5th January 2018: Three Kings Parade
The classic Spanish celebration of Epiphany is one of Valencia’s biggest festivals. The floats carrying the three kings and their helpers throw candy to children and their families as they processes along the Turia Gardens starting at the City of Arts and Sciences, before heading into the historic centre to end up at the Plaça de l’Ajuntament.
22nd January 2018: San Vicente Mártir
One of the city's more traditional holidays, this honours Valencia’s patron saint with a religious procession throughout the historic centre.
8th – 15th February 2018: Carnaval
Pick out a crazy costume and join the festivities! With a series of parades, called ruas, throughout the city, you can also enjoy free concerts in the streets, parties and costume contests.
15th – 19th March 2018: Les Falles
Valencia’s most important festival and one of the most curious in the world, Les Falles is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The first step in the festival is the placing of hundreds of falles (elaborate papier-mâché sculptures) around the city. Take pictures of as many as you can as they won’t last long! On the festival’s final night (la cremà), the sculptures are all set fire to except the winning falla. These incredible blazes and the festive atmosphere make this a night you’ll never forget!
25th March – 1st April 2018: Holy Week
Although more heavily celebrated in southern Spain, Valencia also holds its own daily religious processions during the week leading up to Easter. Watch one for a truly unique cultural experience.
23rd – 24th June 2018: Night of San Juan
To mark the start of summer, Valencians head to the seaside for evening picnics, beach bonfires, fireworks and dancing until sunrise. This is a truly magical night!
1st – 31st July 2018: July fair
What’s not to love about a month-long summer festival? Check out the feria de julio agenda for events ranging from free concerts al fresco to pop-up markets, food and wine tastings, a travelling amusement park and more.
22nd July 2018: The flower battle
The pinnacle of Valencia’s July Festival is without a doubt the famous batalla de las flores. The parade, made up of 30-odd floats, processes past the Turia Gardens, filling the street with a sunset-coloured blanket of carnations. Buy a seat so you can truly enjoy this floral festival!
16th August – 22nd August 2018: Rototom SunSplash, the European Reggae Festival
Europe’s biggest reggae festival is held in Benicàssim, just over an hour by train up the coast from Valencia. Music lovers, don’t miss this one!
29th August 2018: La Tomatina
Held in the tiny town of Buñol located an hour by train or half hour by car from Valencia, this is Spain’s most famous festival after the Running of the Bulls. Participants, all dressed in white, spend about an hour chucking tomatoes at each other in this squishy battle. As the festival has gained in international popularity and the capacity is limited inside this small town, you’ll need to get a ticket if you hope to see La Tomatina close up!