Valencia Region events

Valencia Region events

July 2011

Feria de Julio (July Fair), Valencia.
A whole month of entertainment in the city of Valencia. Among the most important events, there are fireworks shot every Saturday night on beach Las Arenas and concerts in the gardens of Viveros with the best national and international scene (including Seal on 18thJuly). The fair concludes with the traditional “Battle of Flowers” on the last Sunday.

Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), La Vila Joiosa (Alicante)
The festival is held in honour of Santa Marta from 24th - 31st July and was declared of International Tourist Interest. The main event is the naval battle and the landing on the beach.

8th Peñíscola Jazz Festival, Peñiscola (Castellón)
Headlining this year’s Peñiscola Jazz Festival is legendary US bluesman B.B. King, who will be performing at the port- a venue with a capacity of over 4,000- in a one-off concert on 20th July.

Festival International de Benicàssim (FIB), Benicàssim (Castellón)
Held from 14th - 17th July, the Festival is characterised by its eclecticism and its focus on latest trends. It is also one of the most international one, both in terms of visitors and acts. Amongst the confirmed artists for this year’s edition, we find Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream and Brandon Flowers.

Exhibitions of Russian archaelogical treasures, Alicante
The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia - one of the world’s greatest archaeological collections- is currently on display in Alicante. The exhibition comprises over 500 highly beautiful and fascinating pieces, including a Pazyryk figurine of a stag and a comb from the Solokha kurgan. These archaeological wonders reveal the history of Russia from the Upper Palaeolithic through to the country’s first tsar, and will be on show at the Alicante Archaeological Museum until October.

Cirque du Soleil, Valencia and Alicante
Falla Festival, Valencia. Photo by Valencia Tourist BoardMagical and real, comic and tragic, beautiful and burlesque, human yet perfect. “Corteo”, the latest production from the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, will be in Valencia until 16th July and then in Alicante from 28th July to 28th August.

Flamenco Nights, Alicante
The summer of Alicante has a new musical cycle! During the 15th and 16th July, the first edition of flamenco concerts will take place in "los Jardines de Abril".

"Flamenco Nights" will bring the concerts Michael Poveda (Friday 15th July) and Jose Mercé (Saturday 16th July)

Low Cost Festival
3 days full of concerts and activities in the third edition of this festival to be enjoyed in the wonderful climate of Benidorm. The very best of the Spanish and international indie music scene gathers in Benidorm the 21st, 22nd and 23rd July. Amongst the confirmed acts, Klaxons, Crystal Castles, OK Go, Cut Copy or the DJ Steve Aoki.

August 2011

Castell de L’Olla, Altea (Alicante)
If you are a firework lover, just go for the “Castell de l’Olla” in the town of Altea the first weekend of August, where a myriad fireworks reflect on the calm waters of the Mediterranean.

Misterio de Elche (Mistery of Elche), Elche (Alicante)
Declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity", it is a religious act that recreates the Dormition, Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin Mary. Divided into two acts, the play is staged every 14th & 15th August in the interior of the Basilica of Santa Maria de Elche.

Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival), Requena (Valencia)
Declared of Tourist Interest, the festival celebrates the wine tradition of Utiel and Requena. Don’t miss the treading of grapes, the wine blessing ceremony and, of course, the tasting of all the famous wines of the region! From 24th August to 4th September.

Tomatina Festival, Valencia. Photo by Valencia Tourist BoardTomatina, Buñol (Valencia)
The messiest battle of the summer is held the last Wednesday of August in the city of Buñol. During La Tomatina, thousands of participants throw tomatoes at each other. Watch out!

La Raimà, La Pobla del Duc (Valencia)
The sweet answer to La Tomatina is La Raimà or Battle of the Grapes. A fun event that has its origins many years ago and attracts more tourists each year.

September 2011

Fiesta de la Mare de Deu de la Salut, Algemesí (Valencia)
On 7th and 8th September, three processions are held in honor of the patron saint of the town, as well and several dances and human castles known as "Muixeranga". This festivity was declared National Tourist Interest and it’s currently pending its declaration as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Fiesta del Arroz (Rice Festival), Sueca (Valencia)
It is a festival where culinary tradition blends with cultural shows, around the traditional Valencian paella. Sueca is a city known for its rice fields: the best setting for this festival without a doubt!

October 2011

9th October, Fiesta de la Comunitat Valenciana (Festivity of the region of Valencia)
On this day, the region of Valencia celebrates the triumphal entry of King James I to the city and the expulsion of the Moors.

St. Denis is also celebrated on 9th October. Often regarded as “the Valencian Valentine's Day”, one gifts their significant other with a handkerchief filled with marzipan fruit figurines, also known as the “mocaorà”.

Volvo Ocean Race, Alicante
The Volvo Ocean Race will start on 15th October from the port of Alicante. This race is an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavour which has been built on the spirit of great seafarers - fearless men who sailed the world’s oceans aboard square rigged clipper ships more than a century ago.

November 2011

Fira de Tots Sants (All Saints Fair), Cocentaina (Alicante)
It was created in 1346 by Roger de Lauria, after receiving a royal charter from Pedro IV of Aragon. The fair is celebrated on the 1st of November. Declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, it is also currently awaiting for the distinction of "International Touristic Interest". It is the oldest fair in Spain - and possibly in the world- and brings together over 850,000 people in just three or four days.

Opera at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia
The spectacular building designed by valencian architect Santiago Calatrava is dedicated to promoting the performing arts. With an area of 55.000 m2, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia becomes one of the most important rooms dedicated to theater, dance, opera and concerts. The programming of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is of excellent quality. Lorin Maazel has been in charge of musical direction for the last few seasons, and is fully involved in the formation of a band.

The Divina Pastora Marathon, Valencia
Is held annually on the 20th November in the city of Valencia which. With its entirely flat circuit and perfect November temperature, it’s an ideal setting for such a long-distance challenge. It runs alongside the Mediterranean coastline, a few meters from the sea. The Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit or the America’s Cup marina are two of the attractions that await the participants.

December 2011

Christmas around the Region of Valencia
Come celebrate Christmas in the Region of Valencia! The main cities from north to south hold many celebration before and during Chistmas time, including a myriad of street markets selling food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing, Nativity (“Belén”) exhibitions and carol-singing competitions.

New year’s eve tradition
The Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes to welcome the New Year has its origins in Elche in 1909. It was an idea of a group of farmers from the region of Bajo Vinalopó to dispose of surplus crop. Everyone must eat a grape following the rythm of the chime clock from Puerta del Sol in Madrid, at midnight on 31st December, to ensure a happy a healthy new year.

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