August 21 - September 1, 2013 annual festival in the streets of Requena, a short train ride west from Valencia; booths with wine samples from the local vineyards. Locals of all ages parade the streets in costumes, dancing and singing.
August 28, 2013, late morning, streets of Buñol, Valencia. Young, international crowd packed tight in narrow street, throwing tons of ripe tomatoes - shirtless, shoes lost/ripped off, everything pink, eye-stinging fun. Before & after drinking parties in park, streets, bars. Take train from Valencia. Allow plenty of time for return as trains fill up fast.
September 6-8, 2013, Algemesi, "gran Muixeranga" Mare de Deu de la Salut celebrations. Processions, human towers, dancers, performers. See photos/videos of previous events + 2013 updates, at their website. Training sessions can be seen at Casa dels Esports, carrer Nou del Convent, Algemesí, on Saturdays, 6-8:30pm.
October 9, 2013. Annual celebration of the entry of King Jaume I (James) into Valencia in 1238. Concerts at Palau de la Música; grand parades of thousands through city center, elaborate costumes of Moors & Christians, on foot & on horseback, fireworks displays.
March 15-19, 2014, grand finale Nit del Foc night of bonfires & fireworks with La Cremà, wraps up 2 weeks of mascletás (fireworks displays) at center. Tribute to St Joseph, displays of art, irony, satire & humor, giant contructions of figures in streets & squares all over the city, & beyond, parties, parades, fireworks daily.
April 21-23, 2014, Alcoi (Alcoy) between Valencia & Alicante. Moors & Christians mock battles each spring honoring Saint George. Elaborate costumes, lots of fireworks & gunpowder smoke for 4 days, most soldiers, even non-smokers, chomp on cigars. Parades, parties, pageantry. Easter celebrations may change the dates - check ahead with tourist office, phone 34 965-537-155
June 21, 2014 "Out Rambleta" at l´Espai Rambleta 7pm film “Tomboy” + 10pm DJ music; June 22 - noon "Pequefesta"; June 28 - Parade 7:30pm from Parque Parterre to Plaça de l Ajuntament, via Colon, Xàtiva, Marqués de Sotelo. Wraps up month of activities, exhibitions, sports, culture, parties, protests, awards, gay club events.
June 21-23, 2014, Summer Solstice shortest night. Traditional pan-European bonfire night - all along Spanish coast. Huge good-natured crowds, mostly young, fill city beaches, leap fires, party all Saturday night, loud music on stage. In Javea, "Nit dels Focs Xàbia" celebrated with bonfires & "correfocs" + traditional music & drums in Old Town.
July 5-13, 2014 in Denia, on the coast, south of City of Valencia. “Festa Major a Sangre de Nuestro Señor” in Denia. Processions, parade floats, concerts, sardines & beer, fireworks. 9-days harborside bull run, runners chased by bulls jump into sea to escape; some bulls hit the water too.
July 17-20, 2014, Benicassim, Castellón (N of Valencia), electro, pop, indie & rock music on stages through the night until 8am, then crowd heads for nearby beaches. Eight days of camping. See the Fan site.