The July Fair is already one of the star attractions of the Valencia summer and the Gran Nit de Juliol is one of the most eagerly anticipated highlights of the month-long festival.
Traditionally held on the penultimate weekend of the month, the Gran Nit is a truly unmissable event. This year, the celebrations will begin on Saturday 18th July in the early evening and carry on across the city into the early hours of Sunday. The Gran Nit takes all the colour, music and joy of the July Fair and brings it together for a fantastic and extremely memorable celebration.
The medieval market will be open from 18:00 with live music to kick off the celebrations. It is often said that wherever you go in Valencia on the Gran Nit you will hear music, and this is one of the aspects that makes it such a special and joyful occasion.
On this legendary evening, many museums will leave their doors open to the public until late, including the Lonja, the Valencia History Museum, the Fallas Museum and the Almudín. It is truly magical to discover the many wonders of these atmospheric buildings in the dark of the night, in particular historic sites of the Lonja and the Almudín.
Dancing in the street
As one of the most popular of the evening, the colourful street parade will start from the Carrer de la Pau at 23:00 and wind its way through the city. You’ll be spoilt for choice already by this point, as 23:00 is also the time when there will be traditional Valencian folklore readings in the Plaza Ayuntamiento. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to head over to the Marina for midnight and witness the spectacular fireworks display light up the skies above the ocean.
Back in the centre of the city and the streets will be packed with celebrations and live music until the early hours. A packed live music schedule includes concerts from jazz ensembles, string quarters and pop bands. Classical music comes courtesy of the 4 Tenors, who will be singing at the Plaza de la Verge from 22.15 while the ‘Avatar’ orchestra will be playing an extended concert from midnight until the early hours in the Plaza Na Jordana.
Many of the most beautiful locations across the city will play host to live events throughout the night, with open-air concerts being held in the gardens of the Palau de la Musica and events taking place in the Central Market. For something a bit different, the Plaza del Pilar will play host to comedians Men In Coats from 22.15, while there will be a live show of hypnotism and impressions at 21.15 in the Plaza Redonda.
Wherever you are in Valencia on the evening of 18th July, you will be sure to find entertainment, whether that be live music, theatre, dance or fireworks. Just relax, enjoy and make the most of one of Valencia’s best-loved – and most enthusiastic – celebrations.