Sagra del Tordo, Montalcino
Montalcino feast of the thrush (Sagra del Tordo) on the last weekend of October. This event is quite spectacular, with drum parades and archery trials on Saturday, and a popular feast held inside the walls of the castle all day Sunday, with very good food and wine purchasable by the glass. On Sunday morning there is a parade in mediaeval costume, a festive lunch (by invitation only) and then the main archery contest takes place in the afternoon after another costume procession. Two archers from each of the four quarters of Montalcino compete. It's advisable to arrive very early for these feast days, if you are not staying inside Montalcino itself, because parking rapidly vanishes and visitors walk several km uphill from where they are obliged to leave their vehicles.