10 Unmissable Festivals & Events in Spain in 2023
Spain has lots of festivals, events and celebrations taking place every month of the year. Some like Tomatina are world famous whilst others are lesser known but just as amazing.
If you are planning a trip to Spain, why not arrange your break to experience one of these festivals which are amazing to see in person.
Check out our list below of unmissable Spanish festivals and events you shouldn't miss:
1. Tomatina Festival
- Wednesday 28th August
- Bunol, near Valencia
Tomatina Festival, in Buñol about an hour away from Valencia is where you can get involved in the world's largest tomato fight. This festival is a lot of fun and takes place usually in the last week of August. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to take part and just remember not to wear any expensive clothing! Search the best Tomatina tours today.
2. Las Fellas Festival
- Friday, 15th March to Tuesday, 19th March
Las Fallas is one of the better know festivals in Spain and is similar to Guy Falkes night in the UK. During Las Fallas communities in Valencia make giant manakins and burn them. During this festival there are street parties, food and entertainment. Be sure to catch the spectacular fireworks display and get pictures of all the lit up buildings which look really amazing. This festival takes place over five days during March up to Saint Joseph's Day.
3. Feria de Sevilla
- Saturday, 4 May to Saturday, 11 May
The Feria de Sevilla is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain and takes place after Easter. There are events during day and night, with street entertainment, dancing, costumes and music.
- Nationwide with the main celebrations in Cadiz in Andalusia and Tenerife in the Canary Islands
Carnival in Spain, yes Spain not Brazil! This is a yearly event which usually takes place in February around the same time as Carnival in Rio de Janerio. You can join this festival in selected locations throughout Spain and is like a less crazy version of its South America version.
5. Semana Santa Festival
- Sunday 14th April to Saturday 20th April
Semana Santa is a religous festival in the week leading up to Easter, people usually carry floats around the streets. There are lots of places to see this festival, we recommend going to Seville, Malaga, Valladolid or Leon to watch it.
6. Tamborrada Festival
- January 19th & January 20th
- San Sebastian
Tamborrada is an all day drum festival which takes place in the pretty town of San Sebastian in January. Expect costumes and lots of noise.
7. Cristianos y Moros Festival
- Dates throughout the year
- Valencia and also nationwide
Cristianos y Moros is a festival which takes place in Valencia, Alicante and Southern Spain where people celebrate the Christians taking control of Spain from the Moors.
8. Semana Grande Festival
- 19th to 27th August
- Basque region
Semana Grande is an enjoyable festival which takes places in the Basque region of Spain. There are lots of jazz and music festivals and also general entertainment. Travel to Bilbao during August.
9. Benicassim Music Festival
- July 18th to 21st
Benicassim is a four day music festival which attracts some of the best names in the music business. It is located on the spectacular coast inbetween Valencia and Barcelona in July. Previous headliners who have rocked the main stage include Bob Dylan, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys.
10. New Year Celebrations
New Year! We have included this fesival even though it is not just in Spain, but expect lots of street parties, fireworks and entertainment. We recommend heading to Las Rambles in Barcelona for a great atmosphere.
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