What’s Happening in Milano in September 2016

If August in Milan is the month for mass exodus, September is the month for reentry for students, young professionals, families and pensioners. So it’s no wonder that tons of events are planned for the months that marks the start of the school year. Here we’ve put together the best the city has to offer, whether you’re interested in music, video gaming, film, fashion, good eats or wine. The hard part will be deciding where to go!

MITO logoFor Classical Music Lovers
What: MiTo Music Festival
When: 2-22 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
This music fest, in its 10th edition, features classical music concerts at all the main auditoriums and concert locations around the city. Many performances have free admission and the other have ticket prices ranging between €5 and €20. Tickets can be purchased online, at Teatro Dal Verme or at the concert location 90 minutes before the performance. One of this year’s main events is MITO Open Singing, in the Piazza del Duomo this Saturday, where the audience is invited to sing along with 1,000 choir singers.

Milano Game Fest logoFor Video Game Nerds
What: Milano Game Festival
When: 8-12 September
Where: IULM University, Via Carlo Bo 7 (M3 Romolo)
Much like a film festival provides a shared experience of viewing a newly released movie, the Milano Game Festival allows participants to experience one brand new video game together. Everyone plays the same game at the same time for about two hours, sharing a common experience to discuss and remember. Held as part of the XXI Triennale “Design after Design,” game creators will be available to meet attendees. Registration is required online.

Milano Film Fest logoFor Movie Buffs
What: Milano Film Festival
When: 8-18 September
Where: The Tortona area and other locations in Milano
Emerging film-makers from different parts of the world are featured at this annual event, now hosting it 21st edition. Some of the more well-known projects to check out are “Lo and Behold” (2016) directed by Werner Herzog, a documentary about the digital era and the internet, and “Gimme Danger” directed by Jim Jarmusch, with Iggy Pop talking about his band The Stooges. You can buy tickets or the MFF Card at the BASE Milano infopoint, online or at the venues. Tickets range from €5 to €8 and a MFF Card is only €10 for students and provides discounts on all screenings.

13901605_615408035303987_8422224077917196079_nFor Fashionistas
What: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out
When: 20 September
Where: Shopping areas in and near the city center
The fashion magazine Vogue has been organizing this event every year since 2009, to kick off the start of Fashion Week. This year, the only city in Italy with activities will be Milan (it was previously also held in other cities like Florence and Rome). The whole city comes out to check out shops, get freebies from various stores and companies, go to cocktail parties, support charities and attend concerts and other cultural events.

What: Women’s Fashion Week
When: 21-26 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
Want to paparazzi the VIPs and fashion models going to and leaving the biggest fashions shows? Or just get the latest on all the new Spring/Summer 2017 looks? Then you can’t miss Milano Fashion Week! Though the fashion shows are often reserved to industry insiders and celebrities, there are several events open to the public. In Piazza Gae Aulenti, you can hit up the Fashion Hub at UniCredit Pavilion, where 14 brands will be featured. You can watch the shows on jumbo screens in the same area, as well as Piazzetta Croce Rossa, or online. Finally, Franca Sozzani has curated the exhibit, “Crafting the Future: Stories of Artisanship and Innovation,” at the recently opened MUDEC museum.

Food Truck Fest logoFor Foodies
What: Streeat – Food Truck Festival
When: 16-18 September
Where: Carroponte, Via Granelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni (M1 Sesto Marelli, M5 Bignami)
The best food trucks (and food Ape Piaggios and food bikes and food carts and food motorcycles) in Italy will be in Milano for you to enjoy. There will also be plenty of craft beer, wines cocktails and smoothies to choose from and good live music while you’re eating and drinking. There will be lots of regional Italian options, international fare, and vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free choices.

Bottigile Aperto locationOctober Bonus Event: For Wine Connoisseurs  
What: Milano Wine Show – Bottiglie Aperte
When: 1-3 October
Where: Il Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61 (M1-M2 Cadorna)
Want to experience a full day of wine tasting excellent DOC and DOCG Italian wine from all over the country? Then this is the event for you! Tickets aren’t cheap (they start at €36.50 for a one-day pass) but you’ll get your pick of all the varietals from all the different regions in Italy from more than 100 producers. Sommeliers will also be on hand to explain the wines you’re tasting. Get more info on their website and a link to buy tickets.

25 Reasons Why We Love Living in Miano

There are weeks when Milan is dull and grey, and it always feels as if the rain starts to fall on Saturday morning and the sun shines brightly every Monday afternoon. However, although we love to complain about Milan, the truth is that we actually do love it very much. Here is a list of reasons to remind you why you love living in Milano:

25) In restaurants, a salad costs more than a plate of pasta or a meat dish, and yet you choose to order the salad every time.

24) There is a gelateria around every street corner, but you still walk for miles just to go to your favorite one.

23) You also do the same thing with your favourite pizzeria, and you can argue about this for hours with your friends.

22) It’s worth living here for the rest of the year just to experience the two weeks of Fashion Week.

Tree in park21) Lounging in Parco Sempione on summer afternoons, after trying (and failing) to study for your upcoming exam in the park.

20) You need four cups of coffee to sustain yourself through an average day.

19) There is no dearth of places where you can get good coffee.

18) You know the exact difference between a caffè, caffè lungo, caffè macchiato, caffè corretto, latte macchiato, cappuccino, marocchino and at what time of the day each drink is appropriate. You also look down on people who drink a cappuccino after 11.00am in the morning.

Cadorna sculpture close-up17) You use BikeMi to go everywhere even though you own a bicycle that you haven’t used in years.

16) Bumping into someone you know when you are out in the evening because there are just three main areas in the city where most people hang out.

15) Standing in the middle of the night with at least 15-20 other people waiting for the last tram to pass by.

14) You can’t help but support either Inter or Milan once you start living here even if you don’t actually follow football!

13) You start following football regardless of whether you like it or not, and you know better than to go out on the eve of a match.

12) You also know better than to leave your supermarket shopping for a Sunday evening.

11) You can take the metro, change lines twice and still manage to reach your destination well before a direct bus journey.

10) You have a complicated relationship with the public transportation system of the city. You love to complain about it all the time, but get very defensive when you hear other people trashing it.

Exterior and roof of La Scala9) Darsena on a Saturday night.

8 ) You proudly boast about La Scala to tourists and people you meet abroad, while never actually having been to a performance yourself.

7) Hearing the phrase Panzerotto da Luini automatically makes you nod in agreement.

6) The quality of your day is directly related to whether it’s raining or not.

Side view of Duomo cathedral5) Crepes and cocktails in Porta Ticinese right in front of the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

4) The Duomo takes your breath away every time you catch a first glimpse of it, even though you pass it almost every day.

3) Your love for the city can be expressed in just one word: APERITIVO.

2) It’s the only place in the world where everyone is on holiday for the entire month of August.

1) You can’t wait to leave when you live there, but when you are away you miss it and want to come back!

What’s Happening in Milano in September 2014

September is a time for new beginnings. Students come back to school classrooms and university lecture halls, workers filter back into town after spending a few weeks at the beach or in the mountains. And the city of Milano comes to life with tons of cool events, from music to film to soccer to fashion. To find out about the biggest fests and happenings, read on!

MiTo logoMITO Music Festival
4-21 September
A yearly event held in both Turin and Milan, this festival brings music to the streets and halls of the city. Mostly focused on classical music, there are also jazz performances and other events like lectures, book presentations and exhibits. A closing dance party is also on the program, set for 21 September, at the Mercedes-Benz Center Milano. Ticket prices are different for each event, and can be purchased online or before the performance, if available. Don’t miss it!

Milano Film Festival
4-14 September
This annual movie fest has feature films, shorts, animated flicks, events and movies for kids lots of other side events. Films are from all over the world so lots of languages are represented, check out their website for more info. Ticket prices range from €4-8 and can be purchased before each screening. It’s a must for film lovers and a great way to enjoy the outdoor venues as the Milanese return to the city after summer break!

AC Milan logoSerie A Soccer Games at San Siro
14, 20, 24 and 28 September
AC Milan or Inter fan? The Serie A tournament kicked off at the end of August, which means the city’s soccer stadium will be packed whenever a game is scheduled: they’re typically on Sunday evenings, though games can also be on Sunday afternoon or Saturday evening or the occasional Wednesday evening game. The next matches will be:
– Inter-Sassuolo, Sunday 14 September, 3:00pm
– Milan-Juventus, Saturday 20 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Atalanta, Wednesday 24 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Cagliari, Sunday 28 September, 3:00pm
AC Milan tickets can be purchased online, at a Banca Populare di Milano branch or the AC Milan offices, near Portello. Get more info on the team’s website. Inter tickets can be purchased online or at one of the many Best Union sales points located in Milano and around Italy. Get more info on the team’s website.

Fashion's Night Out logoVogue Fashion’s Night Out
16 September
This event was created by the world-famous fashion magazine in NYC in 2009. It gradually expanded to include other fashion capitals and now events are organized in tons of cities around the world. What can you expect if you’re out on the town on the 16th? Lots of people hanging out in designer shops after-hours, some freebies, limited edition items, a fun look at the fall/winter fashions and maybe some celebrity sightings. What’s not to love to kick off fashion week?

Milan Fashion Week
17-22 September
Each fall after New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, fashionistas head to Milano to see  lots of great designers sending their newest looks down the runway. If you’ve got an “in” with the fashion world, you might be able to snag in invite to one of the shows. If not, you’ll have to settle for people watching outside the venues or watching live or taped fashion shows on the jumbo screens scattered around town.