Join us at the JazzAscona festival: 20-29 June 2019

May, 09 2019 ( Updated December, 01 2021)

Food & Restaurants

A festival in full 'Swing'...

A trumpet on the rocks by the lake

The only Jazz Festival outside of the USA to be endorsed by the City of Orleans, JazzAscona is a cut above the rest. Now in its 35th year, the annual music festival is held in the beautiful Lake Maggiore resort town of Ascona, in southern Switzerland. Continuing on from the New Orleans Experience theme of 2018, this year’s Jazz festival boasts a jam-packed music programme to delight both young and old; with no less than 160 concerts, late-night jam sessions, brass band parades and tribute bands joining forces with world-class New Orleans artists.

Open Air vibes

Caressed by a unique Mediterranean-style climate, Ascona on Lake Maggiore offers the perfect lakeside setting for early summer outdoor concerts. Running each evening from 18:30 – 01:30 and covering everything from New Orleans Jazz, Swing and the Blues to R&B, Jazz and Afro-Caribbean vibes, music fans will be spoilt for choice!

Indoor ‘Music Hours’

The JazzAscona festival also offers plenty to delight the daytime visitors; with concerts playing across a host of local bars and restaurants from 11am each day. What’s more, the indoor concerts are affordable (visitors simply incur a small supplementary charge on their first drinks/food order). For those who relish high-energy vocal performances, there will also be a live Gospel choir performing at the Collegio Papio Church on the 29th June.

Jazz up your taste buds!

Several restaurants will also be serving tempting New Orleans and Louisiana specialities within the buzzing New Orleans village each evening, from 18:00 – 24:00 (now located at Piazzale Torre). The food village will host a range of renowned New Orleans’ chefs including Brian Landry, who will be serving tasty creole and Cajun food, alongside a menu of mouth-watering speciality drinks.

Visitors will also be able to wine and dine away with a unique Louisiana food experience at Hotel Piazza Ascona restaurant and Osteria Nostrana.


Visitors of all ages are welcome. So immerse yourselves in the free music evenings which run from Sunday 27th June – Thursday 27th June!

Admission to the JazzAscona concerts which run from Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd June and Friday 28th – Sunday 29th June are 20 CHF each for adults and 10 CHF each for students and apprentices. Visitors 14 years old and under go free!

Tickets can be bought from the local Box office or online.

Whether you choose to enjoy the live concerts or savour some Louisiana cuisine, we hope you enjoy soaking up Ascona with the sublime sounds and tastes of summertime Jazz!


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