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Spanish / Canary Islands Festivals and Events

Festivals in Spain (January – June)

 

The Canaries Music Festival

Tenerife, Spain
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
January
www.festivaldecanarias.com

 

 

Annual Tenerife Carnival

Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
January – February
www.webtenerife.com

This Spanish Festival is one of the world’s biggest street parties and it last for two weeks.

 

 

Sitges Carnival

Barcelona, Spain
February
www.sitges.com

This is a crazy and wild party, as more than 250,000 people are usually there. It’s famous for its gay resort; you find thousands dressed up in costumes.

 

 

Tinker Day Drum Parade

San Sebastian, Spain
February

This Spanish festival has street parties and its to remember the arrival of Hungarian gypsies. The locals get dressed up in gypsy outfits.

 

 

Las Fallas Festival

Valencia, Spain
March
www.lasfallas.net

This five-day long Spanish festival attracts over 2 million people for fireworks and parades and Valancia's population triples in size during this festival.

 

 

Cincomarzada

Zaragoza, Spain
March

This Spanish Festival honours Zaragoza's citizens, who in 1838 defended the city against a Carlist attack. There are loads of picnics and barbies everywhere.

 

 

Holy Week [Semana Santa]

Seville, Spain
April

This Spanish festival has hundreds of parades and singing over the Easter weekend.

 

 

La Feria de Abril (April Fair)

Seville, Spain
April

This Spanish festival is Seville's best party with traditional dress, parades, dancing and wild parties.

 

 

Fiesta De Moros Y Cristianos

Alcoy, Spain
April

This Spanish festival you will see locals fill the streets dressed as slaves and soldiers to celebrate the Reconquista, the period during which Spain was liberated from Muslim rule in the 13th century. A year is spent preparing 28 armies to fight in the mock war.

 

 

XI World Folkdance Festival

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
April
www.cicspain.com

 

Womad Caceres

Extremadura, Spain
May
www.womad.org

 

 

Primavera Sound Festival

Barcelona, Spain
May

 

 

Feast of the Three Kings (Reyes Magos Carnival)

Madrid, Spain
May

 

Territorios Sevilla

Seville, Spain
May
www.territoriossevilla.com

 

 

Horse Fair

Jerez, Spain
May
www.andalucia.com

This Spanish festival is one of the more interesting festivals in Spain. Together with equestrian competitions, in typical Spanish style there's also sherry, flamenco and bullfighting.

 

 

SOS4.8

Murcia Spain
May
www.sos48.com

This Spanish festival is one of Spain's best kept secrets, as this small festival attracts the big bands, but is relatively small at the moment, but we are sure that wll change soon.

 

 

International Festival of Dance and Music

Granada, Spain
June

 

 

Sonar

Barcelona, Spain
June
www.sonar.es

This is arguably the best festival in Spain, which attracts loads of great DJs and bands from around the world. If there is one festival you should go in Spain then this is the one.

 

 

Summer Festival [del Grec]

Barcelona, Spain
June

 

 

Festa de Sant Joan

Barcelona, Spain
June

There are bonfires and fireworks throughout the city

 

 

La Patum

Berga, Spain
June
www.spain.info

This Spanish festival is an amazing show of explosions and pyrotechnics as this Catalan city celebrates Corpus Christi. There is loads of great music to keep you entertained. You can expect to see processions that include demons, dragons and angels. All of this is accompanied by the beat of a 'tabai' drum.

 

 

Primavera Sound Festival

Barcelona, Spain
June
www.primaverasound.com

This Spanish festival takes place in the Parc del Forum in Barcelona, Spain. It's fast becoming one of the most popular in the city.

 

 

 

 

 

Festivals in Spain (July – December)

 

Running of the Bulls

San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain
July
www.pamplona.net
www.sanfermin.com

This event has been going since 1591. It kicks off when the Mayor of Pamplona fires the ‘chupinazo’ (a rocket) from the balcony of the Town Hall.  Then for the next 8 days the city parties its butt off and of course it has its famous running of the bulls when thousands of people watch as bulls run through the streets.

 

 

Festival International Benicassim

Benicassim, Spain
End of July
www.fiberfib.com

This four day Spanish festival attracts some of the biggest names around and with its location being right on the beach it's a huge crowd favourite.

 

 

The Festival del Verano

Avila, Spain
July

This Spanish festival has street parties, parades, bullfights and live music.

 

 

La Mar De Musicas

Cartagena, Spain
July
www.lamardemusicas.com

 

 

Benicassim Festival

Valencia, Spain
July
www.fiberfib.com

Located on the Mediterranean this three-day Benicassim Festival attracts loads of great bands. In the past they have had Muse, Artic Monkeys, and DJ Yoda to name a few. It’s definitely worth checking it out.

 

 

Bilbao BBK Live

Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain
July
www.bilbaobbklive.com

This is a relatively new festival in Spain, but its fast becoming one of the most popular due to its great line-up. Some of the past bands have included Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Chemical Brothers, Kasabian and the Kaiser Chiefs just to name a few.

 

 

Fiesta of Near Death Experience

Spain
July

 

 

Jazz San Javier

Murcia, Spain
July
www.jazz.sanjavier.es

 

 

Nowhere Festival

Zaragoza, Spain
July
www.goingnowhere.org

This Spanish festival was inspired by the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA. It's in the middle of the Spanish desert and it attracts thousands of people annually.

 

 

International Jazz Festival

San Sebastian, Spain
July
www.

This Spanish festival takes place at the San Telmo Museum and they get international bands every year.

 

 

Feria de Malaga

Malaga, Spain
August

This is the biggest party in town with fancy dress, exotic food and dance, and fireworks.   

 

 

Fiesta De San Lorenzo

Madrid, Spain
August



Rocket Festival

August
www.rocketfestival.com

 

 

Aste Nagusia

Bilbao, Spain
August

This is a big Basque celebration including free concerts, fireworks nightly and strong man contests.

 

 

Verbenas de San Cayetano

San Lorenzo and La Paloma, Spain
August

 

 

La Tomatina

Buňol, Spain
August 29th
www.latomatina.com or www.latomatina.es  or www.latomatina.org

Every year this tiny town of 9000 people swells to 5 times that number for the world’s biggest tomato fight.  They say there are around 30,000 people, 140 tonnes of tomatoes, and they give you 60 minutes of mayhem, or simple all out war to throw the tomatoes at each other.

 

 

Mercat De Musica Viva De Vic

Vic, Spain
September
www.artbaco.com

 

 

Film Festival

San Sebastian, Spain
September
www.sansebastian.festival.com

This Spanish Festival showcases the best of the world cinema

 

 

La Merce Festival

Barcelona, Spain
September
www.bcn.cat/merce

This Spanish Festival is big street party in Barcelona that lasts for four days. It's held in honour of the patron saint of the Catalan Capital, Our Lady of Mercy. Onlookers can enjoy spectacles that include larger than life marionettes parading though the streets with dazzling firework displays.

 

 

Ibiza Closing Parties

Ibiza, Spain
September
www.loveibiza.net

This Spanish Event is on during the last fortnight in September into the first week of October and its the closing parties of Ibiza. It's the final on-slaught of clubbers to hit the clubs before they close for the summer.

 

 

Womex

Seville, Spain
October
www.womex.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



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