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Local Festivals


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Festivals are part and parcel of the Marche fabric. Every town worth its salt throws a party of some description each year, from wine, beer, pizza or traditional food festas and sagras, to pagan festivals and carnivals. The majority take place during the summer.

Many religious feast days are also celebrated throughout the year and most towns have a patron saint whom they honour annually in suitable fashion. Normally local towns co-ordinate these public events, so you can go to all of them!

All festivals are family friendly affairs, where even the smallest of children can be seen running around into the small hours.

Below are just a handful of some of the better known annual events.

Horse fair

Palio della Rana
(wheelbarrow race with frogs!)
Fermignano 1st Sunday after Easter
Corsa alla Spada (sword chasing) Camerino May
Settimana delle Osterie Polverigi June
Verdicchiuo in Festa Montecarotto July
Music Festival Urbino July
Il Violina e le Selce
(modern music, dance and opera)
Fano July - August
Palio dei Conti Oliva (medieval pageant) Pesaro July
Open-Air Opera Macerata Mid- July to mid-August
La Quintana (medieval pageant/jousting) Ascoli Piceno 1st Sunday in August
Palio dell'Oca
(medieval pageant with a golden goose)
Cagli Mid August
Wild Boar Chase Mondavio Mid August
Festival of Amandola Amandola Mid August
Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro Mid August
Torneo Cavallereresco di Castel Clementino (medieval pageant/jousting) Servigliano Mid August
Festa del Duca Urbino 3rd Sunday in August
Wine Fair Offida September
Ugly Competition Piobbico September
Jesi Opera Season Jesi End September - November
Grape Harvest Festival Cupramaritima October
Truffle Fairs Apecchio/Sant' Angelo in Vado/Acqualunga and sant' Agata Feltria/Amandola October - November

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