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Top events 2019

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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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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Home Season

11 January - 17 June 2019

In 2011, through the inaugural HOME Season, the Events and Convention Division of the City of Lugano began showcasing the theatre in Ticino. The goal has always been the same: to show the public the creative richness of the canton’s theatre companies by exploring a range of themes through varying styles and approaches.

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Raclette Season

13 January - 30 April 2019

A selection of music curated by FOCE.

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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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Hodler - Segantini - Giacometti

24 March - 28 July 2019

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S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino, International Gourmet Festival

08 April - 16 June 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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CaronAntica - Early Music Festival in Carona

27 April - 03 July 2019

Imagine a charming, almost magical place: the ancient village of Carona in Ticino, Switzerland.

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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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Street Food Village

04 May 2019

The Streetfood Village Caslano will take place on the 13h April. For this edition they have gathered 45 cooks and food producers from Ticino who will offer you their best meals.

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Gertsch - Gauguin - Munch

12 May - 22 September 2019

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La Quairmesse - Swiss Made Music

17 - 18 May 2019

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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StraLugano

25 - 26 May 2019

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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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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South Side Rumble

13 - 16 June 2019

The biggest Rock'n'Roll event in Ticino, live bands, entertainment, bis custom cars meeting, grill, tiki-bar, store&merchandising...

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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 - 04 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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Agno Open Air Festival

26 July - 01 August 2019

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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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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Feast of the courtyards

31 August 2019

Menu with wine tasting and music.

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59ma Sagra della costina di Lamone

31 August - 01 September 2019

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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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Panettone World Cup

08 - 10 November 2019

During the event, pastry chefs from all over the world will compete for the title of Rè del panettone.

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MelideICE on the lake

23 November 2019 - 05 January 2020

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

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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