Milano Fashion WeekStarting with Men’s Fashion Week in January and July, and with the main events running in February and September, the event is a worldwide sensation and turns the city into a city-wide catwalk.
Carnevale Ambrosiano (February)Carnival in Milan is celebrated later than in the rest of Italy: this delay is said to derive from a request made to the population by its patron saint, Ambrose, who could not make it back in time from a pilgrimage far from Milan. Colourful costumes hit the streets and bakeries fill with delicacies such as tortelli and chiacchiere.
Milano Design Week (Mid April)Commonly referred to as “Fuorisalone”, this spontaneous festival of design, art and culture has been organised since the ‘80s outside the International Furniture Fair. Hundreds of events of all sorts and the mild climate make it one of the best times to be in the city.
Fiori e sapori (Flowers and Flavours) sul Naviglio Grande (Mid April)A showcase of florists and local producers that fill the area around the canal with colours and wonderful aromas to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Milano Food Week (Early-MidMay)Since Milan hosted the World Expo in 2015, food has become a crucial theme in the life of the city. So here’s to all the foodies and all of those interested in environmental sustainability. Talks, show-cookings, tastings and other events make the bellies of the city come alive.
Arianteo (Summer)Fancy a movie but you don’t want to be locked in a cinema during your stay? Every summer maxi-screens are placed in some of the city’s finest locations, from parks to castles and historic villas, for a three-month programme of open-air shows.
Villa Arconati Festival (July)Music lovers will be ecstatic with this selection of Italian and international artists to be enjoyed in the picturesque setting of an 18th-century mansion, a little Versailles at the doorstep of Milan. Free shuttle buses departing from the city centre operate on concert days.
Milano Film Festival (September)This Festival brings together productions from the international independent scene, with screenings of emerging artists and showcasing a wide variety of tales and cultures.
Bookcity (Mid November)For readers of all sorts, this event puts the book at the centre of the stage with publishers, writers, readers and artists involved in a weekend of talks, conferences, presentations and workshops to promote reading and culture.
Artigiano in Fiera (First week of December)Loved by locals for its impressive variety of hand-crafted food items from all over the world, this is almost a compulsory visit to pick some Christmas presents while braving the crowd.