Spain's Top August Festivals
There is no doubt that August is one of the most entertaining months for you to be in Spain as far as festivals and fiestas go so fun and enjoyment is guaranteed.
Everyone is on holiday in Spain during August so a fun family atmosphere is ever present, the most popular festivals during August in Spain include the Gracia Festival in Barcelona - Festa Major de Garcia, the renowned Malaga Feria and the world famous La Tomatina food fight.
Malaga Feria in Malaga
Now one of the largest festivals in Spain, the Feria de Malaga lasts for for one week and hosts all kinds of is events held through the city. The festival rages all day and night on a large purpose built park located close to the exhibition centre just 15 minutes from Malaga International airport.
The Malaga fair is usually held during the middle of the month and features music, shows, dancing, horses, fireworks and daily processions through the historic the centre of the city.
Although the main party is held on the outskirts of the city we would highly recommend you visit all the events held around the old quarter in central Malaga where you can enjoy a traditional stroll around decorated streets prepared for the annual festival.
During this week-long festival, the people of Malaga commemorate the re-conquest of this city by Ferdinand and Isabella in the year 1487.
La Tomatina Valencia
Bunol in Valenica is home to the La Tomatina the famous battle of the tomatoes. Tons of ripe tomatoes are thrown by locals historically from warring towns and villages – followed by music and dancing. Each year the party gets bigger and better and is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August.
Many thousands of people now make their way from all over Spain and abroad to battle it out in the worlds largest food fight . Around one hundred tons of ripe tomatoes are used in this unique street festival.
The population of the small town of Bunol ( pronounced Bunyol ) is normally around 9.000 inhabitants, this increases to around 60,000 during festival time. However there is a limit to the number of places available for the actual tomato throwing spectacle so if you are thinking of participating make sure you book early.
The Big Week - Semana Grande - Basque Country
Held each year in Bilbao and San Sebastian the festival - known as Aste Negusia - in the basque language, this is great fun with street parades, fireworks, theater performances, the ugly face and strong man competitions plus lots of other entertainment to ensure your never during this endearing festival.
Gracia Festiva - Festa Major de Gracia Barcelona
The Festa Major de Gracia is a firm favourite for the residents and visitors of Barcelona during August. Famous for its offerings of all types of music ranging from classical Spanish, jazz and rock.
Alongside the music come workshops, exhibitions, street markets, sporting activities, parades, dramatic performances, and many other activities that are specifically designed for kids.
Feria de Benahavis – Andalucia
The feria de Benahavis pays tribute to the towns patron Saint the Virgen del Rosario usually held around the second weekend of August. Benahavis is located in the foothills behind Marbella on the Costa del Sol.
A picturesque village in a stunning setting, specially during festival time where the whole village comes to life with street processions, parties, dance, live music, great wine and even better food.
San Lorenzo festival Madrid
Held in Madrid each year this unique festival, also known as the Fiesta de Lavapies held in the neighborhood of the same name. Held in honor of Saint Lorenzo, the fair is usually held between the 9th to the 11th August offering lots of activities and entertainment for all the family, firework displays, street processions, music, dance and competitions are just some of the fun things you will see at the Lavapies festival in Madrid.
Ojen Festivals – Andalucia – Mid August
Enjoy the ancient culture of Flamenco singing during the Ojen festival, normally held during at the beginning of August each year this is a perfect opportunity to see some of the top renowned singers and dancers in Spain.
Top artists in the past have included Farruquito, Maria Toledo, David Palomar, Miguel de Tena, Cancanilla de Malaga and Julian Estrada.
Cuellar Bull Run - Segovia
One of the oldest bull running festivals of its kind, the Spanish granted this unqiue fair National Treasure status. Usually held on the last Sunday in August each year the festival also features local music, traditional dance, concerts, local gastronomy and lots of other village fun.
Traida de Agua Water Fight - Canary Islands
The Traida de Agua is one of Spain's biggest water fights and held in the village of Lomo Magullo on the island of Gran Canaria, the festival is relatively new to the island dating back to the 1960's.
Usually held on the 12th August this is where thousands of participants from just about every small village on the island get together all carrying bags and buckets of water. From 9am the battle commences and and will go on for various hours around the town.
This is one festival you just have to take the kids, although adults have just as much fun!
National Holiday – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15th August
This festival is not unique to Spain as it is celebrated throughout the world. It is held on the 15th of August and is a national holiday in Spain. A number of towns will hold colourful processions and firework displays.
La Feria de Antequera – Andalucia
The Antequera is a historic city located in the heart of the province of Malaga in Andalucia and is home to Fiesta de la Recoleccion and popular flamenco festivals during August.
The Royal Feria is one of the oldest in Spain and includes a romeria. Locals dress up in traditional costumes and make the pilgrimage in dressed up old wagons, on horse back or simply walk the route.
Verbena de la Paloma Madrid
Celebrated during the first half of August, usually around the 12th in the Latina quarter of La Paloma in Madrid. Even the intense August heat doesn’t stop the streets filling up with music and dance. There is a great summer atmosphere for this popular festival with street parties, parades, food and drink and lots of music.
A helpful tip is to try and find a good place with plenty of shade and stay well hydrated as the heat can be very stifling in Madrid during August.
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Public holiday calendar 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