Best November Festivals in Spain
There are a good number of regional and national cultural festivals, fiestas and celebrations taking place throughout Spain during the month November.
It all starts one the 1st November ( Todos los Santos ) All Saints Day, a National holiday where locals pay homage to the deceased.
There are a number of film festivals to attract movie fans including those held in Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Gijon and Alcine.
For street fun try the colourful Benidorm fancy dress Parade, which offers visitors plenty of ways to enjoy the vribrant atmosphere of Spain's top holiday resort.
Here is a look at some of the best festivals and fiestas during November.
Dia de Todos los Santos – All Saints’ Day – 1st November
All Saints’ Day is an important national holiday in Spain and allows people to reflect on life and remember family and friends who have passed on.
Many people attend masses at the local cemeteries and churches where they give offerings to the diseased such as flowers.
Once the somber mood is over, the atmosphere turns rather upbeat as people celebrate the good memories of those who have passed.
Benidorm Annual Festival
The annual Benidorm festival is held on hour of the towns patron saints la Virgen del Sufragio and San Jaime Apostol.
Street parties, sporting contents, open air theatre and parades are all part of this popular annual festival. The final days spectacle includes a huge parade of decorated floats followed by a firework display from the main Benidorm beach area of Playa de Poniente.
Make sure you take a bag with you as tons of sweets are thrown from huge floats for the children to scramble over.
The Benidorm fancy dress event is a hugely fun day held on the following Thursday after the Annual Benidorm festival.
Although the annual Benidorm festival is officially over on the Wednesday the fancy dress parade is well worth hanging around for.
The Benidorm fancy dress party unites the many local and foreign residents as well as holiday makers.
November is a time to celebrate the art of film making as many film festivals take place throughout Spain.
International Sherry Week
What better way to get to know everything about this famous Andalucian wine than attending one of the many events held during the Jerez wine festival.
During the International Sherry Week there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting sessions and you can even be part of one of the local vineyards for the day and learn how Sherry is made.
Festival of Orujo
Usually held on the second week of November, the festival de Orujo celebrates the locally made strong liquor produced in the town of Potes, near Santander in Northern Spain.
This unusual festival was first held in 1984 and has become increasing popular ever since. People from all over the region gather to honour this famous strong liquor along with local food and fare from the region.
The Orujo festival includes musical events and traditional folklore, parades and street parties.
San Andres Festival Tenerife
The San Andres festival is held in the town of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife at the end of the November and celebrates the annual grape harvest and the tasting of new new wines.
A great way to taste the local wines and to join in the noisy fun as locals take to the streets with pots and pans banging their way around the town.
Fun parties and entertainment are all part of this vibrant Tenerife festival.
November Jazz Festivals
For jazz lovers Spain is a perfect choice to visit in November as there is are a number of Jazz fests throughout the month.
International Theatre Festival Vitoria Gasteiz
The International Theatre Festival has been running for over 40 years held over a couple of weeks, usually commencing around the 5th of November.
A cultural highlight of the Vitoria Gasteiz in the Basque Country, this well organised film festival showcases films made in Spain and abroad whilst covering genres.
Major Arts and Antiques fare held in Madrid, the Feriarte fare takes place at the Juan Carlos exhibition centre Madrid mid to late November so the above dates are variable, check the official Feriarte website for the exact dates.
November Festival Calendar
Variable Dates – Festival de Orujo
Variable Dates – Jerez – Andalucia – International Sherry Week
Variable Dates – Benidorm Annual Feria
Variable Dates – Feriarte – Arts and Antiques Fair
Variable Dates - Film festivals Bilbao, Huelva, Gijon, Madrid, Seville.
Variable Dates - Jazz Festivals Madrid and Granada
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Best Festivals in Spain - Month by Month
National Holidays in Spain
Jan 1st - New Years Day - Ano Nuevo
Jan 6th - 12th night, The Three Kings - Dia de los Reyes
Mar 19th - Fathers Day - San Jose
Variable - Good Friday - Viernes Santo
May 1st - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajador
Aug 15th - Assumption - Dia del Asuncion
Oct 12th - Spanish National Day - Dia de la Hispanidad
Nov 1st - All Saints Day - Todos los Santos
Dec 6th - Constitution Day - Dia de la Constitucion<
Dec 8th - Immaculate Conception - Imaculada Concepcion
Dec 25th - Christmas Day - Navidad