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Huesca International Film Festival

Festival of the Sea, Barcelona

Grec Festival: music, dance, theater &


Festivals, Fiestas, Ferias & Feasts

Hogueras de San Juan || Fiestas de Haro || Running of the Bulls || La Tomatina || Weather

 Jun || Jul|| Aug

High summer crowds  
Spain plays host to some thirty million tourists a year – almost one for every resident – and all the main beach and mountain resorts are packed in July and August, as are the major sights. August, Spain’s own holiday month, sees the coast at its most crowded and the cities, by contrast, pretty sleepy.


Hogueras de San Juan (BonFires of San Juan at Summer Solistice)
June 20 to June 29. Alicante, Valencia.
Fogueres de Sant Joan 2005 - Tocafocs The Bonfires of St. John is one of the many fiestas celebrated during the summer solstice. There is a series of ancient rituals which were followed on this, the shortest night of the year, when light triumphs over darkness. In these rituals, the essential features are the sun, fire and water. Before Sunday, 20 June, the Fire Beauty is elected from among the beauties representing each Bonfire Commission. Around the feast of San Juan the streets are often decorated with branches and leaves, especially the balconies of young girls in love, who are serenaded. Also, pines and poplars are planted, pilgrimages ('romerias') are undertaken, straw effigies are burnt, the herb thyme is blessed, and 'sanjuanera' songs are sung.

More June Events:

Barcelona Hogueras de San Juan, Alicante

Granada Festival moreBatalla del Vino, Haro more

It was first held in 1928, with lots of colour, gunpowder and bonfires. Of note are the Flower Offerings to Our Lady of Remedy (22 June), the International Folklore Parade (23 June) and the mascletás or fireworks competitions (20-24 June). There are also processions with marching bands, outdoor dances and sports competitions. The feast coincides with a bullfighting festival bringing in leading matadors, on foot and on horseback.

Midsummer Day is Jun 24, St John the Baptist's Day
(Not to be confused with midsummer, which is lower case), Midsummer's Eve is the night before Jun 23-24.
The summer solstice is on Jun 21

Midsummer Day is based on the ancient custom of burning useless objects to celebrate the summer solstice, and isconnected with the feast day of St John the Baptist. The celebrations of San Juan are of pagan origin and consist to a greater degree of inherited rituals, practices and customs originating in pre-Christian celebrations.

The 'Fogueres de Sant Joan' have incorporated Valencia's tradition of the Fallas, which are called 'Hogueras' (Bonfires) here. 24 June is the climax of the fiesta, the so-called Nit del foc, or Night of the Fire, when the 'Bonfires' that were placed on the streets and in the squares during the 'Cremá' are burned. Before midnight, the Palmera, a spectacular pyrotechnics show, takes place on Mount Benacantil, launched from the summit of the Santa Barbara castle.

Fiestas de Haro
Summer. Haro, La Rioja.
Festivities are strung out through the summer, but the most famous Festival in the city is celebrated on the 29th June - the day of San Pedro. During this Festival the famous "Wine Battle" takes place in the Riscos de Bilibio. Here, celebrants use bota bags to squirt wine at each other. Later, and sometimes before, they will drink the famous Rioja wine. Tens of thousands of litres of the stuff are used as ammunition in a frantic battle with no obvious sides, and no winners or losers. The object is to spray everyone else with wine using a leather drinking bottle or any other vessel you can get your hands on.
A few days before, at the other end of Spain, they do much the same thing in the spa town of Lanjarón, but this time the raw ingredient is water.

Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada
June-July Granada

Its origin dates back to 1883, from the symphonic concerts performed at the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi holidays, and the "Cante Jondo" (flamenco singing) Contest convened at the Alhambra in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists. The  exquisite Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and the cathedral make this festival always worthwhile.

Gay Pride Parade

Madrid hosts Spain's biggest Pride celebration, ending with a carnival-style parade through the city on a Saturday, followed by a huge party. The event kicks off with an inaugural fiesta in the Chueca district of Madrid, followed by a round of discussions, debates and other events in the week which leads up to the parade and party. An awards ceremony also takes place to bestow Pink Triangles upon those who have assisted in the advancement of gay rights. Look for a thriving gay scene around the  Metro Chueca. In 2005, Spain, a predominantly Catholic country, became the world's third nation to legalize same-sex marriage following The Netherlands and Belgium.

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip – though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round, and in parts of Andalucía is positively subtropical: warm enough to wear a T-shirt by day even in the winter months.

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More July Events:

La fiesta de la Vaquilla del Ángel, Teruel

San Fermin Pamplona - Running with the bulls

Ves al Festival de Guitarra de Córdoba


El Festival de Jazz de San Sebastián,
San Sebastián; Provincia- Gipuzkoa

Festivales de Jazz, Granada

Cartagena Music Festival
Jazzaldia, San Sebastian




San Fermin Pamplona - Running of the bulls
from the 6th to the 14th. Of July Pamplona, Navarra

Pamplona, situated in the Northern Spanish province of Navarra, attracts thousands of visitors annually from the 6th to the 14th of July. During nine days of festivities a wild, dangerous running of the bulls through the streets of the town is held.

The festival begins with the txupinazo: a rocket fired from the city council's balcony at 12PM of the 6th. A large street party ensues that night and for the rest of the week.

Visitors come to enjoy the celebrations for San Fermin, the patron saint of the city, but mostly they come to see the Running of the Bulls, or "Encierro," made world famous by avid visitor and writer Ernest Hemingway. Every day at 8AM, 7 bulls run through the town center towards the plaza de toros (bull ring); the adventurous and foolhardy run with them.

GETTING THERE: Pamplona is in Northern Spain, not far from the French Border. It is around 159 kms from Bilbao and 400 kms from Madrid and Barcelona  

July 16 - Virgen del Carmen (sea virgin)

Virgen del Carmen (The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt Carmel)
This maritime city decorates its fishing boats and other vessels on the day sailors venerate their patroness. The biggest celebration, however, is held on the island of Tabarca, where an image of the Virgin is carried on a boat in a sailor’s procession.

La Mar de Musicas

The event focuses on world music, converting the town of Cartagena into a great festive gathering for almost a month. All kinds of art forms are welcomed at this event. Some 50 groups and solo artists will perform on the different stages organised for the festival. Each year since 1995, a country's musical traditions are featured.

Fiesta de San Juan
July 23rd, Malaga

Throughout the different neighborhoods of Malaga, spectacular goings-on celebrate the Feast of St John or Fiesta de San Juan. The fiesta is a pagan tradition given Christian sanction, for it dates back to an ancient celebration of the Midsummer Solstice. It is a festival of bonfires and mayhem in the streets, echoed all over Spain. The climax of the festival comes at midnight on the 23rd of July, when juas, large cloth figures filled with sawdust, paper or similar materials, are set on fire.

Dia de Santiago
July 25. Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.
Celebration of the patron Saint of Spain. Fireworks, parades, televised mass. National holiday.

Danzandores de Anguiano
July 7 to September 17 (variable). Anguiano, La Rioja.
Dancers give tribute to the Virgin then go down a steep cuesta on stilts (zancas).

Named Top Ten event in Europe!


Battle of the Flowers in Valencia


More July Events:

Festival Internacional de Jazz de Santander,
Santander, Provincia Cantabria

FIB Heineken Benicàssim Festival, Benicàssim

International Benicassim Festival, near Castellon w/ A-list music stars

Creamfields Andalusia, Playa de Villacarios, Almeria
British clubbing festival

Festival de Música Ska-Reggae Mariporron
Tormantos [Provincia: La Rioja ]

Bilbao Aste Nagusia, Bilbao

La To
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AQUELARRE Cervera [ Lleida ]

Aste Nagusia Bilboa  www.sansebastian

La Fiesta de la Vendimia, Requena




Romeria Vikinga
August 3. Pontevedra, Galicia.
A splendid simulation of the Viking invasion of the "Torres de Oeste," which are defended by the Christian natives. After the 'battle,' everybody drinks red wine from the Ulla River and eats seafood, all for free. The feast is followed by folkloric dancing, in which everyone participates.

San Ciriacois Day
August 8 , Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Patron Saint's day of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves of the cathedral in Ibiza Town. This spectacular festival continues until 8 August, with floats, parades and fireworks. The Patron Saint of the island, San Ciriacois, ishonoured with a communal meal in Puig des Molins on th 8th.

Misterio de Elche/The Elche Mystery Play
August. Alicante, Valencia.
"El Misteri d'Elx" is a beautiful mystery play performed inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Elche to celebrate Assumption Day, during the evenings of the 14th (Vespra, or first act of the drama) and the 15th (Festa, or second act, which reaches its climax with the emotional coronation by the Holy Trinity). Perhaps the most faithful reproduction, certainly the most beautiful, of what tradition has given us regarding this event, called Mary's "dormicion."

El Coso
August. Felanitx, Balearic Islands.

Assumption Day
15 Aug (La Asunción, also called Virgen de Agosto) The Assumption is a Roman Catholic feast. It celebrates the death of the Virgin Mary and the Assumption of her body into heaven. Pope Pius XII, in Munificentissimus Deus (1950), defined that Mary, "after the completion of her earthly life" (note the silence regarding her death), "was assumed body and soul into the glory of heaven."
A belief in the Assumption can be traced back to the 6th century, but there is nothing in the Bible about it.

Felanitx celebrates its local fiesta on August 28th, Saint Augustine's day. To tell the truth, it's a bit of an exotic patron saint, given that most Majorcan towns and villages celebrate Saint John, Saint Anthony, Saint Joseph or Saint Sebastian. The Town Hall organizes a whole week of activities: sports, theatre, a children's festival. There are also four or five outdoors music and dance night festivals, called "verbenes."

Dia de Asturias/Day of Asturias
August. Asturias.
Festivities in relation with the Autonomous community of Asturias, where the Principado is the title of the heir to the Spanish Throne.

'Cante de las Minas' Flamenco Festival
La Unión [Murica]
The world's most important flamenco song festival, known as the Festival del Cante de las Minas (Song of the Mines Festival). The town's historic, modernist market building brings together some of Spain's best-known flamenco singers, as well as young
artists, all vying to take away the coveted awards for the best flamenco singer, dancer or guitarist.

La Festa Major de Gràcia

Barcelona, Catalonia
Around the 15th of August, celebrations take place in the Gràcia quarter. Many streets are decorated by the neighbours, and the all-night party features live music and food.

Festes de Sants
Barcelona, Catalonia
Similar to Gracia's, but smaller and a bit later in August.

Fiesta de Verano
August. Malaga, Andalucia.
This festival usually starts the second Friday of August with spectacular fireworks. The feria takes place in the centre of Malaga during the afternoon. People wear traditional Spanish costumes and dance "sevillanas" and "malaguenas" in the street, eat fish, cheese and ham, and drink a delicious, sweet, red wine. The fair takes place during bullfighting season, so one can see a magnificent contest in the afternoon.

La Fiesta de La Borbolla
Mid-August to September. La Borbolla, Asturias.
A colorful display of dancers and musicians sing the "ramo" in tribute to the Virgin. Then they parade around the picturesque town and dance traditional dances of Asturias.

La Tomatina - The World's Biggest Food Fight
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At the peak of tomato season, the village of Bunol stages a tomato war. For two hours, the otherwise sober citizenry happily pelt each other with ripe, red fruit and the streets turn into rivers of tomato juice.  La Tomatina
begins at the 10:00 am.  More than 20,00 people participate in throwing more than 240,000 pounds of tomatoes  at each other as part of the La Tomatina festival. The standard uniform is an old T-shirt, old shorts and eye goggles. For visiting tourists, be aware that anyone with a camera or a baseball cap will be considered a prime target.
The end of the festival is announced with the firing of a rocket and the clean up of the tomato-slimed streets begin. After much laughter, spirited mischief and camaraderie, friends and neighbors gather in the town square for the food and wine festivities. 

This party is the highlight of a 10 day festival of Buñol held at the end of August.
For a week leading up to the epic battle, the 20,000-strong town of Buñol is filled with parades, fireworks, food and street parties. The night before La Tomatina, the narrow streets beneath the town's imposing Medieval bell tower are filled with tomatoes, in a much more palatable form than they will be the next day! Cauldrons of delectable paella, simmered traditionally over wood-burning fires, line the Concurso des Paellas, near the Plaza del Pueblo, site of the imminent skirmishes.


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