Fiesta de las Cuadrillas, Barranda, Murcia (January 23rd - 25th)
Musical bands or "cuadrillas" from around Spain take part in this annual music events with performers taking over streets and plazas around the southeastern village. There are various "battles" between the bands throughout the fest as well as exhibits about folklore and music.
'Botillo' Festival, Bembibre, León (January 30th)
Photo: Jose Gonzalvo Vivas / Flickr Creative Commons.
Carnivorous fans of cured meat looking for a Spanish dish other than jamón should consider this local specialty - botillo, a meat-stuffed pork intestine. The festival kicks off at the end of January and continues through February with a public gala celebrating the beloved meat.
Great New Year Concert: Strauss Festival Orchestra, Madrid (January 8th and 9th)
Photo: Strauss Festival Orchestra.
Madrid kicks off the new year with a celebration of Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. The Strauss Festival Orchestra will honour the "Waltz King" and his classics like the Blue Danube.
Canary Islands International Music Festival, Canary Islands (January 8th - February 12th)
The whole archipelago will be filled with classical music throughout January when the 32nd annual International Music Festival takes place. A total of 45 concerts will showcase accomplished pianists, chamber orchestras, renowned singers and international choral groups including the Vienna Boys Choir.
The Triumph of Colour: From Van Gogh to Matisse, Barcelona (ends January 10th)
Tamborrada Drum Parade, San Sebastián (January 19th - 20th)