Milan Events and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Milan, Lombardy, Italy)

Milan Events, Festivals and Things to DoLeading magazines for numerous Milan festivals and events are readily available and there are popular Milanese event guides published every week. Full of up-to-date listings of events and festivals throughout Italy, with a focus on Milan, they are aimed specifically at tourists and visitors to Milan. These magazines provide you with a huge choice of things to see and do in Milan, Italy.

National Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • Early April - Easter Monday
  • 25th April - Liberation Day and St. Mark's Feast Day
  • 1st May - Labour Day
  • 29th June - Local Feast Day
  • 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1st November - All Saints Day
  • 8th December - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 24th December - Christmas Eve
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day


  • Corteo dei Re Magi - January 6th, traditional procession from the Duomo to Sant'Eustorgio
  • Fiera di Senigallia - every Saturday throughout the year, a colourful market with ethnic handicrafts, records and bicycles along the Darsena
  • Mercato dell'Antiquariato di Brera - third Saturday of the month, a market with stalls selling books, jewellery, antiques and much more


  • Carnavale Ambrosiano - the longest carnival in the world, with many floats and Milanese characters parading to the Piazza del Duomo. Ends on the first Saturday in lent


  • MODIT-Milanovendemoda - early March, the autumn / winter collections of leading international fashion designers
  • Milano-SanRemo - third Saturday, prestigious international bicycle race in the city centre
  • Oggi Aperto - third weekend, historic buildings and monuments that usually remain closed are opened to the general public
  • BIT - The Fiera (Milan's Exhibition Centre) hosts a large international tourist trade show


  • Fiera dei Fiori - Monday after Easter, near the San Franciscan convent, in and around Via Moscova, large fair devoted to flower growing
  • Bagutta-Pittori all'Aria Aperta - third week, the famous Via Bagutta hosts an outdoor art exhibition
  • Stramilano - mid-April, popular marathon for both professionals and amateurs, attracting around 50,000 competitors each year


  • Milano Cortili Aperti - courtyards of some of the city's private houses are opened to the public
  • Pittori sul Naviglio - outdoor art exhibition, along the Alzia Naviglio Grande canal
  • Estate all'Idroscalo - summer sporting events, water entertainment and concerts at Milan seaplane airport, situated near to Linate Airport
  • Sagra del Carroccio - parades in costume and festivities celebrating the commemoration of the battle of 1176, at Legnano, 30 km / 19 miles from Milan


  • Festa del Naviglio - first Sunday, festival in the illuminated Naviglio canals with street artists and performers, sports, general handicrafts, cooking, concerts and an antiques market
  • Milano d'Estate - June to August, concerts, exhibitions and various cultural events in the Parco Sempione, marking the beginning of summer entertainment in Milan
  • Sagra di San Cristoforo - third Sunday, St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is celebrated along the Naviglio canals, in the square opposite the church
  • Estate all'Umanitaria - cinema, dance, music and theatre festival hosted by The Humanitarian Association
  • Fotoshow - photography, video and optics show in the Fiera Exhibition Centre
  • Orticola - gardening show, with flowers, plants, general garden furnishings and a market in the Porta Cenezia public gardens
  • Sagra di San Giovanni - celebration of the patron saint's feast day with sporting and cultural events at nearby Monza, to the north of Milan

July and August

  • Festival Latino-Americano - popular and lively festival of American music, cuisine and handicrafts hosted by the Forum di Assago
  • Arianteo - some of the year's most important films are shown outdoors at the Rotonda della Basana
  • Concerts in the Park - mid-July to mid-August, summer concerts held on Thursday evenings in Wilson Park
  • Milan Bluegrass Festival - August, this event features some of the best bluegrass performers around and is held at the KC Campground in Sherman Road


  • Premier League Football (soccer) - early September, start of the Italian football season with two of Italy's leading teams that are based in Milan - Inter and Milan
  • Panoramica di Venezia - early September, films from the Venice film festival are shown the cinemas in Milan
  • Centomiglia - second weekend in September, this sailing regatta is organised by the Circolo Vela Gargnano
  • Gran Premio di Monza - the Grand Prix of Italy held at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, north of Milan, which is one of the top motor racing circuits in the country


  • Fiera di Chiaravalle - first Monday, famous fair featuring music, dancing and an outdoor art exhibition at the Chiaravalle Cistercian abbey bell tower
  • SMAU - first week, international multimedia event held in the Fiera Exhibition Centre, with many computer related exhibits
  • MODIT-Milanovendemoda - early October, second major fashion show for leading Italian and international designers, held at different locations in Milan, including the Fiera pavilions


  • Premio Bagutta - Milan's most important literary award presentation


  • Festa di Sant'Ambrogio - December 7th, favourite holiday of the locals, celebrated with many events, including the Fiera degli 'Oh bej Oh bej', a street fair around the streets of Sant'Ambrogio, including many antique stalls
  • La Scala - the start of the season at the world-famous Teatro alla Scala opera house at the Piazza della Scala
  • Picolo Teatro - Milan's other famous theatre starts its programme of plays at the beginning of December
  • New Year's Eve - December 31st, masses are celebrated in churches and traditionally. There are also many parties and general celebrations