Milan in March

What's On in Milan in March

milan picture, piazza duomo, picture, carnevale
Picture of Milan ©2006 by James Martin, Europe for Visitors

March weather in Milan may offer a mixed bag of cold, foggy or rainy days, which can be followed by days of crisp, sunny skies. In any condition, March is a great time to visit the city, as crowds are thinner and it's easier to access Milan's main sights and museums. There's also a full calendar of religious festivals and events every March in Milan.

Early March - Carnevale and the beginning of Lent. While Carnevale is not as big of a celebration in Milan as it is in Venice, Milan puts on a huge parade around the Duomo for the occasion.

The parade typically takes place on the first Saturday of Lent and features floats, chariots, men and women in medieval dress, flag bearers, bands, and children in costume. Learn more about upcoming dates for Carnevale and how Carnevale is celebrated in Italy  See also Milan in February.

Mid- to Late-March - Holy Week and Easter. As in the rest of Italy, Holy Week and Easter in Milan are commemorated with grand masses and other celebrations. The biggest mass of the Easter season takes place on Easter Sunday at Milan's Duomo. Read more about other Easter Traditions in Italy. See also Milan in April.

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day. Milan is home to a sizeable expatriate community and several proper Irish pubs, so it's no surprise that people find a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Murphy's Law, Mulligans and Pogues Mahone are all popular places to party on this day, and some may even serve green beer!

March 19 - Festa di San Giuseppe. The Feast Day of Saint Joseph (the husband of the Virgin Mary) is also known as Father's Day in Italy. Traditions on this day include children giving gifts to their fathers and the consumption of zeppole (a fried dough delectable, similar to a doughnut). While the Festa di San Giuseppe is not a national holiday, it used to be, and it remains a favorite yearly event.

Third Weekend in March - Oggi Aperto Historic buildings and monuments not usually open to the public are sometimes open to visitors the third weekend in March.

Every Weekend - Flea & Antiques Markets.  Throughout most of the year, the long-standing Fiera di Sinigalia runs every Saturday at the Ripa di Porta Ticinese in the Navigli District, offering well-curated vintage clothes, housewares and bric-a-brac. 

Every Sunday morning, a stamp, coin and printed goods market – one of the largest in Europe – runs on Via Armorari, not far from the Duomo. 

Art Exhibits. Thanks to the presence of several major art museums and exhibition spaces, there is almost always an important art exhibit happening in Milan in March. For example, through early March 2018, there is a show of Frida Kahlo's work at the Museo delle Culture.

Performances at La Scala. Milan's historic Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala, is one of the premier opera houses in Europe, and seeing a performance there is a treat any time of year. In March, there are periodic of opera and classical music, including some adapted for children. Visit La Scala's website for more information.

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Article updated and expanded by Elizabeth Heath