The Best Seasons to Enjoy Milan
Milan is famous for hosting international events and fairs that unite people from all over the world. You may be familiar with Milan’s Fashion Week or the famed furniture fair, but let me guide you through a year’s worth of fun festivals and events.
September – October: Milano Fashion Week
Milano Fashion Week, established in 1958, takes place twice a year – the autumn and winter collections are presented in February/March and the spring and summer collections are displayed in September/October. Milan is part of the global “Big Four” fashion weeks, which also includes Paris, London, and New York.
During Fashion Week, there are many runway shows throughout Milan. Some shows are private, and you need an official invitation. However, there are a number of shows that are open to the public. Keep an eye out for fun after-parties and events organized by boutiques and showrooms. Find exclusive events by following the hashtags #milanfashionweek and #milanfashionweekevents on social media.
While you are enjoying fashion week, pop into some popular cocktail bars for a delicious drink. Terrazza Aperol serves one of the best Aperol Spritz, a delicious mix of Aperol, Prosecco, and soda. Next, head over to Bar Basso for a classic Negroni Sbagliato, a version of the old Negroni, made with Bitter Campari, red Vermouth, and sparkling wine instead of Gin.
November: JazzMi & Milano Music Week
For music lovers, November is the best month to experience JazzMi and Milan Music Week.
JazzMi is a jazz festival during the beginning of November. During the festival you can go to big concerts or sneak into small clubs for outstanding live performances. The most famous jazz club in Milan is the Blue Note Milan. Plan ahead and check the event calendar to book tickets in advance.
Milan Music Week is a festival promoted by the municipality of the city that takes place November 18 – 24, 2019. The festival is made up of more than 200 artists from all over the world. During the day, attend workshops, exhibitions, or meet and greet with artists. At night, join the crowds and enjoy live performances and after-parties.
December: L’Artigianato in Fiera – Arts & Crafts Fair
The L’Artigianato in Fiera is the largest international arts and crafts fair. The fair is free to attend and takes place from November 30 to December 8, 2019 in the FieraMilano RHO center.
During the fair, thousands of exhibitors from all over the world display their handmade crafts. Find unique souvenirs and authentic art from different countries. The fair also includes traditional dances and live entertainment, and a variety of food options.
After enjoying your time at the fair, enjoy dinner at one of the following restaurants:
- Il lusso della Semplicità: Located in the City Life neighborhood, Chef Alessandro Borghese creates unique dishes that include traditional Italian recipes mixed with exotic ingredients to create a fusion cuisine.
- Ristorante Al Garghet: Specializing in Milanese cuisine, I recommend the risotto alla Milanese (made with saffron), followed by the cotoletta a orecchio d’elefante, a fried veal cutlet, usually served with salad or fried chips. Finish your meal with the crumble peach cake and an amaretto disaronno.
- Ristorante Alba D’Oro: Here, tradition meets innovation, where a delicious meal is combined with amazing wines from a wide selection that the owners have meticulously collected year after year.
April: Milanese Furniture Fair
The Milanese Furniture Fair is the largest furniture showcase in Milan and in the world. The exhibition is held annually in April, with the next one from April 21 – 26, 2020. It showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is mainly located in the FieraMilano RHO, although the “Fuori Salone” events, literally meaning “outside the fair events,” are popular as well. These events are held in parks, hidden venues, and avant-garde locations around town. Purchase your tickets early to beat the crowds.
May: Milano Food Week
Last but not least, Milano Food Week is held during the first week of May. During this delicious week meet famous Italian chefs and learn all about Italian cuisine.
Now that you know about all the unique festivals featured in Milan, it’s time to start planning your own Milanese experience. Check off your bucket list by visiting the largest Furniture Fair in the world or strike a pose during Milan Fashion Week. No matter which time of the year you visit, you will be amazed by the culture and excitement throughout Milan.
Know Before You Go
- Feeding the pigeons in Piazza San Marco was banned in 2008.
- Florence is most famously recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is full of history and beauty.
- One of the most famous viewpoints in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs.