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Calendar of Events

In Bologna and Modena

Queens of the Stone Age, Independent Days Festival

Be sure to check the Bologna Welcome website for up-to-date listings of concerts and other events.

January New Year's burning of the Vecchione in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore

January Fiera Internazionale di Arte, big show of contemporary art at the Bologna Fiera

January-May Bologna Festival Classical music founded in 1982, drawing international star performers. Also January-March, Baby BoFe’, classical music performances designed for ages 3 to 11.

January Corrida di San Geminiano, 13km foot race in Modena

February Bologna Harp Festival

February Carnival. Two of the best are in San Giovanni in Persiceto and Cento, with throw the massive Carnevale twinned with the one in Rio de Janeiro

February Modena Antiquaria, a major antiques fair

March Bologna Salsa Festival

April Bologna Children's Book Fair, at the Bologna Fiera

April Live Arts Week in Bologna, featuring the latest in live media at MAMbo

May May 1, Gran Festival Internationale della Zuppa, celebrating soup in Bologna

May Mille Miglia vintage car race, passes through Modena.

May Future Film Festival, International Festival of cinema, animation and new technologies, Bologna

Late May-June The Festa di la Madonna di San Luca religious procession takes place in Bologna the sixth Sunday after Easter

Mid June Modena Cento Ore, four day historic car race, ending in Modena

Mid June-mid August Sotto le stelle del Cinema, in Bologna: free outdoor films, often in Piazza Maggiore. Check schedules on the Cineteca website

Late June Fiera di San Giovanni, Spilamberto

Late June-early July Il Cinema Ritrovato, Festival of Silent Films, in Piazza Maggiore and Piazzetta Pasolini, Bologna

July Festival of Soul Music Porretta Terme

Late July Festa del Gelato Artiginale, Casalecchio di Reno

Late August-September Festa dell'Unità, in the Parco Nord. Italy's biggest Communist shindig, with food, concerts and much more

September Independent Days Festival, Indie and alternative music, Bologna

September Modena Motor Gallery Classic car show

September Danza Urbana Contemporary dance performances in various city centre locations in Bologna

September Film Festival, Porretta Terme

October Bologna Mortadella Bò, celebrating mortadella

October Spilamberto Mast Còt on the first weekend, where the streets are filled with pots of boiling grape juice to be made into balsamic vinegar

November Bologna Jazz Festival, one of the most important in Italy

December Bologna Motor Show Ginormous car and motorcycle show at the Bologna Fiera

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Gabriel, CC-BY