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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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2021

May 17:  Galician Literature Day (closures in Galicia)

May 22–29:  Spring Fair, Cordóba (smaller version of Sevilla's April Fair; kicks off with midnight fireworks)

May 23–24:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (some closures on Monday)

May 24:  El Rocío pilgrimage (Romería de El Rocío), Andalucía

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

June 3:  Corpus Christi (colorful, often flower-centric festivities — especially big in Toledo and Valencia; many festivities take place before and/or after the holiday; closures in Madrid and Castile–La Mancha)

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

June 17–19:  Sónar Festival, Barcelona (electronic music)

June 17–19:  Azkena Rock Festival, Basque Country

June 17–July 18:  Granada International Festival of Music and Dance

June 23–24:  Nit de Sant Joan/Hogueras de San Juan (Festival of St. John the Baptist), primarily in Alicante, Valencia, and across Catalunya (bonfires and fireworks on June 23, closures in Catalunya and Valencia on June 24)

June 29 (likely):  La Batalla del Vino, Haro (between Pamplona and Burgos; "wine battle" celebrating Feast of San Pedro)

June 29–July 4:  Madrid Orgullo pride festival (big parade on Saturday)

July 15–18:  Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

July 15–18:  Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (huge rock concert near Valencia)

Last two weeks of July:  Festas do Apóstolo (St. James Festival), Santiago de Compostela (arts, free concerts, street theater, fireworks on July 24 and 31, culminates with carnival on July 25 — St. James Day / Diá de Santiago and Galicia Day; especially big in 2021 as July 25 falls on Sunday; closures on July 25 in Galicia)

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 11–15:  Assumption (fairs, parades, general revelry throughout Spain, most notably Madrid's Verbena de la Paloma festival)

August 13–15 & 27–29 (likely):  Sanlúcar de Barrameda horse races, Andalucía (English-style races along the beach)

August 15–21:  Gràcia Festival, Barcelona (colorful street festival)

August 16:  Assumption Day observed (some closures)

August 23–24:  Festival of St. Bartholomew, Sitges (part of Sitges' Festa Major)

August 30–September 5:  Titirimundi International Puppet Theatre Festival, Segovia (performances, street theatre)

September 1–5:  Las Fallas, Valencia (parades, fireworks)

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

September 6 & 9:  Fiesta de Cascamorras, Guadix, then Baza (both near Granada; "battle" between rival towns involving liberal throwing of paint)

First two weeks of September:  Fiestas de la Vendimia, Jerez (sherry/harvest festival with flamenco, bullfights; festivities peak on weekend closest to September 8)

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 22–23:  Festes de Santa Tecla, Sitges (processions featuring costumed kids; "Nit de Foc" street fireworks and revelry held weekend prior)

September 22–26 (likely):  La Mercè, Barcelona (street theater, music, parades, light shows)

September 24–26:  Feria de San Miguel, Sevilla (bullfights)

September 25 (iffy for 2021):  San Fermín Txikito ("little San Fermín"), Pamplona (concerts, parades)

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

October 12:  Spanish National Day (closures)

October 24–November 5 (likely):  Fires de Sant Narcis, Girona (procession, human-tower building, fireworks)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (Todos Los Santos; closures)

November weekends:  Cartagena Jazz Festival

November 5–13:  Sevilla European Film Festival

November 9:  Feast of the Almudena, Madrid (processions, music)

November 12–19 (likely):  Zinebi International Documentary Film Festival, Bilbao

November 14:  Seville Marathon

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

December 6:  Constitution Day (closures)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (closures)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (big family meal and midnight Mass; evening closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day (some closures, especially in Catalunya)

December 31:  New Year's Eve


2022

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 2: Reconquest Day, Granada (closures in Granada)

January 6:  Dia de los Reyes Magos (Epiphany/Three Kings Day parades on night before; closures on January 6)

February 2:  La Candelaria (Candlemas), across Spain but particularly big in Madrid (processions, pageantry, mock bull fights)

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

February 21 (likely):  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:  San José (St. Joseph's Day), Madrid, Valencia, Extremadura (closures in several regions)

April 10–16:  Semana Santa (Holy Week; passion plays and grand processions; some closures on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

April 17–18:  Easter (Pascua) Sunday and Monday (some closures)

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

April 24 (likely):  Battle of the Flowers, Córdoba (major parade with flower-bedecked floats)

May 1–7 (or possibly week prior):  Feria de Abril (April Fair), Sevilla

May:  Bullfights and zarzuelas all month long, Madrid

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day

May 2:  Labor Day observed (closures)

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

May 2–15 (likely):  Los Patios de Córdoba (courtyard-decorating competition)

May 3, and/or surrounding days:  Cruces de Mayo, primarily in Andalucía (towns decorated with crosses made of flowers, particularly big and accompanied by flamenco dancing in Córdoba and Granada)

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

May 5–8 (likely):  Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

May 7–14 (likely):  Feria del Caballo, Jerez de la Frontera (horse pageantry)

May 12–15 (likely):  Ibiza Medieval Fair

May 15–20 (likely):  Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador, Madrid (music, traditional dancing, closures on May 15 in Madrid)

Mid-May (6 days):  Titirimundi International Puppet Theatre Festival, Segovia (performances, street theatre)

May 17:  Galicia Literature Day (closures in Galicia)

May 21–28:  Spring Fair, Cordóba (smaller version of Sevilla's April Fair; kicks off with midnight fireworks)

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

June 3–5 (likely):  Primavera Sound, Barcelona (indie rock festival)

June 5–6:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (some closures)

June 6:  El Rocío pilgrimage (Romería de El Rocío), Andalucía

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

June 15–19 (likely): La Patum, Berga (religious festival with lively parades)

June 16:  Corpus Christi (colorful, often flower-centric festivities — especially big in Toledo and Valencia; many festivities take place before and/or after the holiday; closures in Madrid and Castile–La Mancha)

June 16–18 (likely):  Sónar Festival, Barcelona (electronic music)

June 16–18 (likely):  Azkena Rock Festival, Basque Country

Mid-June–mid-July:  Granada International Festival of Music and Dance

June 23–24:  Nit de Sant Joan/Hogueras de San Juan (Festival of St. John the Baptist), primarily in Alicante, Valencia, and across Catalunya (bonfires and fireworks on June 23, closures in Catalunya and Valencia on June 24)

June 28–July 3 (likely):  Madrid Orgullo pride festival (big parade on Saturday)

June 29 (likely):  La Batalla del Vino, Haro (between Pamplona and Burgos; "wine battle" celebrating Feast of San Pedro)

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

August 31 (likely):  Tomatina Festival, Buñol, near Valencia (tomato-throwing melee/party)

September 17–22:  Fiesta de San Mateo, Logroño (between Pamplona and Burgos; grape-harvest festival with free-flowing sangria, food fights, traditional cuisine, parades, bullfights, fireworks; smaller festivities across Spain around September 21 — St. Matthew's Day)