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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September 15, 2016

September in Parma - 2016!

We are back! The heat is fading and as our (sniff!) memories of the sea and mountains.
Thankfully, Parma has a lot to offer in September. Here is just a taste of what you can expect.
And please do let us know if you have any events to promote or announcements to make as we are happy to include them on Parma Mia! on Facebook.


Sept 10 - 18 Campers at the Fiere di Parma
Sept 15 5th Pumpkin (Squash) Festival in Casalmaggiore
Sept 15 - Dec 31 200 Years of Maria-Luigia in Parma
Sept 16 - Oct 15 Sarah Moon Qui e Ora Photo Exhibit
Sept 16 - 18 ArtRock Festival in Fontevivo for kids and adults
Sept 17 The Moon Hike at Lagdei (6+)
Sept 17 Silent Party Dj at WOPA
Sept 17 -18 Parma Retail Dance and Sport
Sept 17 -18 Parma Palio
Sept 17  CSAC Jazz in Abbazia 
Sept 17 - 18 Ortoculturo Festival and Market, Bussetto
Sept 17 - 18 Modena Nerd (Videogames, Comic Books)
Sept 17 -18 - 24 -25 41st Mushroom Festival in BorgoTaro
Sept 17 - 25 National Bone Marrow Match Week
Sept 17 - 25 Grape Festival in Castelvetro (MO)
Sept 18 Horses and Carriages in Parma
Sept 19 - 25 Parma International Music Festival 
Sept 24 Nico Cerca Un Amica Theater for kids (3+)

If you need info regarding sports/extracurricular kids' activities, please read through the website or send us a message on gmail or Facebook.

For more info and events: parma today 

-Fondazione Magnani Rocca ITALIA POP exhibition
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  
-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 Film in Viaggio this month
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 Sept 27
English Reading Club on Sept 20
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group) on Oct 12
Spanish Group Lectures  on Sept 22
Moms' Club English Language Group Reading & Project for Kids at the Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi
Internations (Register in the Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more
Reggio-Emilia English Expat Group (Reggio, Parma,Modena) Also on Facebook at -Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma-active group)

Also Facebook:
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)

Gastronomic Adventures
New American Diner in Via Emilia Ovest 46/A
Sept 15 5th Pumpkin (Squash) Festival in Casalmaggiore
Sept 17 - 25 Grape Festival in Castelvetro (MO)
Sept 17 -18 - 24 -25 41st Mushroom Festival in BorgoTaro

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;

-Parma International Music Festival from 19 Sept - 25 Sept
-Teatro Regio and the Festival Verdi from 1 October
-Traettorie: Sept - Nov (Modern and Contemporary Music)

Sports & Outdoors:
Fencing, Swimming, Soccer, Rubgy, Baseball, American Football, Gymnastics, Acrobatics, Cheerleading (Starlight)
If you need additional info about enrollment, please send us an email or a message on FB
UISP Parma - Sports, Hikes and Courses for 2016
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2016
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
You can also check out Parma Calcio games as well as rugby Parma Zebre or American Football with the Parma Panthers

Please check out the Nature section on our website

-Europa Teatri TBA
--Fondazione Teatro Due TBA
-Teatro del Cerchio, TBA
-Teatro Pezzani: TBA

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, Music & Theater for Children
-Il Regio (Opera): Verdi Young for Families, Kids, And Young Adults
-Europa Teatri: not yet available
-Casa della Musica: not yet available
-Teatro delle Briciole: not yet available
-Teatro del Cerchio: not yet available

In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English This September there is Design Week, a Barbie Doll exhibition and more!
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
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 Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc. Buy tickets now for The Who and The Flaming Lips.
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
Modena in English;
Reggio in Italian: In November there will be an comprehensive Liberty exhibition
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum. Buy tickets now for Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers
Events in Ligura

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