Music in Locarno

Moon and Stars

The stars shine at this open-air music festival in mid-July. Sting, Jamiroquai and Amy Macdonald were among recent headliners. Check the website for the full line-up and tickets.
Film in Locarno

Locarno Festival

Locarno has hosted this 11-day film festival in August since 1948. At night, films are screened on a giant screen in Piazza Grande.
Carnival in Bellinzona


Costumed parades, street theatre, jangling jesters and marching bands infuse Bellinzona with carnival fever seven-and-a-half weeks before Easter Sunday.
Cultural in Lugano

National Day

Lago di Lugano explodes in a display of pyrotechnical wizardry around midnight on 1 August to celebrate Switzerland's national day.
Music in Lugano


Lugano takes in some classical tunes during this festival from mid-April to June in the Palazzo dei Congressi.
Food & Drink in Lugano

Street Food Festival

Held for the first time in 2017, Lugano's springtime street food festival brings together food trucks dishing up global flavours – from Thai to Indian to fondue. The snacks are served over lake views and pumping mus…
Music in Valle Maggia

Magic Blues

Valle Maggia cranks things up a notch in summer with this month-long open-air festival devoted to blues. Previous headliners have included Jane Lee Hooker and Animals and Friends. Visit the website for the full line…
Music in Lugano

Blues to Bop Festival

A host of international blues stars take to the stage on Lugano's piazzas at this open-air music festival, which is held over four days in late August. See the website for the line-up.
Music in Ascona

Settimane Musicali

Settimane Musicali is an international classical music festival that has been held annually in Ascona since 1946 from early September to mid-October.
Music in Lugano

Estival Jazz

Lugano swings into summer at this free open-air concert that occurs in early July (plus two days in Mendrisio the week before).