Fridays + Saturdays, 1:30am - 7:30am, at Deseo 54. The big Gay dance party nightclub in Valencia - with the Deseo 54 All Star DJs. Hot go-go dancers + guest star performers, gifts & surprises. New era sensations; unprecedented visual and musical spectacles, grandiose stagings, vocalist performers. See weekly special theme nights - especially at holidays and Pride.
March 15-19, 2017 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 22-24, 2017, Alcoi (Alcoy) between Valencia/ Alicante. Moors and Christians mock battle each spring honoring Saint George. Elaborate costumes, lots of fireworks and gunpowder smoke for 3 days, most soldiers, even non-smokers, chomp on cigars. Parades, parties, pageantry. See tourist office, phone 34 965-537-155
June 16-18, 2017 (TBC). Annual exhibitions, films, shorts + concert; LGTB Village; Saturday June 17th Parade, Parque Parterre to Plaça de l'Ajuntament, via Colon, Xàtiva, Marqués de Sotelo. Festival from 9:30pm at Plaça de l'Ajuntament/ City Hall Plaza, followed by Circuit Party w/ DJ Carlos Gallardo at Deseo 54 Disco - all night long.
June 23, 2017, Summer Solstice short nights. Traditional pan-European bonfire night along Spanish coast on St John's Eve. Huge happy crowds, mostly young, fill Valencia city beach, leap fires, party all night to music on stage. Nit dels Focs Xàbia celebrated with bonfires, "correfocs" + traditional music/ drums. Sant Joan d'Alacant Nit del Foc festival of fire.
July 7-9, 2017 in Denia, on the coast, south of Valencia City. “Festa Major a Sangre de Nuestro Señor.” Processions, parade floats, concerts, sardines and beer, fireworks. Harbor-side bull run featuring men and youths, chased by bulls, jumping into the sea to escape, with some bulls falling in after them. Also: Mar 15-19 Fallas; Aug 13-16 Moros i Cristians/ Sant Roc.
July 13-16, 2017, Benicassim, Castellón (N of Valencia), electro, pop, indie & rock music on stages throughout each night until 8am, then the crowd heads for nearby beaches. This year to feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and more TBA. Eight days of camping and beach parties. See the Fan site.
August 21 - September 1, 2017 - twelve-day 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 30, 2017, late morning in the streets of Buñol, Valencia. Young, international crowd packed tight in the narrow street, throwing tons of ripe tomatoes at one another; shirts, 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 because trains fill up fast.
Early September, 2017, Algemesi, "gran Muixeranga" Mare de Deu de la Salut celebrations. Processions, human towers, dancers, performers. See photos/videos of previous events + 2017 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, 2017. 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.