It’s time to welcome the summer in the city of Valencia! With the annual July Fair coming up, the city is preparing for some very colourful festivities.
Valencia is a vibrant place to visit all year round, with festivals such as Las Fallas and La Tomatina bringing out the joyful spirit across the region. The July Fair provides another excuse to enjoy this buzzing and beautiful location, with a month-long program of activities and events in celebration of all things summer. With music, fireworks and plenty of food and drink, this is the perfect event for all the family.
The origins of the July Fair date back to 1871, when the festival lasted for just one day and was dedicated to showcasing and selling flowers and local produce. Its popularity has grown over the years to become the legendary, highly anticipated event that it is today.
Music will play a large role in the fair, with Valencia’s expansive green parks playing host to a range of rock, jazz, dance and folk concerts. The beautiful backdrop of the Viveros Gardens will hold a series of concerts during the summer nights. The impressive line-up includes Roger Hodgson (of Supertramp fame) on 7th July and Spanish singer Melendi on the 11th, who will bring his unique blend of pop, rock and rumba to the mix.
If jazz music is more to your taste, the Palau de la Musica is the setting for the city’s 19th Jazz Festival. Held from 2-15 July, this is a real sensory experience with traditional jam sessions and free concerts taking place in the palace’s gardens.
Just around the corner from the Palau, film fanatics are also in for a treat, with a series of films being screened in a stunning al fresco setting. Until 12th July, the 500-seater outdoor cinema located within the city’s famous Turia Gardens will celebrate all things international film, with popcorn, soft drinks and beer provided to complete the experience.
The Spanish people love to make a lot of noise when they celebrate and in the true spirit of this tradition, there will be a huge fireworks display on the Royal Marina on every Saturday throughout July. Kicking off at midnight, the display will illuminate Valencia’s seafront in a spectacular fashion. If the kids are just not able to stay up that late, then the funfair and Ferris wheel in the Turia Gardens will surely entertain earlier in the day.
Another highlight of the month is the Big Night; during the weekend of 14-15 July, there will be 25 music acts performing on 30 stages across the city until the early hours. Museums will also stay open late on the Big Night weekend and there will be many food stalls popping up over town, serving tasty fare well into the night.
If you’re looking for a lot of colour, fun, dancing and food, head to Valencia next month. We promise that you won’t be disappointed!