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July Fair

July Fair

In July Valencia gets ready to hold its traditional July Fair. The city organises a month of activities, filling the streets with colour, outdoor concerts and firework displays on the seafront. There is also time for culture, with a night when the museums are open until dawn and a spectacular Battle of Flowers as a grand finale. During the festival, Valencia vibrates to the sound of jazz, pop, and rock, and smells of gunpowder, roses and daisies.

The festival was held for the first time on 21 July 1871, with a fabulous parade, pavilions, exhibitions of plants and many products for sale. Over the years, the Festival gradually came to coincide with the harvest. Exhibitions of produce and livestock were held in a festive ambience, with dancing and evening entertainment in the pavilions set up for the Festival. 

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE JULY FAIR PROGRAMME HERE

Find all the information on the July Fair
at www.feriadejulio.com

JULY FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Concerts in the Viveros Gardens

During Valencia's July Festival, the Viveros Gardens are transformed into a vast outdoor concert hall with performances by the best Spanish and international bands.

Flower Battle

The Flower Battle was established in 1891. It is held on the last Sunday of July, when a bloodless battle of flowers is fought between young ladies atop floats and the expectant crowds below. Thousands of marigolds fly through the air for nearly an hour, leaving a stunningly beautiful multicolour carpet of flowers on the ground. It is a very special and recommendable grand finale for those who have never experienced it before.

La Gran Nit de Juliol

Another event not to be missed during the Fair is the Gran Nit de Juliol, with musical performances in many spots in the city, paella tastings and the museums open until dawn. Culture and flavour invade the city's streets in a festive summer ambience that is very Mediterranean.

City of Valencia International Music Band Contest

The International Music Band Contest, instituted in 1886, takes place in the second fortnight of July. The Palau de la Música hosts the unique and prestigious Contest.

Fireworks displays

The July Festival cannot be conceived of without the spectacular fireworks displays, lit by the best fireworks technicians. The marvellous environs of the Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is the place chosen for the fireworks, which are lit at midnight on each Saturday of the month. Valencia invites you to experience magic nights by the sea watching unrivalled fireworks displays.   

Bullfights

Bullfights take place in the second fortnight of July, during what was formerly known as the San Jaime Fair. The Valencian public's enthusiasm for bullfights is evidenced by the top names in bullfighting lined up by the organisers.

Jazz Festival in the Palau de la Música

Coinciding with the July Fair, Valencia holds a Jazz Festival in the Palau de la Música, with its legendary jam sessions and a free concert in the Palau Gardens to open the festival.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE JULY FAIR PROGRAMME HERE

Find all the information on the July Fair
at www.feriadejulio.com

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