Traditional Events - month by month - October
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.
FERIA DE LA VIRGEN DE LAS NIEVES Y SAN ROQUETraditionally 30 September - 2 October,
First weekend in October, although the actual patron saints' day is on 5 August, but this was considered too hot for a feria.
ROMERIA DEL CRISTO DEL PAÑOTraditionally 5 October,
Instead of the usual statue, this festival features a painting left in the town by the Reyes Catolicos. The name comes from a miracle a century later involving a sacristan who nearly went blind from cataracts, which were known as "enfermedad del paño". As he was cleaning the painting, he regained his sight.
FERIA Y FIESTAS EN HONOR A NUESTRA SEÑORA LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIO
Traditionally 6 - 7 October,
Flamenco dancing, bullfights and a special lunch in honour of the senior citizens of the town, concerts and livestock fair are among the attractions of this fiesta.
ROMERIA DEL SUR DE GRANADA AND FIESTAS DE LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIOTraditionally 6 - 9 October,
Pilgrimage takes place on either the first or second Sunday of October, fiestas in first week of the month. The romeria's arrival point is the Playa del Peñon in Salobreña, with a mass on the Paseo Maritimo, while the fiestas feature flamenco, food tastings, horse demonstrations, a float competition, and a night-time procession on the final day.
FERIA Y FIESTAS DE LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIOTraditionally 6 - 12 October,
With 32 peñas, this feria offers a wide range of activities, as well as performances in the Palacio de la Paz.
FIESTA DE LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIO CORONADATraditionally 7 October,
Dating from the 16th century, with parades, fireworks and carnival figures - the patron saint's procession is on 7 October.
MERCADO Y FIESTA MEDIEVAL VISIGODA "VILLA TORRE DE DON XIMENO"Traditionally 7 - 10 October,
The townsfolk dress up and medieval food is served. Storytelling, street theatre and children's activities.
FERIA: FIESTAS EN HONOR A LA VIRGEN DE LAS ANGUSTIAS Y SAN MIGUEL ANGELTraditionally 8 - 12 October,
You can see a flamenco singing festival, folkloric performances, dancing competitions and carriage processions. Three Reinas de la Fiesta are elected - child, youth and elderly - as well as Mr and Miss Nerja beauty pageant.
ROMERIA DE LA VIRGEN DE LA LUNATraditionally 9 October,
Villanueva de Córdoba, Córdoba
Second Sunday in October. The statue of the Virgen de la Luna is taken to her sanctuary, where she stays until the following February.
DIA SAN DIONISIOTraditionally 9 October,
Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz
San Dionisio Areopagita was named the city's patron saint by Rey Alfonso X El Sabio after he recaptured the city from the Moors on 9 October 1264.
DIA SAN DIONISIOTraditionally 12 October,
Santa Fe, Granada
Anniversary of the discovery of America, also celebrated on 12 October throughout Spain.
FIESTAS DE SAN LUCASTraditionally 14 - 23 October,
The feria of Jaen province's capital city, with local food tastings during the daytime feria, and dancing at night, as well as bullfights and concerts.
ROMERIA DE LA VIRGEN DE VALMETraditionally 16 October,
Dos Hermanas, Sevilla
Third Sunday in October. The Virgin is taken from parish church in Dos Hermanas, Santa Maria Magdalena, to her ermita in the Cortijo del Cuarto, in Bellavista, a barrio in the south of Sevilla city. One of Andalucia's most popular romerias.
FIESTAS DE SANTA MARIA SALOMETraditionally 21 - 25 October,
The patron saint of Bonares is taken through the streets, with music, dancing and children's activities.
Various dates October,
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.
october food festivalsVarious dates October,
Towns across Andalucia
The autumn harvest is a time of great celebration across Andalucia with a wide variety of festivals to celebrate food and drink. View our section on these October Food Festivals for a taste of what’s comingup this month across our region
FIESTA DE MOROS Y CRISTIANOSVarious dates October,
Towns across 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.
Halloween is a new celebration and hasn’t caught on everywhere in Andalucia, but it is growing in very fast. Halloween parties are popular on the Costa del Sol and some children even go “trick or treating”.
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