August 2017


During the summer months lots of families move to the seaside, which is divided into different areas called ‘Lidi’. A lot of street and beach entertainment is provided during the summer months so it is a great nearby destination for those who want to escape the sometimes stifling heat of the city but who may have to return to Ferrara the following day. These are just a few of the events taking place in August but there are hundreds more so just choose a beach area and find out what is on.

Comacchio by Night

4th, 11th, 25th August

The charming town of Comacchio  offers music, markets, art and street entertainment in the evenings for all the family.

Buskers Tour

18th August, 9.30 p.m. – midnight
The streets and canals of Comacchio come alive with music, as groups stop off here just for one evening on their way to Ferrara.

Ferragosto on the Lido delle Nazioni

15th August
To celebrate this national holiday there will be music, children’s games and family fun taking place all day ending in the evening with a super firework display.

Gioca Estate – Lido di Volano

19th August, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kite festival and children’s games

Platea Cibis – Street Food Fair

Porto Garibaldi, Via U. Bassi
18th – 20th August, 10 a.m. – midnight
This is a great street food fair with homemade products from all over the world for you to taste.

Music at Marfisa d’Este continues…

Until 15th August, 9.30 p.m.

Palazzina Marfisa, Corso Giovecca 170, Ferrara

Palazzina Marfisa d'Este

Remember that these concerts are completely free, but donations are welcomed. Proceeds are given entirely to charity.

1st August
Haydn, Debussy, Liszt

2nd August
‘Love and Power’ – Verdi’s masterpieces
Voice & piano

3rd August
‘Ritratti in Jazz’

4th August
‘Parlami d’Amore Mariu’
Voice & piano

5th August
‘Summer Moods’
Voice, piano & drums

6th August
‘Gemme Duo’
Guitar & voice
French and Russian songs

8th August
‘Notte di Flamenco’
Dancer, voice, double bass, guitar and percussion

9th August
‘L’Amore e’ una Cosa Meravigliosa’
Voice & piano
Verdi, Puccini, Morricone, Newman

10th August
‘Arciduca Piano Trio’
Violin, cello and piano – Brahms, Schumann

11th August
‘Grandi Romantici’
Brahms & Schubert

12th August
Bach, Beethoven, Busoni & Chopin

13th August 
‘Una Serata Galante’
Quartet – Telemann, Vivaldi

15th August
Handel, Mozart, Beethoven & Martucci

Nena‘ Motorboat  Excursions:

A River Trip from Ferrara to Venice

5th August, 7.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Departure from Darsena San Paolo at 7.30 p.m.

An exciting day out retracing the ancient trail of the old sea merchants, which linked Ferrara to the important sea port of Venice. At 11.30 a.m. there will be a stop-off for a picnic lunch at Panarella’s Nature Reserve. The trip ends in Venice at 5.30 p.m. You will even have time to have a walk around Venice before making your own way back to Ferrara, catching the last train at 7.43 p.m.

Boat Trip Costs: 50 euro adults, children 3 – 10 years old 25 euro

A Boat Trip to the Food Fair in Baura

8th August, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Departure from Darsena di Ferrara, Via Darsena 57
7 p.m. – Arrival at Baura where you can enjoy the food festival of San Lorenzo
9.30 p.m. – Return to Ferrara by boat
10.30 p.m. – Arrival back in Ferrara
Boat Trip Costs: 15 euro adults, children 3 – 10 years old 8 euro

Please Book:
Tel: 347 7139988

Ferrara Buskers Festival

19th, 20th and from 22nd – 27th August
6 p.m. – Midnight except Sundays: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Around the streets and piazzas of the historical city centre
This year celebrates the 30th Edition of this fantastic music event. There are 20 music groups who have been invited to the festival from all around the world. There will also be about 300 street artists performing in and around the streets of Ferrara’s historical centre. 

Puedes Summer Night

summer4th – 28th August, early evening until late

Via Baluardi, sotto le mura

Enjoy a variety of free concerts each evening around the under-wall area of Via Baluardi. During the Buskers Festival many of the groups join this venue for jamming sessions late on into the night. Pizzeria, restaurants and pubs are open nearby and it is a chance for everyone to relax and chill out.

Food festivals continue…

Casumaru – Fiera di San Lorenzo, Sagra della Lumaca (snail)

Via Garigliano, 14. Stands opens at 7.30 p.m.
A variety of imaginative appetizers, starters and main courses made from snails. (There are plenty of other dishes too for the less adventurous!)

Jolanda di Savoia – Festival dei Risotti

4th, 5th, 6th, & 9th – 13th & 16 – 20th & 23rd – 27th August
Stands open at 7 p.m.

A buffet of 8 different types of risotto made from rice grown in this area and combined with local products. Try strawberry risotto with strawberries from Lagosanto, eel risotto with eels freshly caught from Comacchio or why not try pear and gorgonzola flavoured risotto with pears from the local area?

Ferrara – Festival dei Risotti

5th, 6th, 7th & 10th – 14th &17th – 21st & 24th – 28th August
Campo sportivo, Via Salice, 15.
Stands open at 7 p.m.

For those of you who do not have a car, this food fair is a perfect opportunity for you to taste a truly Italian dish with a local twist! Like the fair mentioned above, all the products used to make the risotti are from the local villages such as Goro, Mesola, Comaccchio and Lagosanto. The rice is grown in the Delta area too.

San Carlo – Sagra della Zucca e del suo Cappellaccio

10th – 20th August
Campo Sportivo. Stands open at 7.30 p.m. & on Sundays at 12.30 and 7.30 p.m.

Pumpkin plays such an important role in Ferrarese cuisine that you must try ‘Cappellacci’ whilst you stay in Ferrara and this local food fair is a great way of tasting homemade pasta made by the locals. The menu is jam-packed with delicious traditional pumpkin-based dishes, but it also offers a variety of other mouth-watering traditional dishes.

To find out more about Ferrarese Cuisine why not read our interesting article on our Extra Smile webpage?