Carnival; end of January: For two weeks, the carnival spirit stretches all the way from Venice to Lake Garda, banishing the winter blues. Every village hosts its own unique brand of this most Italian of Lake Garda activities, from live music to showcases of macaroni. Yes, really.
Lazise Traditional Festival; third Wednesday of July: Over the years, Lazise’s village feast day has morphed into a slightly bizarre affair involving live music, tripe, fireworks and men climbing greasy poles. It’s odd, but well worth a visit!
Festa dell'Uva e del Vino; October: Pay homage to the humble grape at Bardolino’s wine festival, held every October on the lakeshore. Take photos, because you might have forgotten most of what happened by the morning.