Summer 2021 is set to be a summer like no other! As Covid-19 restrictions are slowly lifted across Spain, Spanish citizens, Britons living in Spain and visitors alike are all looking forward to letting their hair down, throwing open their front doors and enjoying a summer of fun. Of course, social distancing and limited crowd numbers will still be a reality in our day-to-day lives, but many Spanish event organisers have worked around these restrictions with plans to host events that are Covid safe whilst still being as fun as ever. Now is the perfect time to start planning ahead and booking some events for summer 2021. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive list of some of the biggest and best Costa Del Sol events already planned for Summer 2021:
1st May - Fuengirola International Fair
Over the long May Day weekend, the Fuengirola tourism board still plans to host the Fuengirola International Fair, with the intention of creating awareness of the customs, folklore, gastronomy and cultural, historical and tourist attractions that the town has to offer. Many of the events surrounding this international festival will be hosted online, as well as in the flesh, providing a wonderful taster for tourists hoping to visit Spain this summer to find out more about this culturally rich part of the world. The event is hosted at the permanent Fuengirola fairground, and entrance is free.
15th May – Night in White
Night in white, or Noche en Blanco, is one of Malaga's most important cultural events. The city’s museums and galleries open up their doors throughout the evening (from 7pm to 2am) and the city’s streets are full of people enjoying the very best of the culture that the city has to offer. From guided tours to your favourite exhibitions, you are able to see the city from a unique, nighttime perspective.
19th June – 28th August – Marbella Starlite Festival
Marbella’s Starlite Festival is the largest cultural event of its kind in the region, and comprises of a series of concerts held at the city’s open-air auditorium, Auditorio de Marbella. The festival has been hosted here every year since 2012, and is now recognised as one of Spain’s leading music festivals. The organisers of the event have already confirmed that it will go ahead this year. 2021 will see 46 confirmed acts performing at the auditorium across the summer so far, although as restrictions lift, we may see a few additional acts added. Some of the stand-out international acts that will take to the stage this year include Classical group El Divo and pop star Tom Jones.
30th June - 3rd July - Torre del Mar Beach festival
The Torre del Mar Beach festival is incredibly popular because it offers performances from multiple music genres. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for pop, punk, rock, reggae, or something in between, it’s likely that you’ll find it here. The lineup for the 2021 event has been confirmed, and the organisers are such that it will be able to go ahead. With over 50 bands on the billing, you’re sure to be entertained.
15th July- 20th August - Clubs Complete Summer Camp at Laude
If you have children aged between 4 and 12 and are looking for ways to entertain them this summer, or simply want to know that they’re safe and supervised so that you can continue to go to work, then Laude San Pedro International College in Marbella is running a host of fun events as part of their summer camp this summer. From learning circus skills to practicing TikTok dances, trying their hand at baking to discovering how to perform magic, there’s something for everyone.
Prices are 180€ with lunch included and 140 without lunch. Each session runs from 9.30 - 15.00h. You can find out more and book a space for your child here.
16th July - Virgen del Carmen Procession
Each year in Fuengirola, the Virgen del Carmen is honoured with a beautiful and touching procession that is well worth witnessing. Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen, and so the fishermen of this maritime village carry a figure of the Virgen del Carmen into the sea, where she is surrounded by hundreds of floating flowers; it’s a wonderful visual feast, and is also incredibly moving. This event takes place on the afternoon of the 16th July every year.
25th July –29th August – Ocean Club Marbella’s Champagne Parties
Ocean Club Marbella is famed for its legendary champagne parties, which take place throughout the summer months. These daytime party offer exactly what you’d expect: champagne, access to your own sun bed or lounger, and a party atmosphere thanks to the in-house DJ. Prices start from €120, which includes General Entrance and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot 0,75l to be consumed on the property.
For 2021 the parties will be held on 27th June, 25th July and 29th August and many tourists arrange the dates of their holidays to ensure they will be in Marbella on one of these dates.
15th August 2021 - Feria de Málaga
The Malaga August fair (Feria de Málaga) is one of the biggest and most important events in the town and celebrates the incorporation of Malaga into the Kingdom of Castile by the Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs), who entered the city on 19 August 1487. In real terms, it is an opportunity to see fireworks, watch the parades and processionals, enjoy local food and drinks, and generally soak up the party atmosphere. The Bullring of Málaga, known as ‘La Malagueta’, also hosts bull fights throughout this event, if you’ve always wanted to see a traditional Spanish bull fight.
21st August 2021 - Ultra Beach Festival
If you haven’t already heard of Ultra Beach, then you need to know that this is one of the most famous dance music festivals in the world. Hosted within the walls of Marenostrum Castle Park in Malaga, which is set by the sea, this is an electronic music and EDM festival. You’ll find the world’s biggest DJs and spectacular stage set ups, with what are considered to be the best audio-visual productions of any music festival around the world.
Not much is known about Ultra Beach 2021 yet: the date has been announced but the lineup hasn’t, thanks to the uncertainties surrounding all large-scale events because of the coronavirus. Whilst tickets for Ultra Beach are also to be released, you can find out more, and join the waiting list, here.
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