Events in Spain in August

What's Happening in Spain in August?

Typical scene at the Tomatina Tomato Fight
••• Typical scene at the Tomatina Tomato Fight. Graham McLellan/Creative Commons

August is one of the most action packed months in Spain, despite the fact that it is so hot in much of the country.

See also: August Weather in Spain

Best Festivals in Spain in August

  1. Tomatina Tomato Fight near Valencia
  2. Semana Grande in San Sebastian and Bilbao.
  3. Feria de Malaga
  4. Gracia Festival in Barcelona
  5. Fiesta de Lavapies in Madrid
  6. Catoira Viking Festival in Galicia

See also: Where to Go in Spain in August

Throughout August

Nocturama

When Throughout August
Where? Seville
What? Contemporary art festival.

Festival Internacional de Santander

When? Throughout August
Where? Santander, in the north of Spain
What? Theater and music festival.

Beach Horse Racing

When? Second and Fourth Weekends of August
Where? San Lucar Barrameda, Andalusia
What? Horse racing! On the beach!

Early August

Somontano Wine Festival

When?Late July-Early August
Where? Barbastro, Aragon.
What? Celebrating local wines.

Cante de las Minas

When? Early August
Where? La Union, Murcia
What? Flamenco festival

Cantabria day

When? Early August
Where? Cabezon de la Sal, Cantabria
What? Local celebrations.

Festival de Musica de Cadaques

When? First Two Weeks of August
Where? Cadaques, Catalonia
What? Music festival.

Descenso del Sella

When? Mid-August
Where? Asturias
What? Famous canoe and kayak race

New Year's Eve in August

When? First Saturday in August
Where? Granada
What? A second New Year's Eve, in the middle of the summer!

Viking Festival

When? First Sunday of August every year.
Where? Catoira, Galicia
What? Celebrates the defense of Galicia against the vikings.

La Traida del Agua 

When? First or second weekend of August (sources vary - ask locally)
Where? Lomo Magullo, Telde (Gran Canaria)
What? A water fight! See a video of the Traida del Agua water fight.

Bullfighting in Madrid.

When? Every Sunday
Where? Madrid.
What? Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014. See also Madrid Weather in August 

Fiesta de la Virgen Blanca

When? August 4-9 
Where? Vitoria, Basque Country 
What? A festival of bullfighting and fireworks. Gigantones, a style of band peculiar to the region, will be out in force.

San Lorenzo festival

When? August 8-11 (dates TBC)
Where? Lavapies, Madrid.
What? Local festivities.

Dreambeach

When? Mid-August
Where? Almeria.
What? Dance and hip-hop festival.

Feria de Malaga

When?August 16-23
Where? Malaga
What? One of the biggest parties in Andalusia. Flamenco, dancing (and flamenco dancing!), bullfighting, fireworks and general partying in the street.

Bullrunning in Chinchon

When? Mid-August
Where? Chinchon, near Madrid.
What? Pamplona-style bull run. Dates tend to be the same each year.

Fiestas de Agosto

When? August 13-19
Where? Toledo
What?
Local festivities.

Gracia festival

When? August 15-21
Where? The Gracia district of Barcelona
What? Fireworks, children's drawing contests, dancing, drinking and more in Gracia's festival. Dates tend to stay more or less the same. See also Barcelona Weather in August.

Fiesta de Agua

When? August 16
Where? Vilagarcia de Arousa
What? Giant water fight. Note that the town is sometimes spelt as Villagarcia (with two l's). Same date every year.

Rototom Sunsplash

When? Mid August
Where? Benicassim
What? Reggae festival.

Festa Major de Sants

When? August 23-30
Where? Sants/Montjuic area of Barcelona.
What? Local festivities.

Noches del Alcazar

When? August throughout the month
Where? Seville
What? Classical and traditional music concerts in the gardens of the Alcazar.

Semana Grande

When? August 16-24, 2013 (dates TBC)
Where? Bilbao and San Sebastian
What? What goes on at Semana Grande? What doesn't go on? The biggest festival in the region, with local traditional music and dancing as well as the the Bilbao Strong Man competition and an Ugly Competition. The event is known as Aste Nagusia in Basque.

 Read about Semana Grande in San Sebastian.

Vuelta a España

When? August 23 - September 14 (dates approx)
Where? Stages take place largely in the north of Spain (Galicia, Navarra, Basque Country and Catalonia) and around Madrid.
What? Spain's version of the Tour de France. Dates vary year to year but tend to straddle August and September.

Tomatina Tomato Fight

When? Fourth Wednesday of August
Where? Bunyol (Buñol), near Valencia.
What? The world's most famous food fight.

Festa Major de Vilafranca del Penedés

When? 29 August - September 2
Where? Vilafranca, Catalonia
What? Castells (human castle-building) and more traditional festivities.