April 2019

Fiera di San giorgioLuna Park (Funfair)

30th March – 1st May 2019
Zona San Giorgio/Montagnone, Viale Alfonso 1 d’Este

The funfair is just about to open, with rides for children and food stands selling candy floss, hot dogs and ‘piadina’ (a delicious type of sandwich). It is a popular destination for the children after school, as it is literally down the road. Follow the walls down to the old hospital on Corso Giovecca. Cross over the roundabout and the fair starts along the walls.

Festival of San Giorgio – Market and funfair

23rd – 25th April 2019
San Giorgio (situated at the end of Viale Alfonso and over the bridge)
Did you know that Saint George is also the Patron Saint of Ferrara? At the end of March a funfair arrives at San Giorgio and stays open until the 1st May. On 23rd April, Saint George’s day, an enormous market is set up along Viale Alfonso next to the funfair and the road is closed to traffic. It sells clothes, bags, jewelry, foods from different regions, excellent doughnuts (personally tasted!) and knick-knacks. The church is also open for visitors and there are often other events taking place for everyone to enjoy in San Giorgio.

Paying Homage to the Dukes of Ferrara

7th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 27th April 2019
Castello Estense’s Courtyard at 5 p.m.
This event is the introduction to the Renaissance Palio games which will be taking place later on in May. The eight teams or “Contrade” of the city present themselves to the Duke of Ferrara by putting on short dances and flag-throwing exhibitions in the castle’s courtyard. You can watch the parade and presentation for free, but to get a good position you need to arrive early.

“Il Cibo è Chi Lo Fa” – Food Event

5th – 7th April 2019
Piazza Trento Trieste
An excellent food market in the city centre with children’s food-themed stories, messy play and craft workshops.

Programme for children’s workshops:

Saturday 6th April: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 7th April: 10 a.m. – midday & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Areas & Activities:
Each activity is introduced through a food-themed story.

Babies aged 0-12 months
Exploring food using the senses.

Toddlers aged 1 – 3
‘Tuttifrutti’: making fruit smoothies and fruit salad. Biscuits and tea for a special snack time.

Children aged 3-8
Creating paintings together using bread, jam and fruit, followed by a special snack.

This event is open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each ticket costs 10 euros which includes one adult and one child. Each workshop lasts one hour and must be booked in advance by sending an email to info@carpemira.it or a message on WhatsApp 333 3659389. Write which day, time, activity and the number of children and adults who would like to take part.

Boat Trips – ‘Il Lupo’ river boat

6th, 13th, & 24th April
Via Darsena
Boarding time at 3 p.m.
This is a small and comfortable boat (max. 12 people) which is able to travel through the narrow canals near San Giorgio and along the narrower branches of the River Po. Discover the typical Ferrarese countryside of orchards in bloom, farmhouses and tiny villages scattered along the banks.
Tickets for adults cost 15 euros, children between the ages of 4 and 10 cost 10 euros and children who are aged 0-3 are free.
For bookings and further information write an email to: info@fiumana.org

Music at Palazzo di Bonacossi

Via Cisterna del Follo, 5
Admission: Free

Tuesday 2nd April
‘In search of lost music’ – Niccolò Piccinni
Conference/concert by Adriano Cirillo and Paolo Bucchi
A performance by the students’ choir from the local music conservatory
Stefano Bocci – piano

Friday 5th April
G. B. Buonamonte, L. Colista, J van Eyck, J C. Naudot, J. K. F. Fischer, J. F. Haendel, G. Sammartini
Luigi Lupo, Laura Pontecorvo flutes – Marina Scaioli harpsichord

Friday 12th April
A. Berg, M. Gatto, G. Mahler, F. P. Tosti, A. Piazzolla, C. Guastavino, H. Arlen/K. Jarrett, A. Ginastera
Alessandro Maffucci tenor – Roberto Russo pianoforte

‘Non solo Cacciatore’ (‘Not Just Hunters’) Prehistory Exhibition

8th March – 15th May
Palazzo Turchi di Bagno
Corso Ercole I, 32
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Don’t forget to visit this interesting exhibition about prehistoric times with artefacts from three of the most important Paleolithic sites in northern Italy.
Free Admission to the museum


Vulandra – International Kite festival

Vulandra – International Kite festival
25th – 28th April, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parco Urbano, Via Bacchelli
Kite flyers from all over the world meet to share this passion in Parco Urbano for a long and colourful weekend. If the weather is right, there are all sorts of displays and acrobatics, with unusual and incredible kites on the ground and in the air.
Entrance: Free

What’s on in Comacchio:

Marinated Fish Festival
Manifattura dei Marinati
Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 200
44022 Comacchio (Ferrara)
25th – 28th April 2019
9.30 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
This is an interesting visitors’ centre where you can learn about the local fishing industry and in particular about Comacchio’s famous eels. During this festival there will be guided tours, workshop for children and food tasting.
For further information telephone: 0533 81742

What’s on in Mesola?

Asparagus Food Fair
Mesola, Castello Estense in Mesola (just outside Ferrara)
25th April – 1st May 2019, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Asparagus is a specialty of Mesola and the surrounding sandy terrain of the Po Delta. At this fair, which takes place in Mesola’s castle, you can taste the asparagus cultivated by the local farmers. Outside the castle you can find a variety of stands selling other produce from the Delta area. There will also be lots of other events taking place on foot, by boat or by bike. Visit the beautiful and historical nature reserve of the woods of Mesola (Il Gran Bosco della Mesola) or the museum dedicated to the deer of Mesola.