Festivals in Spain
1. La Tomatina (Tomato Fight Festival 26th August)
La Tomatina Spanish festival is the most known and famous amidst people from all over the world. During this tomato festival, Spain heartily welcomes thousands of locals and tourists to the streets of Bunol who then smash and throw tomatoes at each other. Fiesta has now become such a popular event in the country that the 20,000 tickets get sold out in a jiffy. La Tomatina ticket here
2. Dos de Mayo
Dos de Mayo is a celebration of events on 2nd May 1808 when a popular revolt against the French occupiers began in Puerta del Sol which would lead to the War of Independence in which the French were defeated, Malasaña dos de mayo square.
3. San Isidro
Festival San Isidro starts on 15th May although major bullfights are held at Las Ventas, Madrid’s bullring, for the best part of a month around this date. This is the world’s largest bullfighting event which attracts all the best matadors. San Isidro consists of about nine days of varied events with many Madrileños dressed in traditional costume. A whole range of cultural events takes place together with concerts and a variety of art exhibitions.
This celebration takes place on 9th November. Whilst San Isidro is the male patron saint of Madrid, the Virgin of Almudena is the female one.
While the San Isidro festival celebrating the patron saint, Saint Isidro, the Almudena festival in Madrid city celebrates the female one, the Virgin of Almudena.
5. La Paloma
During the month of August the majority of Madrid’s residents head for their annual holidays on the coast yet there are some important ‘castizo’ festivals beginning with San Cayetano then San Lorenzo followed by La Paloma on the 15th. With one excuse after another to party, the old center near Calle Toledo and Plaza de la Paja is full of those non-holidaymakers who make the most of the ongoing street parties.
6. Madrid Pride Week
The huge gay festival is known as “La Semana del Orgullo” which attracts around 2 million people concentrated largely on the gay neighborhood of Chueca. It takes place at the end of June or the beginning of July.
7. Festival de Otoño
Madrid’s Autumn Festival begins during the first week of October and lasts for a month. It is one of the country’s top music festivals with dance, music, and theatre companies from all over the world. Prestigious events are held in the capital’s main theatres including the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and Teatro Albéniz.
Puerta del Sol has become Madrid’s equivalent to Trafalgar Square in London when it comes to celebrating the arrival of the New Year 31st December. Thousands of people flock there in anticipation of the twelve bells which sound at midnight. As each bell sounds everyone in the crowd eats a grape with the intention of finishing the last grape after the final toll of the bell. Doing so brings good luck for the rest of the year.
Every year in the month of February, the Spanish tradition celebrates the Carnaval in Madrid city. It is colorful and fun, but not nearly as extravagant as the carnival in Brazil. People join in on the parades, dress up in fun costumes, and enjoy a masquerade ball. It is also a perfect time for live concerts and dance parties that are held all around the city.
10. Nochevieja Universitaria Salamanca (15th December)
The Biggest University New Year’s Eve Party was created for the students of Salamanca to celebrate the New Year with their fellow students before heading home to see their families. It has now become a massive festival that is celebrated by everyone from locals to tourists and all around Spain students joined.
11. La Tamborrada (Drum Festival at 20 th January)
January gives you a chance to not just witness winter in San Sebastian, Spain but also participate in a very interesting festival. If you’re a drum lover or have always wanted to try your hands on one, then this fiesta is where you need to be when a new year starts. Huge parades of men, women, and kids come out on the streets and bash drums throughout the night and day for 24 hours. Join and become part of the fun and one of the best Spanish festivals in 2020.
12. Las Fallas De Valencia (Festival Of Fire at 15 – 20 March)
Spanish festival’s Fallas Literally, a party that takes place for five days in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Valencia, this festival brings gigantic colorful characters out on the streets. Most of these statues or figures are mostly a result of satire or pop-culture events that have happened throughout the year. The spectacular shows and fireworks that take place during the day, and the light show on the last night.
13. Semana Santa (Holy Week, 5 – 15th Abril)
One of the most famous traditional Spanish festivals, the Semana Santa or Holy Week takes place during Easter. It is one of the most popular religious festivals in Spain. A dozen men and women come out to march through the streets, whilst carrying the statue of their church’s patron saint surrounded by hundreds of candles.
14. Feria De Abril (April Fair Of Seville)
Feria De Abril (April Fair of Seville) is one event that would definitely make you fall in love with the country’s culture. This week-long fair begins with the traditional lighting of the entrance to the fairgrounds at midnight and ends with entertainment, colors, and the best of Andalusian art like flamenco. All you have to do to make the most of one of the hottest festivals in Spain 2020 is dress up like the locals, head out to the fair, and enjoy every moment.
15. Cordoba Patios Festival (4 -17 th May)
Cordoba Patios festival takes place in the first week of May every year and is a long-standing tradition of the city of Cordoba. During this festival, the owners of the most beautiful patios open them up for public viewing.
16. Boloencierro (Mataelpino, Madrid, Spain 7th – 14th June)
Boloencierro is one of the most unmissable Spain festivals. This is the modern version of the popular tradition ‘Running With The Bulls’ festival. The celebration replaced bulls with a giant ball weighing 150 Kg and 3 meters in diameter. Instead of being chased by the bulls, you will be running in front of this rolling ball. After the Tomatina, this is one of the famous festivals in Spain.
17. Saint John’s Eve (San Jose, 23rd June )
Saint John’s Eve is celebrated on the night of 23rd June marking the beginning of summer. You would see beach bonfires and fireworks as a part of the celebrations. As a part of the custom, people leap over the fire and jump for receiving ‘good luck’. The festival celebrations vary in different parts of Spain like Spanish cuisine is the focus of Galicia and fireworks are the highlight of Barcelona and Valencia. This is one of the most important traditional Spanish festivals.
18. Haro Wine Festival (28 to- 30th June)
La Rioja province, Haro is a small town in Northern Spain that hosts one of the best festivals in Spain. This place has several vineyards and is highly popular for its fine red wine production. Every summer in Spain begins with an interesting celebration called the Haro Wine Festival which is counted among the famous Spanish festivals.
19. San Fermin (Pamplona Running the Bulls 6 to 14th July)
San Fermin Spanish festival or the Pamplona Bull Run is amongst the best festivals in Spain in July. This popular bullfighting festival in Spain or the running of the bulls begins at 8.00 am in the morning every day and welcomes the most brave-hearted and adventurous people to run ahead of a group of angry bulls. San Fermin add it to your list and do not miss out on the most thrilling festivals of Spain.