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October 3, 2014

October 2014 in Parma

October is here.  'Tis the season to eat lots of Tortelli di Zucca and you're in the right place to do so... Enjoy the fall and Happy Halloween to all!

As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts about living in Parma and any event listings for both Facebook postings and our website. Please feel free to email us at: Also, remember to like us on Facebook and share us with your friends!

On a serious note, Parma is offering free mammograms for those who have not had them for the month of Breast Cancer Prevention Awareness.

Below: Special Events, Art, Cinema, Courses, English & Other Language Connections, Gastronomic Adventures, Music, Outdoors, Children's Art, Music, Theatre, and Elsewhere

Special Events: There are many local events this month including local sagras in Borgo Valtaro, Berceto, etc. Make sure to check out the links below our listing for more info!
Oct 1 -31: Ottobre Africano -, a month of cultural events (cinema, literature, exhibitions, music), conferences, kids activities, etc
Oct 4 - 12: Mercanteinfiera - Renowned Parma Modernism and Antiques Fair
Oct 4 - Vivilverde, Orto Botanico, Via Farini, Parma
Oct 4: Palazzo San Vitale is open to visitors
Oct 4: EuroBirdWatch, Oasis Torrile e TreCasali
Oct 4: Festa della Storia, Parma
Oct 4 - 5: Cheese factories open for visitors
Oct 4 - 5: Festa del Vino, Fontanellato
Oct 4: Moonlight at night, Lagdei, Appenino
Oct 5: Nel Giardino delle Meraviglie, Colorno
Oct 5: Bike Ride Michelin for children, Parma
Oct 5; Castello di Scipione, Lord of the Rings, event for children
Oct 9: Anolini Party, Ballo liscio, Torta Fritta, Parma Club, Fidenza
Mid to late Oct: Sagra del Tortellino, Ferrara
Oct 12: World Alimentation Day, Wine Museum, Sala Baganza
Oct 19: Enjoying autumn foliage, Autumn in the Appenino
Oct 31: Halloween for adults, Fontanellato
Oct 31 and Nov 1 - Castello di Bardi - Halloween!

For more events, we recommend checking:
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Manzu'/Marino exhibition, beautiful grounds:
Check out the exhibition, walk around and then go for lunch at The Gelso Agriturismo or for Sardinian food right near by.
-Palazzo del Governatore - July through November, Exhibition dedicated to Hitchcock
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi (Cariparma) - 28 settembre 2014 - 25 gennaio 2015,  La Collezione Renato Bruson. Boldini, Fattori, Lega, Segantini, Signorini e i vedutisti veneti dell’Ottocento
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian;
Cinema Edison Panorama - Films in Original Language every Tuesday Sept 16 - Oct 21
There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

For athletic courses see "Sports"
Look for courses offered by the various communities here under "In Programma"

English & Other International Language Connections
German Reading Group on October 7
English Reading Club on October 22
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) on November 5
Spanish Group Lectures on October 27

Also remember to "Like" the following pages on Facebook if you want to meet other English/International speakers in Parma:
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)
-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma-active group!)
-Register on Internations (Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more
Also remember to like our "International Friends" here on FB:
Parma Panthers (American Football)
Le Jardine de Delphine (Flowers!)
BLV Chiropractica (Chiropractic studio in Parma)
Antiche Varieta' (Award-Winning Tomatoes)
Ohani Nunu Felt (Beautiful Felt Clothing and Gifts)
Chantal Dee (Jewelry)

Gastronomic Adventures
If you're looking for "foreign" products remember to check out the Hello Market, the several North African and Chinese markets behind via D'Azeglio (oltretorrente). Also, we've recently learned you can make real Brown Sugar at home - just pick up your molasses at the Ceres Bio Store!
Also, check out our dining page for more hints.

We've heard good things about the new restaurant Borgo20 in the center.

-Festa del Tortel Dols: October 11-12 in Colorno. 
-Festa della Castagna (Chestnut Festival) in Varano Marchesi: October 12 and 19.
-Sagra della Castagna in Borgo Val di Taro: October 12
-Mid to late Oct: Sagra del Tortellino, Ferrara
-National Black Truffle Of Fragno Fair October 19 - November16 on Sundays, Calestano.

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
-"Like" Bar Teatro Via Bixio 62A on Facebook for weekly invites to "ethnic dinners" in Parma;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an American friend in Parma:

-Teatro Regio: Oct 10 - Nov 21/ Festival Verdi Oct 10 - Nov 4
-Traiettorie, Festival of Modern and Contemporary music 2014 from Sept 20 - Nov 22 at the Casa del Suono/Casa della Musica.
-Barezzi Live Jazz Festival: Nov 6 -10

Sports & Outdoors:
UISP Parma - Sports and Courses for 2014
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2014
Sports in the Appenine
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
It's also soccer/football season, check out Parma Calcio as well as the Parma Rugby Teams

Please check out the Nature section on our website

-Europa Teatri - Presentation of courses on Oct 8
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori dei 12 anni in Fidenza. Theatre and courses dedicated to children 3 to 12 years old. 2014/2015 events will be posted early in October.
--Fondazione Teatro Due, season opens November 4. There will be two English Language Performances on Nov 8 and 9 of Shakespeare's Villians!
-Teatro del Cerchio, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 21:00.
-Teatro del Vicolo/Campagna & Citta', season opening not yet listed.

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Monday, October 6 at the Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi
-Libri & Formiche: new address is v Mistrali 2/B - three events this month!
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: Events October to December
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events
-SMILE Reading & a project on "Brazil" at the Bibloteca Ilaria Alpi

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri: not yet available
-Casa della Musica: not yet available
-Il Regio (Opera): The Verdi Festival for Children mid-to-late November
-Teatro delle Briciole: Currently available program of performances for the schools
-Teatro del Cerchio: Sunday afternoons at 17:00. Theater courses also available for children aged 6+.

In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc.
In Milan this month (CiaoMilano): Find your way around Milan in English. Great exhibitions, concerts, flower shows, et al. Many museum exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance. Check out the aquarium, planetarium, and Natural History Museum as well.
For the more design-oriented, there's are often great exhibitions going on at the Triennale as well as installations at Hangar Biccoca.
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
In Bologna this month: Concerts, exhibitions and more
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English
Modena in English;
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum...
Events in Ligura; Make your summer last longer!