Can’t decide between revelling in the cosy Christmas atmosphere of the artisan markets and melodious concerts under the magical glow of festive lights or letting yourself get wafted away by the fragrances and blossoms of springtime as the city indulges in the Design Week evenings?
If you want to
visit Milan but don’t quite know what the best time is for you then take a peek at our month-to-month guide of the most important events taking place in the city, from the magnificent exhibitions at Palazzo Reale to concerts in San Siro, the summer festivals, mega sports events and much more.
The sections will give you an idea of what’s on each season to find the perfect month for you!
Following the final events that conclude the Christmas holiday period, January starts off with the Menswear Fashion Week and White, the international tradeshow renowned for niche brands and contemporary innovation.
February in Milan means Womenswear Fashion Week and White, the leading tradeshow renowned for niche brands and contemporary innovation. Albrecht Dürer at Palazzo Reale and Frida Kahlo at Mudec will inaugurate the great season of exhibitions in the prestigious cultural venues across the city.
March is the month of art and culture with Museocity: a series of initiatives will be hosted in more than 70 city museums to illustrate the incredible treasures that they conserve within. Keep an eye out for special openings, exhibitions, workshops and events.
April presents a double date with culture thanks to Art Week and Design Week. Art Week offers a packed programme of events, inaugurations and special openings in Milan's museums and public and private institutions in conjunction with the miart trade fair. Design Week, in sync with the Salone del Mobile at the Rho Fiera - reference point for interior design and furnishings - will get the entire city buzzing with masses of events and exhibitions organised by the Salone and the FuoriSalone for hosting companies, designers, architects, industry insiders and design students from around the globe.
May starts off in style with Milano Food City, a week of events, meetings, show-cooking demos, tastings, presentations and, all in all, lots of convivial experiences to show off the city’s delectable side. Another not-to-be-missed date is Pianocity, an awesome network of piano concerts held throughout Milan. Last, but not least, is Arch Week, dedicated to architecture and the urban future.
With summer in the air, it’s time to tune into the season of mega concerts and festivals, such as the traditional Filarmonica della Scala concert in Piazza Duomo and the major Italian and international artists’ gigs at the San Siro stadium. In June, Milan also pays homage to photography with Photo Week which will host exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, workshops and lots, lots more around the city.
The music festivals and great concerts in the summer arenas also continue into July. Don’t miss the programme at the EXPerience Park whih will star Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, Robert Plant, Alanis Morissette and many others. For classical music lovers, the Milano Arte Musica festival will host concerts throughout the summer in some of Milan’s most evocative churches and venues.
Milano Estate 2018 (Summer in Milan 2018) will guide you through the events that are organised around the city to celebrate the season. And don't miss the Milano Arte Musica music festival, hosted in the most beautiful churches of the city, and the Estate Sforzesca, the series of shows inside the Sforza Castle.
The Formula One GP in Monza, the great MITO Classical Music Festival, the Womenswear Fashion Week, late night shopping with Vogue Fashion's Night Out and the new autumn exhibitions including those at Palazzo Reale dedicated to Caravaggio: September in Milan is packed full of events to suit all tastes.
Fall Design Week returns in October, the design format dedicated to project culture with events widely spread throughout the city. Then the Milanoltre Festival is not to be missed, a contemporary dance festival featuring Italian and international artists. For sports lovers - don’t miss the Deejay Ten race around the city!
The month of November kicks off with the JazzMi festival, a popular event that best represents the jazz music universe thanks to both established and up-and-coming artists; the entertainment then continues with BookCity, as the name suggests it is a long weekend of events spread across Milan and focused on the written word.
The two-day religious holiday celebrating the Immaculate Conception and Sant'Ambrogio, patron saint of the city, represents the beginning of the Christmas season for Milan and is jam-packed with things to do. The city celebrates its traditional events, from the ‘First Night’ at La Scala on December 7th to the bustling ‘Oh bej! Oh bej!’ Christmas market. It’s a special time to visit Milan, soaking up the festive atmosphere and participating in events that no Milanese would ever want to miss!