Ferias, carnivals and festivals

Ferias, traditional Spanish fairs in Malaga Province

Ferias are common in every city/town/village in Spain, the largest ‘fair’ of the whole year.

Marbella – 2nd week in June
Estepona – 1st week in July
La Linea – 2nd week in July
Malaga – 3rd week in August
Mijas – 2nd week in September
Torremolinos – Last week in September
Fuengirola – 1st week in October
San Pedro – 3rd week in October

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Local festivities in Andalucia (2014)

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January

On the 6th – Three Kings, celebrated throughout Spain. Children (and adults) receive gifts from the Three Wise Men. It’s Spanish tradition followed long before Father Christmas.

February

Throughout the month Seville has a tapas fair.
The town of San Cecilio, in Granada, has a gypsy festival.
The week before lent, Cadiz hold it’s annual Carnival. (This has been moved to March in 2014)

March

Throughout the month, Jeréz de la Frontera host’s its annual Flamenco Festival. Professionals perform and showcase their talents as well as host workshops and plenty of activities, joined by lots of food, drinks and dance.

April

Semana Santa (translates to Holy Week) is the most important (and religious) holiday in Spain. A whole week of celebrations that lead up to Easter – hugely celebrated throughout Spain, a sight for any tourist to experience.
Third week of the month: Granda hosts its annual Short Film Festival.
From the 30th April until 4 March (2014) Fuengirola has it’s annual Feria de los Pueblos, an international fair with stands from around 20-30 countries.

May

The City of Códoba celebreates big this month with 3 main festivals: Cruces de Mayo (when crosses are decorated with flowers) followed by Feria de los Patios, decoration and competition of the most beautiful patios, followed by the Cordoba Feria, the largest celebration.
Throughout the month Jaen hosts and olive oil exposition and Jerez a horse fair.
Weekend before Pentecost Monday: religious pilgrmiages, Virgen del Rocio being the largest and most celebrated.
Montilla-Moriles Wine Tasting Festival in Córdoba (moved up from September in 2014).
Manzanilla Wine Fair in Sanlúcar, Cádiz (on the banks of the Guadalquivir).

June

On June 12th Huelva hosts their ‘Romeria del Rocio’, a religious pilgrimage Feria.
Third week of  June: Algericas feria.
Last Saturday in June, Sevilla’s famous Flamenco Festival named ‘Potaje’.
On the 24th, Lanjarón, region near Granada hosts a Water Festival. Lanjarón is the popular brand of mineral water. Get prepared for to get wet, for buckets and water pistols may come your way. This same region is known for it’s locally produces ham, one of the best in the country. Lanjarón is worth  visit.

In late June/early July, Granada hosts an International Festival of Music and Dance, classical music and flamenco are predominant in this celebreation.

July

First two weeks of July Córdoba holds an International Guitar Festival.
Public Wine Tasting in Aguilar de la Frontera, Córdoba
Chipiona’s Moscatel Festival (wine tasting and flamenco combo!) in Cádiz
Grape Harvest Fair and Festival in Villanueva del Ariscal, in Sevilla

August

First two weeks of August, on the beach of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Cádiz, horse racing activities/competitions takes place.
On the 5th, midnight pilgrimage in Trevelez.
From the 11 – 20th, Málaga feria.
On the 15th, Virgin Festival in Vejer and Noche del Vino (‘Night of wine’) festival in Competa, Málaga (sometimes held in late July, like in 2014).

September

First week of the month: Tarifa has its annual festival.
On the 6th and 9th a bizarre paint and water throwing festival in Baza and Guadix, in Granada.
On the 8th Feria de La Consolación in Utrera, Sevilla.
Second week of the month: Mijas Pueblo has it’s annual ‘Feria’ festival.
From the 7-16th Alcances in Cádiz hosts Film Festival of the Atlantic.
Mid September until mid-October: important Flamenco Festival in Sevilla, held every two years. (2008, 2010, 2012…)
Last week of September, Ubeda and Torremolinos have their Ferias.

Grape harvest season and celebrations in September:

Royal Fair in Huelva,
Grape Harvest Festivals of Condado in Palma del Condado, Huelva.
Montilla-Moriles Grape Harvest Celebration in Córdoba (In 2014 moved to May).
Grape Harvest Festival in Jerez de la Frontera.
Grapre Harvest Festival in Bollullos par del Condado, Huelva.
Mollina Festival in Málaga.
Manilva Festival in Málaga.

October

From the 5-9th, the Alpujarras mountain range have their annual Feria de Octubre, mountains are filled with wine rather than water.
First week of the month, popular destination Fuengirola has it’s annual Feria.Second week of the month, Jaen, olive oil capital in Andalucia has its Feria.
Third week of the month, San Pedro, near Marbella (Costa del Sol) has it’s Feria.
On the 18th October Sevilla has a reiligious pilgrimage fair, ‘Romeria de Nuestra Señora de Valme de Dos Hermanos’.

November

Throughout the month Granada hosts a Jazz Festival.
From the 3-11th, Sevilla hosts a Film Festival.
From the 18-25th, Huelva hosts a Latin American Film Festival.

Carnivals

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, dates change a bit yearly, but usually begin late January (26th February – 9th March in 2014.)
Cadiz Carnival, starts usually end of february (27th February – 9th March in 2014.)
Sitges Carnival,  usually begins at the end of february (27th February – 5th March 2014.)

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Local festivities in Catalunya (2014)

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January

On the 17 th – Fiesta de San Antonio Abad, all over Spain but in particular in Jaen, Alpujarras, Valencia and Tenerife, with partying and bonfires on the night before. In Barcelona it is celebrated on the nearest Saturday to the 17th.

February

At the end of the month: Sitges Carnival.

March

From 12 until March 19 The first truly important festival of the year – Las Fallas. Valencian families make paper mache dolls. The creations are paraded before being burnt in one of the many bonfires.
From 23 – 30 – Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida, Latin American film festival in Lleida in Catalonia.
Third Sunday of Lent – Fiesta de la Magdalena in Castellon de la Plana, Valencia, a celebration of the end of Moorish rule.

April

On the 23rd – Sant Jordi Festival, Barcelona (Saint George’s Day). A national festival and celebration of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare (who both died on the same day).

June

Throughout the month: Grec Performance Arts Festival
Third week of June – Cinema Jove International Film Festival in Valencia.

July

First two weeks – Bous a la Mar (Toros en el Mar), bull run to the water’s edge in Denia, near Valencia.

August

On the 4th – Fiesta del Cristo de la Salud, El Palmar, Valencia (the home of Paella).
Last Wednesday in August Tomatina Tomato Fight.

September

First two weeks of the month Feria in Teruel.
From 12-15 – Graus has its festival with the highlight being the Mojiganga satirical procession.
From 12-15 – Fiesta Mayor y Corre del Bou. Cardona (Barcelona). Bull run in the streets, concerts and dancing with people dressed as giants.
On the 15th – Fiesta de la Vendimia, Ainzón, Zaragoza. The Campo de Borja wine region has its grape harvest festival, with plenty of grape stomping, starting around midday.
From 22-25 – Festa de la Mercè, one Barcelona’s biggest celebrations. Includes fireworks, people on stilts and, of course, copious amounts of alcohol.

October

From 4-8 – Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival.
From 5-14 – Sitges, near Barcelona, has the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia.
From 6-15 – Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
From 19-26 – Mostra de Valencia Cinema del Mediterrani film festival in Valencia.

 

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