The Locarno Camellia exhibition is the most important event of its kind in Europe and is outperformed only by the initiatives promoted in Japan, home country to this exquisite flower.
The Locarno antique fair
Throughout the long Ascension weekend the old town of Locarno is filled with market stalls packed full of antiques. Along the atmospheric streets of the historical town centre enthusiasts will find a rich variety of different and original objects. Strolling along the stalls of the Brocante will set every collectors imagination free and it also is a pleasant way to discover the heart of Locarno.
International Street Artists Festival, Ascona
The Street Artists' Festival features entertainers from different countries, performing for the joy of adults and youngsters in the streets of Ascona Old Town. Thanks to the magical atmosphere created by the artists imagination, this young event has become one of the most widely anticipated. Four days with hundreds of free exhibitions, which brings a lot of fun to the Ascona streets and Piazza. All the artists, in fact, perform for free and at the end of their show they just offer their hats to a generous audience.
Festival Leoncavallo, Brissago
The Festival takes place in Brissago evey year and is dedicated to the great Neapolitan Maestro Ruggero Leoncavallo, who wrote various compositions and piano pieces during his life spent in Brissago at the beginning of the 20th century. Directed by tenor Ottavio Palmieri, from Brissago, the festival takes place over three weekends in the Church of Madonna di Ponte and presents an important musical repertoire as well as world-famous performers.
Sleepless night in Locarno
Music, culture, animations for children and adults, gastronomy and events on the main squares and public places of the Città Vecchia and the Piazza Grande. You will find many events in every corner of the town, all with a party tempo and atmosphere, offering the chance to attend open air shows, enter museums, enjoy the arts, music, theatre and more. Free entry.
For ten days in early Summer, the pretty town of Ascona and the US city of New Orleans are united by their music. For more than twenty years, the town on Lake Maggiore has played host to amazing performances from many of the finest international jazz artists during one of the most important European festivals. Over more than two decades, Ascona has featured legends of New Orleans Jazz and the main European and American artists of the hot-jazz scene.
Organ Music Festival, Magadino
Thanks to the many possibilities offered by the Mascioni organ (built in 1951 and then modified by Mascioni himself, featuring 2,300 pipes and boasting some 40 registers), the Magadino Festival continues to offer its complete overview of the existing organ canon. In addition to courageous experiments juxtaposing the organ alongside other instruments, instrumental bands and choirs, the presence of famous musicians and young talents assured an amazingly varied programme year after year.
Luce e ombre, Locarno
A long weekend, the Locarno-Muralto lakeside is transformed into a big fun fair, with games, stands, parties, gastronomy, music and lots of amazing entertainment, for all the hours of the day and until late into the evening. Incredibile fireworks light up the Locarno gulf, offering an extraordinary show to the public. A big fun fair with an amazing entertainment program for all ages and until late into the evening.
Vallemaggia Magic Blues, Vallemaggia
During the hot Summer evenings in Ticino, in the squares of Vallemaggia Blues, melodies fill the skies, thanks to this open-air Blues event featuring both national and international bands. Thanks also to the original concept which married quality music and stunning locations, this 'itinerant' festival has found itself a secure place among the most important events in the region.
Polo Cup, Ascona
As in previous years, in Ascona’s spectacular setting, more than 70 horses will attract thousands of spectators on the vast fields of Ascona’s former airstrip. The Polo Cup Ascona is a meeting point for VIP guests as well as for enthusiast and curious visitors, who will have the opportunity to assist to a Polo tournament of the very highest order, with spectacular matches and an entertainment program mostly dedicated to families.
Moon and Stars, Locarno
9 days of pop-rock music in one of the most spectacular squares of Europe: Piazza Grande in Locarno. The well-known Moon and Stars Festival will take place in this unique setting, where international stars of the music industry perform in front of thousands spectators. The great concerts, the flawless organization and the magic of the location make of Moon and Stars a top event.
International horse jumping competition, Ascona
Every year in July, an unmissable date in Ascona for fans of equestrian action: an international horse riding with some of the finest mens and ladies riders in the world. The vast fields of Ascona's former airstrip are set to be completely transformed for the occasion, which will feature spectacular show jumping and dressage competitions alternating over three four entirely dedicated to horse riding, offering a sporting program of the very highest order. Along with the amazing exhibitions from the splendid thoroughbreds and their riders, there are lots of events to keep everyone entertained.
Ascona celebrates the Swiss National Day with an amazing fireworks display and entertainment along the town promenade. The celebrations will start at 7.30 p.m. with a delicious barbecue and live music. The fireworks display begins at 10.30 p.m.
The Festival del film Locarno has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, for eleven days the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, becomes the world capital of auteur cinema. Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here every summer to share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.
Verzasca Country Festival
With Sonogno as the beautiful backdrop, a great popular festival dedicated to Country music is set to take place at the village's sports centre. An event which attracts more fans every year, it’s also just a great social gathering and wonderful fun for families, locals and tourists too. Concerts will start in the late afternoon until evening.
Settimane Musicali, Ascona
The Settimane Musicali di Ascona, with its rich programme of symphony concerts, chamber music evenings and single instrument recitals, has come to represent, over the last seventy years, the most important classical music festival in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. The world's most renowned artists have visited Ascona at least once, with many others returning several time.
Autunno Gastronomico Lago Maggiore
The Lago Maggiore region, with its surrounding valleys, welcomes Autumn with many delicious culinary proposals. The 19th edition of the culinary autumn weeks “Autunno Gastronomico” is a unique opportunity to discover these flavours. The cooperation between the printing company effe51 in Riazzino and the Ascona-Locarno Tourismoffers the possibility to savour speciality dishes from more than 50 tempting menu selections during this event.
Kastanienfest - Herbstfest, Ascona
Each year during the Autumn Festival, a celebration of chestnuts, the Ascona lakeside promenade offers visitors two occasions for eating, drinking and enjoying themselves in the pleasant autumn sunshine. Visitors are invited to taste chestnuts roasted on the fire by the local maronatt as well as various chestnut-based delicacies such as jams, honeys and cakes and a host of the region's traditional food and wine products.
Locarno on Ice
Fragrances, music and light effects fill the heart of Locarno with a warm and welcoming Christmas appearance. During Locarno on Ice, the Piazza Grande transforms itself into a fairy-like place with a spectacular ice rink surrounded by red carpets, a partly covered and heated terrace, a stage for live acts, four large transparent igloo bars and a series of small chalets where one can enjoy various gastronomic specialties.
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