxis are always harder to find during these important and busy events in Milan!
Oh Bej! Oh Bej!
This street market is the most famous of the top festivals in Milan for tourists and local people and is held on the feast day of the city’s patron, Sant’ Ambrogio. The streets around piazza Sant’Ambrogio throng with crowds sampling traditional food such as pancakes, roast meat, chestnuts and mulled wine, and there are stalls selling crafts products and antiques. Goldsmiths made a gift to the city of a silver statue of the saint, exhibited on this day in the Duomo cathedral.
Where: Piazza Sant’Ambrogio - Milano
When: December, 7th
La Scala opening night
Teatro alla Scala Opera is one of the most famous places for the performance arts all over the world and its opening night is one of the most important events in Milan. Celebration of its important position in the world of opera are documented through a collection of remarkable photographs recording the excitement of every opening night from the year 1945. This sequence of breathtaking images reeals the glamour and the excitement of the opening night.
Where: Teatro alla Scala - Milano
When: December, 7th
Do you want to visit the city of Milan which holds the longest Carnival in Italy? If yes, fly over Milan in February, early March!. The Ambrosian Carnival is held in the honor of the fourth century Bishop Ambrose, who arrived late to the celebrations of Lent here. The carnival ends the first Saturday of Lent and features many floats and Milanese characters_parading to Piazza del Duomo on the last day. The celebrations are very exciting! Thousands of tourists come to Milan from all over the world to participate in the Ambrosian Carnival.
Where: various locations in Milan
When: February/early March
The Procession of the Magi
The Procession of the Magi is one of the oldest traditions and events of Milan. Held the day of the Epiphany, it commemorates the visit of the Three Kings to the Infant Jesus.
Where: various locations in Milano
When: January, 6th
El Tredesin de Mars
"The 13th of March" is a traditional festival in Milan and takes place, obviously, on March, 13th. On this day a flower fair is traditionally held in the area of Porta Romana. According to a Milanese legend dating back at least to the 15th Century, the Tredesin commemorates the announcement of Christianity to the people of by Barnabas, supposedly on March 13, 51 A.D., when Barnabas drove a cross on a round stone decorated with a central hole and 13 radiuses. The stone is preserved in the church of Santa Maria al Paradiso, in the surroundings of Porta Vigentina.
This flower fair creates a spectacular splash of colour along the Navigli canal in Milan. Over 200 nurseries and horticultural schools from all around Italy take part.
Where: along the Naviglio Grande - When: April
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Milan goes into party mode for one of the world’s largest exhibitions of furniture and fittings from top global designers. The event’s main base is in Rho, but the fringe of exhibitions, events and parties back in town are what really make it. Many galleries and smaller designers install themselves in several buildings, workshops and even open-air swimming pools around Milan.
Where: Fieramilano, Rho
When: middle April
Summer events in Milan
A good idea is studying Italian in Milan during the summer: you could participate in the several events organized in Milan during summer time! The summer season of open-air concerts at the Castello Sforzesco kicks off in June and continues through August. Throughout the summer, the Amici della Musica Milano hold a concert series under the Arco della Pace in Parco Sempione. Enjoy local and international music free of charge!