If you find yourself strolling through the streets of Milan in the fall season, you may be interested to find out what's happening in this northern Italian city. In the off-season, the city is far less crowded than in the summer and although the weather may not be agreeable, at least it won't be uncomfortably hot. There are also several festivals and events that are organized annually at this time of year that may pique your interests, whether they be musical, religious, or motorcycle-related.
During 2020, many of these events may be canceled or postponed, so be sure to check the organizers' official websites for the latest updates.
Milan's opera house, the Teatro Alla Scala, is one of Italy's historic opera houses and one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Also known as "La Scala," the building also houses a bookshop, bar, and history museum Performances are scheduled throughout the year, so be sure to check the calendar to see what's on the schedule during your trip and try to buy tickets as soon as you can.
Even though Halloween is not an Italian holiday, it's becoming popular among the younger population in Milan. Around the end of October, you can find special events and dinners happening throughout the city, which will usually be advertised on flyers posted throughout the city. If you're looking to go out for Halloween, try to arrive in Milan a few days early and keep your eye out for these. Milan's night clubs usually host costume parties, so you may want to pack a creative outfit in case you're planning on spending the night out.
This event has been officially postponed to November 3 to 8, 2021.
Held in early to mid-November every year, the EICMA Motorcycle Show draws motorcycle fans from all over the world to see the latest models and gear, as well as exhibitors from over 40 countries. Featuring tracks where you can test ride the latest motorcycles and vendors selling accessories and other goods, this is a festive affair with music, demonstrations, and glitz.
Milan's annual jazz festival, called JAZZMI, starts October 22 and runs through November 1, 2020. This is a great time to enjoy jazz as Italian and European musicians take the stage at various venues across the city during the festival, such as Blue Note and Bistro Milano.
The Milanoltre Festival has been a Milanese tradition for more than 30 years. This contemporary dance festival features artists from Italy and around the world. Each year, you can expect performances by some of the world's top dancers, up-and-comers, and what's next in choreography. The festival is scaled back in 2020, with events held across the city from September 17 to October 11.
All Saints Day
All Saints' Day, also called Ognissanti or Festa di Tutti i Santi, is celebrated on November 1 to commemorate all Catholic saints. On this day, Catholics in Milan will go to church and then join family and friends for a lengthy meal and exchange gifts. It is a national holiday so many shops and services will be closed. Although it's mainly a religious holiday, there is sometimes music or other special events going on around the city, especially around the churches.
If you like to run, the Deejay Ten running event usually takes place in October. This is a non-competitive 5K or 10K race that begins at the iconic Piazza Duomo. During the race, the route will be closed to traffic and once the race is over, you can enjoy the dance party and festivities at the finish line.