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Here are some of the more important events in the  Marche, including the celebrated Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro and the  open-air opera season at Macerata.

Arts events:

  • Pesaro - The 38th Rossini Opera Festival from 10 to 22 August 2017. The  season includes  productions of Rossini's Le Siège de Corinthe and La Pietra del Paragone. Information tel +39 0721  3800294 fax +39 0721 3800220. For full details go to our opera programme page.
  • Macerata - The 53rd open-air opera season in the magnificent Sferisterio arena in July and August 2017 has the "Orient" as its theme with Puccini's Turandot and Madama Butterfly and Verdi's Aida. Information tel +39 0733  230735 fax +39 0733 261570. For details go to our opera programme page.
  • Ancona - The Teatro delle Muse has a strong opera,  classical music and jazz season. Full details on www.teatrodellemuse.org
  • Fano - Fano Jazz by the Sea - July. tel +39 0721  8292883
  • Polverigi - Festival Internazionale Inteatro -  contemporary theatre festival - Villa Comunale Nappi - July. tel +39 071 909007
  • Urbino - Early Music Festival - July. tel +39 0722  309601
  • San Severino Marche - Blues Festival - July - tel.  +39 0733 41252
  • Osimo - International Dance Festival - July -  Piazza Duomo - tel. +39 071 7249271
  • Falerone & Urbisaglia - Teatro Classico -  Classical theatre productions staged in two of the Marche's finest Roman  amphitheatres - July & August - tel. +39 0734 710115 (Falerone) or +39 0733  506385 (Urbisaglia)
  • Amandola - International Theatre Festival - end  August to early September. tel. +39 0736 840704
  • Castelfidardo - International Accordion Festival  late September. One of the world's leading events dedicated to the instrument.  Tel +39 071 7829349.
  • Ancona - Ancona Jazz Festival - Teatro Sperimentale  - early November. tel. +39 071 217 4239

Eating & drinking or sagre:

Pretty well every town and village throughout Le Marche has some food or wine event, known as a sagra, usually during the summer months. Here are just a few of them :

June

  • Pianello (near Cagli) - Sagra della Lumaca (snails)  - mid-June
  • Apiro (near Cingoli) - Sagra del formaggio pecorino  (pecorino cheese)
  • Apecchio - Festa della birra (artisan beer festival)

July

  • Matelica - Sagra della Rana (frogs)
  • Ostra Vetere (near Corinaldo) - Festa della trota  (trout) - earlyJuly
  • Montemarciano (near Senigallia) - Sagra del pesce  (fish)
  • Corinaldo - polenta festival on third Sunday in  July to commemorate the time when the town's people successfully resisted a  siege thanks to copious supplies of the stuff.
  • Sefro (near Camerino) - Festa del Tortellino alla  boscaiola (pasta) - late July
  • Castelplanio (near Jesi) - Sagra della crescia sul  panaro (stuffed flat bread) - last Sunday of July
  • Ostra Vetere (near Corinaldo) - Sapori ed Aromi di  Casa Nostra - late July - local food, music and a procession of old farm machines

August

  • Monte Vidon Combatte (near Fermo) - Sagra delle  quaglie (quails) - 1st Sunday
  • Sassoferrato - Sagra del Cinghiale (wild boar)
  • Cingoli - Sagra di prosciutto e melone
  • Staffolo (near Cingoli) - Festa del Verdicchio  (verdicchio wine festival)
  • Fermo - Sagra delle vongole (shell fish)
  • Serra San Quirico (near Fabriano) - Sagra del  coniglio in porchetta (roast rabbit with fennel)
  • Monteprandone (near San Benedetto del Tronto) -  Sagra delle olive fritte (fried stuffed olives)
  • Pedaso - Sagra Nazionale delle cozze (mussels)
  • Massignano (near Ascoli Piceno) - Sagra delle  frittelle (omelettes)
  • Venarotta (near Ascoli Piceno) - Sagra della  vitella allo spiedo (spit-roast veal)
  • Loro Piceno - Sagra del Vin Cotto (a sweet "cooked"  wine)

September

  • Apiro (near Cingoli) - Sagra della polenta
  • Montecassiano - Sagra del pesce (fish)
  • Cupramontana - grape festival in the heart of  Verdicchio wine country in September.
  • Piandimeleto (near Urbino) - Mushroom fair
  • Lapedona (near Fermo) - Sagra del Vino Cotto (a  sweet "cooked" wine)
  • San Severino Marche - Sagra della porchetta
  • Fermo - Sagra della Polenta
  • Arcevia - Sagra dell'uva (wine festival)
  • Ortezzano - Festa dell'Uva (wine festival

October

  • Acqualagna (near Cagli) - Fiera nazionale del  tartufo (truffle fair) - last weekend in October and first two weekends in  November in the town that calls itself the "truffle capital".
  • Acquasanta Terme (near Ascoli Piceno) - Festa  d'autunno (autumn produce)
  • Montemonaco (near Ascoli Piceno) - Sagra della  Castagna (chestnut)
  • Castelsantangelo sul Nera (near Visso) - Sagra del  Marrone Castellano (chestnut)
  • Sant'Angelo in Vado (near Urbino) - Mostra del  tartufo bianco (white truffle)

November

  • Talamello (near San Leo) - Formaggio di Fossa  cheese fair
  • Acqualagna (near Cagli) - truffle fair - last  weekend in October and first two weekends in November in the village that  calls itself the "truffle capital".

Fun &  Games:

  • Ascoli Piceno La  Quintana - jousting in Ascoli's main square on the first Sunday of August. The  most authentic "medieval" goings-on in the Marche.
  • Urbino Festa del  Duca - a jamboree in honour of Duke Federico on the third Sunday in August.
  • Cagli Palio  dell'Oca - medieval games to win a golden goose in mid-August.
  • Mondavio Wild  Boar Hunt - a medieval chase in the square - very jolly. mid-August.
  • Fermignano Palio  della Rana - yes, a race with frogs in wheelbarrows - the joint is really  jumpin' on the first Sunday after Easter.
  • Treia Disfida del  Bracciale - a fast and furious ancient ball game played out in the first Sunday  of August.

 


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