Events in Umbria
The small size of Umbria belies its importance as a region filled with cultural and historical treasures. All the cities of interest are within a few hours of each other, so a weeklong holiday here bids plenty of time to sample the best the region has to offer. In fact, virtually every Umbrian villa is situated perfectly for venturing into other regions as well. Rome, Siena and Florence are all less than two hours away - easy daytrips for most.
July and August are high festival and concert season; given the popularity of these events, it pays to purchase tickets ahead of time. Villas in Umbria are also in demand during the festival season so start by reserving your villa then organizing your festival tickets.
There are numerous costumed festivals and traditional rites throughout the region. You'll find everything from fine arts, to flowers, to antiques.
Painting the Skies Kite Festival (late March - 1st May) Castiglione del Lago
Tulip Festival (first or second Sunday in April) Castiglione del Lago
Italian Antique Exhibition (25th April - 1st May) Todi
Vini nel Mondo
A 3-day festival where hundreds of wineries in the region present that year's vintage. The village is brought alive by all the wine, food, and music.
The city of Gubbio in May is a hub of Italian folklore marked by two events of particular historical and cultural significance dating back to the 12th century - the
Festival of the Ceri (Festa dei Ceri) and the Crossbow Competition (Palio della Balestra)
Tournament of the Quintana- June 14-15
Representatives from the four regions of Foligno compete in a jousting tournament; instead of knocking a rider off his horse these knights have to use their lance to pick up a small ring off of a stand, with the ring shrinking in size every time they pick it up.
Three weeks of the performing arts including opera, ballet, theater and music in the medieval hill town of Spoleto. www.spoletofestival.it
Umbria Jazz Festival- July 12-21
In Perugia one of the worlds largest and most important jazz festivals is held every year. This festival has ten day of great jazz music; with past performances by legends such as B.B. King and Miles Davis.
Todi Festival- August 24- September 1
An annual event inaugurated in the 1980s, it features theater, music, ballet and opera in this medieval hill town for ten days in late summer. www.todiartefestival.it
Fuga del Bove
On the 3rd Sunday of the month the village of Montefalco hosts its own version of the running of the bulls. In this town's version each neighborhood is given a bull and the neighbor hoods race the bulls though the city, using whatever mean necessary to get the bull to run across the finish line first.
International Ceramics Competition and Exhibition (14th August - 30th September) Gualdo Tadino
National Horse Fair (8th - 10th September) Citta di Castello
Eurochocolate (Second half of October) Perugia
Tasting of Italian Wines (22nd - 26th November) Torgiano
Festa Dell'Uva- September 19-21
San Elana di Marsciano hosts what is reported to be the oldest wine festival in the world. It is a weeklong celebration and thousands come from all over the world each year for the event.
Perugia Classico (Festival of Classical Music)
The sacred music festival segues into a secular bent to finish off Perugia's music-filled summer with a week of classical and chamber music.
Sagra Musicale Umbria (Festival of Sacred Music)
A festival of sacred music with 60 years of history behind it, drawing composers and groups from around the world.
October and November Events
One of the best times to visit Umbria in during the truffle harvest.
December and January Events
Umbria Jazz Festival Winter (December-January)
If you happen to visit Orvieto in the winter, this four-day adjunct to the famed Umbria Jazz Fest is not to be missed. Enjoy wine tasting and internationally renowned jazz artists in Orvieto for what amounts to part two of Umbria's premier jazz festival. www.umbriajazz.com
Christmas in Umbria (20th December - 1st January) Throughout Umbria
Umbria Jazz Winter (28 December - 1st January) Orvieto