Magical events in Ticino

On the shores of Lake Maggiore, you can enjoy "the lightness of being" to the full.

Relax amid the sensational scenery, engage in all kinds of different sports or explore the various cultural attractions -  not to mention indulging in culinary treats and, of course, "dolce far niente". However, the region also boasts some amazing highlights when it comes to special events. Why not take an inspirational break in Switzerland's sunniest corner?

It is a lovely late afternoon some time in July. After a hot day, the temperature is still about 27°. High time for a delicious aperitif. You lean back and relax on the terrace of one of the stylish cafés on the lakeside promenade as you sip a glass of chilled white wine from Ticino. You let your gaze wander over the vast lake. The gentle rays of the sun dance on the surface of the water in a spectacular sparkling display. The panoramic view of the mountains all around enhances the peaceful and refreshing atmosphere!

As you succumb to the magic of your surroundings, your thoughts drift back to the previous evening. Smiling, you remember how it felt to stand in the middle of the surging crowds on the Piazza Grande in Locarno. Sting, performing rock music in the open air – the greatest ever! The annual "Moon&Stars" summer festival had actually been on your bucket list for ages, but if you had known in advance how much fun it was going to be, you would definitely have treated yourself to it sooner. 

Right from the start, your holiday this year went with a swing: during the annual "JazzAscona" music festival, this small town with its famous lakeside promenade is entirely taken over by the sounds of jazz. The musical delights, the relaxed atmosphere and the Mediterranean surroundings make for an unforgettable experience. Already last year, you had found out that Ascona hosts a string of amazing events, such as its Street Artists Festival: every year, individuals and professional groups travel from the streets where they perform all over the world to delight the crowds of spectators with their pantomime, theatre, dance, juggling, acrobatics, fire-eating acts and much more. Fun and excitement are the order of the day.

So, in fact, it would be easy to spend quite a while strolling down Memory Lane, but by now your wine glass is empty and dinner is waiting in the nearby Grotto. So how about paying a visit to Find out more about Moon&Stars, JazzAscona, the Street Artists Festival and all the other events.