Jazz is very popular in Spain and there are jazz festivals taking place most weekends somewhere in Spain. On this page you'll find a list of the biggest festivals taking place in 2012 and 2013 in Spain.
Some so-called jazz festivals in Spain are more like 'jazz seasons', with a show a week for six months. I've left these off the list. All of the festivals on this page are short concentrated affairs ideal for a visitor to get a good hit of jazz while they're in Spain. For a list of every jazz festival in Spain, check out Jazz Fests.
Jazz Festivals Confirmed for 2013This page was written in late 2012, before most festivals for 2013 had been announced. Almost every festival on this page has run for a number of years and is virtually guaranteed for 2013, but these few immediately below have been confirmed for next year.
- March 7-23, 2013 Terrassa Jazz Festival
- March 30 - April 8, 2013 Figueres Jazz Festival. Visit the Dali museum in the afternoon and stay for the jazz at night.
- April 13-15, 2013 Dixieland Jazz Festival and International Firework Competition Confirmed for 2013.
- April 14-26, 2013 (TBC) Jazz Barrie In Vigo, Lugo and A Coruna.
- May 2-12 2013 Vic Jazz Festival near Barcelona. This is cava (Spanish sparkling wine) country so sip a glass while watching the shows.
- May 3-5, 2013 Mallorca Smooth Festival
- June 21-30, 2013 (TBC) - Vigo Jazz Festival in Galicia. Possibly not running in 2013.
- June 27-30, 2012 - Clazz Latin Jazz festival in Madrid.
- July 2013 - Fijazz jazz festival in Alicante. Two weekends of jazz shows.
- July 3-7, 2013 Jazz festival in Getxo in the Basque Country.
- July 7-30, 2013 (TBC) Peniscola International Jazz Festival. Potentially not running in 2013.
- July, 2013 - Valencia Jazz festival.
- July, 2013 Jazz en la Costa in Almuñécar.
- July 16-20, 2013 Jazz Festival in Vitoria, Basque Country.
- July 24-28, 2013 Jazzaldia Jazz Festival in San Sebastian in the Basque Country.
- July 27-28, 2013 (TBC) Atac de Jazz in Tarrega, near Lleida. Nothing announced for 2013 as of June 2013.
- August 2013 - Mas i Mas Music festival in Barcelona with jazz and much more.
- August 15-18, 2013 (TBC) - Ibiza Jazz festival. Nothing announced for 2013.
- September 2013 - L'Hora del Jazz Jazz festival in Barcelona. Nothing announced for 2013 as of June 2013.
- Late October, 2013 - Mijas Jazz Festival on the Costa del Sol. Two weekends of jazz. No dates yet for 2013.
- Late October to early December, 2013 - Jazz Cartagena. Jazz and avante garde pop festival. Dates not just announced for 2013.
- October 19 - December 1, 2013 Barcelona Jazz Festival
- November 4 - December 5 2013 - Madrid Jazz Festival. Check local press for details.
- Throughout November 2013 - Granada Jazz Festival (TBC - website has not confirmed for 2013 at the time of writing).
- November, 2013 (dates approx) - Jazz Voyeur Festival in Mallorca.
- December, 2013 - Clazz Latin Jazz at Xmas Latin Jazz festival in Madrid. To be confirmed for 2013.