From musical spectacles to literature and shopping, Milan has something for everyone. Here's a compact list of events with the potential to spice up your time in the city until the end of the year.
1. Halloween at the Museum
28, 29 Oct, 1 Nov. For those with kids and looking to get into the Halloween mood, enjoy the thematic educational activities at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology. Participation in the activities is included in the entrance tickets to the museum. The activity programme is available at the museum’s official page. 28 Oct 09.30-17.00. 29 Oct, 1 Nov 09.30-18.30.
2-12 Nov. Jazz lovers, stay tuned for ten days of concerts around the city, some free of charge. For details, see website.
3. BookCity Milan
16-19 Nov. If you are confident in your level of Italian, check out the agenda of seminars, readings and spectacles coming up during this week dedicated to literature. But even if you don’t speak Italian, get in the mood of the event by visiting some of the bookshops adhering to the initiative and which also sell books in English and other languages, such as Il Libro Libreria Internazionale and several Feltrinelli franchises. The associated bookshops will mark the opening of BookCity Milano simultaneously on 16 Nov from 6 pm onwards by hosting casual gatherings open to the public. Varied times, free entry. For details, see website.
4. Milan Music Week
20-26 Nov. This will be the first edition of one week of concerts and workshops dedicated to Italian pop music, some of which will be free of charge. Varied times. For details, see website.
5. L’Artigiano in Fiera (handicraft market)
2-10 Dec. Proposing a celebration of art and cultural diversity, this event will bring over 3,000 market stands and artisanal products from over 100 countries to Milan. 10 am-10:30 pm, free entry. For details, see website.
6. Oh Bej! Oh Bej!
7-10 Dec. Starting on the day of the city’s patron St Ambrose, this is a yearly event that officially welcomes the Christmas mood to the city with a variety of market stalls and seasonal food. The market extends itself around the Sforzesco Castle but is concentrated in Piazza Castello, Piazza del Cannone and Viale Gadio. Free entry.