If you live in Granada or are planning your visit this perpetual or evergreen list of activities may help you plan ahead.

This Granada calendar includes the main festivities and most popular dates in the annual agenda. Dates may change slightly as some celebrations may move to the weekend.

January

  • 2nd January Dia de la Toma. Commeration of the conquest of the kingdom of Granada by the Catholic kings.  This controversial ceremony is at the Town Hall (photo above) in Plaza del Carmen.
  • 1st-5th January Nativity scenes can be found around the city & province. Read more here: Ruta de Belenes
  • 6th January Three Kings parade. The Magi arrive throwing sweets from their colourful carriages. This parade sets off from Rector Lopez Argueta and heads along Gran Via into centre of town. Times and exact route are published in local newspapers/online press the day before. Be careful of people with stepladders and umbrellas!
  • Ski season at Sierra Nevada Pradallano. Read more here.  (Resort is usually open from the end of November until Mid April)
  • Foodie tip: Try Roscon de Reyes on 3rd-6th Jan or the hearty bean stew Olla de San Anton on 17th January

February

  • 1st Sunday in February Romeria de San Cecilio in Sacromonte district on the nearest Sunday to the date. Procession up to Sacromonte Abbey.
  • Ski season at Sierra Nevada Pradallano. Read more here. (Resort is usually open from the end of November until Mid April)
  • Foodie tip: Find Cuajada de Carnaval in Cake shops in February.

March

April

  • 17th April Capitulations of Santa Fé – Medieval Market & activities
  • Easter processions and activities. Read more here> Easter in Spain
  • Foodie tip Easter treats such as Pestiños, Roscos and Buñuelos can be found in bakeries.

May

  • Cruces de Mayo or May Crosses, in Granada and it´s province. The main day is 3rd May but on all week.  Read more here: The Crosses of May  Want to know what to wear? Read this> Tips for a Spanish Fiesta
  • Granada Shopping night is held in May. This special night sees the shops stay open one Friday night until 11pm. There are discounts, catwalk shows, DJ´s and other things going on too. Keep your eyes out for the posters in the week running up to the event. (last one was on Fri 31st May 2014)
  • Last weekend in May? Horses, Oxen and colourful Carriages leave Granada. See them parade through the city on their way to El Rocio in Huelva.  (Photo  above)
  • Foodie tip Try Fresh local Asparagus from Huetor Tajar. Only in season April & May.

June

  • 19th June Fiestas of Corpus Christi - The main festival in Granada. A fairground is set up near to Granada Bus Station. This last almost 10 days. Part of the celebrations include a parade know as La Tarasca. There are Cartoon known as Carocas hung up around the BibRambla square.
    If you head to the fair go at lunchtime and enjoy the atmosphere . Want to know what to wear? Read this> Tips for a Spanish Fiesta
  • 24th June On the shortest night celebrate the Fiesta del Agua in Lanjaron. A huge water fight at midnight happens on the main street of the Alpujarra town.
  • Foodie tip Try the Cassata ice cream from Los italianos on Gran Via.

July

  • Flamenco Festival at Corral del Carbon Dates in June and July.
  • The International Dance & Music Festival runs from End of June until Mid July. Buy tickets early.
  • Foodie tip: Try the fruity Tropical Salad, made with local avocado and oranges.

August

  • First weekend in August in the Alpujarra village of Los Berchules. They celebrate New year eating grapes and it feels like Christmas in Summertime.
  • Head to the beach. It´s going to be hot!  Popular spots are Almuñecar, Salobreña and La Herradura.
  •  Foodie tip: Find a street vendor selling Prickly pears or Chumbos and try them.

September

  • 15th September  From 6pm onwards. See the Floral offering to the Virgen de las Angustias Patron of Granada. Next to El Cortes Ingles and Fuente de las Batallas.
  • Last Sunday in September. Procession of Virgen de las Angustias through the city. Typical ´Torta de la Virgen´ pastries are sold in Puerta Real.
  • Last weekend of September or 30th September. Procession of San Miguel in Albaicin district up to Ermita de San Miguel. (photo below) Leaves from San Miguel Church in High part of Albaicin in the morning.
  • Foodie tip Try local Seasonal Fruit such as Pomegranates or Quince.

San Miguel Procession Granada Spain – Sept 2012 in Albaicin district

October

  • 12th October 6.30pm Procession of the Virgen del Rosario. Leaves from Saint Domingo Church (Realejo)  Also on the 12th October in Spain is the Day of Hispanidad. This celebration is linked to the discovering of America and is celebrated throughout Spain. A church service is held in the Royal Chapel in Granada on that day.
  • La Noche en Blanco Granada is 19th October a cultural event throughout the whole night.
  • Foodie tip : Roasted chestnuts, find them sold by vendors in city centre streets in Autumn

November

  • Granada Jazz Festival in different locations each November. Concerts in Granada city, the Alpujarra and Almuñecar too. Official website here
  • Ski season at  Sierra Nevada Pradallano. Read more here. (Resort is usually open from the end of November until Mid April)
  • Pasarela Fortuny – Granada Fashion Show is held every November showcasing local designers.
  • Foodie tip Try Chocolate and Churros at Café Futbol (Plaza Mariana Pineda)

December

  • 5th December onwards Nativity scenes can be found around the city. Read more here: Ruta de Belenes
  • 26th December Church service and bell ringing at Church Virgen de las Angustias (Next to El Cortes Ingles) A service to bless the Granada against Earthquakes. (read more about Seismic activity in the province here)
  • 31st December New Year celebrations at Granada Town Hall from 11pm onwards.
  • Ski season at Sierra Nevada Pradallano. Read more here. (Resort is usually open from the end of November until Mid April)
  • Foodie tip Typical Marzipan figures and Almond turron sold at Christmastime.