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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Spain

Festival dancer, Barcelona, Spain
Spain's festivals are particularly colorful.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Spain.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Spain. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2020

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Dia de los Reyes Magos (Epiphany/Thee Kings Day parades)

February 2:  La Candelaria, Madrid (food festival)

February–March:  Carnival celebrations across Spain; particularly big in Cádiz, Sitges (with an LGBT focus), Madrid, Barcelona, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife

February 23:  Seville Marathon

February 28:  Day of Andalucía (some closures in Andalucía)

March 1:  Balearic Day (closures in the islands)

March 15–19:  Las Fallas, Valencia (parades, fireworks)

March 19:  St. Joseph's Day (closures in Madrid and Extremadura)

April 5–11:  Holy Week (Semana Santa; processions and passion plays, especially in Andalucía; some closures on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

April 12–13:  Easter (Pascua) Sunday and Monday (some closures)

April 23:  St. George's Day (special flower markets in Barcelona; other events across Catalunya), Aragón Day, and Castile and León Day (closures in each region)

April 26–May 2:  Feria de Abril (April Fair), Sevilla

April 29–May 3:  Festival of the Crosses, especially in Andalucía, particularly in Córdoba (processions and parties)

May:  Bullfights and zarzuelas all month long, Madrid

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May 2:  Madrid Day (closures in the city, street parties centered on Plaza 2 de Mayo, fireworks on evening prior)

May 3: Fiesta de las Cruces, Granada and Córdoba (religious festival)

Early May (4 days):  WOMAD, Cáceres (Extremadura; world music festival, free)

May 4–17:  Córdoba Courtyards Festival (Los Patios de Córdoba; courtyard-decorating competition)

May 7–10 (likely):  Ibiza Medieval Fair

May 8–10:  Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

May 9–16 (likely):  Feria del Caballo, Jerez de la Frontera (horse pageantry)

May 10–15:  Fiestas de San Isidro, Madrid (traditional dancing in squares)

May 12–17:  Titirimundi International Puppet Theatre Festival, Segovia (performances, street theatre)

May 15:  San Isidro Day, Madrid and Nerja (religious festival)

May 17:  Galicia Literature Day (closures in Galicia)

May 21:  Ascension

May 30:  Canary Islands Day (closures in the islands)

May 31–June 1: Pentecost and Whit Monday

June 1:  El Rocío pilgrimage (Romería de El Rocío), Andalucía

June 4–6:  Primavera Sound, Barcelona (indie rock festival)

June 9:  Murcia/La Rioja Day (closures in Murcia and La Rioja)

June 10–14 (likely): La Patum, Berga (religious festival with lively parades)

June 11: Corpus Christi (closures in Madrid and Castile–La Mancha)

June 18–20:  Sónar Festival, Barcelona (electronic music)

June 19–20:  Azkena Rock Festival (Basque Country)

June 20–24:  Bonfires of San Juan, Alicante

June 24:  Festival of St. John the Baptist (bonfires and fireworks, closures in Catalunya)

June 29 (likely):  Battle of Wine, La Rioja (La Batalla del Vino, literally wine-drenched celebration of Feast of San Pedro)

Late June–early July:  Granada International Festival of Music and Dance

July 1–5:  Madrid Orgullo pride festival (big parade on Saturday)

July 5–15:  Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermín), Pamplona

July 13–18 (likely):  Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

July 16–19:  Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (huge rock concert near Valencia)

July 25:  Feast Day of St. James (Santiago de Compostela, also big in Basque Country and Galicia; some closures across Spain)

July 28:  Institution Day (closures in Cantabria)

July 29:  Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Las Nieves (a.k.a. As Neves, on Portuguese border in Galicia; coffin parade celebrating those who had brush with death in previous year)

August 13–19 (likely):  Gràcia Festival, Barcelona

August 15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures); also Verbena de la Paloma (folk festival), Madrid

August 23–24:  Festival of St. Bartholomew, Sitges, with more festivities third weekend in August

August 26:  Tomatina Festival, Buñol, near Valencia (tomato-throwing melee/party)

First week of September:  Festival of Pedro Romero (music, dance, traditional costumes, parade), Ronda

September 5:  Autumn Sherry Festival (flamenco, bullfights), Jerez

September 8:  Asturias/Extremadura Day (street parties; closures in Asturias and Extremadura)

September 11:  Catalunya National Day (closures in Barcelona)

September 15:  Cantabria Day (closures in Cantabria)

September 21:  Feast Day of St. Matthew (festivals across Spain; particularly good party in Villamartín, near Arcos)

September 19–22 (likely):  La Mercè, Barcelona (street theater, music, parades, light shows)

September 23:  Festival of St. Tecla, Sitges

September 25:  Little San Fermín, Pamplona (concerts, parades)

September 25–27:  Feria de San Miguel, Sevilla (bullfights)

October 9:  Valencia Day (parades, closures in Valencia)

October 12:  Spanish National Day (closures)

October 24–November 2 (likely):  Fires de Sant Narcis, Girona (procession, human-tower building, fireworks)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (closures)

November weekends:  Cartagena Jazz Festival

November 6–13 (likely):  Zinebi International Documentary Film Festival, Bilbao

November 6–14 (likely):  Sevilla European Film Festival

November 9:  Feast of the Almudena, Madrid (religious festival)

December 3:  Navarre Day (religious parades and closures in Navarre)

December 6:  Constitution Day (closures)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (closures)

December 13:  Feast of Santa Lucía

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day (some closures)

December 31:  New Year's Eve