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Summer events at Mercado de Tapineria, Valencia I Courtesy of Mercado de Tapineria
Summer events at Mercado de Tapineria, Valencia I Courtesy of Mercado de Tapineria
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What's On in Valencia in August 2017

Picture of Clare Speak
Writer
Updated: 4 August 2017
From famous festivals to open-air concerts and cinema screenings, Spain‘s Valencia has all kinds of great events to enjoy this August. Here’s the list for this month.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st – SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th

SHOPPING I Summer Market

Tuesday, August 1st – Sunday, August 13th

The much-loved Mercado de Tapineria, a ‘multitasking’ event space usually filled with locally handmade clothing, jewellery, food and crafts in the heart of the Old City, puts on this popular summer event where you can shop for unique items while enjoying cocktails on the terrace.

Calle Tapineria, Valencia, Spain

FESTIVAL I Gastronetas at El Perelló

Thursday, August 3rd

If you’re thinking of making the short trip to Valencia’s L’Albufera national park this August, do it on the third and you can also visit this small indie festival in the small village of El Perello, on the coast south of the Albufera lake. With food trucks, market stalls, live music and cooking shows, it promises to be a lively, local and unique event. See the Facebook event page for details.

El Perello, Valencia, Spain

MUSIC I Live The Roof Festival 2017

Friday, August 4th

This live music festival, held throughout July in August in towns and cities across Spain, features acts like Venezualan-born Spanish rocker Mikel Erentxun playing at the modern Veles e Vents event venue beside the city’s port and beach. Check the full schedule and buy tickets online.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I, Muelle de la Aduana, Valencia, Spain

FILM I Open Air Sunset Cinema on Valencia Beach

Friday, August 4th – Monday, August 7th

For the first time, Valencia’s city beach La Malvarossa will become a pop-up outdoor cinema for four nights this August. As the sun goes down, get comfy and enjoy a classic film. The programme is yet to be announced so keep an eye on the Facebook page for details.

Playa de la Malvarrosa, Valencia, Spain

Veles e Vents, home to Live The Roof Festival 2017
Veles e Vents, home to Live The Roof Festival 2017 | Courtesy of Veles e Vents, Valencia

MONDAY, AUGUST 7th – SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th

MUSIC AND FOOD I Valencia Legends Festival

Saturday, August 12th

If you love clubbing and paella this is the perfect event for you. Legendary DJs from across Spain meet for the summer edition of this popular one-day festival at Spook Club, just south of the city centre. Fifteen hours of music kicks off at 2pm and there’s paella for everyone.

Carrera Rio, 399, Valencia, Spain

Feel the beat in Valencia I
Feel the beat in Valencia I | © Pixabay

MONDAY, AUGUST 14th – SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th

FESTIVAL I Xativa August Fair

Tuesday, August 15th

This traditional festival has been held in the town of Xátiva in Valencia province since 1250, making it the oldest in the region. Once the place to buy and sell livestock, it’s now more focused on concerts, theatre, sporting competitions and folklore. The full programme of events includes everything from fireworks to bullfighting.

Xátiva, Province of Valencia, Spain

ART I Exhibition of the Ceramic Collection of Alcora

Wednesday, August 16th – Thursday, August 24th

The popular National Ceramics Museum in Valencia is worth a look at any time of year, but during August it hosts this special event with a visiting collection of special works from Alcora, a famous ceramics-producing town north of Valencia in the region of Castellon. During the summer months the museum stays open until midnight on Saturdays.

Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, Valencia, Spain

The National Ceramics Museum in Valencia is housed inside a stunning palace I
The National Ceramics Museum in Valencia is housed inside a stunning palace I | © Gbeltranp/WikiCommons

MONDAY, AUGUST 21st – SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th

FESTIVAL I Festival of the Moors and Christians, Ontinyent

Tuesday, August 22nd

Every year since 1860 the town of Ontinyent, near Valencia, has marked the anniversary of the the Christian reconquest of the town, taking it from the Moors. The small town is filled with colour and music as the battle between the Moors and the Christians is reenacted, with the whole town taking part, followed by parades and parties. For more information, see the official website.

Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain

MUSIC I Sons al Botanic 2017

Friday, August 25th

This series of unique open-air concerts held in the stunning surroundings of Valencia’s Botanical Garden features the Spanish Indie-Rock acoustic trio La Habitacion Roja (The Red Room) on the 25th August. Find out more on the Facebook page.

Carrer de Quart, 80, Valencia, Spain

MONDAY, AUGUST 28th – THURSDAY, AUGUST 31st

FESTIVAL I La Tomatina

Wednesday, August 30th

August ends with the world-famous La Tomatina festival held in the town of Buñol, near Valencia, on the 30th. In the week running up to the big day of tomato-splattering action there’s a programme of other events including concerts and a paella cooking competion. See the official website for details.

Buñol, Valencia, Spain

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain I
La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain I | © flydime/Wikimedia Commons