Festivals - August guide

© Michelle Chaplow One of the highlights in August is the Málaga Feria (Malaga Fair)
One of the highlights in August is the Málaga Feria (Malaga Fair)


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Andalucia is filled with fascinating cultural events throughout the year.Whilst many of these festivals take place on the date indicated each year, others move slightly in relation to the day of the week or the religious calendar or occasionally weather.

In order to confirm, the villages town hall website (www.villagename.es) or Facebook page may publish the date or a poster in the few week preceding the festival.


AUGUST

Various Dates - august
summer fairs
towns across Andalucia

Every town and village in Andalucia has its own feria or fair, and it would be possible, if one had superhuman powers of endurance, to spend the whole summer following them about the region. See our section on summer fairs for exact dates.

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Various Dates - August
FIESTA DE MOROS Y CRISTIANOS
Andalucia

This festival is more popular in the East of Spain, in Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria, It takes place on different many days through out the year depending on the locality. Check out our section on the Moors and Christians Festival to find out which towns celebrate it this month.

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4 - 7 AUGUST
ROTA, CADIZ
GASTRONOMIC: FERIA DE LA URTA

The favourite local fish urta (sea bream) is celebrated in this gastronomic fair, most famously as urta a la roteña (sea bream with tomato, pepper and onions). You can also see carnival groups performing. 

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5 - 6 AUGUST
ALCALA LA REAL, JAEN
HISTORIC: FIESTA MEDIEVAL: LA CONQUISTA DE LA CIUDAD

Part of the “Ruta de los Castillos y las Batallas de Jaen” season, this festival (The Conquering of the City) commemorates the capture of Alcala la Real from the Moors; the town was the scene of frequent battles between the Moors and the Christians. The festival takes place against the backdrop of the ruined La Mota castle. Activities and events include archery demonstrations, theatre, dance and medieval food. Look out for other events in this programme coming up later this year in Jaen province.

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5 - 8 AUGUST
BENAMAHOMA, CADIZ
HISTORIC: FIESTA DE MOROS Y CRISTIANOS

Festival in honour of the town’s patron saint, San Antonio de Padua. Battles, bullfights and concerts are among the events every year.

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7 - 8 AUGUST
BENALAURIA, MALAGA
HISTORIC: MOROS Y CRISTIANOS

Typical recreation of medieval battle between Moors from North Africa and Spanish Christians, celebrated every first Sunday in August.

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7 AUGUST
BERCHULES, GRANADA
TRADITIONAL: NOCHEVIEJA EN BERCHULES

Ever since the town couldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve in 1994 due to a power cut, they’ve held an alternative party every August, complete with the Reyes Magos and the 12 grapes at midnight.

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10 - 24 AUGUST
VEJER DE LA FRONTERA; CADIZ
RELIGIOUS: VELADA PATRONAL EN HONOR DE LA OLIVA

This festival is so called, because the Virgin is carried from the Santuario de la Oliva (Sanctuary of the Olive) to the town to kick off the two-week celebrations. On 15 August, she has her procession through the streets, and on 20 August, there is a night of flamenco (see below). Then, on 24 August, she is taken back to her sanctuary. In addition, various cultural activities take place.

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10 - 27 AUGUST
SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, CADIZ
SPORT: CARRERAS DE CABALLOS DE SANLUCAR

Evening races along the beach (there’s no course, as such), on 10-12 (primer ciclo) and 25-27 (segundo ciclo) August.

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11 - 15 AUGUST
COMPETA, MALAGA
GASTRONOMIC: NOCHE DEL VINO

Famous wine festival, whose most important day is 15 August, originally to bid farewell to the grape-pickers who were off to bring in the harvest. These days, poets, artists and writers take part; a mural is painted; you can see flamenco performances and exhibitions; and of course, the highlight is free muscatel wine (comes in both dry and sweet varieties) for all comers, with tours and tastings. This day is also when Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, the town’s patron saint, is honoured.

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12-15 AUGUST
SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, CADIZ
RELIGIOUS: FESTIVIDAD DE LA VIRGEN DE LA CARIDAD

Fiesta culminating in a procession which takes place on 15 August every year. The streets are decorated with intricate designs made of coloured salt, creating a colourful carpet for the Virgin to ride over.

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12-15 AUGUST
CHIPIONA, CADIZ
GASTRONOMIC/MUSICAL: FESTIVAL DEL MOSCATEL

Music plays an important part in this wine festival, being Rocio Jurado’s home town; Raphael and Jose Merce have both played here in the past. Dancing and carnival performances, and the crowning of the festival queen, also help celebrate the local brew.

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12 - 16 AUGUST
TREBUJENA, CADIZ
TRADITIONAL: FERIA Y FIESTAS DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE PALOMARES

In this feria, there is a “Concurso del Racimo” – a competition for biggest bunch of grapes, by weight – on the last day. The “Racimo de Oro” (Golden Bunch) is presented to an outstanding person or group.

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12 - 20 August
MÁlaga Feria
Malaga

As with many ferias, this one takes place in the city centre during the day, with the streets closed off to traffic, and moves to the recinto at night time, where you'll find the casetas and funfair.

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14 - 15 AUGUST
VILLALUENGA DEL ROSARIO, CADIZ
FIESTA DE SAN ROQUE

This fiesta includes a bull being released and chased through the streets; not one for animal-lovers (like me), then.

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17 - 25 AUGUST
ALMERIA
TRADITIONAL: FERIA Y FIESTAS DE ALMERIA EN HONOR DE LA VIRGEN DEL MAR

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19 - 22 AUGUST
GRAZALEMA, CADIZ
TRADITIONAL: FIESTAS MAYORES DE GRAZALEMA

Plenty of children’s activities such as traditional games and races during the day, with live music at night.

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20 AUGUST
VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, CADIZ
MUSIC: NOCHE FLAMENCA DE LA MURALLA DE LA SEGUR

Night-time flamenco festival, celebrated by the town’s original Moorish walls; part of the two-week fiesta which starts on 10 August (see above).

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27 - 28 AUGUST
CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERA, CADIZ
RELIGIOUS: VELADA DE LA ALMORAIMA

On the last weekend in August, the Virgen of Almoraima is honoured, and you can see dancing and equestrian shows, as well as a Miss and Mister Cultural (sic).

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TO 26 AUGUST
MIJAS COSTA, MALAGA
SPORT: CARRERAS EN LA COSTA DEL SOL

Horse-racing season.

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TO 28 AUGUST
NIEBLA, HUELVA
CULTURAL: FESTIVALDE CASTILLO DE NIEBLA

This theatre and dance festival, set inside the medieval walled town with its magnificent castle, Castillo de Guzman, features Shakespeare (Macbeth, 20 August; The Rape of Lucretia, 27-28 August) and Lope de Vega (El Amor Enamorado, 13 August).

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28 - 31 AUGUST
OLVERA, CADIZ
TRADITIONAL: REAL FERIA DE SAN AGUSTIN

This feria, which is celebrating its tercentenary, still features the original purpose behind the ferias: a livestock market - one of the most important in the region - which takes places every morning.

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28 AUGUST - 3 SEPTEMBER
BAEZA, JAEN
RELIGIOUS: ROMERIA DE CRISTO DE LA YEDRA Y LA VIRGEN DEL ROSELL

This pilgrimage, which takes place on the last Sunday in August, honours the Virgen del Rosell, patron saint of La Yedra, a village near Baeza. The Virgin is taken from her sanctuary in La Yedra, to Baeza, in the romeria chica, a forerunner to the main event, the Romeria Oficial, on the first Saturday in September (3 September this year). This is when the gypsy wagons and carriages accompany the Virgin around the streets of Baeza and to her church. On 8 September, La Natividad de la Virgen del Rosell, the people from La Yedra celebrate their Virgin.

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30 August - 4 SEPTEMBER
Ronda
Festival
La feria de pedro romero

This year's 'Feria de Pedro Romero' starts on August 30 in the evening. It kicks off with a parade at 7.30pm and continues for the next 6 days. The highlight of the week is the 'Corrida Goyesca' which will take place on Saturday 3 September at 5.30pm.

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31 August
La Tomatina
buÑol, valencia

The Tomatina is possibly the world's largest food-fight. Every year, locals and thousands tourists alike meet in the Valencian city of Buñol. For over 60 years the town has been the site of a massive tomato fight in which over 100 tons of very ripe tomatoes are thrown during hours of mayhem in the streets of the small town. Even though this is not in Andaluica, we thought it was worth mentioning as many Andalusians go there.

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