Out and about

A month by month guide of all the key festivals, parties & events all over mainland Spain and the Spanish Islands. All providing an insight as to what Spain has to offer.

 

OUT AND ABOUT AUGUST 2014

August 1-4, 2013
Event Somontano Wine Festival
Where? Barbastro, Aragon.
What? Celebrating local wines.

August 1 - 25, 2013
Event Festival Internacional de Santander
Where? Santander, in the north of Spain
What? Theater and music festival.

August 2-4, 2013
Event Beach Horse Racing
Where? San Lucar Barrameda, Andalusia
What? The first of two such events in San Lucar. Dates vary each year but there are always two sets of dates in August.

August 3, 2013
Event Descenso del Sella
Where? Asturias
What? Famous canoe and kayak race

August 3, 2013 (first Saturday every year)
Event New Year's Eve in August,
Where? Bérchules, Granada.
What? A second New Year's Eve, in the middle of the summer!

August 4, 2013 (first Sunday of August every year)
Event Viking Festival
Where? Catoira, Galicia
What? Celebrates the defense of Galicia against the vikings.

First or second weekend of August (sources vary - ask locally)
Event La Traida del Agua
Where? Lomo Magullo, Telde (Gran Canaria)
What? A water fight! See a video of the Traida del Agua water fight.

August 9-10, 2013
Event Dreambeach
Where? Almeria.
What? Music festival featuring The Prodigy and Pendulum.

August 10-18, 2013 (dates TBC)
Event Feria de Malaga
Where? Malaga
What? One of the biggest parties in Andalusia. Flamenco, dancing (and flamenco dancing!), bullfighting, fireworks and general partying in the street.

August 11, 2013 (second Sunday of August
Event Octopus festival
Where? Carballiño, Galicia.
What? A celebration of Galicia's most famous dish.

August 15, 2013
Event Releasing of the ducks
Where? Can Picafort in Mallorca
What? Live ducks have been replaced by plastic ducks since 2007. Usually the same date each year.

August 15, 2013
Event Noche del Vino
Where? Competa, near Malaga.
What? Wine festival. Same date every year (Assumption Day)

August 15-21, 2013
Event Gracia festival
Where? The Gracia district of Barcelona
What? Fireworks, children's drawing contests, dancing, drinking and more in Gracia's festival.

August 16, 2013
Event Fiesta de Agua
Where? Vilagarcia de Arousa
What? Giant water fight. Note that the town is sometimes spelt as Villagarcia (with two l's). Same date every year.

August 16-18, 2013
Event Beach Horse Racing
Where? San Lucar Barrameda, Andalusia
What? The second of two such events in San Lucar.

August 17-24, 2013
Event Rototom Sunsplash
Where? Benicassim
What? Reggae festival

August 19-27, 2013 (dates TBC)
Event Festa Major de Sitges
Where? Sitges
What? The biggest festival after carnival in Sitges, near Barcelona.

Fourth Wednesday of August, 2013
Event Tomatina Tomato Fight
Where? Bunyol (Buñol), near Valencia.
What? The world's most famous food fight.

OUT AND ABOUT JUNE 2014

June 1-2, 2014 (TBC)
Event Madrid Triathlon
Where? Madrid
What? Prestigious triathlon event.

June 2-8, 2014
Event: International Sherry Week
Where? Jerez.
What? Celebration of the fortified wine that was invented in Jerez.

June 4 - July 27, 2014
Event PHoto España (the capitalised 'H' is intentional)
Where? Madrid
What? Spain's biggest photography exhibition.

June 7 - 30, 2013 (dates TBC)
Event: Suma Flamenca
Where? Madrid
What? The capital's biggest flamenco festival.

June 12-14, 2014
Event: Sonar festival.
Where? Barcelona
What? Dance music festival. Kraftwerk and Pet Shop Boys headlined in 2013.
Mid June (2014 dates TBC) in Seville.
Event: Sevilla Circada
Where? Seville.
What? Circus Festival.

June 17-22, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Algeciras fair
Where? Algeciras on the south coast.
What? Local festivities.

June 19-29, 2014
Event: Pride Barcelona
Where? Barcelona
What? Barcelona's Gay Pride. The main days of the event are from June 27 to 29.

June 20-24, 2014
Event: Hogueras de San Juan.
Where? Popular throughout Spain but particularly in Lalín in Galicia, Palamós and Roses in Girona, Alicante and Gran Canaria
What? A celebration of the longest day of the year.

June 20-21, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Dia de la Musica
Where? Madrid
What? Music festival featuring The Fall, The Horrors and Spiritualized in 2013. Read more about Rock and Pop Festivals in Spain in 2013

June 20-27, 2014
Event: Cinema Jove International Film Festival
Where? Valencia
What? Youth cinema festival.

June 21, 2014 (date TBC)
Event: Noche en Blanca de Flamenco
Where? Cordoba
What? (Mostly) free flamenco concerts throughout the night.

June 22-July 8, 2014 (dates TBC)
Event: International Festival of Music and Dance
Where? Granada
What? A celebration of flamenco and classical music that attracts some excellent musicians.

June 23-25, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Fiesta del Agua y Jamon
Where? Lanjarón, in the Alpujarras region near Granada
What? Water and Ham Festival, the town's two most famous exports. The water festival is just an excuse for a giant water fight. Revellers from all over the country take to the streets with buckets and water pistols. Then they feast on locally-produced ham. A novel event that is worth a visit.

June 27-28, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Azkena Rock Festival
Where? Near Vitoria in the Basque Country
What? It's a rock music festival!

June 29, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Batalla del Vino
Where? In Haro, La Rioja
What? A 'wine battle' much like the Tomatina Tomato Fight, only with locally produced wine! Takes place in the morning - so don't be late! Check out this Batalla del Vino Party Tour

Last Saturday in June (TBC)
Event: Potaje Gitano
Where? Utrera, Seville.

OUT AND ABOUT MAY 2014

May 2, 2014
Event: Dos de Mayo festival
Where? Around the Plaza Dos de Mayo square in Madrid.
What? Event in Madrid's trendy Malasaña district to commemorate the 1808 uprising against the French.

May 2-3, 2014 (TBC)
Event: SOS Festival 2014
Where? Murcia.
What? Alternative music festival with a focus on Spanish acts, though this year Phoenix, Damon Albarn and The Prodigy will also perform.

May 3-11, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Curtocircuito
Where? Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
What? Sounds like it should be a tribute to the underrated 1986 film, Short Circuit, but it's actually a short film festival.

May 5-30, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Tapantoni
Where? Barcelona.
What? Tapas route. Get a drink and tapas for 2 euros in bars in the Sant Antoni area of Barcelona. .

May 6 to May 11, 2014.
Event: Feria de Sevilla
Where? Seville, in Andalusia.
What? Food, drink, music and lots of dancing.

May 9 - 11, 2014
Event: Spannabis
Where? Malaga
What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain.

May 9-11, 2014
Event: Spanish Grand Prix
Where? Barcelona
What? Formula One (F1) motor race.

May 10, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Noche en Blanca
Where? Malaga
What? A night of cultural activities. Museums stay open later (and usually have free entry) and other festivities for night owls.

May 10-18, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Girona Flower Festival
Where? Girona, near Barcelona
What? See the best displays of flowers, gardens and patios in Girona.

May 14-31, 2014 (TBC)
Event: IPA Beer Festival
Where? Madrid
What? The second IPA beer festival celebrates the emerging international craft beer scene.

May 15-18, 2014 - Open de Espana Golf tournament at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in Seville.

May 18-25, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Jerez Horse Fair
Where? Jerez in Andalusia.
What? A celebration of the famous horses of Jerez.

May 22-25, 2014
Event: Ciutat Flamenco
Where?: Barcelona
What?: Flamenco festival.

May 23-25, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Snail Festival
Where?: Lleida, Catalonia
What? It's not just the French that eat snails - they're also a delicacy in Catalonia too. This festival celebrates the culinary delights of the little molluscs.

May 24-31, 2014
Event: Cordoba Festival
Where? Cordoba, Andalusia.
What? General city festivities. There is also a bullfighting festival to coincide.

May 25-27, 2014
Event: Vinoble Wine Exhibition
Where? Jerez in Andalusia.
What? A celebration of sweet and dessert wines in Jerez, the home of sherry.

May 27 - June 1, 2014
Event: Feria de la Manzanilla
Where? Sanlucar de Barrameda, Andalusia.
What? If you like your sherry, this should be up your street, as the locals drink vast quantities of their celebrated local alcoholic beverage!

May 29-31, 2014
Event: Primavera Sound 2014
Where? Barcelona.
What? Alternative music festival. Pixies are headlining in 2014.

Late May or early June, 2014 (Weekend before Pentecost Monday - dates TBC)
Event: Pilgrimage of the Virgen del Rocio
Where? El Rocio, Andalusia.
What? There are a number of religious pilgrimages in Spain, but this is one of the biggest.

OUT AND ABOUT APRIL 2014

April 4 - 11, 2014
Event: Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida
Where? Lleida in Catalonia
What? Latin American film festival

April 5-6, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Conscious Dance Festival
Where? Villajoyosa, Alicante.
What? Yoga, 'primal dancing' and other spiritual dance activities. Based on 2013 dates - no date for 2014 has been announced.

April 5-19, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Malaga de Festival
Where? Malaga, Andalusia.
What? Arts festival that acts as a kind of extended pre-festival to the Malaga film festival that starts on the 20th.

April 6, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

April 6, 2014
Event: Half Marathon
Where? Madrid.
What? Half marathon and 5km run in the capital.

April 11-13, 2014
Event: Barcelona Beer Festival
Where? Barcelona.
What? Second beer festival of Barcelona, with over 300 limited-availability beers.
See also: April Weather in Barcelona


April 11-13, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Folkarria Eco Festi-bal
Where? Torres de la Alameda, near Madrid
What? Folk music festival.

April 11-20, 2014
Event: Semana Santa
Where? All over Spain.
What? Semana Santa completely dominates Spain in March, so no matter where you are, there'll be something to commemorate the Resurrection.

April 13, 2014
Event: Palm Sunday
Where? All over Spain, but the most famous celebrations are in Elche, near Valencia.
What? Processions to mark the Palm Sunday celebration.

April 13, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

April 18 - May 3, 2014 (TBC)
April 18, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

April 19-27, 2014
Event: Spring festival
Where? Murcia, south-east Spain.
What? Street festival because the Murcians refuse to let Easter die.
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April 21-29, 2014
Event: Festival de Malaga (Cine Español)
Where? Malaga.
What? Spanish-language film festival.

April 21, 2014
Event: Lunes de Aguas
Where? Salamanca
What? A curious festival, historically intended to welcome back the prostitutes of the city after their exile during Lent(!) Now it's an excuse to have a picnic and to eat the traditional hornazo meat pie.

April 23, 2014
Event: Sant Jordi festival
Where? Barcelona
What? A type of combined Valentines Day and celebration of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare (who both died on the same day) as well as a celebration of St George's Day. Also celebrated in Caceres as the San Jorge Festival.

April 26, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

OUT AND ABOUT MARCH 2014

February 21 to March 8, 2014
Event: Jerez Flamenco Festival
Where? Jerez, in Andalusia.
What? One of Spain's largest flamenco festivals.

March 3, 2014
Event: Sant Medir Festival
Where? Barcelona.
What? Costumed processions in the Gracia area of Barcelona. .

March 9, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

March 4-16, 2014 (TBC)
Event: International Festival of Art for Children
Where? Madrid
What? Art festival for children. The theatre will be in Spanish, but there is dance and circuses too than non-Spanish speakers will understand.

March 12-16, 2014
Event: Fec Festival
Where? Reus, near Barcelona.
What? Short-film festival.

March 8-30, 2014 (dates TBC)
Event: Old Music Festival
Where? Seville
What? Baroque and classical music festival.

March 16, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

March 15 until March 19, 2014
Event Las Fallas
Where? Valencia
What? The biggest party in Spain: the third biggest city in the country shuts down for a week for one of the biggest street parties you'll ever see. Xàtiva, Benidorm and Denia also have mini-Fallas festivities.

March 13-16, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Motortec 2014
Where? Ifema exhibition hall in Madrid.
What? Motoring trade show.

March 13-15, 2014
Event: Classic Car Rally of Mallorca
Where? Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands.
What? Classic car rally.

March 14-16, 2014
Event: Spannabis
Where? Barcelona
What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain.

March 23, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

March 21-22, 2014 (TBC)
Event: South Pop Festival
Where? Seville
What? Alternative music festival

March 22 to 30, 2014
Event: Fiesta de la Magdalena
Where? Castellon de la Plana, near Valencia
What? Traditional festival to celebrate the historic victory of the Christians over the Moors.

March 23, 2014
Event: Bullfighting season begins.
Where? Madrid. Other cities will have their first bullfight of the season around this date.
What? The beginning of the year's bullfights. Fights run every Sunday until October, with extra events throughout the year.

March 24, 2014
Event: Real Madrid v Barcelona.
Where? Expect to see every bar in the country full of people supporting one side or the other.
What? The biggest match in Spanish soccer, known as 'El Clasico' among Spaniards.

March 25, 2014
Event: Gaucin bull-run.
Where? Gaucin, near Malaga.
What? A mini bull-run, much like those at Pamplona.

March 29, 2014
Event: La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

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