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Top events 2020


01 September 2019 - 17 June 2020

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


William Wegman. Being Human

08 September 2019 - 23 February 2020

A selection of one hundred works by the famous American photographer William Wegman featuring his Weimaraner dogs: portrayed for years by the artist, this rather unusual muse play characters, comment on fashion trends and address movements in art history.



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.


Carnival in all region

19 January - 29 February 2020

Let's party!


Lugano Fresh Festival

01 - 15 February 2020

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. The much anticipated Roller Party will also be held this year.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino, International Gourmet Festival

19 April - 14 June 2020



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.


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).



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.


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.



04 - 06 June 2020

Poetry festivals and cultural workshop.


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.


Summer Jamboree on the Lake!

05 - 07 June 2020

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


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


Caslano Blues

17 - 21 June 2020

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


LongLake Festival

25 June - 02 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.


Gran Premio della Città di Lugano

28 June 2020

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


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.


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.


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.


Swiss National Day and fireworks' show

01 August 2020

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


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.


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.


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.


Feast of the courtyards

05 September 2020

Menu with wine tasting and music.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Fiera ArteCasa

14 - 18 October 2020

58a Edizione della Fiera Autunnale di Lugano


International Puppets Festival in Lugano

17 October - 08 November 2020

The best of international puppetry.


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.