Parma mia! is a blog for ex-pats and English-language speakers in Parma as well as for tourists who want to learn more. We've got lots of tips and tidbits to share: where to buy your foreign foods, favorite restaurants, what's on for kids during the weekends, local agricultural fairs, where you can find a babysitter or chiropractor and hints on how to make it through the bureaucratic maze that is Italy (see tabs below). This forum is for you: please share your ideas/events with us at or on FB at Parma Mia.

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April 28, 2013

May in Parma

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Special events

May 4, open doors at EFSA.

May 5, 12, 19, Fattorie aperte: farms open their doors to the public.
Activities at the farm for kids aged 2-5 organized by the city of Parma. Booking necessary, click on link.

May 9-16, Festa del Cinema, all the movies at only EUR 3. 

May 12, two bike related events: Bicincittà (9.15 am) and Bimbimbici (3 pm).

May 12, Festa della Mamma. 

May 18, Fascination of Plants day at Botanic Garden, via Farini 90.

May 18, Notte dei Musei (museums open till late).

May 19, festa WWF at the Oasi dei Ghirardi, Borgotaro.

May 26 Cantine Aperte, vineyards open their doors... and their cellars. Visit the website for updates.

Guided tours at the Archeological Museum for kids aged 4+. Booking necessary: or call 366 2405842 Tue-Thu 12:30 pm - 2 pm.

The original ones every Tuesday until June 4.

Concerti Aperitivo, Sunday May 5 and 12 at 11 am at the Teatro Regio.
Concerto-aperitivo in the castle of Colorno, Sundays until June 15.
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of concerts until May 2013.
Malika Ayane, May 15, Teatro Regio.

ParmaDanza festival at Teatro Regio, tickets still available.

In Casalmaggiore (20-ish kms), an exhibition dedicated to jewels made of Venitian glass beads, from Africa to America until May 12.

Fondazione Magnani Rocca: "Il Surrealismo di Paul Delvaux" until June 30.
"Italian style 1900-1930" in Colorno until June 15.
"Storie della prima Parma" at the Archeological Museum (Pilotta), the origins of Parma seen through the latest findings from Etruscan and Roman times until June 2.
Costumes and stage sets at Teatro Regio until May 31.
In Milan an exhibition dedicated to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau until May 5.