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Festivals in Andalucia

Festivals in Andalucía © Michelle Chaplow
Festivals in Andalucía

Festivals

There is no better way to get to know Andalucia than through their many and fascinating traditional festivals. The local fiesta is the moment when every town and village strives to put on a splendid show, not only for themselves but also for those who come from afar to admire and enjoy. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalucia, including fairs, pilgrimages, carnivals, mock battles between Moors and Christians and religious processions. Each town and village has at least one patron saint and the processions in their name.  In fact, there is scarcely a day in the year without its fiesta. 

Below is our descriptive guide to the more popular festivals taking place each year. They are listed more or less in the order that they take place in the year. Alternatively consult a larger listing of the Festivals and Fiestas in Andalucia in a month by month format.  Also consult our list of the summer ferias and this extensive guide to the  main modern music and dance festivals.

Traditional Festivals in Andalucia

There is quite a debate across Spain regarding whether Santa Claus is displacing the traditional Three Kings at Christmastime in Spain. The truth is that Santa Claus is becoming more and more… More →

Spain is a country with a well known Catholic tradition. The carnival is, therefore, celebrated before the 40 days of Lent as a way to let loose before the prohibitions of the upcoming religious… More →

Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of… More →

In 1993, a young woman from the village of Luque in Cordoba had the idea of creating an hermandad (church brotherhood which goes out in a procession in Holy Week) specifically for women.… More →

Corpus Christi feast is the Catholic solemnity in honour of the presence of the body of Christ in the holy water. It is celebrated throughout Spain and is held in either May or June depending on… More →

Spring in Seville has a special atmosphere, garlanded with the sweet scent of orange blossom and jasmine, and a frisson of excited anticipation, as the city's two most important events take place… More →

The Cordoba Spring Fair, or Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of the Health), takes place during the last week of May. Its venue is the municipal fairground on the north bank of the… More →

The May Crosses Festival (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially in Latin America and Spain. In Cordoba festival holds special importance and is the best known of the… More →

Every spring Córdoba bursts into bloom with special festivities for the month of May. Starting off with a parade known as the “Battle of the Flowers”, the city officially launches into its spring… More →

Ronda is an ancient mountain town of scenic vistas, omantic plazas, and historic treasures. Once a year, Ronda also sees a return to tradition with its annual Feria Goyesca. A fairly recent… More →

The annual Malaga city fair in August is an exuberant week-long street party with plenty of flamenco and 'fino' (sherry). The fair commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and… More →

Spring in Seville has a special atmosphere, garlanded with the sweet scent of orange blossom and jasmine, and a frisson of excited anticipation, as the city's two most important events take place… More →

Estepona Summer Feria takes place the first week in July from Tuesday to Sunday and gives everyone a week to enjoy dancing, drinking and eating. Both the day fair and the night fair take place at… More →

Certain festivals seem to summarise life in Spain, with its love of having a good time in the company of friends and loved ones. The Night of San Juan is definitely one of these events. It is a… More →

Religious Virgins are hugely popular in Andalucia; they are normally handcrafted from wood and porcelain and spend 99.9 per cent of the year in glass-covered alcoves at the local church. Most are… More →

This festival is more popular in the east of Andalucia in the mainly provinces of Granada and Almeria, It takes place on different many days through out the year depending on the locality.

Every year the beaches of Sanlucar de Barrameda in the province of Cádiz come alive with the pounding of hooves as the famous horse races take over the coast. Traditionally, the races take place… More →

The El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond. Every Andalucian city, town and village has… More →

Andalucia is famous for its pilgrimages or "romerías" - so called because pilgrims traditionally walked to Rome, and therefore became known as "romeros" - to popular shrines, around which fiestas… More →

In most wine-growing districts of Andalucia and Spain, the vintage or grape harves begins on the feast of St Matthew (21st September). In Jerez it starts officially on 8th September, the feast of… More →

Cascamorras festival in the towns of Guadix and Baza has been declared Festival of International Tourism interest due to its intriguing history. Although the festival is relatively little-known… More →

On 1 November, Tosantos (a contraction of todos los santos, or "all the saints") is celebrated throughout Andalucia, particularly in the villages of Cadiz and Malaga. It is traditional to visit… More →

Christmas brings great cheer across Spain as families prepare to spend the Season together over one elaborate meal after another. Every year Andalucia.com brings you a special look at Christmas… More →

There is quite a debate across Spain regarding whether Santa Claus is displacing the traditional Three Kings at Christmastime in Spain. The truth is that Santa Claus is becoming more and more… More →

December 28th, right smack in the middle of the Spanish Christmas season, we have the annual Verdiales competitions taking place right outside Málaga City. The festival will bring together… More →

Possibly you thought the Christmas season was over on New Year’s Eve, but in Spain this is just the mid-point of all the celebrating. In this country, the tradition is to have a rather late dinner… More →

Theatre Festivals in Andalucia

Theatre Festivals. Sevilla, Málaga, Cadiz, Jerez and other cities offer film, theatre and opera festivals and programmes in their renovated theatres.

Music and Dance contemporary Festivals

There are hundreds of music and dance festivals taking place in Andalucia every year, especially in the summer. Following widespread cancellations in 2020 and 2021. 2023 is another big year,… More →

A successful inaugural edition of this Andalucia tourist board sponsored event took place in 2022 at the Feria (Fairground) west of city centre in Málaga from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th… More →

Festivals in Andalucia

Here is our long list of hundreds of pages of Festivals in Andalucia

Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of… More →

This festival which has been running more than 30 years features about 40 rockabilly, blues, surf, and boogie-woogie bands from Europe, and USA.

You will find the Facebook feed for the tourist office of Gaucin. It includes details of activities, guided tours, general information and updates on the village, and more.

The summer feria in San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella, it is traditionally held on the third week of October from a Monday or Tuesday to a Sunday to coincide with the Saint’s feast day.

Pueblos Blancos Music Festival held first edition in 2016, returned to Ronda and the Serrania on last weekend in July 2022 after an absence in 2020 and 2021. It is held over four days in four… More →

The 2022 edition of the Primavera Trompetera Festival took place on the 8th, 9th and 10th April 2022. The First edition was in 2015 at La Galeria discotheque in Jerez. This festival takes place… More →

Marenostrum Fuengirola is one of the largest series of outdoor concerts events on the Costa del Sol. Organised by Fuengirola Town hall, it presents an extensive cycle of concerts that includes… More →

Battle of the Flowers (Batalla de las Flores) isn't usually in May but end of April. The "battle'' consists of a procession of floats making its way along the city`s Paseo de la Victoria

There is one procession on five different days during Semana Santa in Estepona. These days are Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramas), Easter Wednesday (Miércoles Santo), Easter Thursday (Jueves Santo),… More →

Marbella, whilst a modern and cospopoliton resort town still has numerous cultural and social events going in addition to important festivals and fairs that take place around the same time each… More →

Festivals in Marmolejo are Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Nuestra Señora de la Paz, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Carnaval, Semana Santa, Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza, Fiesta y Romería de… More →

Festivals in Lopera: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Carnaval, Semana Santa, Fiesta a la Virgen de la Cabeza, Los Mayos, Romería de San Isidro and more.

Festivals in Lahiguera: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Carnaval, Semana Santa, Feria de San Juan Bautista and Feria de Santa Clara.

Festivals in Espelúy: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Festividad de San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Festividad del Viernes Santo, Festividad de San José, Festividad de San Gregorio Nacianceno,… More →

Festivals in Arjona: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Isidro, Verbena de San Juan, Verbena del Carmen, Fiestas de los Santos Patrones and Feria Real.

The Festivals in Arjonilla are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón, Carnaval, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de Nuestra Señora de Alharilla, fiesta de San Cristóbal, Feria de San Roque… More →

Festivals in Escañuela are Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de la Virgen de Alharilla, Fiesta de la Víncula and La Vinculilla.

The Festivals in Cazalilla are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Festividad de San Blás, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de Nuestra Señora de Alharilla, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Cruz and Fiestas… More →

Festivals in Isla Cristina: Carnaval, Semana Santa, Semana del Titere, Encuentro Romero, Romería de Nuestra Señora Maria Auxiliadora, Fiestas de Nuestra Señora Maria Auxiliadora, Romería de… More →

Festivals in Viator: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San José Obrero, Noche de San Juan, Fiestas del Carmen and Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la virgen de las… More →

Festivals in Santa Fe de Mondújar: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Día de San Marcos and Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la Virgen del Rosario.

Festivals in Andújar: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Fiesta de la Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza, Cruces de Mayo, Fiesta Patronal en Honor a San Eufrasio,… More →

Festivals in Valverde del Camino: Carnavales, Semana Santa, Romería de San Pancracio, Pirulitos de San Juan, Velada de Santa Ana, Feria and Fiesta de la Virgen del Reposo.

Festivals in Pechina: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Carnaval, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Marcos, Fiestas Patronales de San Indalecio, Fiestas de San Luis Gonzaga and Fiestas de San… More →

Festivals in Huércal de Almería: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Noche de los Ramos, Fiestas de San José Obrero, Noche de San Juan and Fiestas del Carmen.

Festivals in Rioja: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Carnaval, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Marcos, Fiesta de San Isidro and Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la Virgen del… More →

Festivals in Gádor: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Antonio, Festival de Santa Cruz and Festival de la Virgen del Rosario.

Festivals in Benahadux: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Carnaval, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Festival de San José, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen, Festival… More →

Festivals in Vélez Blanco: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Las Máscaras, La Candelaria, Día de San Blas, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Día de San Isidro, Feria Medieval, Día de San Ignacio and more.

Festivals in Las Tres Villas: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería Virgen de la Fátima, Fiesta de San Bernardo y Virgen de la Salud, Fiesta de Santa Teresa de Jesús… More →

Festivals in Fiñana: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón Abad, Fiesta de San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Día de la Cruz, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas del… More →

Festivals in Nacimiento: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiesta de los Tarascos, Fiestas del Verano and Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel.

Festivals in Vélez Rubio: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Carnaval, Día de andalucía, Día de San José, Entierro de la Sardina, Semana Santa, Fiestas del Carmen and Fiestas de Agosto.

Festivals in Chirivel: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Antonio de Pádua, Feria de Verano and Misas de Gozo.

Festivals in Mária: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Semana Santa, Fiesta de Primavera en Honor a la Virgen de la Cabeza, Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos, Fiestas de Santa Quiteria, Olimpiadas de Verano… More →

Festivals in Velefique: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Matanza, Hogueras de San Antón, Día de la Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas de Agosto.

Festivals in Abrucena: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Hogueras de San Antón, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero and Semana Santa.

Festivals in Abla: Baile de Ánimas, Día de Andalucía, Día de la Cruz de Mayo, Carrozas de San Isidro, Fiestas Patronales, Verbena de San Juan, Abla Rural Party and Fiestas de Agosto.

The Festivals in Uleila del Campo are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería Chica a Monteagud, Fiesta del Emigrante, Fiesta Patronal en Honor al Santo Cristo de las… More →

The Festivals in Turrillas are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas en Honor a San Antonio de Padua and Fiestas en Honor al Emigrante.

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Hopefully this overall guide has been a help in planning your trip or in understanding the many varied festivals of the the region. For more dates try our events home page or look up an individual town in our destinations section.

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