There are a lot of traditional feasts in Reggio Emilia province, with folklore and trade, curiosity and amusement. San Prospero festival in Reggio Emilia on November 24th (patron saint festival) is deeply felt by the people. Inside the town, the square dedicated to the saint and the city centre are invaded by booths and chestnuts sellers. The Ghiara festival (first week of september) takes place in front of the sanctuary in Corso Garibaldi, restored for the 4th centenary of Ghiara miracle, with booths and market of artistic and traditional handicrafts. The main attraction of S.Simone fair (october 26-28, 863 editions) is the national antique trade exhibition. The centenary S.Giuseppe fair (march 18-25) in Scandiano is a trade fair of goods, typical products and ancient agricultural machineries. In this occasion Santa Caterina Fort is open to the public, cultural and sports activities are organized, the centre is invaded by booths and amusements.
S.Michele fair in Castelnovo Monti (september 27-29), born in 1741 as goods and livestock exhibition, is the most important of the Apennine, with its traditional brown ox show. Casina host the Parmigiano-Reggiano fair (first week of august): the cheese is cooked in the square by expert cheese-makers with an old steam machine, meetings, handicrafts shows and folkloristic events takes place, like the old tractors parade.
The Lambrusco fair in Albinea (second week of june) has its core in the lambruschi emiliani show and typical products taste. The grapes fair in Castellarano (second half of september) organizes an allegoric carts parade, a medieval dinner and an old agricultural machineries exhibition. The fair top event is the Palio della Rocca, a costume donkey-riding race.
In Cavriago there is the Bue Grasso fair (4th Sunday of march) with the old reggiana breed oxes, Parmigiano-Reggiano stands and balsamic vinegar producers. At the Chestnuts fair in Marola (second half of october) the chestnuts are sold raw, roasted and boiled; Parmigiano-Reggiano, mushrooms and truffles are also sold. In Cavola di Toano there is the truffle fair (1st and 2nd weekends of november) with the exhibition of the biggest truffles collected in the season, booths and wine, salami, game and cheese free tasting.
In Boretto there is the Po festival (3rd Sunday of june), with motorboat races, fireworks and lights show on the river, typical products tasting, like Borettana onion. Reggiolo has its squash fair (end of september, beginning of october) with gastronomical events based on squash, a historic parade and a palio. The market lovers have a big choice of weekly markets to satisfy their needs: Albinea, Castelnuovo Monti and Scandiano every Monday, Reggio city centre and Quattro Castella every Tuesday, Cavriago, Correggio and Guastalla every Wednesday, Castellarano and S.Polo every Thursday, Reggio city centre and Bagnolo every Friday, Bibbiano and Casina every Saturday, Gualtieri and Viano every Sunday. The antique trade and the collecting markets can be monthly (Sant’Ilario d’Enza, 2nd Sunday of october) or weekly held in summer season (Roncolo, every Wednesday evening from june to august).
All the year round there are many different events of a long tradition, followed by an increasing number of passionates: Castelnovo Sotto and Corbella (Campagnola) carnivals, historic shows like the Corteo Matildico in Quattro Castella at the end of may or in Vetto and Canossa in summer time are a parade of charming costumes and scenes.