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News | Events | 3/5/2017
Events in Bari throughout May

Events in Bari throughout May

There are numerous events in Bari throughout May and they are all very interesting. Here is a selection of the most important ones:

7-9 May 2017: The Saint Nicola’s Day Festival (Saint Nicholas)

san nicola

During the ‘May Festival’, the city of Bari pays its respects to its Patron Saint in the form of many religious celebrations but also by hosting lots of cultural and civil events.

The merchant sailors of Bari who brought home the relics of the Saint of Myra almost one thousand years ago, on the 19th May 1087 to be precise, are commemorated in an historical procession; their actions brought new hope to the city after a dark period under the rule of the Norman government. Saint Nicola is widely worshipped and pilgrims from all over the world, not only Bari, visit the cathedral named after him every year to show their devotion to this Saint, who has become a symbol of spirituality and Christianity.

At this time of year the city is bubbling over with events and shows. Below are the most important ones:

  • From the 6th till the 9th May 2017:  A ‘Tasting Village’ will be set up near the roundabout along the seafront in Bari.  20 stands covering approximately 400 m² with one objective: to show traditional gastronomical products and local beers at their best, from the producer straight to the consumer. The zero kilometre theme running through the event will allow you to taste the best local products presented in ‘Mordi la Puglia’ (Bite Puglia) menus.
  • Monday 8th May 2017: after the procession throughout the city’s streets, the statue will arrive in the ‘Molo di San Nicola’ where it will be placed on board a vessel ready for its sea parade. At 16:30, there will be an air show from the aerobatic demonstration team of the Frecce Tricolori (the tricolour arrows) along the Nazario Sauro seafront followed by the arrival of the statue and the final procession to Piazza del Ferrarese.
  • Sunday 7th May 2017: the historical procession of Saint Nicola. Apart from the traditional procession you will also be able to admire ‘dancing’ aircraft, the screening of animations based on characters made out of sand and much more in a show that will leave you open-mouthed.

To find out more about this important event, please click here.


11th- 13th May: The G7


The G7, the meeting of Finance Ministers and Governors from the central banks of the world’s 7 most powerful countries, the European Minister for Economic and Monetary Affairs, the President of the Euro group and the President of the Central Bank of Europe is also on the events calendar this May in Bari.

Although this is an important event which awards a certain visibility to the wonderful city of Bari, one does have to be a little more careful at this time, bearing in mind that the old town centre becomes a ‘red area’ and will be off limits to all vehicles, including those belonging to residents. The local council is organsing other parking areas outside the centre but you could still experience some (temporary) inconvenience while the city is being reorganised.

You can find further more detailed information on temporary road closures and alternative ways of reaching the town centre here.


12th – 13th May: The Castrovillari- Alberobello Italy Race


One of the most important national (and local!) events taking place in May is the Giro d’Italia (a bicycle race around Italy). The historical route takes in some of the most beautiful places in Italy and this year the 7th part of the race will be in Calabria and Puglia. It’s a race for speed cyclists as most of the land is flat including the spectacular route through the Itria Valley and covers 220km up to Alberobello which has been included for the first time this year after being named as a UNESCO world heritage site 20 years ago.

Here are details of the route:

alberobello castrovillari

26th – 28th May: Race for the Cure


‘Race for the Cure’ is back again this year. The race is organised by the Susan G. Komen Italia association which is a no-profit organisation, set up in 2000, and active in the fight against breast cancer and its prevention.

The event will take place over three days: 72 hours dedicated to sport, wellbeing and solidarity. As well as exercise classes and talks from women who have battled the illness, free consultations geared at the early detection of breast cancer will also be available during the event.

There will also be a number of stands present over the three days offering activities for adults and children alike, with a dedicated kids play area.

The run itself will be on Sunday morning with a 9:30 am start. There will be two routes to choose from: a 5km competitive run for amateurs and a 2km walk. The event is open to everyone: women, men, professionals and non-professionals. You can sign up online with a minimum donation of 12 euro, the total amount of which will go to fund the projects that the association finances.

Click here for further information on this important event.