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Top events 2018

LuganoMusica

03 September 2018 - 22 May 2019

A musical season dedicated primarily to classical music but open to other art forms as well.

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Jewels in the hair. The Antonini Collection

08 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

The MUSEC presents a fine selection of head ornaments belonging to a collection of over one thousand pieces gathered from the Antonini.

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René Magritte. La ligne de vie.

16 September 2018 - 06 January 2019

Like no other artist René Magritte was able to highlight the disquieting side of everyday objects.

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LuganoInScena

26 September 2018 - 31 May 2019

LuganoInScena offers a programme which runs the gamut from prose theatre to contemporary theatre, from national and international dance spectacles to musical programme and successful musical.

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La scultura nella Collezione

02 October - 16 December 2018

This year, the museum collection presentation is dedicated to sculpture.

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MelideICE on the lake

24 November 2018 - 06 January 2019

Melide’s Christmas village is back, with its 510-square-foot ice rink, the igloo bar, the heated tent and the Lounge Bar & Restaurant Baja.

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Christmas Village Caslano On Ice

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

The association GradoZero di Caslano, returns to animate the upcoming Christmas holidays with the 2nd Edition Christmas Village Caslano On Ice from Saturday, December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

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Natale in Piazza

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Christmas in Lugano starts with the lighting of the tree in Riforma Square. From that moment, the heart of the city becomes a bright village, bestowing opportunities for entertainment, musical performances, a market and surprises until the Epiphany.

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Piazza La Fondue

16 December 2018

After the great success of the first edition, Piazza La Fondue is back on Sunday, December 16th: an opportunity for interaction in the beautiful Piazza Luini, near LAC Lugano, where it will be possible to enjoy a delicious cheese fondue in the cosy atmosphere of a warm pavilion.

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Nature with LEGO® Bricks

26 December 2018 - 03 March 2019

An award-winning LEGO® exhibition, made exclusively with LEGO® bricks by the artist Sean Kenney.

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Top events 2019

Lugano Fresh Festival

09 - 23 February 2019

A fresh festival with a playful atmosphere to beat the winter cold. To “heat things up” there will be a wide range of artistic events linked to music, games and the visual arts spread over different locations in the city. The much anticipated Roller Party will also be held this year.

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Surrealism Switzerland

10 February - 16 June 2019

Curated by Peter Fischer.
Coordination and preparation of MASI Lugano, by Tobia Bezzola.

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Make Your Move

15 - 17 March 2019

Cultural dance festival with two important competitions: Make Your Move Battle, Hip Hop International Switzerland and the Schools Show, in which dance students from all over the Canton perform on the same stage.

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Lugano Trophy. Memorial Mario Albisetti

17 March 2019

The lakeside of Lugano will host the first European race-walking competition of the season 2019.

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Hodler - Segantini - Giacometti

24 March - 28 July 2019

Capolavori della Fondazione Gottfried Keller a cura di Tobia Bezzola

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Open Gallery #17

30 March 2019

Twice a year, the Open Gallery initiative sees the city of Lugano’s galleries, art spaces and museums open their doors free of charge.

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S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino, International Gourmet Festival

01 April - 30 June 2019

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Autonassa

04 - 07 April 2019

Autonassa is a unique event held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For the 39th time, all the latest features presented at the Geneva Motor Show will be presented on the privileged stage of Via Nassa.

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Tamaro Trophy

06 - 07 April 2019

Proffix Swiss Bike Cup, International MTB Race XCO C1. Even this year, the Monte Tamaro Velo Club proposes its own MTB race, an event of great national and international importance.

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Samsung Open presented by Cornèr

07 - 14 April 2019

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Pasqua in Città

19 - 22 April 2019

Join the festive atmosphere of Easter in the City and explore the numerous intriguing and entertaining activities for everyone.

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Raiffeisen Walking Lugano

28 April 2019

One of the most important Swiss appointments for walking and Nordic walking fans. Different itineraries (from 6.8 to 18.7 km), several secondary activities, a lot of sport and fun for everyone: here's a way to be healthy and have a different day, in movement! For runners: Brè City Trail (competition,18.7 km and 700 m climb).

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Tisana and Primexpo

01 - 05 May 2019

Tisana, the historical Wellness Fair, every year brings in action in Lugano values and divulgation of body’s wellness, mind and spirit. Primexpo is the most important Swiss event dedicated to the outdoor world at 360 degrees.

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Festa danzante

02 - 05 May 2019

14th Edition. For many years now, in 20 Swiss towns people dance for a whole week in May in theaters, public spaces, streets … everywhere!

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Gertsch - Gauguin - Munch

12 May - 22 September 2019

Cut in Wood a cura di Franz Gertsch
Coordinamento e allestimento MASI Lugano a cura di Tobia Bezzola

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Palco ai Giovani

17 - 18 May 2019

Two evenings of music with the emerging bands from the Italian side of Switzerland.

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16. Festival LuganoTango

29 May - 02 June 2019

The 16th edition of the LuganoTango Festival has again obtained, as a prestigious recognition, the patronage of the Argentine Republic, through its Ambassador in Bern, and the sponsorship of the City of Lugano, giving further prestige and importance to the event.

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Poestate

30 May - 01 June 2019

Poetry festivals and cultural workshop.

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Breganzona Estate

07 - 08 June 2019

Good music and fine food: these are the two most appreciated characteristics of Breganzona Estate. A unique festival that since 22 years brings joy and amusement to the people.

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Greenhope Day

08 - 09 June 2019

#MadeinSweatzerland

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Caslano Blues

12 - 16 June 2019

The first musical evenings will open in the historical centre of Caslano and then continue on the main stage of Piazza Lago. The village will magically turn into the house of blues, where to dance into the night.

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Scenic Trail

14 - 16 June 2019

Scenic Trail is a trail running competition that involves an area of 155 square miles, touching 8 municipalities: Alto Malcantone, Bedano, Capriasca, Isone Lugano, Mezzovico-Vira, Monte Ceneri and Torricella Taverne, in Southern Switzerland.

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Ceresio Estate

22 June - 14 September 2019

The many appointments of the Ceresio Summer Festival will be held in the churches, in the most suggestive halls and in the most magical places of the Lugano area.

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LongLake Festival

28 June - 01 August 2019

A wide ranging programme, almost completely free of charge that really suits all tastes. For a month of great outdoor entertainment enjoy the street artists during Lugano Busker Festival, concerts, perfomances and family events.

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Estival Jazz

04 - 06 July 2019

A heady cocktail mixing jazz, in all its various flavours, combining blues, pop, soul, rock and world music, for a unique event in Europe.

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Festival Ticino Musica

18 - 31 July 2019

The TICINO MUSICA Festival is an international meeting of young musicians attended every year by hundreds of musicians and singers from all over the world – a fusion of mature artistry and nascent talent.

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Morcote Summer Festival

19 July - 17 August 2019

In the village on the shores of Lake Ceresio, which was elected Switzerland’s most lovely village, a rich musical festival comes to life. With its musical notes and atmosphere, the event further enhances the splendid surrounding landscape.

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Feste on the square by the lake

28 July - 03 August 2019

Such a splendid frame surrounding the festivities of our National day can only be boasted by Caslano as it is also brightened by the moon that reflects itself on the Ceresio. This idyllic setting provides an ideal background to taste the grilled meat and listen to the bands that entice all generations to dance the traditional “liscio” to rock and disco music.

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Swiss National Day and fireworks' show

01 August 2019

On August 1st. the lake becomes the stage of the brightest show of the year.

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The Traversata of the Lugano Lake

18 August 2019

The Traversata of the Lugano Lake is a popular non competitive swim. It is 2500 mt long, from Caprino to the Lido of Lugano.

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Blues to Bop Festival

29 August - 01 September 2019

Blues To Bop Festival is always the event of the end of the summer to tease fans of blues, jazz and gospel, with original offerings, in a crossroad of genres between tradition and new tendences.

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Ti-Tattoo. Convention

30 August - 01 September 2019

Event at the 21st Edition. 130 between the best tattoo artists in the world will show their artistic abilities and the new techniques of the body art to the public of Ticino and outside the country.

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The Courts Festival

31 August 2019

Menu with wine tasting and music.

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LuganoInScena

01 September 2019 - 31 May 2020

LuganoInScena offers a programme which runs the gamut from prose theatre to contemporary theatre, from national and international dance spectacles to musical programme and successful musical.

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LuganoMusica

01 September 2019 - 31 May 2020

A musical season dedicated primarily to classical music but open to other art forms as well.

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Traditional Swiss Games

14 September 2019

Discover the Swiss “Schwingen”, the Hornussen, the throwing of the stone and take a dip in the traditions accompanied by groups of Jodels, singers, the horns of the Alps through a fantastic journey through time.

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Lugano PasSteggia

15 September 2019

Lugano PasSteggia, the food and wine tasting event promoted by the city of Lugano, will reach in 2019 its sixth edition, planned for Sunday, September 15th.

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Lugano Bike Emotions

21 - 22 September 2019

A Swiss event, which in its Luganese leg takes place between the city centre and the Arbòstora woods. It’s a challenge between the best bicycle, e-bike and Mountainbike athletes that’s bound to become a thrilling event to watch.

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Mondo al Parco - TraSguardi

21 September 2019

Solidarity, integration and development cooperation at Ciani Park

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FIT - Festival Internazionale del Teatro

27 September - 06 October 2019

Among the great European festivals, the FIT Festival Internazionale del Teatro e della scena contemporanea welcomes the big names of the international scene, with a particular attention to the contemporary one.

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Ladies Run Ticino

29 September 2019

The only women’s race in the South of Switzerland … in Lugano!

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Hot chestnuts Pro Caslano

29 September 2019

The traditional music will provide a harmonious afternoon accompanied by the mini explosions produced from the cooking of the chestnuts by the skillful hands of the local volunteers cooking them and coupled of course by the copious lambrusco and lemonade. The seasonal tarts and vermicellis will be also extremely delicious.

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Autumn Festival

04 - 06 October 2019

A riot of tastes and colours, where the wish to celebrate the beginning of the autumn season in the company of friends in front of a good glass of wine and tasty local gastronomical products is always enticing.

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ArteCasa Fair and Lugano Design District

11 - 20 October 2019

57th edition of the Autumn Fair of Lugano

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International Puppets Festival in Lugano

12 October - 03 November 2019

The best of international puppetry.

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i Viaggiatori

01 - 03 November 2019

Swiss International Holiday Exhibition. This important event of the Travel Sector gives the great public of travellers the chance to become acquainted with the most magnificent
destinations and resorts on the five continents, international tour operators and different kinds of tourist services.

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Music in the dark

30 November - 01 December 2019

We offer a sensational and absolutely enchanting experience! Listen to music, sounds in total darkness- made in Switzerland-

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Natale in Piazza

30 November 2019 - 06 January 2020

Christmas in Lugano starts with the lighting of the tree in Riforma Square. From that moment, the heart of the city becomes a bright village, bestowing opportunities for entertainment, musical performances, a market and surprises until the Epiphany.

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Open Gallery #18 Xmas Edition

30 November 2019

Twice a year, the Open Gallery initiative sees the city of Lugano’s galleries, art spaces and museums open their doors free of charge.

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