Spanish festivals calendar

Jan 02 2015

Spanish festivals calendar

Spain and Festivals go hand in hand, listed here are some of the most well known by month. The actual dates have been excluded as they can vary by a few days each year.

January:

  • The Festividad de San Sebastian celebrates Lord Wellington’s capture of the city in 1812 from French troops.

February:

  • The Seville Tapas Fair. Celebrate the enjoyment of great tapas. The Seville Tapas Fair provides the best opportunity to experience this ever popular versatile food bites.
  • Some such celebrations in particular are Carnival time in Sitges, Barcelona, Tenerife and Cadiz participants go all out by appearing in fancy dress to dance robustly and enjoy the event.

March:

  • The Flamenco Festival. In March we have the colourful Flamenco Festival, the Festival de Jerez, with huge celebrations brought to you by Spain’s more well known dancers.
  • In Valencia, the Fallas de San Jose event is celebrated with street parties, fireworks each night and the burning of the papier-mache effigies (fallas) take place to conclude the celebrations.

April:

  • Holy Week. Semana Santa, Holy Week is a very important nationwide event, in Seville, Córdoba, Malaga and Granada the celebrations are prominent.
  • In Andalucia parish members take to the streets carrying huge religious oriented floats, a spectacular sight!  The Moros y Cristianos Festival the battles of the Moors and Christians.
  • La Feria de Abril in Seville takes place two weeks after Easter the Seville April fair is the largest yearly celebration.
  • Andalucia, Romería de Andújar Festival, promotes the mass pilgrimage to a shrine of the Virgin.

May:

  • Cruces de Mayo, in Córdoba large crosses are seen throughout the streets where locals party.
  • Fiesta de los Patio, theme is to find the most beautiful flower drenched patio in the city competition, followed by the Feria del Caballo the fiesta of Flamenco.
  • Madrid has the world’s biggest bullfight festival.
  • Cultural events are prominent … San Isidro the capitals Patron Saint is celebrated. 
  • All Spain celebrates Corpus Christi, the most spectacular event takes place in Toledo.

June:

  • La Romería del Rocio. Up to one million people travel by any means possible to visit the Virgin at El Rocio in Huelva.
  • The International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada.
  • In Alicante the midsummer fireworks and bonfires … (Hoqueras de San Juan) are a must visit to put in your diary.
  • Electronic music and digital arts event, Barcelona Summer Festival, El Grec and the Sonar Festival attract massive crowds mid-June to end of August.
  • At the end of July the Haro Wine Festival in La Rioja where copious amounts of red wine flows.
  • Towards the end of June into July around two million gay people gather for Madrid Pride, the largest gay festival in Spain.

July:

  • San Fermin, the well known running of the bulls commencing on the 7th for a week.
  • On the coast of Valencia, the annual rock music festival, the Benicassim Festival is a favourite.
  • For classical music the Trujillo International Music Festival takes place in Extremadura.
  • In San Sebastián you have the Jazz Festival attracting headline performers.
  • Dia de la Virgin de Carmen, have varied celebrations along the Costa around the 16th,  commonly a flotilla of fishing boats carry a statue of the virgin out to sea, along with an impressive fireworks display.
  • The Fiesta of Near Death Experiences. If you are seeking the bizarre then head for Galicia as those taking part carry their own coffins.

August:

  • La Tomatina. The tomato Festival in Bunyol near Valencia, an amazing, mad, tomato fight event.
  • In Seville there is Malaga’s comparable Feria de Malaga 10 days of partying on the South Coast.
  • To celebrate the Basque Culture, Bilbao has Semana Grande.
  • In Alicante the Elx Mystery Play a cultural event, goes back to the 13th century.

 September:

  • Jerez, sherry festival is a celebration of the wine harvesting Jerez de la Frontera from the 1st Saturday beginning of the month.
  • In addition the Fiestas be Otono is a three week party which involves sherry, horses and flamenco.
  • Feria Goyesca de Pedro Romero. This takes place in Ronda in the 1st week in September, this is where the townsfolk and Matadors gather for the weekend bullfight dressed in 18th century costumes.
  • In the Rioja region the grape harvest Fiestas de San Mateo takes place in the city of Logrono during the third week of the month.
  • Cava week, is a festival celebrating the Catalan version of champagne Fiesta de la Merce this is a massive occasion with fireworks, dancing and processions.
  • In Valencia, the paella festival Fiesta del Arroz is held in Sueca. The Rioja wine festival Fiesta de San Mateo celebrates another grape harvest.

October:

  • Pilar Festivalin Zaragoza. This is the event of the month with the Virgin Mary to St James’s appearance, this coincides with Hispanidad the nationwide fiesta celebrating Columbus’s landing in the Americas.

November: 

  • All Saints Day Todos Los Santos, to remember deceased relatives Spanish people from all areas of the country return to their place of birth.
  • Fiesta del Orujo in Cantabria where a selection of film festivals take place a great partying event.

December:

  • Noche Buena a family affair, Christmas Eve, a night of family togetherness for a quiet dinner. Noche Vieja, New Year’s Eve, the fun and revelry commences.

David Johns