Not to be missed

January

January 5th - Eve of Epiphany: The traditional and colorful Three Wise Men parade passes through the streets of the city for about five hours delighting small, and not so small, with its shower of candy and gifts. Devised by the poet José María Izquierdo in 1918, it has been organized since then by the Ateneo, which each year designates who will play the Wise Men (Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar) from amongst the most important citizens in the social, political, economic and cultural city life.


February

Carnival: It may not have as much noise and bustle as in other cities, but there are numerous costume parties all throughout the weekend. The winning group from the Cadiz competition perfoms in the Plaza de San Francisco the day after the finals.

February 28th - Day of Andalusia: Open day in the Andalusian Parliament and presentation of the Medals of Andalusia in the Teatro de la Maestranza to the leading Andalusians in different areas.


March

March 9th to 31st - Ancient Music Festival: Seville has an appointment with the ancient music at FEMAS, a series of concerts that take place in some of the most emblematic and valuable corners of the city, including the Convent of Santa Clara, the Cathedral, the Convent of Santa Paula or the Church of Santa Ana.


April

April 1st to 8th - Easter: Spring brings the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ to Seville and Andalusia. Holy Week is considered one of the most popular celebrations of the city, with the strets crowded these days with the faithful and a lot of tourists. The Brotherhoods take their images of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ to the streets in processions. The images, which are of great artistic value, are carried on the shoulders of the bearers. Behind them, 'nazarenos', 'mantillas' and penitents parade to the sound of bugles and drums and beneath the sound of ‘saetas’, spontaneously sung from balconies. Essential.

April 24th to 29th - Fair: For one week, from turning on the 'alumbrao' on ‘Pescaíto Monday’ to the fireworks on Sunday, the people of Seville are mostly in the Fair, an alternative city, decorated with lanterns and streets with names of bullfighters. Through a huge gateway made of thousands of lightbulbs you get into the ‘Real’, a town with horse-drawn carriages, horsemen and women dressed in ‘gitana’ costumes, and built by hundreds of ‘casetas'. Most of them are private but Sevillians are very hospitable and are nice to their guests. There are also public 'casetas' where ‘sevillanas’ sound all the time and you can eat, drink and enjoy the fun, singing and dancing.


May

May Crosses: Many Sevillians decorate the streets and courtyards with large crosses made of paper and decorated with flowers and lanterns, shawls and flower pots. Children imitate the Holy Week of their elders in small processions.

May 10th to 20th - Book Fair: The Plaza Nueva is the setting for this encounter with books. Lectures, book signings, presentations and discussions form the agenda for this meeting, which this year is dedicated to the figure of the journalist and writer Manuel Chaves Nogales (Seville 1897-1944).

May 28th - The Mist: The village of El Rocio in Almonte (Huelva) celebrates a mass pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen del Rocio coinciding with Pentecost Sunday, bringing its patron through the streets with thousands of devotees. In days gone by, local Rocío brotherhoods undertook the traditional path to the chapel of the White Dove. Their exit from Seville (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prior) becomes an event in the city. At the sound of the rockets fired, pilgrims on their horses and wagons say goodbye as they hit the road.

May 30th - San Fernando: The patron of the city is Fernando III The Saint, who conquered Seville on November 23rd 1248 after two years of siege. Throughout the day his intact body, preserved in an urn, is worshiped inside the Cathedral, after the celebration of Mass and a procession.


June

June 7th - Corpus Christi: The Plaza de San Francisco is adorned with awnings and the city streets are filled with flower petals and rosemary to receive the Silver custody of Juan de Arfe. In the afternoon, the 'Seises', a group of ten children dressed as pages of the Hapsburgs, sing and dance inside the Cathedral.


July

July 24th to 26th - Santa Ana 'Velá': Triana celebrates the day of its patron saint with a traditional 'verbena'. Along Calle Betis, there is a row of open access 'casetas' where you can eat and drink and listen to music at night, with the cool breeze of the Guadalquivir river by your side. By day, the traditional greasy pole contest ('cucaña') brings together hundreds of people along the river.


August

August 15th - Virgen de los Reyes: The patron saint of the city goes in procession at 8 a.m. A few hours earlier, by night, the Cathedral is open for the faithful to worship her. Numerous citizens travel from their vacation spots specifically to pay tribute to the Virgin.


September

September 3rd to 30th - Bienal de Flamenco: It is the meeting point with flamenco. A full month of performances in different places throughout the city.


October

Street theater Festival: The theater invades the streets and squares revitalizing downtown with performances throughout the city.

Dance month: A unique opportunity to enjoy the most innovative dancing performances in different places and corners of the city.


November

Seville European Film Festival: A whole week to get close to the latest film productions made in the old continent. Stars, a lot of films, documentaries, award ceremonies, presentations and the announcement of nominations for the European Film Academy Awards.


December

Old Book Fair: The Plaza Nueva is the setting for this encounter with the older books, gems and real bargains.

December 8th - Immaculate Conception: The night before this religious holiday, many people gather at the monument to the Virgin Mary located in the Plaza del Triunfo, between the Alcazar and the Cathedral, to listen to the ‘tunas’ (groups of singing students dressed in an old style).

Christmas: From the beginning of the month a small market of traditional nativity scenes is located in Plaza de San Francisco and an open air craft market is held very close, in Plaza Nueva.