One of the questions we get most is “When is it good to visit Milan?” so here is the list of the very best things going on. Remember to check out our calendar for the exact dates, as they can vary a bit from year to year.
Milano Design Week/Fuorisalone – one week during the first half of April. A week with very lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and cocktail parties combined with the up-and-coming designers’ bid on what the future will look like.
Piano City – 3 days during the penultimate weekend of May. There is piano music everywhere with lots of fantastic free concerts in the city’s parks, squares and several of Milan’s beautiful courtyards. The concerts go on 24 hours a day and the city teems with life and people.
Scala Filarmonici plays a free concerts on Piazza Duomo – the second Sunday of June with a speciel guest perfomance – this is a speciel and magical evening where thousands og Milanese of all ages fill up Piazza Duomo for a very speciel night.
Estate Sforzesca – from the beginning of June to the end of August there is entertainment almost every night in the central courtyard of Castello Sforzesco of theater, dance or music, a wonderful way to spend the summer evenings with the locals. Bear in mind that July and August the hottest months in Milan and when we say hot we means sweltering; temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius and they don’t go down much at night
TRI.P. at Triennale di Milano – an experrimental music festival in June/July with some of contemporary music’s most exciting names.
MITO September Music – a festival which every year focuses on a theme and offers performances in both Milan and Turin for 20 days in the beginning of September.
JazzMi – Milano jazz festival the first two weeks of November november. Some of the world’s finest jazz musicians come to Milan to play..
Artigiani in Fiera – Enormous Christmas market at Milan’s fair during the first week of December, actually the atmosphere in Milan during the month of December is wonderful with lots of ice skating rinks and Christmas markets. Read more about them hereand here.
Opening Night at La Scala theater– the new season at Teatro della Scala starts with an opera on December 7th remember that if you want to experience this very speciel night, you have to book your tickets a long time in advance. You canfind the links in our events calendar.
Milan Fashion Week – February and September, the city is hectic during this week with cocktail parties and many other things.
Sales in Milan – July/August and January/February for the exact dates check our shopping guide.
Should it get too hot to wander the streets of Milan you can spend a day in of the city’s outdoor swimming pools. Know that enter the water if you’re wearing a swim cap (and obviously swim suit) but you can buy one for a relatively modest price at the entrance. If you haven’t brought a swim suit at e.g. Calzedonia,Yamamay, H&M which you can find everywhernin the city. Admissions fees are around €7-10. The outdoor swimming pools are open from the beginning of June till the end of August.
Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy but shops are no longer required to close on this day though so most big stores in the center are open. It can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.
August 15th from 7 pm Circus Nuova Berberia Carloni and DJ set with disco music from the 70s and 80s at Castello Sforzesco (find on map).
August 15th 3-11-30 pm DJ sets and live music by the Calypso orchestra on Piazza Cannone (find on map) behind the castle.
August 15th from 9.30 pm there is a free Ferragosto Balkan Boogie Party at Carroponte (find on map).
August 15th 10 am-11 pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map) with music at 6.30 pm by the percussionists Sambou Diawara and Ibrahim Bakayoko ( djembe) and a slice of watermelon for everybody. The price for the whole day is €18 and for only the afternoon/evening €12.
All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.
You can visit almost all museums and all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.
On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).
Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.
Although all the festivities are oficially over several of the ice skating rinks in Milan remain open until the end of January, So if that’s your kind of thing here is the list.
December 7th-January 28th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-7.30 pm and at weekends 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €5 and you can rent both skates and helmets. There is also a very nice bar and lots of games for those of the family who don’t fancy skating.
December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am at weekends) there is an ice skating rink and merry-go-round in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).
December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.
December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm at weekends ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).
Happy 2018 everybody! We hope to see you in Milan this year and this post will be updated in the beginning of December.
New Year’s in Milan? There’s something for everyone whether you want to celebrate the night together with the Milanese on one of the squares of the city or go clubbing.
There’s a huge free New Year’s show in Piazza Duomo (find on map) starting at 8 pm with Italian rapper Fabri Fibra and singer Luca Carboni and there will be a big light show.
Milan’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display takes place on Piazza Castello (find on map) at midnight.
Piazza della Scala
These 2 squares are within walking distance from each other so if it’s cold – and it probably will be – you can circulate between them,
These arrangements end shortly after midnight after we have made a toast for the New Year together. For those who go on into the city the metro runs until 1.30 a.m. but the BikeSharing service runs all night.
Of course Milan’s hottest clubs celebrate New Year’s with and without supper. Find the list with the various arrangements here
You can also choose a package with hotel, restaurant and party here.
For ballet lovers there is a special performance of La Dame aux Camlélas on at 6 p.m. on December 31st at Teatro alla Scala.:Book your tickets here.
For Gospel lovers there is a gospel concert with the Angels of Harlem with supper at legendary Blue Note. Book tickets here you can also skip supper and just come for a glass of champagne and the concert – book here.
New Year’s supper on the Tram ATMosferaa really original idea but we will be udating you as no information is available yet..
This post will be updated towards mid-November 2018.
In December Milan is rich on Christmas markets and the grand Artisan Fair and if you want to get some different Christmas presents you should definitely visit them. December 7th and 8th are religious holidays in Milan but all shops are open.
December 2nd-10th from 10 am-10.30 pm we have the huge Fair for artisans from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map) and takes place from. Here you can buy beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. Be prepared for crowds and if you possibly can go during the week not at weekends. You are going to need more than one trip if you want to see everything.
December 4th 11 am-9 pm Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map), from 5-9 pm there will be live music and DJ set.
December 7th-10th 8a,m.-8 p.m. in Piazza Castello (find on map) there is the traditional market Fiera degli Obej Obej which dates all he way back to 1288 and is always held on the days around December 7th where the Milanese celebrate their patron saint Sant’Ambrogio – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. The atmosphere is wonderful and there are lots of local specialties to taste like vin brulè (mulled wine) and chestnuts.The name Obej Obej originates according to tradition from the exclamations of the Milanese children “Obej, Obej” (dialect for oh belli,oh belli which means “How pretty!”) when they saw the gifts Pope Pio IV’s emissary brought to the city of Milan in 1510.
December 9th–January 6th Christmas market on Piazza Duomo (find on map) with crafts and gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. The market is open every day from 9 a.m.-9 p.m..
December 7th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year.
December 5th-January 14th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of Tiziano’s painting La Sacra Conversazione from 1520 at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.
December 2nd-January 7th “Il villaggio delle meraviglie” in the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) for the youngest, there are rides, meetings with Santa (starting December 6th) and an Ice skating rink, where you can rent skates. Open every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
December 16th 10 am-6pm PopCorn Garage Market Christmas edition at Giardino delle Culture in Via Morosini (find on map).
December 16th-17th (10 am-7 pm) Green Christmas eco Christmas market with jewellery,clothes amd things for your home at Fonderia Napoleonica di Milano at 21, Via Thaon de Revl (find on map).
December 16th 10 am-9 pm Rainbow Christmas Market in the area around Via Lecco (find on map).
December 16th 10.30 am-6.30 pm and 23rd 10.30 am-6.30 pm Christmas market (on the 23rd with PopCorn Garage Market) at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €5 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
December 23rd 5.30-11 pm Panettone is on the table – Christmas party with the traditional Milanese Christmas cake at Salumeria del Design at 18, Via Stazio (find on map).
December 9th-10th 11 am-9 pm Wunder MRKT Christmas edition at Cargo Milano, 39, Via Meucci (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity, the perfect place for those who are looking for original gifts.’
December 21st and 23rd 8 pm there is Christmas Concert at Teatro alla Scala Information and tickets here.
December 13th 7.30 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) with “I solisti Veneti” who will be playing Vivaldi and Mozart.
December 1st-24th there will once again be a musical advent calendar; every day during the period at 6 p.m. a window wil open in the Palazzo dei Portici Meriodinali (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) and a piece of jazz music will be played live.
December 17th 10 am-7 pm Le Pulci Pettinate Christmas Edition (the combed fleas) in Via Stazio (find on map).
December 3rd 10 a.m.9 p.m. East Market Xmas Editon in 14, Via Ventura (find on map). Milan’s best flea market..
December 17th 10 a.m.-9 p.m. East Market XMAS EDITION in 14, Via Ventura (find on map). Lots of bargain with the motto Buy, Sell, Swap.
December 7h-January 8th Monday-Friday 3-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Darsena Christmas Village (find on map) this is not a market but a big Theme Park with a Christmas tree on the water. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.
December 1st-January 7th 10 am-10 pm Gae Aulenti Xmas Village with, among other things, food, work shops for kids, music, rides, stalls with handmade Christmas gifts and a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).
December 7th-January 28th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-7.30 pm and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €5 and you can rent both skates and helmets.
December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am on holidays) there is an ice skating rink and Christmas village in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).
December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.
December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm on holidays ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).