August 2018

Buskers Festival

18th & 19th August and 21st – 26th August 6 p.m. – midnight
Sunday 19th & 26th August 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
If you have not already been this is a festival not to be missed! Over a thousand musicians and street artists from over thirty five nations are invited to Ferrara Buskers Festival. The town centre’s streets and piazzas come alive in the summer evenings with a variety of international music performed by soloists as well as duets, quartets and groups.
Explore Ferrara’s historical streets and simply follow the sound of music! Meet acrobats, jugglers and street performers along the way but beware as late evenings and weekends can become very busy with streets packed with visitors from all over the world. Try some of the quieter back streets as well as the popular piazzas to really appreciate this festival. (gives great ideas for parking)

Music at Marfisa d’Este continues…

12th July – 15th August 2018

Palazzina Marfisa, Corso Giovecca 170, Ferrara

Palazzina Marfisa d'EsteConcerts start at 9.15 p.m. They are free but donations are welcomed.
Enjoy the cool summer evenings and a delightful series of classical music concerts played in the beautiful gardens of this historical building. (Don’t forget your mosquito spray!).


Wednesday 1st August
RINA CELLINI pianoforte
Handel, Mozart, Martucci

Thursday 2nd August
Gruppo Yerbaguena
musica e danza

Friday 3rd August
spettacolo di danza, musica, relazione e solidarietà a cura di Elisa Mucchi

Saturday 4th August
Bessie Boni voce, Massimo Mantovani pianoforte
Gershwin, Mercer, Mancini, Arlen

Sunday 5th August
Integrale delle Sonate di Schubert
VI Concerto finale

Tuesday 7th August
Paola Amoroso soprano, Massimiliano Pasquali pianoforte
Bellini, Verdi

Wednesday 8th August
“Piano Garden” – musiche originali di J. Lazzari

Thursday 9th August
VOCI SUONI PAROLE il fiume racconta
Giuseppe Monteleone fisarmonica, Nadia Migliari voce recitante
musica tradizionale e letture

Friday 10th August
Mara Paci soprano; Paolo Lazzarini pianoforte.
Verdi, Bellini, Mascagni

Saturday 11th August
Ilaria Bergamin, Eleonora Volpato arpe
Omaggio a Claude Debussy

Sunday 12th August
Barbara Felisatti, voce, Cecilia Bertacchini, sax tenore, Simona Squarzoni, sax alto e tenore, Davide Zabbari, chitarra, Roberto Baiocchi, basso, Stefano Guarisco, batteria, Enrico Samaritani, tastiera
Standard jazz, bossanova, blues, canzone d’autore italiana

Tuesday 14th August
con A.M.A. e ALINERE.
Rassegna delle più celebri canzoni dei Nomadi

Wednesday 15th August
F. Couperin, Chopin, Debussy


Music at the Abbey of Pomposa

Abbazia di Pomposa, Via Pomposa Centro, 1, Codigoro
Concerts start at 9.15 p.m.
Free concerts in the beautiful setting of one of Ferrara’s little gems found in Codigoro.

Friday 3rd August – Divini Capricci (violin)
Thursday 9th August – L’amore intorno al Mondo (singer, piano, cello….)
Wednesday 22nd August – Lirico




La Giostra del Monaco – Medieval Festival

Viale IV Novembre, Baluardi della Fortezza

24th August – 2nd September
Events start at around 6/ 6.30 p.m. except for the weekends:
On Sunday 26th at 10 a.m., then it opens again in the evening from 5 p.m. onwards.
On Saturday 1st September at midday for a tour of the encampment and pony rides, then it re-opens from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
On Sunday 2nd at 10 a.m. then at 6.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. with a fire-eating show, bonfire, music and dancing to conclude this festival.

This is a ten-day festival where you can travel back in time and taste what life was really like in Medieval times. The festival takes its name from a jousting game, which can be seen here, whereby knights compete to hit the central target – representing one of the Ferrara’s sworn enemies “Il Monaco” (the Monk) – whilst on horseback.

Walk amongst a Medieval encampment and meet soldiers, knights and maids. Watch sword fighting and archery competitions. Enjoy Medieval music, theatre and dancing whilst sampling Medieval beer and other delicacies. There are also workshops for children, storytellers, jugglers and a Medieval market.

For further details of events and time go to:

Open-Air Cinema

Piazzetta Castellina
Every Friday from 6th July – 24th August at 9.30 p.m.
Free outdoor cinema for everyone. (Don’t forget the mosquito cream – just in case).

Friday 27th July – “Veloce come il vento” (Italian film)
Friday 3rd August – “Perfetti sconosciuti” (Italian film)
Friday 10th August – “La pazza gioia” (Italian/French film)
Friday 17th August – “Captain Fantastic” (American film)
Friday 24th August – “La Ragazza del treno” (American film)


Food Festivals Continue…

Here are just a few:

Sagra della Lumaca – Snail Festival

Casumaro, Via Boschetti, 21
at 7.30 p.m. – 1st – 11th August
A wonderful menu full of snails!

Astro Gastro – A star gazing experience

Bondeno, Agriturismo La Florida, Via per Burana, 103
3rd, 4th , 5th August & 10th – 15th August
at 7 p.m. (Sundays Midday and 7 p.m.)
An interesting menu of traditional dishes with a twist which include duck, wild boar, mixed grills and pumpkin. What makes this festival particular however, is the opening of the town’s planetarium and observatory where you can watch shooting stars and listen to lectures about astronomy. Live music on 4th, 11th, 14th & 15th August.

Garlic Festival

Voghiera, Corte Centrale e Castello del Belriguardo
4th & 5th August from 10 a.m.
This is a great fair with local produce, local garlic everywhere (try garlic ice-cream!) live music, a small market and delicious lunch/dinners at a reasonable price – as long as you like garlic!

Sagra dell’Ortica – The Nettle Festival!

Malalbergo, (towards Bologna) Piazza Primo Carlini

30th & 31st August, 1st & 2nd September, 6th – 9th September – 7p.m. (Sundays 12 – 7p.m.)
Have you ever tried eating stinging nettles? Malalbergo provides a historical menu of nettles cooked in a variety of ways. There are also lots of interesting things going on in the village too. It is on the way to Bologna, but not too far from Ferrara and is certainly worth a visit.

Sagra della Zucca – Pumpkin Festival

San Carlo, sports field
9th – 19st August 7.30 p.m. (Sundays 12.30 & 7.30 p.m.)
(On 15th August lunch and dinner need to be booked beforehand –

Pumpkin is a traditional vegetable used in Ferrarese cooking and this festival provides the perfect opportunity to taste a variety of dishes and discover its versatility and importance in Ferrara’s cuisine.

Sagra “le Giornate del Riso” – Rice Festival

Jolanda di Savoia, Piazza Giovanni Paolo XXIII
6.30 p.m. (Sundays at midday and 6.30 p.m.)

Locally grown rice is used for a variety of sweet and savoury dishes at this food festival. Try the numerous types of risotto and Ferrara’s famous sweet fried rice cakes.

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