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.
- Madrid Events in 2014
- Barcelona Events in 2014
- Andalusia Events in 2014
- Festivals in the Basque Country
- Festivals in Other Cities & Regions
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
- Bullfighting Festivals in Spain Bullfighting fever in Spain takes hold particularly around the time of the big bullfighting festivals.
- Film Festivals in Spain The San Sebastian film festival is the most famous, but there are film festivals to please every taste: comic books, horror, gay and lesbian and erotic.
- Sport Events in Spain Spain is a leader in world sport. See some of the world’s biggest stars on home turf!
- Nudist Events in Spain Clothing optional!
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.
- Calendar of Events in September in Spain
- Best Cities in Spain in September
- Weather in Spain in September
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.
- Calendar of Events in November in Spain
- Best Cities in Spain in November
- Weather in Spain in November
December Events in Spain
Feliz Navidad! It’s Christmas time!