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October 6, 2016

October 2016 in Parma

Take advantage of the good weather and wealth of events before the fog sets in! Enjoy!
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Oct 1 -31: Ottobre Africano a month of cultural events
Oct 1 - 9: Mercanteinfiera - Renowned Parma Modernism and Antiques Fair
Oct 1 - 23: Chiesuole, Taro Park, Collechio
Oct 7 - 9: OctoBeer, beer and music in Parma
Oct 8: Cycling Day, Fognano, PR
Oct 8 - 9: Tortel Dols Festival in Colorno, PR
Oct 9: Donne in Corsa (the walk for women) PR
Oct 9: Autumn Festival in Langhirano, PR
Oct 9: Festival of chestnuts in Borgotaro, PR (also in Varano Marchese and the Welcome Center in Monte Prinzera) on the same day

Middle weekends of Oct: Sagra del Tortellino, Reno Centese, Ferrara
Oct 8 - 15 Nov: 86th tartufo festival in Alba (Piemonte)
Oct 9 - 13 Nov (weekends only): Black tartufo of Fragno (Calestano, Parma)
Oct 9, 16, 23: Castello di Gropparello - On Sundays, "Fairytale Park for Kids," reservation needed (also a Halloween party on oct 31)
Oct 9: Young photographers and filmmakers at Parco Sigurta' (Verona)
Oct 15 -23: Festival della Storia, Parma and Bologna
Oct 22-24: Cioccolandia, Medesano, Parma (chocolate land)
Oct 30- 31 - Castello di Bardi - Halloween!

For more event listings: parma today
also Castelli del Ducato
For children, please check out the fantastic website for updated events
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Italia POP exhibition, beautiful grounds:
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  Food, Art and History in the Cariparma collection
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Palazzo Pigorini - War photographer, Robert Capa through 15 January
-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 Oct 25
English Reading Club on Oct 27 (Olive Kitteridge)
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group) on Oct 12
Spanish Group Lectures  on Nov 3
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
Oct 7 - 9: OctoBeer, beer and music in Parma
Oct 8 - 9: Tortel Dols Festival in Colorno
Mid to late Oct: Sagra del Tortellino, Reno Centese, Ferrara
Oct 8 - 15 Nov: 86th tartufo festival in Alba (Piemonte)
Oct 9 - 13 Nov (weekends only): Black tartufo of Fragno (Calestano, Parma)
Oct 22 - 24: Cioccolandia, Medesano, Parma (chocolate land)

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

-Teatro Regio and the Festival Verdi from 1 October
-Traettorie: Sept - Nov (Modern and Contemporary Music)
-Barezzi Live Jazz Festival: November

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 Adult workshops - dates online, theatrical season not yet listed
--Fondazione Teatro Due  Season starts 19 October
-Teatro del Cerchio, Season starts 16 October
-Teatro Pezzani: New season listings
-Teatro delle Briciole: New season listings online

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Monday, October 5 at the Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi
-Biblioteca Alice: Prestorrechio 4th and 5th graders
-Libri & Formiche: Bookstore with lots of events listed
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: New program not yet posted
-Laboratorio Famiglia San Martino e San Leonardo on Facebook
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events (also Orso Ludo on FB)
-Il Club dell'Orsetto Lavoratore: Baby parking and much more

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

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri: Children's workshop starting Oct 25
-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: 2016 season performances online + Workshops for children

In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English.
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