Events in Merano

Highlights
Merano has always been a meeting place for people and cultures.
A lively city, with numerous events of international standing.
Active in meranArt and Culture
01.01.2019
NEW YEAR’S CONCERT WITH THE HAYDN ORCHESTRA OF BOLZANO AND TRENTO
Merano Kursaal - 5:00 p.m.
Wonderful New Year’s enjoyment for music lovers: The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento offers an extensive repertoire of works by Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán and the Strauß family. Conducted by Erich Polz.

01.04.-02.06.2019
MERANO SPRING & MERANO FLOWER FESTIVAL
Merano and Environs
A multi-faceted series of events featuring various projects to enhance and make creative use of Merano’s green spaces in the early months of the year, including collaborative projects with the villages of Scena/Schenna, Tirolo/ Dorf Tirol and Naturno/Naturns. On April 6 and 7, Merano will also partici.pate in the “South Tyrol - Live your town” initiative, with guided botanical tours, talks and much more besides. Another highlight is the Merano Flower Festival (April 25 to 28, 2019) with its flower-based installations and topiary in the town center, with entertain.ing workshops for kids and adults. A flower market will offer plants and all kinds of garden accessories, with a diverse program of side events rounding out the four-day long market. The highlights of our partners: Naturno (April 13+14), Scena (May 3-5) and Tirolo (June 1).

‍From the end of March to June 3, and from September 15 to November 12, 2019
SÜDTIROL BALANCE
Merano
This project is all about relaxation, healthy delights and the positive effects
of exercise, with experts leading Balance initiatives and other events.

05.-07.05.2019
9th YOGA MEETING “MERANO IN YOGA”
Merano Kurhaus and various outdoor locations
Respected international yoga teachers will again be holding seminars, gather.ings and courses at the Kurhaus. The festival program includes free lessons, conferences, concerts and exhibitions. A festival for experts and beginners alike.

22.04.2019
123rd TRADITIONAL HAFLINGER HORSE RACES AND PROCESSION
Merano town center and Merano Racecourse
This event, held on Easter Monday, marks the opening of the annual racing season at the Merano Racecourse. In the morning, there is a procession through the town center of many colorful floats accompanied by brass bands in local costumes, while in the afternoon local and international jockeys
compete on the track. An interesting program of side events and culinary treats enhances the thrilling racing action.

04.-05.05.2019
26th HALF MARATHON MERANO-LAGUNDO AND MERANO “RUN4FUN”
Merano and Lagundo
The 26th Half Marathon Merano-Lagundo is an international sporting challenge held over a distance of 21.5 km between Merano and Lagundo. It starts on Corso Libertà in Merano and finishes in Merano at Piazza Terme. Assorted culinary delights are sold (from May 4) at the Marathon Festival’s stalls on the Passer Promenade. Alongside the half-marathon will be the seventh Merano “run-4fun”, a non-competitive event for amateur runners, power walkers and Nordic walkers. Runners over the age of 12 are welcome to take part.

May to October 2019
HORSERACING AT THE MERANO RACECOURSE
Merano Racecourse
Horseracing events are regularly held in Merano, the home of Italy’s most beautiful racecourse.

On Sundays in June and on the first Sunday in July 2019
BREAKFAST AT SISSI’S AT TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Visitors to the Gardens can indulge in a sumptuous brunch on the majestic Sissi Terrace, where Empress Elisabeth took strolls during her sojourns at Trauttmansdorff Castle. Breathtaking views of the botanical gardens and sublime live music make “Breakfast at Sissi’s” a triple delight that will please the palate, eyes and ears.

Fridays in June, July and August 2019
TRAUTTMANSDORFF AFTER HOURS
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle & Touriseum, Merano - 6:00-11:00 p.m.
On balmy Friday evenings in summer, Trauttmansdorff offers an ideal pro-gram to get you in the mood for the weekend: A lovely extended aperitif at the water-lily pond to musical accompaniment, guided evening tours and
culinary delights at the Schlossgarten Restaurant. A free shuttle service to and from Merano’s town center is provided.

June-July-August 2019
GARDEN NIGHTS - WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle - 9:00 p.m.
This series of open-air concerts, held for the seventeenth consecutive year, offers musical highlights from around the globe. It is one of Italy’s most im.portant world music festivals and features an atmospheric setting around the water-lily pond.

07.-09.06.2019
ASFALTART 13th INTERNATIONAL STREET ART FESTIVAL MERANO/ALTO ADIGE
Merano town center and Piazza Terme, Merano
Each year, street artists, buskers and musicians from all over the world gather in Merano to perform at the Asfaltart festival. The town center then turns into an open-air stage for clowns, trapeze artists, musicians and fire breathers. The 2019 festival comprises a new “women’s edition”, as well as a handicraft market and a gastronomy stall on the Passer Promenade.

15.-22.06.2019
12th VINO MIGLIA - VINTAGE CAR MEETING
Merano town center and Piazza Terme, Merano
A must for any self-respecting vintage car enthusiast: the 12th Vino Miglia Rally is a weeklong tour through five European countries, with tastings of wine and local specialities en route, including a stop in Merano from June 18th to 20th, 2019.

18.06-21.08.2019
TUESDAYNIGHT IN MERANO
Merano town center - 8:00-11:00 p.m.
In its fourteenth year, this series of events again offers different themes and delights with evening concerts, fashion shows and performances in the town center. Vendors will sell local products at various market stalls.

21.-23.06.2019
15th INTERNATIONAL CITROËN VINTAGE CAR MEETING
Merano town center and Piazza Terme, Merano
The Citroën automobile parade through the old town is a must-attend event for vintage car lovers, who can then admire these fine old French vehicles at Piazza Terme.

28.-30.06.2019
COOL SWIM MEETING
Lido Merano
Italy’s best swimmers compete in the 50m Olympic-size pool of the Lido Merano swimming pool.

28.06.-07.07.2019
37th SOUTH TYROL JAZZFESTIVAL
Merano and Environs
Internationally acclaimed jazz musicians will present their rich musical reper.toires in unusual venues.

01.-14.07.2019
23rd MERANO JAZZ FESTIVAL & 18th CENTRAL EUROPEAN JAZZ ACADEMY
Kallmünz Castle, Merano
MeranOJazz is a top-class music festival where famous jazz musicians perform unforgettable evening shows. Running in parallel (until July 14) will be the Central European Jazz Academy, comprising several master classes and workshops held by well-known European jazz artists.

07.-14.07.2019
SÜDTIROL CLASSIC SCHENNA
Scena, Merano and Environs
Also known as “Rally of Sympathy”, this international vintage car event is a highlight for classic car enthusiasts, and an opportunity to get a close look at fine old vehicles. The rally’s program includes stages in Merano and Environs, in the Dolomites, and a “South Tyrol Panoramic Drive”. The “Rally of Sympathy” passes through Merano on July 11.

24.07.-19.08.2019
A SUMMER EVENING IN MERANO
Merano town center
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the warm evening weather in the town center at high-quality outdoor concerts.

15.08.2019
TOP-QUALITY FLAT RACING AT THE FERRAGOSTO WEEKEND
Merano Racecourse
These two days are high points of the Merano racing season, with the best Italian and Central European racing stables competing on the flat.

24.08.-20.09.2019
34th SÜDTIROL FESTIVAL MERANO.MERAN
Merano Kurhaus and Puccini Theater, Merano
17.-22.08. pre.festival
Screenings of three concert films at Piazza Terme
24.08.-20.09. südtirol festival merano.meran
Each year, the Merano Music Weeks offer visitors the chance to hear out.standing classical concerts, mostly in the evocative Art Nouveau atmosphere of the Merano Kurhaus.

25.08.2019
7th PALIO DES BURGGRAFENAMTES
Merano Racecourse
An equestrian event with a derby atmosphere: the seventh “Palio des Burg.grafenamtes” between the municipalities of the Merano area sees the teams allotted horses, then competing in races between both Haflinger mounts and thoroughbreds. South Tyrolean specialties and cultural performances round off the thrilling race action.

From mid-September to mid-November 2019
AUTUMN IN MERANO
Merano and Environs
Three months of gastronomic delights, of music and folklore for this traditional autumn series of events.

22.09.2019
7th MERANO MAGIC FESTIVAL
Merano Kursaal
The Merano Magic Festival will once again be enchanting the town. A gala of magic at the Kursaal will show off the various facets of the illusionist’s art, amusing and mysterious in turns.

28.+29.09.2019
80th MERANO SOUTH TYROL GRAND PRIX
Merano Racecourse
The Merano South Tyrol Grand Prix is one of Europe’s prime hurdle races. The horseracing weekend also includes other competitions of international importance, such as the Price of Nations (which is linked to the Crystal Cup) on September 28, before the 80th Merano South Tyrol Grand Prix is held on September 29. Merano’s racecourse will offer a richly diverse culinary pro-gram, including a tasty preview of the Merano WineFestival.

28.09.+12.10.+19.10.2019
18th INTERNATIONAL BRASS FESTIVAL
Merano Kursaal - 8:00 p.m.
Three concerts held at the Kursaal and featuring high-profile bands:
On Saturday, September 28, 2019 - VENEZUELA BRASS
Extensive tours through Europe, the United States and Australia have helped make this band famous outside its South American home country.
On Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10FORBRASS
This band features ten highly talented German musicians.
On Saturday, October 19, 2019 - MNOZIL BRASS
The performances of this seven-man act are made special by comical antics and vocal parts reminiscent of the musical theater.

13.10.2019
AUTUMN GALLOPS - MAIA OKTOBERFEST
Merano Racecourse
A varied program of events including gallop races with Haflinger horses, performances by folklore groups and traditional bands, and a wide choice of tasty dishes.

18.-20.10.2019
THE MERANO GRAPE FESTIVAL - EVOLVING TRADITION
Merano town center
First held in 1886, the Merano Grape Festival delights with intriguing perfor.mances, delicious South Tyrolean food and a wide range of concerts (includ.ing some fairly experimental ones). Extremely popular, each year the Merano Grape Festival offers new surprises and a spectacular parade.

08.-12.11.2019
THE MERANO WINEFESTIVAL
Merano Kurhaus - Piazza della Rena - Passer Promenade, Merano The Merano WineFestival is one of Europe’s leading wine and food events, where top-quality Italian and foreign winemakers present their finest products. There will also be a focus on wines from organic and biodynamic producers.

End of November 2019 to early January 2020
VIVI MERANO - MERAN ERLEBEN
Puccini Theater & Merano Kursaal
Shows and concerts featuring well-known Italian musicians and actors. This event series is part of the Merano Christmas Market’s program.

28.11.2019-06.01.2020
THE MERANO CHRISTMAS MARKET
Passer Promenade - Piazza Terme - Piazza della Rena, Merano
The Merano Christmas Market provides a magical atmosphere, with daily concerts, children’s entertainment, local customs and handicrafts. There are other Christmas markets in Merano and Environs too, offering textiles, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wooden objects.

26.12.2019
BOXING DAY CONCERT: SYMPHONIC WINDS
Merano Kursaal - 8:00 p.m.
Founded in 1989 (thus celebrating its 30th anniversary), the Symphonic Winds orchestra has become a regular feature of the European wind instrument scene. The Boxing Day concert at the Kursaal is an annual highlight of its packed concert program. Conducted by Alexander Veit.

31.12.2019
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN MERANO
Passer Promenade, Merano
The beginning of the New Year is celebrated with a spectacular midnight show. The festivities before and after this eagerly anticipated event include all sorts of entertainment and revelry.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS AT THE MUSEUMS AT SOUTH TYROL’S MUSEUM OF TOURISM (TOURISEUM)
April 1 to November 15, 2019
250 YEARS OFTOURISM INTYROL
The Touriseum is a charming museum full of surprises. Its central compo.nent is a permanent exhibition of lively scenes, displayed in twenty rooms, which invite you to experience an entertaining journey through 200 years of Alpine tourism history. In a delightful way, it combines humor with in.sight and entertainment with history.

AT THE WOMEN’S MUSEUM
November 9, 2018, to November 11, 2019
NOT COOKING ANYMORE?
Women in western societies spend less time cooking than before. The demands of work-life and a more flexible sharing of tasks and responsibili.ties between men and women have entailed wide-ranging changes in time management and lifestyle. Cooking has become both simpler and more complicated: different nutrition methods, health issues, gender-related body images, the consumption of meat versus animal rights, the situation in agriculture, the global versus the local. Moral responsibility has become an important factor determining our eating and shopping habits.   The exhibition focuses on these altered individual and collective parame.ters. It tells the stories of women from different countries, who give special attention to cooking and eating, to sharing and communal approaches, thus giving their individual actions a collective meaning.

AT MERANO ARTE
March 16 to June 16, 2019
MATERIALS
Materials (working title) presents three artists who all work with different but mostly natural materials (clay, metal and sand for Katinka Bock; marble for Philipp Messner; silicone, asphalt and plaster for Giulia Cenci). The works on display are open sculptural works that engage the exhibition space. October 12, 2019, to January 12, 2020
DESIGN 1919-2019
This exhibition is the first systematic review of the experiences of design in the historical area of Tyrol, a small yet strategic cultural and linguistic part of Europe nestling between Austria and Italy. A project between Merano Arte, NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts), Milan, and the Faculty of Design of the Unversity of Bolzano/Bozen.
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