Events in Lake Garda

Colours, fragrances, emotions and unforgettable moments: Lake Garda is a place where you can live unique experiences. Throughout the summer there are events of various kinds to discover: music, sports and traditions. Here, we suggest some of the best ones: 1. International Marathon In September, runners from all over the world gather to run by Lake Garda with its impressive mountain backdrop. The same month also sees the traditional Show of the Flags, the annual racing event that takes place in Desenzano del Garda and is one of the most famous sailing regattas in Italy. In the same town, visitors will be able to visit the “Fairy Tale Night” in Riva del Garda where you will be surrounded by fairy tale-themed decorations and performances that will transport you into another world. For music lovers, the summer music festival is held every year at the lake and offers a dynamic program that will satisfy all musical tastes, from classical symphonies to jazz and rock concerts. The wine lovers should not miss the opportunity to go to Bardolino for the Grape and Wine Festival which is a five day celebration of the local wine that includes tastings, food stalls, marching bands and concerts. In June, the Giro dItalia touches down near Salo, a real feast for cycling enthusiasts, even those who are passive. 2. Festival del Garda Many famous artists and authors have been inspired by this magnificent area including Dante Alighieri and Goethe. Visitors today can immerse themselves in the local culture through a variety of events from theatre and classical music to concerts and food and wine festivals. Around Christmas you can visit the towns which compete for the most beautiful and elaborate nativity scenes accompanied by fairy tale-like Christmas markets. In September and October the town of Tignale is dominated by the white truffle which has given this region its name: restaurants serve truffle-based menus and guided and educational visits take place to learn how to hunt for these precious tubercles. Theatre and opera lovers can enjoy performances in the open air Vittoriale theatre in Gardone Riviera with a stunning view over Lake Garda and the mountains. Musical fans can also attend concerts and festivals which showcase a wide range of genres from jazz to rock. 3. Film Festival The Lake Garda area has always been a popular destination for active holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts who enjoy the unique natural scenery and spectacular mountain landscape. In summer, there are also special events that appeal to families with children. For example, the ‘Salo in Musica’ is an event that offers a varied programme of concerts throughout the summer to give added musical charm to the northern towns of Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole. Or you could take part in a wine and pasta tasting tour where expert chefs will teach you how to make delicious Italian dishes while savouring local wines, including the crisp white Lugana DOC and aromatic red Bardolino DOC. In September, visitors to the Lake Garda area can join in on the Sardellata al Pal del Vo, an age-old tradition where local fishermen gather at San Vigilio and Manerba for a magical evening of traditional fishing with fireworks. You could also visit one of the weekly markets in the different Lake Garda towns, where you can find cured meats, cheeses and olives. 4. Pesci di Laghi Immerse yourself in a world of music during the summer events Lake Garda has to offer. The Arena di Verona Opera Festival is a must-see for opera fans, whilst the Garda Lake Music Festival showcases world-class artists with performances from across genres. For something more local, head to Bardolino for the Chiaretto wine festival where you can sample the region’s famous rose wine. Or experience age-old traditions at the Sardellata al Pal del Vo, where lake fishermen gather to perform one of the most fascinating events on Lake Garda. If you’re a runner, make sure to participate in the Bassa Via del Garda trail run in Torbole. And if you’re into mountain biking, the Limone Extreme SkyRace is a must-see for active enthusiasts. The last weekend of August also brings the enchanting Fairy Tale Night to Riva del Garda, where the city is decked out with fairy tale decorations and activities. This is the perfect event to celebrate your holiday memories in style! events gardasee

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