The festival was founded in 1961 based on an ancient local custom. When the pipers returned home after the festive season, to announce their return to the streets, would challenge each stopped in memorable playing of their fifes and bagpipes. This custom turned into a time of high expressiveness and the people of neighbouring countries came to hear the celebrations of returning. The Acquafondata festival, puts in the spotlight the music in a way that you can appreciate the multifaceted nature of this ancient instrument. The competition has a jury of experts and these days folk music musicians from Italy and all over the world come and perform. The event takes place in August combined with the sagra degli gnocchi festival to give guests, in one weekend, the best of folklore and local culinary traditions.