With the rich history of Italy and the festive nature of its peoples, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of events and celebrations throughout the year even in the little village of Varenna.

In July there is the Festa del lago which is more of a commemoration than a celebration. It remembers an event all the way back from the year 1169 when some of the people from nearby Como set fire to a boat of incoming exiles. August sees the Polenta and Fish festival that is without a doubt full of mouth watering food. Nearby, in Lake Como, also during August is a gondola competition that dates back hundreds of years.

In September, in nearby Como there are two notable festivals. The Palio del Baradello is a Medieval pageant and competition that takes place the first week of this month. Also the Palio Remiero del Lario which is a rowing race.

Although January is not generally the tourist season, there is a fun festival worth coming for, the celebration of winter and its end! La Giubiana celebrates winter and the fact that it will soon be over with drinking and food and the "burning" of a legendary witch "La Giubiana".