A special occasion that attracts many visitors are the different processions taking place in Siusi and Castelrotto to celebrate important religious festivities, such as Corpus Christi (about two months after Easter), the Sacred Heart (third Sunday after Pentecost) and Harvest Thanksgiving (in October) or during the feast of the local patron saint (in Siusi on the 2nd Sunday in September). The large and preciously embroidered banners being led through the village against the background of the barren Mount Sciliar by the local population in their traditional colourful dresses are really unforgettable images.
The Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride ...
... is one of the most important events organised on the Alpe di Siusi. This mediaeval tournament is dedicated to a famous local troubadour, the minnesinger Oswald von Wolkenstein. It is held every year at the beginning of June and lasts two days. On Saturday the official inauguration takes place in one of the three villages of Siusi, Castelrotto or Fiè. The following day the speed, skilfulness and expertise in handling horses is tested in four group competitions. The winners are awarded at Castle Presule during a spectacular closing event.
Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon
21 kilometres, 601 metres of elevation gain and 700 participants: these are the characteristic numbers of the Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon. The starter's gun for the running event with start and finish in Compatsch is fired at 09.30 a.m. Surrounded by the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, the Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon is a unique experience and sporting challenge for both professional and amateur athletes.
In July and August the area resounds with the works of great composers, played by young Italian artists with international experience. The excellent level of these concerts turned them into an appreciated and well-attended event in the cultural programme of the summer in Siusi.