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July Fair (Feria de Julio) [July]
In the end of July and August the population of Valencia runs off into the hills to escape the heat and humidity. Over a hundred years ago they used to run off in the beginning of July. The Feria de Julio (Fair of July) was introduced by the city government in 1870s to keep the population within the walls. Bread and spectacles.
July is the liveliest month in Valencia. It is a final catharsis of the summer frenzy, before everyone goes into August hibernation. Valencia in July is full of cultural events and all kinds of parties.
The Feria de Julio (July Fair) is the official side of this phenomenon. It is the Valencian government's cultural programme to entertain the people and keep them from running off too early. It is, essentially, a month of various concerts, theatre, open air cinema, traditional fiestas, sports events and bullfighting. However, this is by far not all, and many other privately organised events will take place.
All of the events take place in Valencia's many green spaces. Parks, gardens, the Turia river, the beach. Everything that happens during Feria de Julio you can enjoy in the open air, in the lush Mediterranean evening.
Feria de Julio
The Feria de Julio hosts a number of quality concerts with international names. For example, July 2006 saw The Wailers (Bob Marley's band), Bob Dylan, a bossa nova veteran Toquinho and Alan Parsons Project, plus many others from blues to flamenco to rock, culminating with two big compilation concerts of the regional rock circuit and the culture magazine Vulture.
All the big concerts take place in Jardin de Viveros (Jardines de Real) which is the prime venue for open air concerts in Valencia.
These events are not free, do try to buy tickets in advance. Here is one good place to buy them online:
They call Valencia the Vienna of Spain. July will have plenty of places to enjoy traditional Spanish orchestras - mainly wind and percussion. The city parks (Parque de Benicalap, Parque del Oeste, Jardin de Ayora) and the Bullring will be the location for those.
Valencia also has a couple of traditional culture events in July. As usual, quite a spectacle in full colours. You can read more about those here >>>>>
Dance and Theatre
There is also an opportunity to see various dance shows and theatre, from traditional Valencian folk to contemporary ballet. There are shows both for adults and for kids. The usual location for dance and theatre during the Feria de Julio is Jardin de Ayora.
Open Air Cinema
The parks of Oeste, Benicalap and Ayora will have evening viewings of Hollywood blockbusters, some of which are a few years old and some are fairly fresh releases.
Every July Saturday at midnight you can enjoy the castillo (visual fireworks) on the Arenas ( Multimap Map) beach. The fireworks are an art form in Valencia and the local pyrotechnic crews are known world-wide, supplying such events as Olympics and New Year's Eve. It is worth making your way down to the beach to see them.
July is also one of the bullfighting seasons in Valencia. There will be various bullfighting events in Plaza de Toros. You can read more about it in our bullfighting section.
A number of sports events will take place at the city beach. July 2006 had tournaments of triatlon, beach football, beach rugby, swimming across the port and beach volleyball.
Palau de la Musica
For lovers of classical music, jazz and flamenco, Palau de la Musica will be as lively in July as ever.
Feria de Julio
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