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Gay Valencia

Gay Valenicia's big night out
Deseo 54

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.
Requena wine festival
Fiesta de la Vendimia

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.
Every last Wednesday in August
La Tomatina 2017

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.
Festes de la Mare de Deu de la Salut
Algemesí | La Muixeranga

September 7-8, 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 at Casa dels Esports, carrer Nou del Convent, Algemesí, Saturdays, 6-8:30pm.
La discoteca de ambiente gay líder en Valencia - dos pistas y dos ambientes
Rodeo Bitch + Rentrée 2017-2018 Big Experimental Circus

September 15-16, 2017, 11:55pm - 7:30am at Deseo54. FRI VIP Rodeo Bitch w/ DJs Suri + Rafa Star. SAT Rentrée, the 2017-18 season opening party, Big Experimental Circus, with amazing spectacle/ show by Slave of Fame - a not-to-be-missed fantasy trip. DJs Suri + Oscar Liv play house music and Rafa Star spins pop. See upcoming Sept/Oct Friday and Saturdays:
Diada Nacional del País Valencià
Nou d'Octubre

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.
Nit del Foc / Night of Fire
Las Fallas de Valencia 2018

March 15-19, 2018 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 torched on final night; parties, daily parades + fireworks.
A great annual spectacle
Alcoi/ Alcoy - Les Festes Moros i Cristians

April 22-24, 2018, 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
Festa de l'Orgull LGTB 2017
Pride Valencia | Orgullo LGBT 2018

June 23, 2018 (TBC). Annual Parade 7:30-9pm from Plaça de la Porta de la Mar/ Parque Parterre to Plaça de l'Ajuntament, via Colon and Xàtiva. Festival/ entertainment w/ MC Liz Dust, artista drag/ actriz de teatro, 9:30pm-3am at Plaça de l'Ajuntament/ City Hall Plaza; Circuit Party w/ DJ Carlos Gallardo at Deseo 54 Disco, SUN 1:30-7:30am.
Midsummer's night / St John's Eve bonfires
Valencia | La Nit / La Revetlla de Sant Joan

Late June, 2018, 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.
“Bous a la mar”
Denia Festa Major 2018 - Bulls to the Sea

July, 2018 in Denia, 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: March 15-19 Fallas; Mid-August Moros i Cristians/ Sant Roc.
International music, camping, film, theater, art, dance, comedy
Benicassim International Festival 2018

July 19-22, 2018, 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.