Always plenty to experience!

Most weeks of the year there is something interesting going on somewhere in Sulmona and the Valle Peligna – whether sporting, cultural, artistic or gastronomic.

Small, local events and any last minute news is published, as far as possible, on our Facebook page or via our Twitter feed.  If we have not included a specific date it’s because the information was not yet available at time of going to press. For many events we have included a web address for you to confirm the correct details yourselves.

Don’t forget that Sulmona’s famous market in Piazza Garibaldi* is held every Wednesday and  Saturday morning throughout the year.

Here is a list of the big fixtures in the calendar:


  • Monday 4th: Sagra della Polenta – polenta food festival – Pettorano sul Gizio
  • Tuesday 5th: ‘La Befana ‘abseils into Piazza Garibaldi (children’s event) – Sulmona
  • Wednesday 6th: Epiphany NATIONAL HOLIDAY


  • Tuesday February 9th: Carnival parade in Sulmona on Shrove Tuesday


  • Friday 25th March: Good Friday Procession of the Dead Christ (evening) – Sulmona
  • Sunday 27th March: Easter SundayLa Madonna che Scappa in Piazza, (morning) – Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona
  • Sunday 27th March: Easter SundayLa Madonna che Vela (morning) – Introdacqua
  • NB: Easter Monday is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY in Italy


  • Saturday 19th – Fuochi di San Giuseppe – Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona
  • Sunday 20th – The Roman Poet Ovid’s Birthday (born 43BC)
  • Saturday 26th (Easter Saturday) – Guided visit to Sulmona’s historic cemetery


  • Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th: Endurance Cup Equestrian event – Vittorito
  • Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th: ‘Certamen Ovidianum’ International, Ovidian themed Latin competition 
  • Friday 22nd: Guided Visit to Campo 78 POW camp at Badia
  • Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th: The Freedom Trail3-day mountain hike following the escape route of the Allied POW’s 
  • From Monday 25th: Traditional Costume event in Scanno (ends 3rd May)
  • Monday April 25th:  ‘Festa della Liberazione’ NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Thursday 28th April: Celebration of San Panfilo – patron saint of Sulmona


  • Sunday 1st – Festa del lavoro NATIONAL HOLIDAY Vespa Rally starting in Sulmona & Feste dei Serpenti – Coccullo
  • Madonna della Libera festival – Pratola Peligna
  • Friday 13th – Giro d’Italia cycle race leaves from Sulmona
  • Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th Sagra dei Carciofiartichoke festival – Prezza
  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th: Cantine Apertewine weekend, throughout the whole region 


  • Thursday 2nd: ‘Festa della Republica’ National Holiday
  • Thursday 2nd: La Cordesca – jousting competition for children
  • Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th: Sagra delle Ciliegiecherry food festival – Raiano
  • Sagra del Pecorinopecorino cheese food festival – Bugnara



  • First weekend – the ‘Giostra Cavalleresca d’Europa’ jousting tournament
  • Saturday 6th: Romantica Flower & Music festival – Bugnara
  • Sunday 7th: ‘Cronoscalata Svolte di Popoli’ car race
  • 10th to 21st- Muntagninjazz Music Festival 
  • 15th August – fair to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption  NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • Mid August: Fireworks display at Lake Scanno
  • 19th & 20th:Piano Piano music festival in Sulmona
  • Sagra della Zampanella & Birrabread & tomatoes & beer food festival –  Marane


  • Sunday 4th: Corsa degli Zingaribarefoot mountain race – Pacentro
  • Monday 12th: Guided tour to Campo 78 (Anniversary of the opening of the camp gates Armistice of 1943)
  • Sagra delle Lenticchielentil food festival – Santo Stefano di Sessanio
  • Contemporary Art Exhibition at the ex Convent of Santa Chiara (Piazza Garibaldi)
  • Harvest Festival – Introdacqua
  • Sagra del Granograin food festival – Torre dei Nolfi
  • Sagra del Papponetraditional recipe food festival – Campo di Giove
  • Sagra del Contadino0 km local farmers’ food festival – Pratola Peligna
  • Saturday 17th: Final of the Maria Caniglia Opera Competition 


  • Sunday 23rd October:  Opening concert of the Camerata Musicale Sulmonese Concert Series 
  • Various Halloween events in the various neighbourhoods of Sulmona



  • Thursday December 8th:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception – NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • After Christmas – Itinerant live Nativity events in Sulmona and the surrounding villages


NB:We are not the Tourist Board, nor a formal news service, and our information is only ever as good as what is available at the time. We have no obligation to publish on behalf of any organisation or entity and we take no responsibility for any omissions. Please bear in mind that last minute changes in date or venue do happen and although we will always do our best to update our listings there may be errors or inaccuracies which we are unaware of. We welcome feedback and reliable sources of information are what helps us sleep well at night 🙂

* In the weeks of the annual summer Giostra Cavalleresca, the market is held in & around the area of the Court House (Tribunale) at Piazza Capograssi – just over the bridge in the new section of town.

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