Valencia July Fair
July Fair at Valencia is a traditional and extensive programme of events that take place in emblematic areas of the city. This fair is quite old, it has been celebrated since 1871 and it is considered as a joyful event that allows both citizens and tourists to enjoy amazing events held in the warmth of the fresh summer nights.
Famous performers, national and international, will be playing concerts at night in Viveros Gardens, and also in the Bullring the San Jaime bullfighting fiesta takes place, in which bullfights and bullfights with young bulls with the highest ranking matadors, as Vincente Barrera or Enrique Ponce, both from Valencia.
Also we can enjoy the City of Valencia International Music Band Contest, which, at weekends, alternates performances with the Palau de la Música.
We also have the opportunity of contemplate the Batalla de Flores (Battle of Flowers), a spectacular parade of floats decorated with natural flowers that travels along the Paseo de la Alameda on the last Sunday of July by way of a closing ceremony for the fair, while the attending public throws flowers and petals, and the event being finalised with a mascletà (string of firecrackers).
Traditional and spectacular fireworks displays set off from the Jardines del Turia are one of the most exiting events of the fair, which are contemplated by thousands at weekends, and it is an excellent opportunity to applaud the imagination of the Valencian pyrotechnicians in the design of fireworks´ shapes and colours.
JULY FAIR 2011
Artists from the Spanish and international music scenes will be making their way to Valencia starting this week. Valencia's July Fair is getting underway with some spectacular concerts. To whet your appetite, on 6th July, Malú will be the opening act on the stage located in the Jardines de Viveros gardens. On the following day you can enjoy Pablo Milanés and Maldita Nerea, and Iggy and the Stooges will be performing on 8th and 9th July.
The musical comedy of Sponge Bob Square Pants will be performed on 10th July, whilst Sergio Dalma and Dani Martín will have to wait until 13th and 14th July, respectively. Several of the headlining acts will be performing from 15th July onwards, such as M Clan and Seal, taking to the stage on 18th July. The last three concerts will be by Pablo Alborán, on Tuesday 19th, Andrés Calamaro, on Thursday 21st, and Vetusta Morla, on Saturday 23rd July.
Furthermore, on 16th and 17th July, Valencia will be celebrating La Gran Nit de Juliol, the night of its biggest celebrations, including over 30 shows in different squares around the city such as the Plaza de la Virgen, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the Plaza del Patriarca. It looks set to be an intense evening of culture, music, dancing, pyrotechnics, cinema and juggling, among other activities, and a number of Valencia's museums will also remain open.Don't miss out on any of the July Fair!
JULY FAIR 2010
Valencia pays its special tribute to music throughout the month of July. Starting this very week, major artists such as David Bisbal, Pereza, Paco de Lucía and even The Cult will be performing in the Jardines de Viveros park as part of the July Fair 2010.
If you're on holiday here or if you just live round the corner, you should mark the next few weeks in red in your calendar as Valencia is offering a complete programme of concerts.
To whet your appetite, on 8th July, the easy rhythms of Muchachito Bombo Infierno will be opening the billing this year. On the 10th of this month, the famous Valencian band Revólver will be performing, and on 13th July it will be the turn of David Bisbal.
Another of the major attractions is the group Pereza, performing alongside 84, on 15th July in this beautiful Valencian park. Calle 13, La Mala Rodriguez and Estrella Moriente will also be filling this corner of the capital on the River Turia with good vibrations on 16th and 17th July.
The last few days are reserved for Deep Purple, The Wailers, Paco de Lucia and The Cult, although the most multicultural evening will be 24th July with the World Music Festival. La Batalla de Flores will be bringing this magnificent cultural event to a close on 24th July on the Paseo de la Alameda promenade.
JULY FAIR 2009
Between 2nd and 6th July, you can enjoy a whole host of activities, concerts, shows, markets, parades, firework displays and competitions in emblematic locations all around the city of Valencia thanks to its July Fair.
On 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th of this month, one of the most keenly anticipated events will be taking place; the International Music Band Competition, which has been held for over 120 years. A total of 27 bands, 23 of which are competing and the other four appearing as guest acts, will be performing at the Opera House and Bullring.
From 2nd until 25th July, you have the chance to see live performances by Fangoria, La Excepción, Chambao, Bumbury, Joan Manel Serrat, Miguel Bosé & The Cabriolets, Amaral, Anastacia, Yan Tiersen and James Taylor. But there's even more: following the success of last year, on 18th July, the biggest night of the Fair, known as the Gran Nit de Juliol, will be bringing you a wide variety of cultural acts and entertainment, whilst the city's museums and art galleries will remain open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with free entry.
Furthermore, on 11th July, the second Ballroom Dancing Competition will be taking place in the Plaza de la Virgen square, and on the last Sunday of the month, the traditional flower show, known as the ‘Batalla de Flores' (literally flower battle) will fill the Paseo de la Alameda boulevard with light and colour. In July... don't even think about leaving Valencia!
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