Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff
South Tyrol Jazz Festival
Merano Music Weeks
Grape festival
Merano Wine Festival
Merano Christmas
NEW 2018 Chic Sauna Area

Events in Merano – with lots to choose

Culture, enjoyment, traditions, & more

The events in Merano range from gourmet events andsporting events to traditional festivals. Take a look at what events are taking place in Merano while you are on holiday at our hotel in Merano. You will be sure to find the perfect event for you and your loved ones!

Haflinger horse race
EASTER MONDAY
EASTER MONDAY

Every year in Merano, the Haflinger horse race is held. In addition to beautiful horses, with their brilliant blonde manes, a colourful programme adds to the festivities: musical bands parades, decorated floats and performances by dance groups all make this a must-see event in Merano. In the afternoon the horse races take place and in the evening the horses and their riders compete in a trotting race. After the finale, the winner is announced.

Opening of the gardens of the Trauttmansdorff Castle
APRIL
APRIL

Every year in April, the doors re-open to this unique garden world in Merano. It never stops impressing its visitors with its 12 hectares of landscape. Local and exotic plants of all kinds, arranged in the form of a natural amphitheatre and divided into a total of over 80 gardens, result in a unique work of art. An impressive panorama awaits you!

Half Marathon Merano-Lagundo/Meran-Algund
APRIL
APRIL

The spring half marathon is very popular and not just for South Tyroleans. Every year, local and international athletes participate in the run. The route runs along blooming orchards and breath-taking landscapes and is lined with enthusiastic spectators cheering on the participants. Afterwards runners and spectators meet at the marathon festival. Visit this sporting event in Merano and take part!

South Tyrol Jazz Festival
JUNE/JULY
JUNE/JULY

The well-known South Tyrol Jazz Festival has become an integral part of musical events in Merano and has achieved a high profile in South Tyrol. Every year artists from all over the world take part in this event and enchant the audience with impressive sounds. For the festival, castles, theatres, and even old farms become the stage of the melodious event.

Sacred Heart Festival
JUNE/JULY
JUNE/JULY

On the third Sunday after Pentecost, the mountains around Merano are illuminated in a fascinating spectacle of light. In the evening, volunteer fire brigades and associations ignite a fire in the form of hearts or eagles. This has been a tradition ever since 1796, when the Tyroleans fought for their freedom and pledged their loyalty to the heart of Jesus if they won the fight. They in fact won the battle and every year, on this special night, they honour the heart of Jesus. 

South Tyrol Classic – Vintage Car Rally
JULY
JULY

This year's edition of the most popular vintage car-lovers event takes place from July 8th-15th, 2018. The international event in Merano is an exciting highlight of every year. For the 33rd edition this year, we don’t expect it to be any different. Enthusiasm is high, with shiny cars and breath-taking backdrops, what are you waiting for?

Merano Music Weeks
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

The Merano Music Weeks have been held annually since 1986 and, when it comes to classical music, are among the most important events in Merano and throughout Europe. Chamber music ensembles and famous orchestras will once again mesmerise audiences on a musical journey through classical sounds.

Grand Prix of Merano
SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER

The Grand Prix of Merano marks the end of the season for horse racing and offers equestrian fans the last opportunity of the year to watch a steeplechase. The 5-kilometre racetrack is designed so that the spectators can watch their top picks with the naked eye easily. It is a highlight among the events in Merano – especially for horse enthusiasts.

Grape festival
OCTOBER
OCTOBER

The famous grape festival in Merano has taken place since 1886 and is one of the most traditional events in Merano. A colourful supporting programme ensures a varied autumn weekend in the spa town: a festive procession with elaborately decorated floats and performances by bands and dance groups are just some of the highlights that you will experience during this weekend in the historic centre of Merano.

Merano Wine Festival
NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER

The Merano Wine Festival is an exclusive food and wine event that will take place for the 27th time. Local and international wine producers present their exquisite wines and are offered together with culinary delicacies for tasting. Beer breweries and brandy distilleries are also represented there.

Merano Christmas
DECEMBER
DECEMBER

The Merano Christmas market has recently become environmentally friendly and has been transformed into a certified green event. In this contemplative time, the decorated wooden stands of the Merano Christmas Market invite you to walk around and try new things – indulge in regional products and explore the various goodies at each stand has to offer.

Look forward to these and other events in Merano. At the Hotel Sonnenburg, we are always happy to inform you about current events and highlights!