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Top events 2020

LuganoMusica

01 September 2019 - 17 June 2020

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

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LuganoInScena

24 September 2019 - 17 June 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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Carnival in all region

19 January - 29 February 2020

Let's party!

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Make Your Move

06 - 08 March 2020

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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Hip Hop International Switzerland

07 March 2020

21st edition of the Swiss Hip Hop International Switzerland Championships.

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Lugano Trophy. Memorial Mario Albisetti

08 March 2020

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

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Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh... Masterpieces from the Emil Bührle Collection

15 March - 30 August 2020

Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana has the extraordinary opportunity of hosting a selection of masterpieces belonging to one of the most prestigious collection of the world: the Emil Bührle Collection.

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Tamaro Trophy

21 - 22 March 2020

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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Open Gallery #19

04 April 2020

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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Lema Trail

05 April 2020

The first edition of the Lema Trail, a beautiful trail race from the pretty village of Miglieglia in the Malcantone to the summit of Monte Lema.

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Pasqua in Città

10 - 13 April 2020

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

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Autonassa

16 - 19 April 2020

Autonassa is a unique event held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For the 40th 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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CaronAntica. Early Music Festival in Carona

18 April - 01 July 2020

A unique music festival, dedicated to repertoire of the Middle Ages,
the Renaissance, the Baroque and Classic performed on period
instruments with unique, fascinating sounds.

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S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino, International Gourmet Festival

19 April - 14 June 2020

S.Pellegrino Sapori Ticino is one of the longest-running and most prestigious food and wine festivals in Europe.

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Tisana and Primexpo

23 - 26 April 2020

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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Raiffeisen Walking Lugano

03 May 2020

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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Festa danzante

14 - 17 May 2020

15th 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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StraLugano

16 - 17 May 2020

An event that is synonymous to enthusiasm, solidarity, health, friendship and well-being. An appointment that is not to be missed by the people of Lugano and visitors. This is a great week-end even for families and sports fans.

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17. Festival LuganoTango

29 May - 01 June 2020

The 17th edition of the 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.

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La Quairmesse - Swiss Made Music

30 - 31 May 2020

Artists of different origin, age and paths will meet in Lugano, illustrating the lively and surprising Swiss music scene and aiming to be heard beyond the national borders.

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Capriasca Challenge

31 May 2020

The Velo Club Capriasca is once again organizing the MTB-XCO race for 2020, which will take place in the magnificent woods of Redde. Ticino U17 and U19 Championships.

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Poestate

04 - 06 June 2020

Poetry festivals and cultural workshop.

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Summer Jamboree on the Lake!

04 - 07 June 2020

The music and culture of 40s and 50s America. International festival.

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Breganzona Estate

05 - 06 June 2020

Good music and fine food: these are the two most appreciated characteristics of Breganzona Estate. A unique festival that since 23 years brings joy and amusement to the people.

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Open Wine Cellars

06 - 07 June 2020

This event permits the public at large to get to know wine producers,
their secrets and their passion for the production of quality wines and to indulge in a bit of wine tasting of the brands that elevate the Canton of Ticino to a land of wine-making excellence.

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South Side Rumble

11 - 14 June 2020

The biggest Rock'n'Roll event in Ticino.

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Scenic Trail

12 - 14 June 2020

Scenic Trail is a trail running competition that involves an area of 195 square miles, touching 10 municipalities: Alto Malcantone, Arbedo-Castione, Bedano, Bellinzona, Capriasca, Isone, Lugano, Mezzovico-Vira, Monte Ceneri and Torricella Taverne

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Caslano Blues

17 - 21 June 2020

From 17 to 21 June, the eighth edition of the Malcantone festival

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Ceresio Estate

22 June - 06 September 2020

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

25 June - 30 August 2020

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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Gran Premio della Città di Lugano

28 June 2020

Corsa ciclistica internazionale per élite professionisti inserita nel calendario dell’Unione Ciclistica Internazionale (UCI).

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Swiss Harley Days European H.O.G. Rally

03 - 05 July 2020

The booming sound of the most famous two wheels in the world is back again and the city turns into a motor-bike dedicated village. Don’t miss the concerts, the stalls with the sector’s latest novelties and the parade of more than one thousand bikers out to discover the Regione del Luganese.

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Estival Jazz

09 - 11 July 2020

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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Lugano Buskers Festival

15 - 19 July 2020

The street artists’ Festival which is an apparent delirium of freaks, artists, egos and musicians assembling and disassembling in an artistic harmony of beauty and fullness.

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Morcote Summer Festival

17 July - 15 August 2020

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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Agno Open Air Festival

31 July - 01 August 2020

Lakeside concerts, stalls, sports competitions and exhibitions, numerous bars and grills, fireworks and much more make the Agno Open Air Festival one of the most popular outdoor events in Ticino. All this at the Municipal Park "Al Lago" in Agno.

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Swiss National Day and fireworks' show

01 August 2020

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

23 August 2020

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

27 - 30 August 2020

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

28 - 30 August 2020

Event at the 21st Edition. 140 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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Feast of the courtyards

05 September 2020

Menu with wine tasting and music.

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Lugano PasSteggia

06 September 2020

Every year the event aims to promote the most beautiful but less known areas of the city, as well as to offer several gastronomic products of the region, presented by local companies and artisans.

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Fair for comics

25 - 27 September 2020

A 3 days immersion in the world of Tex and Mickey Mouse. A mix of entertainment, art and fantasy will animate the Comic Convention. Open to collectors, family and everyone interested in discovering this fascinating world.

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Lugano Bike Emotions

26 - 27 September 2020

A Swiss event, which in its Luganese leg takes place in the city centre. 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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Urban Short Race

27 September 2020

During the Urban short track competition of the PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup, the best mountain bike cyclists of the Juniori, U23 and Elite categories will compete in the center of Lugano.

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FIT - Festival Internazionale del Teatro

29 September - 11 October 2020

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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Autumn Festival

02 - 04 October 2020

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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Fiera ArteCasa

14 - 18 October 2020

58a Edizione della Fiera Autunnale di Lugano

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International Puppets Festival in Lugano

17 October - 08 November 2020

The best of international puppetry.

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Lugano città del Natale

28 November 2020 - 06 January 2021

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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