Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy, shops are closed and 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.
Milan’s newest street food area Allo Scalo at 2, Via Valenza 2 (find on map) is open all evening on the 15th from 5 pm, they’ve got good food and activities for children.
August 15th 9.30 pm there is classical Italian ballroom dancing for everyone with a live 10-man orchestra and dance floor. Come and join the fun in Piazza Castello (find on map).
August 15th from 3-11 pm live music and activities for kids in Piazza Cannone between Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (find on map).
August 15th from 9 pm there is a free Ferragosto Reggae Summer Party at Carroponte (find on map).
August 15th 10 am-8pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)) with live music by Barabba Gulasch and free watermelon at 6.30 pm – the price is €18 for the entire day and €12 for the afternoon (after 2 pm).
All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.
You can visit all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.
August 15th at 8.30 Milan’s Sympnonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi performs a concert of Argentinian music in the Milan auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler (find on map), get tickets to the concert “Una Noche en Buenos Aires” here.
August 15th 3 pm-3 am and August 16th 7 pm-3 am Beer Festival at Circolo Magnolia at 14, Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo (find on map).
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.