Fira di ai


Traditional Festival of the Garlic

"Fira di Ai" 2016 leaflet
"Fira di Ai" 2016 leaflet

Where: town centre - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

When: June 21-23, 2019



The origins of the Fira di Ai (Garlic fair) go back to a few centuries ago. In 1772, precisely, the inhabitants of Persiceto obtained the concession to celebrate a summer fair of goods and livestocks on June 24, day of the Birth of St John the Baptist, instead of August 29, day of his martyrdom.


In ancient times the night of June 24 was also known as the "Witches' night", a tradition based on frightening legends.


For this reason the "Fira di Ai" has been coniugating for decades two different natures: a commercial one, embodied by markets and food stands, and an entertaining one, featuring concerts, games and activities for children and grownups.


Also for this edition of the fair, the town center will host the "street osteria", serving local specialties like crescentine, tigelle and the Bolognese spianata (a kind of flat brad).


The name of the Fair comes from the Bolognese word for Garlic, ai, a product well known in the rural tradition not only as a legendary means of protection against witches, but also for its healing properties. The garlic is still included in the name of this fair because a part of the event is still dedicated to health and wellbeing: this year the focus is on lavender.


On the occasion of the Fira di Ai it will also be possible to discover Persiceto and its surroundings thanks to guided tours and bike tours. On Sunday 26th the pro loco association organizes a guided tour among the "red light" Persiceto, while on Saturday 25th is possible to join a bike tour "under the stars" with the local Astrophiles Club.


Info on the event

Timetable: see attached programme

Entrance: free. A la carte menu

Organizer: Pro loco association


Tel. 0039 051 826839



Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

San Giovanni in Persiceto

Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Toll free number 800 069678


Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm

Thu 8.30am-6.30pm

Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm

Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39  051 6812057


Opening times

Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm



Last update: 04-06-2019