Life in Spain is beginning to look more and more normal, and that is certainly cause for celebration! With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted across the nation, many festival and event organisers are choosing to go ahead with their events (with some safety measures in place) to allow Spain’s residents and visitors to enjoy a host of traditional and cultural events this autumn.
Are you ready to get back out there and have some fun? Then here is a list of all the great events that are taking place across Spain this month:
Octubre Romano, Carmona: October 2nd-31st
History buffs will be delighted to hear that the town of Carmona, which is situated near Seville, is taking the opportunity to celebrate its rich Roman heritage this month. The Octubre Romano event will feature visits to the town's Roman artefacts, exhibitions and other fun and cultural activities. If you have an interest in Roman history, then there’s no better place to be!
Festa do Marisco, O Grove: October 3rd-12th
Seafood fans will understand (whilst others will only marvel in confusion) the excitement that the world’s most famous seafood festival is back! The O Grove Seafood Festival in Galicia has been extended and will last for ten days this year. The event will feature live cooking demonstrations, seafood cooking competitions, and well as stalls where you can buy as much fresh seafood as you can carry.
Sitges Film Festival: October 7th-17th
The Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia may not be as famous as Cannes or Barcelona, but it is the biggest film festival in its niche. Sitges is home to one of the most significant fantasy film festivals in the world, and some of the best actors and directors in the industry will be there. You can book tickets to see both films and documentaries and, in a step towards covid safety, you can choose to watch these previews either in person or online.
Ibiza Nightclubs Will Reopen: October 8th
Party lovers rejoice! Having been closed for almost the entirety of the pandemic, the famous nightclubs of Ibiza will finally be reopening. The Balearics government have put some guidelines in place, including reduced capacity (of just 75%) and earlier opening hours of 5am. Masks must also be worn on the dance floor and social distancing rules will also need to be obeyed: but the headline is that the party can start again!
Warm Up Festival WARM, Murcia: October 8th-11th
On the subject of music, Ibiza won’t be having all the fun! Murcia’s Warm Up music festival is also back this year with a full line up including headliners such as Los Zigarros, La Casa Azul and Varry Brava. As you would expect, covid safety measures will be in place at the event. These will include having a ticket, covid digital certificate, and proof of a negative test result.
Fiestas del Pilar, Zaragoza: October 9th-17th
October is a key month for the nation’s Fiestas, and this month will see the long-awaited return of Zaragoza’s largest fiesta. The Fiestas del Pilar will feature art, music, and a huge abundance of delicious local food. Whilst the festival will be full of fun and excitement, many of its traditional elements have been either adapted or cancelled to ensure that this year’s event is as covid-safe as possible.
Feria y Fiestas de San Lucas de Jaén 2021: October 9th-19th
It isn’t just Zaragoza that is bringing back its autumn festival.Jaén’s main festival of San Lucas will also take place from October 9th-19th this year, although if you don’t book your tickets now you might be disappointed, because it is a ticketed-only event this year and places are limited. If you can’t get a ticket? Many of the events will be broadcast online and you can visit the festival virtually.
Fiesta Nacional de España: October 12th
Just as it is every year, Spain’s National day is on 12th October. If you’re lucky enough to be in Madrid then you can watch the military displays and air shows in person, but if not the events begin at 11am and are broadcast on national TV every year.
International Book Fair Madrid: October 13th-15th
Spain’s International Book Fair is an annual event that is hosted in either Madrid or Barcelona on an alternative basis. This year it will take place at the IFEMA in Madrid. You’ll find publishers, authors and book-enthusiasts from all over the world gathered here to celebrate Spanish literature, which makes this one of the country’s most significant events of the month.
Festival Benalfest 2021, Benalmádena: October 15th & 16th
Benalmadena's music festival Benalfest has an incredible line up for their comeback event, which includes Amaral, Scandinavia and Arde Bogotá. Music enthusiasts have already begun flocking to book their tickets, which can be purchased for each of the days of the event. As with all the events detailed on this list, Covid safety measures will be in place.
1001 Wedding Fair Madrid: October 15th-17th
If you can hear wedding bells for 2022 then now is the perfect time to start planning! Madrid’s 1001 Wedding Fair is one of the country's largest wedding fairs and is the perfect place to find everything you need for your perfect day. From dresses to invitations, wedding cakes and catering, you’ll find the nation’s best wedding vendors, all under one roof.
Patios de Otoño de Córdoba 2021: October 16th-17th & 23rd-24th
Córdoba’s Autumn Patios Festival is a uniquely Spanish event where residents open up their gardens and patios so that visitors can visit them. It is a great way to explore a hidden side of this beautiful town and it coincides with the Festival Flora and the Día de San Rafael which are also taking place in the city this month.
Barcelona Jazz Festival: October 20th 2021 – March 3rd 2022
Barcelona’s Jazz Festival starts this October but this long running event will see acts throwing concerts all the way until next March. Although the festival is a singular event, you will buy tickets for each concert separately. The acts involved in the festival this year include: Maria del Mar Bonet & Big Band Begues, Melissa Aldana Quartet, and the Chris Potter Trio. Buy tickets now, they often sell out quickly.
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