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Festivals and events in Puglia

WHAT'S ON IN PUGLIA

Regardless of where you're staying in Puglia this year, our definitive calendar of events in Puglia will give you the low-down on what's happening near you.

Just click on the month you'll be visiting the region to find a wealth of information about what's on (festivals, events, etc.), what to eat and where to go.


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Winter

Il Carnevale di Putignano

The longest and some say oldest Carnival in the world! Four parades with allegorical floats and masked merrymakers and lots more besides! Find out more >>

When? The four main parades are on 17th and 24th February and 3rd and 5th March 2019
Where? Putignano


I Falò di San Giuseppe
In Italy, Father’s Day is on 19th March to coincide with the Festa di San Giuseppe. In an act of purification and hope for a bountiful year bonfires are lit in towns all around Puglia. Pagan and Christian superstitions merge and local communities bond.

When? 19th March each year
Where? Locorotondo, Conversano, Altamura and many other towns.




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Festivals and Events in April and May


Salvador Dali' - The Persistence of Opposites
In 2019, Matera is European Capital of Culture. One of the major exhibitions is an exhibition entitled “Salvador Dali' – The Persistence of Opposites”. It includes around 200 works by the great Spanish surrealist exhibited around the town, in squares, streets, sassi and other historic buildings. Of particular note are three monumental sculptures: Space Elephant, The Surrealist Piano and Dance of Time.

When? until 30th November 2019
Where? Matera (just over the border from Puglia in Basilicata)


La Festa di San Nicola
Celebrating the arrival of San Nicola’s relics in Bari, La Festa di San Nicola attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to join in three days of homage to Bari's Patron Saint. On the second day of the event a large statue of the Saint is carried along the coast and then back to the Basilica by a colourful flotilla. The event is rounded off with a spectacular firework display. Find out more >>

When? 7th - 9th May each year
Where? Bari


La Festa di San Cataldo
Several days of celebration starting with the Palio, a rowing competition, and continuing with a street food festival and a huge fireworks display, all in honour of San Cataldo, the patron saint of Taranto, whose silver statue is transported from the Cathedral and along the canal where it renews its blessing upon the city, before being returned to the Cathedral.

When? 8th-10th May each year
Where? Taranto



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Festivals and Events in June


Salvador Dali' - The Persistence of Opposites
In 2019, Matera is European Capital of Culture. One of the major exhibitions is an exhibition entitled “Salvador Dali' – The Persistence of Opposites”. It includes around 200 works by the great Spanish surrealist exhibited around the town, in squares, streets, sassi and other historic buildings. Of particular note are three monumental sculptures: Space Elephant, The Surrealist Piano and Dance of Time.

When? until 30th November 2019
Where? Matera (just over the border from Puglia in Basilicata)


Bari in Jazz Festival
The first of a series of jazz festivals in Puglia, Bari's lasts over two months and includes a good variety of concerts covering all facets of jazz.

When? usually from June to August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Bari and other towns, including Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Alberobello and Matera  


Buongiorno Ceramica!
A nationwide event celebrating Italy's unparalleled traditions in the creation of ceramics. In Sicily artists' studios, craftsmen's workshops and museums in four of the region's most renowned centres of ceramics production will be open to the public. And of course there'll be some wine and food on offer, too!

When? 18th-19th May 2019
Where? Laterza (near Matera) and Grottaglie (between Ceglie Messapica and Taranto)


La Scamiciata
A historical re-enactment of the victory over the Turks of 2nd June 1678, starting from Fasano and proceeding towards the Sanctuary of the Vergine del Pozzo.

When? usually 2nd June (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Fasano (province of Brindisi)


La Notte di San Giovanni
Music and tradition on one of the most magical summer nights in Puglia.

When? Usually the penultimate Saturday in June (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Ostuni 


San Pietro e Paolo
Every year this festival invites people to visit the beautiful seaside town of Otranto, to taste its delicious local food and get to know the colourful Salento folklore.

When? 28th - 29th June each year
Where? Otranto


Danza delle Tarantole
Processions and dances in honour of archaic divinities.

When? usually at the end of June (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Galatina



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Festivals and Events in July


Salvador Dali' - The Persistence of Opposites
In 2019, Matera is European Capital of Culture. One of the major exhibitions is an exhibition entitled “Salvador Dali' – The Persistence of Opposites”. It includes around 200 works by the great Spanish surrealist exhibited around the town, in squares, streets, sassi and other historic buildings. Of particular note are three monumental sculptures: Space Elephant, The Surrealist Piano and Dance of Time.

When? until 30th November 2019
Where? Matera (just over the border from Puglia in Basilicata)


Bari in Jazz Festival
The first of a series of jazz festivals in Puglia, Bari's lasts over two months and includes a good variety of concerts covering all facets of jazz.

When? usually from June to August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Bari and other towns, including Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Alberobello and Matera  


Fasano Music Festival

A trio of concerts in the suggestive surroundings of two of Puglia's most fascinating archaeological sites. The first is a jazz duo (singer and saxophonist), the second a well-known tarantella group called Terraross, and the third a 10-piece cello orchestra performing music from the cinema. Tickets include access to the sites before the concerts start. 

When? usually three weekends in July (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? various venues around Fasano

Alberobello Light Festival
As part of the UN's Year of Light and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death, Alberobello's old trulli town centre will be illuminated with hundreds of star images evoking the Dutch artist's masterpiece Starry Night.

When? usually most of July and August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Alberobello


Locomotive Jazz Festival
16 gigs in a variety of venues around Salento with a good range of Italian and international performers, including the great Kenny Garrett.

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? various venues in and around Lecce, Taranto, Ceglie Messapica and Castro.


La Festa di Santa Domenica
The little town of Scorrano near Otranto literally lights up on in celebration of its Patron Saint, Santa Domenica. The local artisans, many of whom make festival illuminations for towns all over Italy, come into their own creating large wooden structures and arches up to 36m high, dotted with a kaleidoscope of colourful lights. Not to be outdone, local fireworks companies put on an amazing show on the last night.

When? several days around 6th July each year
Where? Scorrano


Festival della Valle d’Itria
This classical music festival, now in its 41st year, boasts a prestigious programme with high profile artists. Tickets can be bought online, but be quick as they sell like hot cakes!

When? 21st July - 31st August 2019
Where? Martina Franca (province of Taranto)


Otranto Jazz Festival
Every year, Otranto Castle hosts three days of jazz concerts with many famous national and international jazz players. The 2015 edition couples jazz with wine... what could be better?

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? Otranto (province of Lecce)


La Festa di Santa Cristina
A rowing regatta and other events to celebrate the town’s Patron Saint.

When? 23rd July - 25th July every year
Where? Gallipoli


Locus Music Festival

Six weekends of concerts with the participation of world-renowned jazz players.

When? usually most of July and the start of August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Locorotondo


La Ghironda
Music and culture from all over the world played out in the gorgeous setting of Ostuni.

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? Villanova di Ostuni
 



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Festivals and Events in August


Salvador Dali' - The Persistence of Opposites
In 2019, Matera is European Capital of Culture. One of the major exhibitions is an exhibition entitled “Salvador Dali' – The Persistence of Opposites”. It includes around 200 works by the great Spanish surrealist exhibited around the town, in squares, streets, sassi and other historic buildings. Of particular note are three monumental sculptures: Space Elephant, The Surrealist Piano and Dance of Time.

When? until 30th November 2019
Where? Matera (just over the border from Puglia in Basilicata)


Bari in Jazz Festival
The first of a series of jazz festivals in Puglia, Bari's lasts over two months and includes a good variety of concerts covering all facets of jazz.

When? usually from June to August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Bari and other towns, including Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Alberobello and Matera  


Mercatino del Gusto
The centre of Maglie in Salento becomes an open-air food market with stalls offering local produce, pasta-making lessons and lots more besides. Very good fun with children.

When? usually the first week of August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Maglie


Corteo Storico di Federico II e Torneo dei Rioni
A celebration of the great Holy Roman Emperor Stupor Mundi with 800 costumed participants parading through the old town centre and the castle built by Frederick himself.

When? usually the middle week of August every year
Where? Oria (midway between Taranto and Brindisi)

Locus Music Festival
Six weekends of concerts with the participation of world-renowned jazz players.

When? usually most of July and the start of August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Locorotondo (province of Bari)


Locomotive Jazz Festival
16 jazz gigs in a variety of venues around Salento with a good range of Italian and international performers, including the great Kenny Garrett.

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? various venues in and around Lecce, Taranto, Ceglie Messapica and Castro.

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Festival della Valle d’Itria
This classical music festival, now in its 40th year, boasts a prestigious programme with high profile artists. Tickets can be bought online, but be quick as they sell like hot cakes!

When? 21st July - 31st August 2019
Where? Martina Franca


Gusto Dopa al Sole
A reggae music festival that in the recent past has featured Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Alborosie and the Shengen Clan.

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? a moveable feast!


La Festa dei Martiri Idruntini
Commemorating the 800 martyrs who died at the hands of the Turks in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam. After  a couple of days of solemnity and processions, the mood picks up on the final day with a little partying and a stunning firework display.

When? 13th - 15th August each year
Where? Otranto


Sagra di Ferragosto

A lovely music festival and several concerts featuring pizzica dancers and musicians.

When? 15th August each year
Where? San Vito dei Normanni (province of Brindisi)


La Festa della Madonna di Leuca
Every year, the Madonna of Leuca is carried through the lively streets of the small and picturesque town in a great procession. The parade is followed at midnight by the famous fireworks, a unique event appreciated by many tourists and locals alike.

When? 15th August each year
Where? Santa Maria di Leuca (province of Leuca)


Sagra Pirotecnica della Valle d’Itria
As part of the 5-day celebration of Locorotondo's patron saint, San Rocco, 3 or 4 of Italy's most renowned firework specialists come together for a competition in pyrotechnics. The townsfolk turn out en masse accompanied by droves of curious tourists. At midnight the action begins and it is certainly worth staying up for!

When? usually around the middle of August (2019 dates not yet confirmed)
Where? Locorotondo


La Notte della Taranta

A tribute to the Pizzica Pizzica, Salento’s tarantella dance. Lots of concerts, opportunities to get dancing and to soak up a bit of tradition.

When? from the beginning of August to 24th August 2019
Where? the towns of Grecia Salentina south of Lecce, including Melpignano


Mareviglioso
The town of the great singer-songwriter Domenic Modugno celebrates the bounty of the sea in a festival that fish and seafood lovers should not miss! There are also lots of rowing regattas along the coast.

When? 2019  dates not yet confirmed
Where? Polignano a Mare


Fiera di Sant’Oronzo
Lecce organises lively music events, food stalls and fireworks in honour of its patron saint.

When? 24th-26th August each year
Where? Lecce


La Cavalcata di Sant'Oronzo
In celebration of the town’s Patron Saint, Sant’Oronzo. The saint’s statue is paraded around town with an escort of knights on horseback.

When? 25th - 27th August each year
Where? Ostuni



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Festivals and Events in September


Salvador Dali' - The Persistence of Opposites
In 2019, Matera is European Capital of Culture. One of the major exhibitions is an exhibition entitled “Salvador Dali' – The Persistence of Opposites”. It includes around 200 works by the great Spanish surrealist exhibited around the town, in squares, streets, sassi and other historic buildings. Of particular note are three monumental sculptures: Space Elephant, The Surrealist Piano and Dance of Time.

When? until 30th November 2019
Where? Matera (just over the border from Puglia in Basilicata)


Festa te lu Mieru - Wine Festival
The moving scenery of the old neighbourhood is the perfect setting for this popular wine festival: three days full of shows, live music and folk dances, but mainly - and most importantly - packed with wine (lu mieru) and food delicacies!

When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed
Where? Carpignano Salentino (province of Lecce)


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