Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in 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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April 30–May 7:  Feria del Caballo (horse pageantry), Jerez

May:  Bullfights and zarzuelas all month long (Madrid)

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May 2:  Dos de Mayo (Madrid)

May 5:  Ascension

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

May 15–16:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures in Barcelona)

May 17:  Galicia Literature Day (closures in Galicia)

May 25–29 (likely):  La Patum de Berga (religious festival), near Barcelona

May 26:  Corpus Christi (closures in Madrid)

May 31:  Castile–La Mancha Day (closures in Castile–La Mancha)

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

June 17–July 8:  Granada International Festival of Music and Dance

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

July 6–14:  Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermín), Pamplona

July 12–16:  Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

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)

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

Mid-August (1 week):  Gràcia Festival, Barcelona

Late August:  Festival of St. Bartholomew, Sitges, with major festivities third weekend in August

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

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

September 3–4 (likely):  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 23:  Festival of St. Tecla, Sitges

September 24:  La Mercé (parade), Barcelona

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

September 25–29:  Feria de San Miguel (bullfights), Sevilla

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

October 12:  Spanish National Day (closures)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (closures)

November 9:  Virgen de la Almudena, Madrid

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 31:  New Year's Eve


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (parades, closures)

February 2:  La Candelaria (religious festival), Madrid

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

March 19:  St. Joseph's Day (some closures; parades and fireworks in Valencia)

April 10–15:  Holy Week (Semana Santa; some closures on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

April 16–17:  Easter (Pascua) Sunday and Monday (some closures)

Mid-April (6 days):  Feria de Abril (April Fair), Sevilla

April 23:  St. George's Day (special flower markets, Barcelona); Aragón/Castile and León Day (Aragón and Castile and León)