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Fair Calendar Nueva 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. The summer annual feria originated in the middle ages, and was the principal means of interchange of local products within the kingdom. The first feria takes place at Seville in April (two clear weeks after Semana Santa) and the last is at San Pedro de Alcántara in mid October.

The ‘day fair’  – Feria del día

The ‘day fair’ traditionally takes place in the streets of the town itself. Streets are closed to traffic, and businesses close for the week as well. Tables and chairs are set up and the bars serve food and drink in the street with music playing on every corner. People of all ages sing and dance, and visitors are always welcome. It is now becoming common in towns of Costa del Sol and others for the day fair to be celebrated at the ‘Recinto Ferial’ (Feria Ground).

At night, the fair shifts to the public fairground or “recinto ferial” on the outskirts of the town. There is a traditional amusement park with lots of rides for the children and “casetas” (tents) set up by the various clubs, associations and political parties of the town. Some of these tents provide live entertainment and all are equipped with a full bar.

Many of the “casetas” (some would say too many) are by private invitation only. Outsiders are invariably welcomed. Just ask if you can go in, if not try the next one. And if you find you’re down on your luck, there is always the large “Caseta Municipal” put up by the town council and open to everybody.

On some evenings there will be a top billing singer, for which tickets will be sold on the door at a reasonable price. These are usually very popular and often sell out, so if you really want to get in, you may want to start queuing up early.

DRESS

It is becoming less common for local ladies to wear their traditional feria dress or men the ‘traje corto’ to go to the feria. Resons cited are the heat and the cost. In some towns like Malaga and Estepona only the minority of people dress traditionally in others such as Seville or Jerez the majority of people still dress traditionally.

The dates of the summer fairs in Andalucia

The ferias usually start midweek and finish on Sunday night. In the larger cities they start at midnight on the Saturday or Sunday night and run for a week. The official opening of the feria is usually marked with fireworks. Monday after the feria is often a local holiday designed for recovering from the festivities.

Here are traditional dates for fair-goers of many towns and villages which vary slightly each year.  The town hall organises the Feria usually the ‘departmento de cultura’ (culture department) or Delegacion de Festejos (Festivals department). The feria dates (and budget) are appoved by a full council meeting about five months (in the case of capital cities) and two months (in the case of villages) ahead of the event.  We appreciate that this is a problem for foreign tourists who wish to book work holidays and purchase flights. The town hall primarily views the feria as a local event, to which foreign tourists are most welcome, but will make very few consessions; perhaps that’s why it retains its unspoilt charm.

The Town Hall website is usually www.<town-name>.es The traditional dates often appear in the ‘Turismo’ section and the exact dates may apear in the ‘Agenda’ or ‘Noticias’ (News) section. Look out for the feria poster on the website and on social media.

Name of FeriaTownTraditional date (See note above)
Feria de AbrilSevilleApril (varies)
Feria de AbrilMairena del Alcor16th to 19th April
Feria de PrimaveraVejer de la Frontera15th April – 3rd May
Espera30th April – 3rd May
Castillar de la Frontera30th April – 3rd May
El Puerto de Santa Maria6th – 11th May
Tahivilla8th – 10th May
Algar9th – 10th May
Jerez10th – 17th May
Los Barrios12th – 17th May
Córdoba25th May – 1st June
Alhaurin el Grande27th – 28th May
Medina-Sidonia27th  – 31st May
San Jose de la Valle27th – 31st May
Sanlúcar de Barrameda2nd – 7th June
Puerto Real3rd  – 8th June
Jedula4th – 7th June
El Colorado4th – 7th June
Conil5th – 8th June
Marbella8th – 14th June
Paterna10th – 14 June
Chiclana de la Frontera11th  – 14th June
El Bosque11th – 14th June
La Muela16th – 19th June
Taraguilla18th – 21st June
Algeciras20th – 27th June
San Pablo de Buciete26th – 28th June
Estepona2nd -9th July
Guadiaro2nd -5th July
San Fernando14th – 19th July
Barbate15th – 19th July
Prado del Rey16th – 19th July
La Línea13th – 22th July
El Campanario, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella21st – 24th July
Benalup22nd – 26th July
Algodonales23rd – 26th July
Almáchar24th – 26th July
Puente Mayorga30th July – 2nd August
Fiesta de la UrtaRota31st July – 2nd August
El Gastor1st – 6th August
Benaocaz6th – 9th August
Feria Setenil de las BodegasSetenil de las Bodegas6th – 9th August
Guadarranque6th – 9th August
Manilva / Sabinillas6th – 9th August
Feria BenamargosaBenamargosa3rd – 5th August
Almonaster la Real7th – 9th August
Iznajar8th – 12th August
Feria Real San RoqueSan Roque12th – 16th August
Baeza11th – 17th August
Alcala del Valle13th – 16th August
Torre Alhaquime13th – 16th August
Trebujena13th – 16th August
Puerto Serrano13th – 17th August
Campillos
Jimena de la Frontera14th to 16th August
Benahavís14th – 17th August
Real Feria de AugustoArchidona14th – 18th August
FeriaFuentes de Andalucia14th – 18th August
Feria Real Puente GenilPuente Genil15th – 18th August
Feria San Roque El CoronilEl Coronil15th – 19th August
Feria MálagaMálaga15th – 23rd August
Feria RealFuente Palmera16th – 19th August
Feria PedreraPedrera16th – 19th August
Almeria17th – 26th August
Zahara de la Sierra21st – 23rd August
San Bartolome UmbreteUmbrete23rd – 26th August
Cumbres de San Bartolome 19th – 23 August
Feria GuaroGuaro23rd – 26th August
Feria Real de Agusto AntequeraAntequera19th – 23rd August 2015
Feria AracenaArecena23rd – 27th August
Alcala de los Gazules26th – 30th August
Coto de Bornos27th – 30th August
Feria y Fiesta San Agustin Hinojosa del DuqueHinojosa del Duque4th – 8th September
Real Feria y Fiestas de San AgustinGuadix27th August – 1st September
Olvera28th – 31st August
Feria MarchenaMarchena30th August – 2nd September
Ubrique30 August – 8th September
Feria RealPriego de Córdoba1st – 5th September
Villaluenga del Rosario4th – 8th September
Chipioina4th – 8th September
Conil4th – 8th September
Fiestas de las Angustias AyamonteCórdoba5th – 9th September
Huelva5th – 9th September
Alcala del Rio5th – 9th September
Baza5th  – 15th September
Mijas6th – 11th September
 Feria RealTarifa6th – 13th September
Ecija11th – 16th September
Ubrique10th – 13th September
Bornos10th – 13th September
Fiesta Nacional de la VendimiaJerez10th – 15th September
Lebrija12th – 16th September
Villanueva del Trabuco11th – 15th September
Moron de la Frontera13th – 16th September
Carrion de los Cespedes13th – 16th September
Villamartin20th – 24th September
Feria de San Miguel, UbedaÚbeda28th September – 4th October
Torremolinos25th – 29th September
30th September – 4th October
Fuengirola6th – 12th October
Feria de Nstra. Sra. del RosarioMontoro7th – 12th October
Feria de NerjaNerja8th – 12th October
Feria y FiestasOjen8th – 12th October
Jaen13th – 19th October
San Pedro14th – 19th October

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