Festivals

Festivals in Andalucía © Sophie Careful
Festivals in Andalucía © Sophie Careful

Festivals

There is no better way to get to know the Andalucians 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.

Festivals in Andalucia

The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. It is an immense area; the parque itself and surrounding parque natural or… More →

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.

The Festivals in Olula de Castro are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen de Patrocinio.

The Festivals in Tahal are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas del Verano and Fiestas del Santo Cristo del Consuelo.

The festivals in Tabernas are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Marcos, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas de San Juan and Feria de Tabernas en… More →

The Festivals in Montecorto are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de Montecorto, San Juan, Feria y Fiestas Virgen del Carmen, Feria de Agosto y Mercado Andalusí.

The Festivals in Senés are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas en Honora El Divino Rostro y Fiesta del Emigrante.

Festivals in Serrato are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Día de Andalucía, Día de la Vieja, Semana Santa, Feria de Octubre and Los Tostones.

The Festivals in Lucainena de las Torres are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Fiestas de San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de Santiago, Semana Cultural Deportiva y Feria de la Virgen… More →

The Festivals in Gérgal are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Sebastián, Moros y Cristianos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Feria y Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen del Carmen.

The Starlite Festival is a month-long music and cultural event held in July / August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella. It is now established as one of the important annual social and… More →

Festivals in Láujar de Andarax are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Vicente Mártir, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Los Quintos, Semana Santa, Romería de San Marcos, Feria Vitinícola de La Alpujarra… More →

Festivals in Ohanes are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, San Marcos, Fiestas Patronales en honor de la Virgen de Consolación de Tices and Octava.

Festivals in Padules are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón Abad, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas de Santa María la Mayor.

Festivals in Paterna del Río are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas Patronales en Honor de la Virgen de los Remedios, Fiestas en honor al Santo Cristo de las Penas… More →

Festivals in Instinción are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Fiestas Patronales en Honor a San Sebastián, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Cruces de Mayo, Divina Infantita and Romería de… More →

Festivals in Íllar are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de San Antón, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Cruces de Mayo, Día de San Isidro, Día de San Juan and more.

Festivals in Terque are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de la Santa Cruz, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol, Jornadas de Oficios… More →

Festivals in Santa Cruz de Marchena are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas Patronales en Honor a San Agustín

Festivals in Rágol are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas en Honor al Patron San Aguapito.

The Festivals in Castro de filabres are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiesta del Emigrante and Festividad de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

The Festivals in Benizalón are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza, San Juan and Día de las Mozas.

The Festivals in Alcudia de Monteagud are Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiesta de San Roque and Fiesta de Santa Lucía.

The Festivals of Benitagla are Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Hogueras de San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de la Virgen de la Piedad and Festividad de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

"Los Encuentros de Arte del Valle del Genal"is a bi-annual summer art festival which takes place in Genalguacil, near Gaucin in Malaga province.

Festivals in Nerja: Three Kings (5th January), Carnival (Feb), Semana Santa (March/April), San Isidro (15th May), San Juan, (23/24 June), Virgin del Carmen (16th July), Feria (Second week in… More →

Arte Sano Festival is the biggest free alternative festival on the Costa del Sol, and takes place on the last weekend in July on San Pedro Alcántara seafront. After 15 years, Arte Sano has… More →

Festivals in Carmona: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Carnaval, Semana Santa, Las Mayas, Feria, San Juan, Romería de la Virgen de Gracia, Fiestas Patronales and Romería de San Mateo.

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 →

The Starlite Festival is a month-long music and cultural event held in July / August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella. It is now established as one of the important annual social and… More →

In Spain, the equivalent of All Fools' Day is “Día de los Santos Inocentes”, which takes place in the middle of the long Christmas season (Spanish Navidad runs all the way through to 6 January,… 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 →

There are hundreds of music and dance festivals taking place in Andalucia every year, especially in the summer. The festivals cover every genre from rock, pop, indie, folk, blues and jazz to… More →

Cascamorras festival in Guadix and Baza has been declared Fiesta de Interés Turístico Internacional (Festival of International Tourism interest) due to its intriguing history. Although the… More →

In most wine-growing districts of Spain, the harvest festival begins on the feast of St Matthew (21 September). In Jerez the Fiestas de la Vendimia starts officially on 8… More →

Since 2011 Sabinillas has hosted a full moon festival every August on its beaches, with live bands, dancing, body painting, craft stalls and friends getting together on the beach for moonlight… More →

A lot of people go on a pilgrimage to El Rocio. Those who believe in heaven and those who don't. A few hours after starting along the paths of Lower Andalusia, a unique form of relation is… 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 →

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… More →

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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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