Many interesting events are held in Spain every year. You can visit some events during the holidays. Learn about the most interesting events in Spain before planning your trip to Spain.
Carnival in Spain
Dates: February 20 - February 26, 2020.
Carnival is a very colorful celebration. Each city celebrates carnival in its own way. Carnival usually starts the weekend before Ash Wednesday. Festivities last a week, including two weekends in most cities. Some cities celebrate carnival even for three weekends.
Carnival is celebrated in many cities, including: Madrid, Cadiz, Sitges, Barcelona, as well as on the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
(Barcelona Carnival will be held this year from February 20 to February 26.)
The Fallas in Valencia
Dates: March 15 - 19, 2020.
The Fallas, the festival of fire is held annually in March in Valencia. Many interesting events take place during the festival. During the preparation for the holiday, dolls are made, which are burned. later The Falles festival has been added to UNESCO's cultural heritage of humanity list. Officially, they start on the last Sunday of February. The main events take place from March 15 to March 19. Fireworks are held every day at 2 pm on the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Dolls are burned on the evening of March 19th.
A beautiful celebration of fire, Cabalgata del Fuego (Fire Parade) is held on the streets of Valencia in the evening of 19th March. The Fire Parade have start at Ruzafa Street, goes through Colon Street, and finish at “Puerta del Mar” square.
Learn more about Valencia.
Processions of Holy Week in Málaga
Because of coronavirus, the Easter processions in Malaga have been cancelled in 2020.
Dates: April 05 – 12. 2020.
Holy Week in Malaga (in Spanish Semana Santa en Málaga) is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Brotherhoods (cofradía) make processions through the streets of Málaga tduring the last week of Lent and at Easter. It is very popular cultural and religious events, which attracts many touris on of Málaga (Andalusia, Spain).
Brotherhoods have their own marches (from their churches), but they all have a common part, through which all the processions pass (official tour). In particular, you can see the processions on the Alameda Principal and Calle Larios.
Learn more about Malaga.
Feria de Sevilla
Event was cancelled in 2020.
Dates: April 18 - 24, 2021.
Feria de Sevilla (La Feria de Abril, April Fair) is a spring festival held in the city of Seville (Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain).
Tourists may be interested in: People in traditional costumes, ancient horse-drawn carriages, traditional music and dancing. The Feria de Abril is a event made mainly for Sevillanos, but it could be very interesting to both locals and foreigners.
To do: watch the Paseo de caballos, take some photos, have a walk around sights and attractions of Seville. (Paseo de Caballos is a parade of horses and carriages that takes place every day.)
The nearest metro stations: Plaza de Cuba station or at Parque de los Principes station.
Learn more about Seville.
Festival de los Patios in Cordoba
Dates: May 4th - 17th, 2020. Event is suspended due to Covid-2019.
The festival is held annually in May in the city of Cordoba (Spain). (Traditionally first and second week in May.) Some patio owners decorate their courtyards and allow people to visit them. You can see the design of courtyards, flowers, fountains and plants for free. Patio visits are scheduled. The patios are usually open from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 10pm. (Some are opened later on Friday and Saturday.) There are also music and dance performances every day during the pation contest.
Cordova is a city in Andalusia. The distance to the city of Seville is about 140 kilometers, to Malaga - 160 kilometers.
Night of San Juan
Dates: 20 – 24 June.
Night of San Juan (Las Hogueras de San Juan) is celebrated in many Spain cities. The holiday has roots in pagan traditions. The 23rd of June marks the longest day and the shortest night. The tradition is to gather on the beach with friends and make a fire.
According to tradition, if on the night of San Juan, people jump over the fire three times, they will be cleared, and their problems will burn. Also, people wash their faces and feet three times after midnight so that their desires will be fulfilled (in some cities).
Cities to visit: Alicante, Valencia, Málaga.
Festival San Fermin and Pamplona Bull Run
Dates: July 06 - 14, 2020.
The San Fermin festival is held annually in the city of Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. Many interesting events take place these days in the city, but the most famous event is the Running of the Bulls.
The festival begins at noon on July 06 and lasts until July 14 midnight.
Running of bulls (enserro) is held at 8:00 in the morning everu day from 7 to 14 July. Six bulls run through the streets of the old city, while people run in front of the bulls. The race lasts about 3 minutes and ends at the Pamplona arena. Bullfighting also happens these days.
This is a dangerous event. 15 people died during this event since 1925.
Airshow in Torre del Mar
July 14, 2019. The Torre del Mar International Air Show is held in Torre del Mar, Costa del Sol, Spain. This is a free event for the whole family. The city of Torre del Mar is located about 30 kilometers east of Malaga. You can see the flights of modern and historic aircraft right from the beach.
Date: August 26, 2020.
It began about 70 years ago in the city of Buñol, the autonomous community of Valencia. Thousands of people throw tomatoes at each other last Wednesday of August and consider it a very fun activity. If you like it too, you can go to the La Tomatina festival this year. Venue: Plaza del Pueblo. La Tomatina starts at 11:00 and ends at 12:00.
The festival lasts a week these days. The festival program includes music events, a fair, fireworks, a paella cooking contest.
Since 2013, in order to avoid crowds, the municipality of Bunol decided to limit the number of people at the event. You need to purchase tickets to participate.
The August Fair in Malaga
Date: August 15 - 24, 2019.
The Feria de Agosto or Feria de Málaga takes place every August in the city of Málaga, Spain. There are performances for children and adults, music and dance and other entertainment. In reality, there are two events that are held in two places: Day Fair and Night Fair.
"Feria de la noche" ("Night Fair") is held at the Real de la Feria in the Cortijo de Torres district.
"Feria de día" ("Day Fair") is held in many locations in the historic center of the city.
There is bullfighting each afternoon at La Malagueta bullring.
Learn more about Malaga.
The Fiesta Mayor de Gracia in Barcelona
The festival is held annually in August in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. The streets are beautifully decorated these days. Stroll through the streets of the Gràcia district and take a look at the scenery. Various concerts and performances are held during the festival.
The Gràcia Festival is a free holiday, tickets are not required to attend.
Fiesta Gràcia will be held on the streets of the area (barrio) Gràcia. The metro station Fontana (Green Line, L3) is located right in the heart of the Gràcia district.
Learn more about Barcelona.
Fiesta De La Mercè in Barcelona
Dates: 21–24 September.
Fiesta De La Mercè is the largest festival of the city of Barcelona. This is celebration in honour of Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè), the city’s patron saint. It has been an official city holiday since 1871. About 600 events are held throughout the streets, museums, and parks.
Free music concerts are held in the plazas (Plaça de Catalunya, Plaça Sant Jaume), figures from folklore such as the gigants (giants) are on the streets. Tourists can see also castellers (human towers). Although the actual feast day is September 24, the festivities begin a few days before. All entertainments are free.
Learn more about Barcelona.