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September activities in Bologna and surroundings

Posted on 29 August 2022 From Bologna Welcome

September is a month of great comebacks and Bologna is kicking off again with an extensive events calendar for all tastes. Between cultural programmes in the city and activities in the countryside, this is where you’ll definitely long to be.

Art lovers will find plenty of exhibitions to visit during the entire month of September, ranging from prominent figures such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, to jazz music over cinema with the themed exhibition dedicated to the movie Back to the Future. Not to mention A Wound in a Dance with Love featuring the masterpieces of Sean Scully. Finally, among the most eccentric exhibits, we suggest True Stories by Giuseppe Veneziano, whereas "Pompeii Painters" at the Archaeological Museum will be one of the most eagerly awaited events of the autumn art season in Italy. All you need to do now is choose the exhibition that suits you best!

Several festivals in and around Bologna are to enliven september's atmosphere. With a packed programme of events, we recommend attending IT.A.CÀ, the festival on responsible tourism, and Sun Donato Festival, a free outdoor festival with performances, workshops and music. Inveterate gourmets shouldn't miss Mortadella Please, a food fair offering original and traditional Mortadella recipes. Film enthusiasts can look forward to the Future Film Festival and the 20th edition of Gender Bender, primarely dedicated to body and gender issues. Photography will be playing a leading role at PhMuseum Days 2022, a recently established festival in its second edition setting its sights on tomorrow with the theme "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow". Always in September, Bologna dedicates for the first time a festival to Ottorino Respighi, great composer and his distinguished citizen. For dance lovers then, in the second week of the month, the 26th edition of Urban Dance returns. Finally, in the colourful town of Dozza, creatures, legends and epic characters will come to life during Fantastika, a series of events entirely dedicated to the fantasy world.

Sports fans will also find September to be a month full of major events. Standing out among them is the eagerly awaited Davis Cup, with the strongest national tennis team of the last few years led by Sinner and Berrettini. Cars and motors are never lacking at this latitude, especially around Imola: ACI Racing Weekend, Open Days – Autodromo Imola and Imola Mostra Scambio will indeed welcome all motorsport enthusiasts. For mountain bike lovers, Appenninica MTB is back, the stage race along the Appennine ridge between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Moreover, with its extremely varied calendar of events for young and old alike, we suggest giving a chance to Parchi in movimento. Lastly, following the successful parade held in Bologna last June, the Bike Pride is coming to town on 17 September.


Music, cinema and theatre are back in full swing after the summer holidays. Crinali is continuing with unique shows disclosing the secrets of the Bolognese Apennines. In terms of musical events, we recommend the Modena City Ramblers concert or that of the British producer and singer-songwriter Sohn. An absolute must is moreover La strada del Jazz (The Jazz Road), a weekend of live concerts and remembrances 10 years after the death of Lucio Dalla. In addition, with its vast calendar of concerts, we highly recommend Imola in Musica and La piazza si accende (The square lights up), four days of light and music shows in Piazza Maggiore. Should you wish to combine music and dance, don't miss the festival Relative Calm. Finally, all film buffs are invited to the latest appointments of the Accade Domani festival at the Arena Puccini.

Whether you prefer spending time with your family or continuing to relax immersed in nature, here is a series of activities perfect for enjoying a refreshingly different day. These include: Bologna's puppetry with Wolfango
, Alti e Bassi, Dalla Collina alla Pianura, not to mention the rich event calendar at FICO.


There is certainly no shortage of trade fairs and fairground events organised throughout the month this season. The most important business events and trade fairs include SanaCersaie, Fruit Exhibition X and Giardini&Terrazzi. On the other hand, a few kilometres from Bologna, we suggest the 55th Pieve Fair and 264th Youth Festival, the Lasagna Festival in San Lazzaro di Savena (BO) and the Truffle Festival in Castel del Rio.

So whether you're just passing by or getting back to your usual city routine, consider stopping off in Bologna and getting involved in a September full of initiatives that will help you feel less homesick after your recent summer holiday.



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