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Festivals in Spain

Calendar of Events for Spanish Ferias & Fiestas by Month, Type & Region

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Festivals in Spain
Festivals in Spain
San Fermin Bull Run, Pamplona 2006Image: Damian Corrigan

Spain is famous for its glorious beaches, fantastic architecture and stunning art and much more. But nothing captures Spain's living culture more than its many, many festivals.

  • With so many excellent festivals, you can cut to the chase and take a look at my Top Ten Festivals in Spain, or read on for an idea of the full variety of what you can expect.

Festivals in 2014

Not all festivals run every year. Check out this list of confirmed and expected festivals taking place around Spain in 2014.

Or check out the list of events by month further down the page.

Religious Festivals: God Has a Lot to Answer For!

The Spanish are not Puritans. Even the most sombre   religious festivals such as Semana Santa (Easter) or Corpus Christi, where you can expect solemn processions and church services, will see some of the less god-fearing taking advantage of a day off work to enjoy a tapas or a glass of wine. 

Dancing in the Calles: Spain's Best Street Parties

Other times the religious aspect is kept to a minimum. A city’s patron saint or other holy celebration evolves into a hopping street parties, such as the ones that every city or village holds every year, the biggest being the Las Fallas Festival in Valencia. Another good one is the Feria de Agosto, Malaga's big festival in August.

Read more about the Best Parties in Spain

Tomatoes, Bulls and Other Unusual Festivals

Then there are the world famous wacky celebrations of the Tomatina Tomato Fight, perhaps the world’s biggest food fight, the Pamplona Running of the Bulls, wear people with masculinity issues insist on running in front of a pack of angry bovines and more. Check out some of Spain's Most Bizarre Festivals.

If you're looking for music festivals in Spain, you're in luck. Whether it's traditional Flamenco Festivals, the best being the Bienial in Seville,  classy Jazz Festivals (particularly those in the Basque Country) or cutting-edge Rock, Pop & Dance Festivals.

Other Popular Types of Festival in Spain

Festivals in Spain: by Month

January Events in Spain

Christmas isn’t over until January 6, when the Three Kings have come and brought all of Spain’s little Jesuses their presents. Later in the month is the San Sebastian festival with the Tamborrada 

February Events in Spain

Carnival usually takes place in February (though a late Easter can mean it falls in March. There is also a flamenco festival in Jerez.

March Events in Spain

The best thing about March is the Fallas Festival, probably Spain’s biggest street party, which takes place in Valencia each year. The bullfighting season begins towards the end of the month. 

 

If there’s a particularly late Easter, carnival may fall in March. An early Semana Santa can also fall towards the end of the month.

April Events in Spain

Easter usually takes place in April and nowhere is the celebration more important than in Spain, where it is known as Semana Santa and goes on all week. Check out the Sant Jordi (St George) celebrations in Barcelona on April 23.

May Events in Spain

Cordoba has two big celebrations in May - the Cruces de Mayo, including the famous patio competition, where proud home owners decorate their patios in the classic Andalusian style. The San Isidro festival takes place in Madrid. 

June Events in Spain

The Batalla del Vino or wine battle takes place in Haro towards the end of the month. Barcelona has its Gay Pride event and the Sonar dance music festival. Madrid has its Dia de la Musica and Sumaflamenco festival and Cordoba has the all-night Noche en Blanco flamenco festival. 

July Events in Spain

The Pamplona Running of the Bulls is one of the biggest events of the summer.  Merida’s drama festival is also a highlight, with plays performed in the city’s Roman ruins.  

August Events in Spain

 The Tomatina Tomato Fight takes place towards the end of the month. Semana Grande in the Basque Country and the Feria de Agosto (Feria de Malaga) in Malaga sees some of the country’s most exciting cities become party central for a week. Merida’s drama festival is still running.

September Events in Spain

The San Sebastian film festival is one of Europe’s biggest film festivals. The Vuelta a España, Spain’s answer to the Tour de France, finishes in Madrid in the middle of the month. It’s also grape harvest time for the country’s wine producers. 

October Events in Spain

The Virgen del Pilar festival in Zaragoza is a major celebration in October. Barcelona’s jazz festival takes too.

November Events in Spain

There are film festivals all over Spain in November, catering to all tastes in cinema. At the end of the month the Christmas lights in Madrid and Barcelona will be switched on. 

December Events in Spain

Feliz Navidad! It’s Christmas time!

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