Events and Festivals in Bologna

January  

  • Modena - January 31st, festival and Corrida di San Geminiano.

February

  • Bellaria-Igea Mariona - February 9th to 14th, festival di Santo Apollonia.
  • Cento - historical carnival with many floats.
  • Imola - Sfilata dei Fantaveicoli, carnival with interesting and unusual floats.
  • San Giovanni in Persiceto - Bologna carnival with parade of satirical floats.
  • Borgo Tossignano - Mardi Gras carnival and festivities.

March

  • Forlimpopoli - Segavecchia, the burning of the effigy of 'Old Woman Winter' during mid-lent.
  • Casalfiumanese - 2nd or 3rd Sunday in March, Bologna Ravioli Festival.
  • Cavriago - 25th to 27th March, Festival del Bue Grasso, a two hundred-year-old cattle fair with many demonstrations of old crafts and also food stands.
  • Rocca San Casciano, Forli - bonfire festival during the last weekend of the month.

April

  • Sarsina - Pagnotta di Pasqua (Palm Sunday), dedicated to the traditional Easter cake.
  • Vignola - Vulandra, kite and kitemakers' festival held during the 3rd or 4th weekend in April.
  • Imola - Formula 1 Grand Prix of San Marino, held in late April to early May.

May

  • Ferrara - There are many events during May in the lead-up to the Palio di San Giorgio.
  • Quattro Castella - Investiture of Matilda of Canossa, recreated in period costume on the second Sunday of May.
  • Borghi, Forli - Bustreng Festival, traditional cake and palio held on the second Sunday in May.
  • Predappio - Sangiovese wine festival held on the 2nd Sunday in May.
  • Ceriva - 'Marriage to the Sea' ceremony on Ascension day.
  • Modena - Balsamica, vinegar festival with many exhibitions, special menus in restaurants and cookery classes, held from late May to early June.

June

  • Busseto - Verdi voice competitions.
  • Modena - Opera festival with many duets, historical tournaments and many spectacles.
  • Marinara, Ravenna - international rally of vintage boats.
  • Castel del Rio - Renaissance Festival held during the last weekend of June.

July

  • Ravenna - popular jazz festival.
  • Pomposa - music at the Pomposa abbey tthroughout July and August.
  • Cervia - mid-July, VIP master tennis competitions.
  • Gatteo Mare - Festa della Micizia, cat festival.

August

  • Casina (Reggio Emilia) - Festival of Parmesan cheese.
  • Casttel San Pietro Terme - Honey fair with many trade stands.
  • Cervia - Mid-August, fireworks and fair.
  • Lido della Nazioni - Mid-August, lake festival with fireworks.

September 

  • Ravenna - Settembre Dantesco, readings and events dedicated to Dante, culminating on the 10th of September, the anniversary of his death.
  • Langhirano, Parma ham festival, held during the first week of September.
  • San Marino - Crossbow competitions.
  • Gaggio Montano, Bologna - Sausage festival held on the first Sunday in September.
  • San Pietro in Vincoli - Late September, Festa dell'Uva, wine festival with a parade.

October

  • Goro - Ottobre d'Oro, cultural events and films all month.
  • Imola - Short film festival.
  • Fragno (Pama) - Truffle festival.
  • Portico di Romagna - Frutti del Sottobosco, autumn food feast / festival held on the second Sunday in October.
  • San Mauro Pascoli - Festa di San Crispino, patron saint of cobblers.
  • Porto Corsini - Halloween and tree festival.

November

  • Fanano - Chestnut festival held on the first Sunday of November.
  • Imola - Sangiovese wine week, second week in November.
  • Modena - large antiques fair, second week in November.

December

  • Brisighella - Olive oil festival, held on the first Sunday in December.
  • Forli and Savignano - Santa Lucia.
  • Sestola - Live Christmas crib with traditional bagpipes and old crafts.
  • Ravenna - Big presepi displays at Christmas.
  • New Year's Eve - December 31st, masses are celebrated in churches and traditionally, broken crockery is tossed from balconies. There are also many parties and general celebrations.

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