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Events in Lombardy in May 2024

With music festivals and panoramic walks, May is the perfect month to visit Lombardy

In May, Lombardy is buzzing with cultural, musical, and naturalistic events.

From the lively cities to the natural landscapes, so many different locations offering the opportunity to plunge into the beauty of the region.

Whether you are a jazz lover, an art enthusiast or simply seeking out beautiful panoramic views in countryside, this month has something interesting in store for you.


Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival - 26th April to 15th June - Various locations
A celebration of world piano playing talents, in different historic locations in Bergamo and Brescia: an international point of reference, where music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to rediscover the beauty of concerts.
For all information and a full calendar, see the official Festival website.

Sundays in villas, palazzos and castles – From April to October 2024 - Bergamo
Every Sunday, a series of special openings to showcase some of the most beautiful historic residences, usually closed to the public. History and architecture enthusiasts can enjoy exclusive guided tours that reveal secrets, stories, and anecdotes about these magnificent locations. All details are available at the official website for the initiative.

Franciacorta in Bloom 2024 - From 17th to 19th May - Bornato 
The 25th edition of the prestigious botanical event dedicated to nature in one of Italy’s most famous winegrowing regions. Visitors can stroll through the splendid flower installations, curated by the best nurseries - local and national - and find out tips and instructions about taking care of their own greenery.
For more information, visit the  official website of Franciacorta in Bloom.

Santa Crus 2024 - From 26th May to 2nd June - Cerveno 
This grandiose event in the Val Camonica brings us the Passion of the Christ in a combination of folklore, religion, art, and history. The whole population takes part in transforming the little town of Cerveno and its surrounding countryside into an open-air stage, creating a unique event that brings together a centuries-old tradition, worship, and local culture.
For more updates and the latest information, you can visit the official website of Santa Crus.    


Special opening of Villa Arconati – 1st May - Castellazzo di Bollate 
May Day celebrations offer the opportunity to visit Villa Arconati, one of the most charming  historic residences near Milan. Visitors can explore the baroque architecture of the villa, its vast gardens and the art collections, accompanied by expert guides to tell them the story and secrets of this magnificent location.

Piano City Milan - From 17th to 19th May - Milan
Piano City brings music into the districts, houses, courtyards and parks of Milan, with over 400 free concerts. The event transforms the urban spaces into a vast stage where pianists of all ages and levels offer their music to passers-by, creating a soundtrack for the city with every performance.
See the programme on the official website of Piano City

Palio di Legnano 2024 - 26th May - Legnano 
One of the oldest historical re-enactments in Italy, the Palio brings back the Battle of Legnano (1176) every year. The neighbourhoods in the town challenge each other with a vibrant, colourful horse race, accompanied by a parade in mediaeval costume, taking the town back in time to celebrate its history and cultural heritage.
All the information about the event is on the official website of the Palio


Excursion in the spires of Grignetta - 1st May - Ballabio
This guided excursion takes nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts to the majestic spires of the Dolomites on the massif between Lake Como and Valsassina up to the Rosalba refuge, with its breathtaking views of the lake.
To take part, see the official website of the Gite in Lombardia Association.   


CremonaJazz - From 2nd to 31st May - Cremona
Jazz music in all its forms comes to Cremona. National and international artists entertain the city with a month of concerts, making it a point of reference for jazz lovers everywhere.

Naturalia Lab - From 5th to 12th May - Cremona
On the occasion of the Wrong Vision III exhibition, the Naturalia Lab proposes educational activities, starting with projections of illustrated books dedicated to animals and the subject of inclusion and diversity, with animated readings and workshops on creative re-use.


Hot motor's week - From 3rd to 5th May – Busto Arsizio 
Three days dedicated to the automotive world, where you can admire the custom bikes made by big names in the industry, auto tuning of the highest level, vintage cars, stuntman displays, staging and races. And this is just a taste of what enthusiasts and the simply curious will find at this event, which combines innovation, design and technology.

Monza and Brianza

Monza Visionaria - From 3rd to 12th May - Monza
Music, dance and workshops for a festival organised by Musicamorfosi in the chief town of Brianza. For ten days, urban spaces in Monza are transformed into creative stages, where artists and public can interact, with a grand finale of sound, colour, perfumes, and immersive performances.
The full programme is on the official website of Monza Visionaria


Courtyard Festival at Pieve del Cairo - 5th May - Pieve del Cairo 
A day of events inspired by the farming world of Lomellina, with crafts, flower market and of course, a range of gastronomic stands.

Milan-Pavia Walk - 11 May - Pavia
This sporting and social event brings together walking and running enthusiasts along the picturesque Naviglio Pavese for a route that is open to everyone, passing historic treasures of great artistic value, such as the Renaissance masterpiece, the Certosa di Pavia.

Welcome to Lomellina – 24/26 May 2024 – Municipalities of Lomellina
In May you can plunge into the history and culture of Lomellina with the event "Welcome to Lomellina". A series of activities that will show you the local heritage, food and art. You can choose from five tours (booking required), all starting in Mortara, to discover the nature, castles, abbeys, typical food and wine, and farming activities in the surrounding rice fields.
A full programme is available at the official website of  the initiative.


Culture tour in the Oltrepò Mantovano – May-June 2024 - Oltrepò Mantovano
Between May and June, the Oltrepò Mantovano area is transformed into a vibrant cultural stage with the event "Culture tour in the Oltrepò Mantovano". This consists of three dates to discover Borgo Mantovano, Osiglia and Sermide, and Felonica. An opportunity not to be missed for culture lovers who want to explore the art, history and traditions of the area around Mantua. More details and bookings are available on the official website of Turismo Mantova.


Valchiavenna Gravel Escape - 12th May - Valchiavenna
An adventure for gravel enthusiasts, crossing the breathtaking countryside of Valchiavenna with its mountains, valleys, and crystal-clear rivers. But careful - the routes are secret and will only be revealed two days before the event! 
To find out more, visit the official website of Valtellina.


Historic Lake Como Meeting and Trophy - 5th May - Como
Two events in one day, organised by the Automobile Club Como, combining the historic Lake Como trophy with a meeting of vintage cars.
More information is available on the official website of historic Lake Como

Pink Party - 18th May - Menaggio 
A festive, colourful event to celebrate spring on Lake Como, with live music, dance, food and drink, and a joyous atmosphere. Open to visitors from all over the region.

To find our more about the events Lombardy this May, visit the "Events” section and filter them according to your preferred dates and locations.