A hidden gem in Northern Italy, Emilia Romagna encompasses the foodie and cultural cities of Bologna, Modena, Ravenna, Rimini, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Forli-Cesena, each with its own collection of unusual and historic events. It is perhaps best known for being home to some of Italy’s most iconic foods, such as Parma ham, tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, ragu alla Bolognese and traditional balsamic vinegar.
From a gastronomic street feast in Parma to a world-famous kite festival, and exploring the natural delights of the Po Valley to one of the oldest horse races in the world in Ferrara, the perfect introduction to this stunning region is a spring festival in Emilia Romagna – and there is something to suit every taste.
International Kite Festival in Cervia
20 April - 1 May 2018
Drawing participants from more than thirty countries worldwide, this renowned festival in the beautiful seaside resort of Cervia showcases the wonderful world of kite flying. Based around the themes of peace, creativity and respect for nature, the festival draws huge crowds who come to witness the spectacular acrobatic kite displays, dances and record breaking trials. Visitors can also fly their own kites over the picturesque landscapes of Romagna, and visit the traditional Wind Fair, a market with local crafts and foods. 
Find out more at: https://www.festivalinternazionaleaquilone.com/ 
Primavera Slow
Until the 24 June 2018
Meaning ‘Slow Spring’ and championing the notion of ‘slow tourism’, the Primavera festival offers a chance for nature lovers and history fans to explore the entire Po Delta at their own pace. Activities range from bird watching, hikes, bike trips and even canoe adventures amongst flamingos and storks, to tracking the local Mesola deer or learning about the region’s diverse ecosystems through talks and exhibitions. . For those who love history, there will be tours to visit the archaeology area of Classe and other cultural treasures which are not regularly open to the public. ¬¬
For a full list of events, please see: https://www.primaveraslow.it/en/ 
Parma Street Food Festival 
29 April 2018 – 1 May 2018
As the official event on the Parma City of Gastronomy UNESCO’s calendar, this four-day festival offers an abundance of cooking shows, culinary event and musical entertainment all in the heart of the historic city centre. With delicious food trucks serving up some of the best street food from torta fritta and Parma ham to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, this is an excellent opportunity to sample the tasty delicacies of the region.
Find out more at: http://www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it/en/events/parma/parma/parma-street-food-festival-1 
Palio di Ferrara
Until the 1 May 2018
One of the oldest horse races and traditional festivals in the world, the Palio incorporates a month of celebrations, parades, races and competitions between the eight Contrades (regional districts). Dating back as far as 1279, the historic festivities have hardly changed over time and include rituals such as processions in traditional costume and a colourful and acrobatic flag-waving performance. 
Find out more at: http://www.paliodiferrara.it/ 

A hidden gem in Northern Italy, Emilia Romagna encompasses the foodie and cultural cities of Bologna, Modena, Ravenna, Rimini, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Forli-Cesena, each with its own collection of unusual and historic events. It is perhaps best known for being home to some of Italy’s most iconic foods, such as Parma ham, tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, ragu alla Bolognese and traditional balsamic vinegar.

From a gastronomic street feast in Parma to a world-famous kite festival, and exploring the natural delights of the Po Valley to one of the oldest horse races in the world in Ferrara, the perfect introduction to this stunning region is a spring festival in Emilia Romagna – and there is something to suit every taste.

International Kite Festival in Cervia

20 April - 1 May 2018

Drawing participants from more than thirty countries worldwide, this renowned festival in the beautiful seaside resort of Cervia showcases the wonderful world of kite flying. Based around the themes of peace, creativity and respect for nature, the festival draws huge crowds who come to witness the spectacular acrobatic kite displays, dances and record breaking trials. Visitors can also fly their own kites over the picturesque landscapes of Romagna, and visit the traditional Wind Fair, a market with local crafts and foods. 

Find out more at: www.festivalinternazionaleaquilone.com

Primavera Slow

Until the 24 June 2018

Meaning ‘Slow Spring’ and championing the notion of ‘slow tourism’, the Primavera festival offers a chance for nature lovers and history fans to explore the entire Po Delta at their own pace. Activities range from bird watching, hikes, bike trips and even canoe adventures amongst flamingos and storks, to tracking the local Mesola deer or learning about the region’s diverse ecosystems through talks and exhibitions. . For those who love history, there will be tours to visit the archaeology area of Classe and other cultural treasures which are not regularly open to the public. 

For a full list of events, please see: www.primaveraslow.it/en/

Parma Street Food Festival 

29 April 2018 – 1 May 2018

As the official event on the Parma City of Gastronomy UNESCO’s calendar, this four-day festival offers an abundance of cooking shows, culinary event and musical entertainment all in the heart of the historic city centre. With delicious food trucks serving up some of the best street food from torta fritta and Parma ham to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, this is an excellent opportunity to sample the tasty delicacies of the region.

Find out more at: http://www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it/en/events/parma/parma/parma-street-food-festival-1 

Palio di Ferrara

Until the 1 May 2018

One of the oldest horse races and traditional festivals in the world, the Palio incorporates a month of celebrations, parades, races and competitions between the eight Contrades (regional districts). Dating back as far as 1279, the historic festivities have hardly changed over time and include rituals such as processions in traditional costume and a colourful and acrobatic flag-waving performance. 

Find out more at: www.paliodiferrara.it