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Top events 2020

Dayak. The art of the head-hunters of Borneo

28 September 2019 - 07 June 2020

In Western imagination, they are nothing but ferocious head-hunters who exhibit macabre trophies. But reality is, as always, different.

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Shunk-Kender. Art through the eye of the camera (1957-1983).

01 March - 20 September 2020

MASI hosts a major exhibition dedicated to photographers Harry Shunk and János Kender. The duo documented, mainly in Paris and New York, openings, biennials and artists working in their studios or during public performances, among which Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Andy Warhol.

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Morocco. Roberto Polillo Photos 2005-2018

07 March - 06 September 2020

Roberto Polillo is a traveling photographer, always in search of the “spirit of places”.

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What's New?

27 March - 14 June 2020

As a result of recent orders by the federal and cantonal authorities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the event has been suspended. More information will be communicated soon.
A Collection in Progress 2020

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Flowers on the roadside. Maghreb's textiles from the Korolnik Collection.

30 March - 11 October 2020

Morocco’s nomadic people have long been known for their fine textile art. .

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

10 May - 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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CANCELLED: CaronAntica. Early Music Festival in Carona

16 May - 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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Poestate

04 - 06 June 2020

Poetry festivals and cultural workshop.

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CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: South Side Rumble

11 - 14 June 2020

The biggest Rock'n'Roll event in Ticino.

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CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: Caslano Blues

17 - 21 June 2020

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

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CANCELLED: La traviata

17 - 24 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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Tisana and Primexpo

18 - 21 June 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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CANCELLED: 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

International UCI road cycling race for élite professionals.

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CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: 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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Feste on the square by the lake

26 July - 01 August 2020

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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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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CANCELLED: Lugano Cliff Diving

21 - 23 August 2020

Diving acrobatic show, free of charge event and for all the ages. Some of the best world athletes will dive perform from a 22m high platform Rivetta Belvedere (in front of LAC). In the beatiful setting of the Lake Lugano and with a very high rate adrenaline and spectacularity

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Open Air Cinema Lugano

21 August - 17 September 2020

Discover the unmissable films offered by Open Air Cinema Lugano.

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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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CANCELLED: 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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Open Wine Cellars

29 - 30 August 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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CANCELLED: StraLugano

29 - 30 August 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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Ti-Tattoo Convention

04 - 06 September 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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S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino, International Gourmet Festival

13 September - 08 November 2020

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

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Ladies Run Ticino

20 September 2020

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

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Raiffeisen Walking Lugano

20 September 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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Lema Trail

20 September 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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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

02 - 18 October 2020

58th edition of the Autumn Fair of Lugano

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"Zibelemärit" - The onion market

10 October 2020

A traditional event in Bern arrives in the city with the onion as a protagonist in countless versions. Bernese gastronomic specialties with typical music.

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International Puppets Festival in Lugano

17 October - 08 November 2020

The best of international puppetry.

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i Viaggiatori

30 October - 01 November 2020

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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Circus Knie

19 - 22 November 2020

After the spectacular programme for the 100-year anniversary, the Knie family has once again come up with something quite innovative for next year's tour.

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MelideICE on the lake

21 November 2020 - 06 January 2021

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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Music in the dark

21 November 2020

Blind doormen will guide the listeners into the concert hall to their seat. In this scenario all participants won't be able to see each other, with any sense of orientation and they also won’t see the musicians. When the concert begins, the listeners can recognize some of the instruments, while other will be discovered only by time to time.

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Wopart

27 - 29 November 2020

WOPART is an international exhibition dedicated to Works on paper from all ages, such as old-masters, modern and contermporary art which takes place in Lugano in September.

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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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Open Gallery #20 Xmas Edition

05 December 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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Piazza La Fondue

13 December 2020

After the great success of the previous editions, Piazza La Fondue is back: 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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New Year’s Eve Concert

31 December 2020

Spectacular programme with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana for the New Year's Eve Concert at the LAC Lugano

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Top events 2021

Summer Jamboree on the Lake!

03 - 06 June 2021

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

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