Events in September in Spain

Where to Catch all the Best Fiestas in Spain in September

Feste de Merce, Barcelona
••• Feste de Merce, Barcelona. Davidlohr Bueso/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

September is one of the best months to visit Spain, particularly because the weather is starting to get cooler and there will be slightly fewer tourists than in July and August. Catalonia is probably the best place to visit in Spain in September, with the Festa de la Merce in Barcelona and the Festa de Santa Tecla in Tarragona.

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Festival Highlights in September

My top picks for events in Spain in September:

  1. San Sebastian Film Festival in San Sebastian
  2. Rioja Grape Harvest Festival in Logroño.
  3. Festa de la Mercè in Barcelona
  4. Birraso Beer Festival in Barcelona
  5. Festa de Santa Tecla in Tarragona

Grape Stomping in Spain in September

Grape stomping, the traditional treading on grapes in wine production, usually takes place in late September or early to mid-October. Organizing your own grape stomping trip is difficult, but possible. Read more about Grape Stomping in Spain.

Complete List of Festivities

Note: these dates are liable to vary slightly each year. Check exact dates in local press.

  • August 19 - September 3, 2014
    Event Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos
    Where? Caudete (Albacete).
    What? Moors and Christians festival.
  • Usually first full weekend of September
    Event Fiestas del Motín
    Where? Aranjuez (Madrid)
    What? Re-enactment of a local peasants' rebellion in 1808.
     
  • September 2-October 11, 2014 .
    Event Fiesta de la Vendimia
    Where? Jerez
    What? Grape harvest festival and celebration of the newly-ready local wines.
     
  • September 4-9, 2014 (dates TBC)
    Event Feria de Mijas
    Where? Mijas, Andalusia
    What? Local festivities.
     
  • September 6, 2014
    Event Bullfighting festival

    Where? Utrera
    What? A part of Utrera's local celebrations.
  • September 6-13, 2014
    Event 
    Bullfighting
    Where? Madrid
    What? Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014
  • September 7-17, 2014 (dates TBC) 
    Event  Festival in Albacete
    Where? Albacete, a couple of hours west of Valencia and Alicante.
    What? Local festivities.
     
  • September 8-14, 2014
    Event Entrada de toros y caballos
    Where? Segorbe near Valencia
    What? Taunting of bulls by men on horses. Yeah, I know.

     

  • September 8-12, 2014 
    Event Jornadas de Guitarra
    Where? Denia, near Valencia.
    What? Guitar concerts
     
  • September 8-21, 2014
    Event Fiesta de la Virgen de la Vega.
    Where? Salamanca
    What?
    Local festivities.

  • September 9, 2014 (Tuesday of the second week of September)
    Event Toro de la Vega
    Where? Tordesillas (Valladolid)
    What? A particularly nasty festival in which a bull is sacrificed in the streets of Tordesillas. The festival predates bullfighting as we know it today by a number of years.
     
  • September 11, 2014 (same dates every year)
    Event Diada de Catalunya
    Where? Barcelona and throughout Catalonia
    What? Catalonia's national day commemmorates their defeat to Castillian forces in the 18th century. Expect partying and nationalist propaganda in equal measure.
     
  • September 11-16, 2014
    Event Madrid Fashion Week 
    Where? Madrid
    What? Fashion shows.
     
  • September 12- October 5, 2014
    Event 
    Bienal de Flamenco,
    Where? Seville
    What? Important flamenco festival. Festival is every two years, in even years. (2012, 2014, etc).
     
  • September 14, 2014
    Event  Fiesta de la Vendimia
    Where? Villabuena de Álava, Basque Country
    What? Grape harvest festival.

     

  • September 14, 2014 (closest Sunday to September 14 every year)
    Event Mojiganga
    Where?  Graus, Aragon
    What? Local festivities.
     
  • September 15, 2014
    Event Fiesta de la Vendimia
    Where? Ainzón, Zaragoza
    What? The Campo de Borja wine region has its grape harvest festival, with plenty of grape stomping, starting around midday.
     
  • September 18, 2014
    Event Fashion's Night Out
    Where? Madrid
    What? The chic shops of the Barrio de Salamanca and calle Fuencarral open their doors for longer and offer discounts.
     
  • September 18-22, 2014 
    Event Real Feria y Fiesta de la Vendimia (in Spanish)
    Where? La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Andalusia.
    What? One of the oldest grape harvest festivals in Spain.
     
  • September 19, 2014
    Event Día de América
    Where? Asturias, Oviedo (Asturias)
    What? Celebration of the emmigrants who left Oviedo for the New World.

     

  • September 19-21, 2014
    Event Festibike 
    Where? Madrid
    What? Bike festival. Includes a nighttime cycle, a loop-the-loop you can try out and a BMX freestyle practice area.
     
  • September 19-24, 2014
    Event Festa de la Mercè
    Where? Barcelona
    What? Local festival, one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Barcelona.

     

  • September 19-27, 2014
    Event San Sebastián International Film Festival
    Where? San Sebastián
    What? Spain's biggest film festival.

     

  • The week of September 21, 2014
    Event Fiestas de la Vendimia Riojana
    Where? Logroño (La Rioja)
    What? Wine harvest festival. Yup, that means more grape stomping.

     

  • September 21, 2014
    Event Bullfighting in Madrid
    Where? Madrid.
    What? Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014

     

  • September 24, 2014 (and the week leading up to this date) 
    Event Festa de Santa Tecla
    Where? Tarragona, Catalonia
    What?  Castellets (human castle building) and other local festivities. The 22nd and 23rd are the biggest days.
     
  • September 25-28, 2014
    Event Hay Festival Segovia
    Where?
    Segovia, near Madrid.
    What? The Spanish leg of the world famous literary festival. 
     

  • September 28, 2014
    Event Bullfighting in Madrid
    Where? Madrid
    What? Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014

     

  • September 28, 2014 (Last Sunday of September)
    Event Día de Campóo
    Where? Reinosa (Cantabria)
    What? Local festivities, known as the Fiestas de San Mateo.


    See also:

  • August Festivals in Spain
  • October Festivals in Spain