Even though October is not the busiest month in Spain when it comes to festivals there are enough to keep everyone amused. Top festivals, fiestas and feria during October include the Fuengirola feria which is fast becoming one of the largest of its kind on the Costa del Sol. Spain closes down on the 12th October for the Dia de la Hispanidia, Spain’s national day. If you love all things horror then head over to San Sebastian for the annual horror film fest. And for city fun you will enjoy the Madrid autumn festival.

El Dia de la Hispanidad ( National Holiday October 12th )

This is Spain’s  national holiday and is celebrated on the 12th October each year. During the day, Spaniards commemorate the first time that Christopher Columbus sailed for the Americas. There is an armed forces parade held in Madrid which usually includes members of the Spanish royal family plus a wide range of foreign dignitaries are usually in attendance as well.

Fuengirola Annual Feria

The annual Fuengirola fair has grown into one of the largest held on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. It is known as the Feria del Rosario, named after the patron of the town, the Virgen Rosario. The main  festival is held on a large adapted area close to the town centre which is and just 10 minutes walk from the Fuengirola train station. Here you will numerous the Casetas ( decorated buildings ), a large fairground for the kids and lots of small bars serving food all day and night. This week long festival includes two massive firework displays, horse parades, a bull run,  horses carriage parades, street parties, country BBQ fair, all night dancing and much more.

Annual Fantasy Film and Horror Film Festival

The annual Fantasy Film Festival  is held at the end of October to early November in the incredible city of San Sebastian. During this festival, a wide range of horror films are screened at different venues and mainly at the Teatro Principal together with a myriad of outdoor performances, comedy events, street theatre, and horror-related exhibitions. For goolish horror movie lovers this is must visit festival.

Festival De Otono – Autumn Festival Madrid

This festival runs for around four weeks from October to November in Spain’s capital Madrid. This autumn festival offers you well over 60 dance, theatre, and music spectacles and has become one of the city’s main performing arts events. During the week, a wide range of performances is conducted mainly to showcase the beauty and creativity of the Spanish people.

Zaragoza Festival

Zaragoza is home to the Fiesta del Pilar which are held the week before the 12th October each year. They are held in honour of the patron saint of the city, the Virgen del Pilar. This is a major event for Zaragoza each year where many thousands of locals pay tribute to their patron saint dressing up in colourful costumes and leaving flowers dedicated to El Pilar.  Almost half a million people will eventually take part in the flower parade as well as enjoy the dances, parades and all night parties that are quite frequent during festival week.

October Festival Calendar Spain

Variable Dates – Fuengirola Feria –  Fiesta del Virgen del Rosario

Variable Dates – Rota – Cadiz –  Fiesta del Virgen del Rosario Coronada

Variable Dates – Salobrena Granada – Romeria & Fiesta del Virgen del Rosario

9th October  – Valencia – Dia de Comunidad Valenciana –  Valencia Day

12th October –  Spanish national day

Variable Dates – Girona –  Fires de Sant Narcis

Variable Dates–  Zaragoza – Aragon – Fiesta del Virgen del Pilar

Variable Dates– Sitges – Catalonia – Sitges International Fantasy Film Festival

Variable Dates– Saffron Festival  – Consuegra

Variable Dates–  Barcelona Jazz Festival

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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

Variable - Easter Sunday - Dia de Pascua

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