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Festivals in Andalucia Note that due to the Coronavirus restrictions in Spain and Andalucia all the traditional festivals and parades have been cancelled at least until Summer 2021. This includes the emblamatic Seville Spring Fair. Some smaller events are still taking place if the organisors are able to ensure social distancing. Keep up to date with the latest info about Coronavirus in Andalucia, Spain.

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.

Traditional Festivals in Andalucia

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 →

The “Romería Nacional de los Gitanos”, or National Gypsy Pilgrimage” traditionally takes place the third Sunday in June and attracts not only gypsies, but also “payos” (non-gypsies). In fact, this… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

In Andalucia, there's a party every day - whether it's to celebrate a harvest (mostly in the autumn - grapes, olives, chestnuts, mushrooms) - a saint's day, or the town's own annual feria, when… More →

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 →

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 →

On 11th November, is the occasion for the slaughtering of pigs, in preparation for the winter-time drying of hams and sausages, at a fiesta called la matanza - literally, the killing - in all the… More →

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. The… 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 →

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 →

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.

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 →

Corpus Christi is the Catholic holiday 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 when… 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 →

The Festival de la Cereza usually thakes place on the third Saturday in June. It is a well-organised event with several stalls set up in the town’s “polideportivo” sports centre where you can buy… 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 →

One of Andalucia’s most picturesque “romerías” traditionally took place every year in Ronda on a Sunday late in May or early in June. However in late 2016 it was decided to change the date to the… 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 usually 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… More →

In November the Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition takes place in La Heredura's beautiful San José Church. This annual event attracts leading classical guitarists under 35… More →

Dreambeach is multi-day festival featuring the best electronic music on the planet, on the coast of Almeria. Dreambeach takes place on the first weekend (Friday and Saturday) in August at Playa… More →

Festivals in Andalucia

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.

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.

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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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