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October 2, 2015

October 2015 in Parma

Welcome back to our monthly Parma events recap!

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 for extra updates - Parma Mia!

Due to the cold weather, Parma is allowing us to turn on our heaters early this year (max 7 hours a day)!
Special Events: There are really lots of events this month. Please check out the links below for other website's listings.

Oct 1 -31: Ottobre Africano -, a month of cultural events (cinema, literature, exhibitions, music), conferences, kids activities, etc
Oct 2 - 7: Mangiacinema, SalsoMaggiore
Oct 2 -11: Festival della Storia, Parma
Oct 3 - Borgo Giacomo Tommasini in festa
Oct 3 - 11: Mercanteinfiera - Renowned Parma Modernism and Antiques Fair
Oct 3 - 4: Cheese factories open for visitors
Oct 3 -18: Belle epoque, French market
Oct 4: Castello di Gropparello - Wine tasting for adults and dress-up for kids
Mid to late Oct: Sagra del Tortellino, Ferrara
Oct 10: Val Cedra, On the trail of the wolf
Oct 11: Little ones can try horseback riding and more at the beautiful Parco Sigurta' (Verona)
Oct 18: Tartufo Festival, Valceno
Oct 18 - mid November: Black Tartufo Festival, Fragno
Oct 23-25: Cioccolandia, Medesano
Oct 30- 31 - Castello di Bardi - Halloween!

For more event listings: parma today
For children, please check out the fantastic website for updated events
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Giacomo Balla 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
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  Food, Art and History in the Cariparma collection
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Art listings
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 Original language films until end of October
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian;
Cinema Edison Panorama;
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 6
English Reading Club on October 28
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) on October 5
Spanish Group Lectures on October 29

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-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

Gastronomic Adventures
Two new "ethnic" restaurants in Parma
Mille e Una Notte (Syrian Food), Borgo San Biagio
Maharaja (Indian), Via Emilia Est

-Festa del Tortel Dols: October 10-11 in Colorno. 
-Festa della Castagna (Chestnut Festival) in Varano Marchesi: October 13 and 2o.
-Sagra della Castagna in Borgo Val di Taro: October 11
-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;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an American friend in Parma:

-Teatro Regio and the Festival Verdi October and November
-Barezzi Live Jazz Festival: November
-Traettorie: Sept - Nov (Modern and Contemporary Music)

Sports & Outdoors:
UISP Parma - Sports, Hikes and Courses for 2015
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2015
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
You can also check out Parma Football games as well as rugby Parma Zebre

Please check out the Nature section on our website

-Europa Teatri - Presentation of courses on Oct 6
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori dei 12 anni in Fidenza. Theatre and courses dedicated to children 3 to 12 years old. 2015/2016 events now posted.
--Fondazione Teatro Due, season opens in November. The first performance will be in Greek.
-Teatro del Cerchio, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 21:00.
-Teatro Pezzani: New season listings

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Monday, October 5 at the Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi
-Biblioteca Alice: Art and Narration workshops
-Libri & Formiche: Events here
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: New program not yet posted
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events
-Il Club dell'Orsetto Lavoratore: Baby parking and much more

For older children, there are many courses and sports classes offered around Parma. Polisport, The "circoli" (Mariano, Castellazzo), SportsCenter, Palazzetto dello Sport.
If you need assistance, please email us.

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri: not yet available
-Casa della Musica: not yet available
-Il Regio (Opera): RegioYoung for Families
-Teatro delle Briciole: Currently available program of performances for the schools
-Teatro del Cerchio: Sunday afternoons at 17:00, 2015 schedule not yet posted 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 and the new Fondazione Prada.
In Palazzo Reale this month, great exhibits including Giotto and Grande Madre
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;