What’s on in Spain: June

Still not booked up for June? The Local has rounded up a list of some of the best events in Spain, with everything from a flamenco festival to an international sherry week to the Catalonia Motorcyle Gran Prix.

What's on in Spain: June
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Cultural events

Corpus Christi (Toledo, Castile—La Mancha): June 19th

One of the oldest and most important religious festivals in Toledo mixes singing, aromatic smells and spiritual devoutness in a spectacular solemn procession. Corpus Christi is celebrated all around Spain so you might also want to check out what's going on where you live.  

La Patum de Berga (Berga, Catalonia): June 18th-22nd

This Unesco-listed festival coincides with Corpus Christi where the town of Berga in Catalonia becomes filled with theatrical representations, characters and figures. It all culminates with the salto de plens an event that takes place at night where one hundred representations of the devil are lit on fire and jump to the rhythm of the music to represent an infernal orgy. 

Battle of Wine (Haro, La Rioja): June 29th

A town in the province of La Rioja hosts a festival on the feast of San Pedro where after mass a peaceful battle begins where litres and litres of wines are thrown on participants on either side of the battle.

Paso del Fuego (San Pedro Manrique, Castile and León): June 23rd

Every year on June 23rd a town in Castille-Leon prepare a ritual where twelve men, generally carrying someone on their backs walk across a path of burning coal. The festivals origins are unknown but it is said that only locals can walk across the coal without getting burned.

Pride Barcelona: June 27th-29th

The sixth edition of Barcelona's gay pride will have its most fun-packed schedule from the 27th to the 29th but the entire festival lasts from the 19th to the 29th.

Mojácar Moors and Christians festival (Mojácar Andalusia): 6th-8th June (in Spanish

Watch on as men and women reenact the historic battles between the Moorish and Christian soldiers in the 13th century over the rule of Spain. There's plenty of other fun stuff including food, dancing, and drinks, of course.

Music events

Suma Flamenco (Madrid and surrounds): June 4th to July 3rd (In Spanish)

This month-long Flamenco extravaganza showcases many of the biggest names in flamenco, with music, dance and signing taking centre stage at venues all around Madrid and further afield in the Community of Madrid.   

Sónar Festival (Barcelona): June 12th-14th

This festival in Barcelona is for music lovers looking for new progressive sounds from international artists of the electronic music scene. The festival has a wide range of activities, DJ sessions, concerts, and multimedia art exhibitions.

Dia de la Musica y Subterfuge (Madrid): June 20th-21st (In Spanish)

This music festival which is celebrated in the Matadero in Madrid is called “The Big Stereoparty,” so expect some big sounds. There are twenty-five artists on the line-up with more that have yet to be confirmed.

Azkena Rock Festival (Vitoria): June 20th-21st

This rock festival in the Basque Country is renowned for bringing in great bands, this year the main headliners are Scorpions and Blondie.

Rolling Stones Concert (Madrid): June 25th

The Stones are coming to Spain, in a massive already sold-out concert in Madrid´s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Sporting events

Motocross: Red Bull X Fighters (Madrid): June 27th

The “Red Bull X Fighters” championship of freestyle motocross comes to Madrid in the Plaza de Toros Las Ventas. It's a chance to see  the best of the best in the world of motocross with their tricks, flips, and twists.

Catalonia Motorcycle Gran Prix (Barcelona): June 13th-15th

In the first two days you can see the training sessions and classifying races for Sunday´s big race.

Food and drink festivals

International Sherry Week (Jerez): June 2nd-8th

This week long celebration of Sherry, the fortified wine which was invented in Jerez brings lovers of wine from all over the world. This particular year the festival coincides with Jerez winning the title of, European Wine City 2014.

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In Pictures: Spain’s Fallas festival returns after pandemic pause

Valencia's Fallas festival wrapped up with fireworks and the burning of colourful sculptures on Sunday after returning to the eastern Spanish city following a pandemic-induced hiatus.

In Pictures: Spain's Fallas festival returns after pandemic pause
Ninots (cardboard effigies) burn as one installation of the Fallas Festival is set alight in Valencia on September 5, 2021. Photos: José Jordan/AFP

The five-day festival is traditionally held in March but was cancelled last year as the Covid-19 pandemic swept Spain. This year, officials postponed the start of the UNESCO-recognised event until September 1st.

It was the first time that the festival was suspended since the end of Spain’s 1936-39 Civil War.

Each year, residents make hundreds of colourful puppet-like sculptures — some as big as a four-storey building — out of wood, plaster and papier-mache for the festival.

Called “ninots”, the sculptures depict fairytale characters and cartoonish effigies of politicians and celebrities.

One ensemble from this year’s event was inspired by the hit Spanish Netflix series “Money Heist”. It depicted several people wearing red overalls and Salvador Dali face masks like the main characters in the show.

The ninots are displayed in the streets of the Mediterranean city and then burned on the last day of the festival — in a bonfire called the “Cremà” — in a centuries-old tradition honouring St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.

Fireworks lit up the night sky as this year’s bonfire, which features about 750 sculptures, was held without the thousands of spectators that the event usually draws.

The bonfire was brought forward by two hours to allow festivities to end before a nightly virus curfew came into effect at 1:00 am (2300 GMT).

After much debate a customary flower offering to the Virgin Mary was allowed to proceed — but without people lining the route, as is tradition.

“These are not Fallas as such, more like Fallas-related events that comply with health regulations,” said Valencia mayor Joan Ribo.

The Fallas festival is believed to have originated from pagan rituals marking the end of winter.

The pandemic has forced the cancellation of many of Spain’s most famous fiestas, including Pamplona’s bull-running festival and Seville’s Holy Week processions.