Ascona is a picturesque, elegant and romantic former fishing village with many small streets where you can find local shops and galleries. The car-free lake promenade invites you to stroll and enjoy. Numerous events take place here, such as the Jazz Festival, the Street Artists Festival or the Chestnut Festival. Let yourself be enchanted by this jewel
Locarno, the valleys and the lake
Locarno, the charming small town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, has become famous for its annual film festival in Piazza Grande. But also the old town with the numerous small shops is absolutely worth seeing.
An excursion into the picturesque valleys around Lake Maggiore is an absolute must. Here you can go on relaxing hikes, visit idyllic old villages and deep gorges and explore unique landscapes. Visit the famous Valle Verzasca, the mysterious Valle Onsernone, the wildly romantic Maggiatal or take the popular narrow-gauge railway through the ravine rich Centovalli.
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20.03.2024 - 24.03.2024
"Camelie Locarno", the spring event, will take place in Locarno's Camellia Park. The 24th edition lasts from 20 to 24 march 2024.
The focus is on the exhibition, where, in addition to the interesting exhibition on the species, the traditional and popular collection of cut flowers of over 200 varieties of camellia will be displayed and, as always, staged with great care.
The exhibition venue is the Camellia Park in Locarno. Included in the Gardens of excellence by the International Camellia Society, the park is home to about a thousand camellia plants in almost as many varieties. From March to April, the garden is in full bloom. You can shop at the plant market and a bar invites you to linger.
A number of fringe events are also planned, such as the camellia concerts.to Organiser
Jazzfestival Ascona 2024
20.06.2024 - 29.06.2024
The elegant small town of Ascona, with its famous lake promenade, hosts one of the most original jazz events in Switzerland.
JazzAscona is the only festival outside the USA officially supported by the city of New Orleans.
The 40th edition features great performers of the contemporary New Orleans beat and about 150 concerts in ten days: an inspiring musical full immersion that transforms Ascona into a European jazz stronghold.to Organiser
Moon and Stars 2024
11.07.2024 - 21.07.2024
The Moon&Stars in the Piazza Grande is an integral part of Locarno's summer programme, and not without reason.
Pop and rock stars who are familiar with the world's biggest stages come to the cobbled Piazza Grande and turn the heart of Locarno into a bubbling cauldron.
Once again, well-known stars will provide a captivating open-air atmosphere. Just behind the Piazza Grande, in the Piazza Piccola, in the Food&Music Street, the icing on the festival cake, bars and food trucks line up and concerts by national and international musicians are organised.
Locarno Film Festival
07.08.2024 - 17.08.2024
Locarno Film Festival is the most significant cinematographic event in Switzerland and among the most important in Europe. Numerous are the movies presented in four different sections: Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente and the sections Pardi di domani (national and international).
The Festival's heart is surely the daily evening projection in the magnificent Piazza Grande, which transforms itself into the "most beautiful movie-theater under the stars".
Ascona Polo Cup
06.09.2024 - 08.09.2024
From 6th to 8th September 2024, the Ascona Polo Cup, this year's highlight in its 14th edition, will be staged once again.
Six teams are present, with over 80 horses, challenging each other to a spectacle that offers unforgettable moments for all, to say the least.to Organiser
Longines CSI Ascona
12.09.2024 - 15.09.2024
The international horse riding competion (Longines CSI Ascona) will take place also this year on the vast fields of Ascona's former airstrip, which are set to be completely transformed for the occasion. Some of the finest mens and ladies riders in the world will feature spectacular show jumping competitions. Over four days, spectators can enjoy a sporting program of the very highest order. Along with the amazing exhibitions from the splendid thoroughbreds and their riders, there are lots of events to keep everyone entertained.to Organiser