Guide to Brissago’s annual events and festivals

Brissago, a charming town nestled on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is not only known for its natural beauty and architectural wonders, but also for its lively annual events and festivals. Throughout the year, the town comes alive with celebrations that showcase its rich culture, traditions, and local flavors. If you are planning a visit to Brissago, be sure to check out these exciting events and soak in the festive spirit. Here is a guide to Brissago’s annual events and festivals:

Feast of St. Pancras: held on May 12, the Feast of St. Pancras is a traditional religious celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Brissago. The festivities include a procession through town, accompanied by music, dancing and colorful costumes. It is a fantastic opportunity to witness the local community coming together to honor their heritage.

Brissago in Bloom: Every spring, usually in April, Brissago is transformed into a floral paradise during the Brissago in Bloom festival. The town’s streets and squares are adorned with vibrant floral displays, showcasing the region’s horticultural beauty. Visitors can enjoy flower shows, workshops and guided tours to explore Brissago’s floral delights.

Polenta Festival: Polenta, a traditional Italian dish made from cornmeal, takes center stage at the annual Polenta Festival in September. This food festival celebrates the local culinary heritage, with various stalls offering a wide range of polenta dishes. Live music, entertainment and a lively atmosphere make it a memorable event for food lovers.

Christmas markets: Embrace the festive spirit during the Christmas season by visiting Brissago’s enchanting Christmas markets. Usually held in December, these markets offer a magical atmosphere with twinkling lights, seasonal decorations and stalls selling handicrafts, local products and treats. It is the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and soak in the Christmas atmosphere.

Music festivals: Brissago hosts several music festivals throughout the year, presenting a range of musical genres. From classical music concerts to jazz performances and folk music events, these festivals attract talented musicians and enthusiastic audiences. Keep an eye on the annual schedule of music festivals to catch captivating performances in the city’s scenic venues.

Wine tastings: The region surrounding Brissago is renowned for its excellent wines. Attend wine tastings and vineyard tours to explore the local wine culture. During these events, you can taste a variety of regional wines, learn about the winemaking process, and appreciate the flavors and aromas of local vineyards.

Sporting events: Brissago’s beautiful natural surroundings provide a wonderful setting for various sporting events. From running and cycling races to water sports competitions, there are many opportunities to watch or participate in sports activities that celebrate the town’s outdoor lifestyle.

These are just a few examples of the lively events and festivals that take place in Brissago throughout the year. The town’s calendar is full of cultural, culinary and recreational events that offer a glimpse into local traditions and provide unforgettable experiences for visitors.

After savoring the festive atmosphere of Brissago, satisfy your culinary cravings at Osteria Boato by Ketty & Tommy. This renowned seafood restaurant, located directly on the shores of Lake Maggiore, offers a perfect setting to savor the culinary delights of the region and reflect on the memorable events and festivities it has experienced.

Are you planning a visit to Brissago? Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at Ketty & Tommy’s Osteria Boato. Discover their delicious seafood specialties and make reservations by visiting their website at 

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