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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Music and Cinema Cultural Tips from a Parma Insider:
Interesting musical and film events (in Italian): Associazione Culturale Caseficio La Rosa
Garage Band Music and More: Arci Taun, Fidenza

WOPA a new modern space in Parma offering interesting cultural, musical, and other events for adults and children.

Monthly Events: for a selection of currents events, visit the home page of the blog. For weekly updates, please like Parma Mia on Facebook!

For an English Speaker's "Slow Travel" guide to Emilia-Romagna, we recommend out friend's excellent website and travel service: My Cousin Emilia

Build your own calendar: enter these links in your favourites, subscribe to newsletters, click "like" on facebook. You will also find several suggestions on our monthly event updates.
Website of La Repubblica: il settimanale (weekly calendar of events). The same list is also available in print at the tourist office piazza Garibaldi or on their website. La Repubblica Parma is also accessible on facebook.
Eventi Parma on the web and the facebook page.
Facebook page of the tourist office. Parma Point.
Cultural events can be found here.
Events for families.
A lot of brochures are available at Parma Point on via Garibaldi.
The province of Parma also edits a weekly newsletter sent by e-mail.
Turismo Emilia Romagna and the facebook page. is a website listing events in all Italia.
Check the "nature" page for events taking place in regional parks.
For sagre (local festivals) and events all around Italy check out Folclore - in English too!
Visit the webpages and facebook pages of cinemas, theatres, etc, to subscribe to their newsletters.

Annual events:
January: Concerto di Capodanno (New year's concert), Corteo dei Re Magi on the 1st sunday
First quarter of the year: Stagione lirica and Stagione concertistica at Teatro Regio
February: Carnevale, Cioccolato Puro (chocolate market)
March: ViolaParma (celebration of violets), Minimondi (children books festival), Children's Corner at Casa della Musica, Earth Hour, Giornate FAI.
April: Festival Internazionale della Chitarra (classic guitar festival), Settimana della Cultura
May: ParmaDanza, Festa dell'Europa, Notte dei Musei (museums open till late), Festa dell'Orto Botanico (botanic garden), Fattorie aperte (farms open their doors), Cantine aperte (vineyards open their doors).
June: Festa Multiculturale (Collecchio)
July: Festival dei Burattini (puppets festival, with street shows)
August: Sotto le Stelle (music festival)
September: Festival del Prosciutto, Palio di Parma (Renaissance festival), Early Music Festival, Giornate Europee del Patrimonio (free admission in national museums)
October: Festival Verdi, Traiettorie (festival of contemporary music), Barezzi Live Festival (music), Ottobre Africano
November: Parma Jazz Frontiere, Aperitivi della Casa della Musica (sunday morning concerts, November to May)
December: Santa Lucia (in the Italian tradition, Sta Lucia brings presents to children, not Santa Claus), Casa dei Bimbi piazza Garibaldi (drop your kids who will enjoy workshops and readings, and go shopping, or relax!), Mercato di Natale
Estate fuori Città is a summer music festival that takes places outside town.

Cinecity, Barilla Center.
Cinema d'Azeglio proposes movies in original version several times in the year! You can also like them on Facebook for updates.

Theatre: here is the list of the theatres. We don't elaborate as following a play in Italian is a real challenge! See 'kids' page for shows made for the young public (and their parents!).

Concert halls:
Teatro Regio and Auditorium Paganini
Casa della Musica
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini
Auditorium del Carmine
Nuovo Teatro di Soragna
Teatro Comunale di Fontanellato
Teatro Verdi in Busseto
Teatro Magnani in Fidenza

Library: Biblioteca Internazionale Ilaria Alpi offers a selection of books in foreign (non Italian) languages, as well as newspapers and magazines. Every first Saturday of the month, the library introduces its new acquisitions of foreign language books, and organizes workshops for kids in the afternoon. Then it's "happy hour" from 6 to 7 pm: you can borrow as many books as you want for 45 days, you can enjoy 2 hours of free Internet surfing and you even receive a gadget from the librarians!
La Biblioteca di Alice is a library for kids aged 0-14 located in the greenhouse of Parco Ducale, also with a small selection of foreign language books. The library also organizes workshops for kids (pick up the programme at the library).

Magazines: the newsstand piazza Garibaldi offers a good selection of international magazines and newspapers.

Pareti - Climbing - San Pancrazio
Polisportiva Coop - Various courses and activities - Campus
Also, check out our nature page for info on hiking & biking groups and paths/

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