International Film Festival
The Film Festival is an annual event which takes place every August in Locarno. It belongs to the world’s most important cinema film festivals. Within 10 days different films are presented to the visitors on the large screen direct on the Piazza Grande and in the new cinema building “Palacinema”, just a few steps from Dell’Angelo.
During 10 days in June, the JazzAscona animates the streets of Ascona and the boardwalk of the Lake Maggiore with concerts, late-night jam sessions and tributes to great artists of the past. It is the only Jazz Festival outside of the USA that is officially supported by the city of New Orleans.
Moon & Stars Concerts
The largest festival in the southern Alps is also the most atmospheric. Locarno’s Moon & Stars attracts every July thousands of music fans and the Piazza Grande turns into a giant concert arena. Behind the stage, the Food & Music Street with various food trucks and bars offers all kind of culinary desire.
Winterland takes over the Piazza Grande of Locarno from the end of November to the beginning of January with exciting experiences and activities: an ice rink, an ice slide, a Christmas market, concerts and an audiovisual show projected onto the picturesque facades of the Piazza Grande round off this wonderland! A world of fun and magic awaits you!
Music Weeks Ascona
The music weeks in Ascona, with its rich program 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 times.
The concerts take place in the picturesque setting of the churches Collegio Papio in Ascona and San Francesco in Locarno.
One night a year, Locarno stays awake all night long giving space to culture, music, art and entertainment. Live-concerts, dance performances and street artists. The extended trading hours of restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries and museums add to the buzzing atmosphere.