Towns and villages in Andalucia have their own feria or fair, and it would be possible, if one had superhuman powers of endurance, to spend the whole summer following them about the region. The summer annual feria originated in the middle ages, and was the principal means of interchange of local products within the kingdom. The first feria takes place at Seville in April and the last is at San Pedro de Alcantara in mid October.
The 'day fair' takes place it the streets of the town itself. Streets are closed to traffic and businesses close. Tables and chairs are set up and the bars serve food and drink in the street, and music plays from every corner. People of all ages sing and dance. Visitors are always welcome.
At night, the fair shifts to the public fairground or "recinto ferial" on the outskirts of the town. There is a traditional amusement park with lots of rides for the children, and tents or "casetas" set up by the various clubs, associations and political parties of the town, some with entertainment and all with a bar. Many, some would say too, many of the Casetas are by private invitation only. Outsiders are invariably welcomed, just ask if you can go in, if not try ther next one. There is always the large 'Caseta Municipal' put up by the town council and open to everybody. On some evenings there will be a top billing singer, for which tickets will be sold on the door at a reasonable price. These are usually very popular and often sell out.
The ferias usually start midweek and finish on Sunday night. In the larger towns they start at midnight on the Sunday night with fireworks. (Monday after the feria is often a local holiday designed recovering from the festivities).
Here are dates for fair-goers of some of the larger towns.
Seville: 2 weeks after Easter.
Jerez: First week in May
Santa Maria: Second week in May
San Lucar: Third week in May
Cordoba: Last Week in May
Algeciras: First week in June
Conil: First week in June
Marbella: Second week in June
Estepona: First week in July.
Los Barios: First week in July.
La Linea: Second week in July.
Huelva: First week in August.
Tarifa: Second week in August.
Baeza: Second week in August.
Malaga: Third week in August.
Olvera: Last week in August.
Almeria: Last week in August.
Tarifa: First week in September
Mijas: Second week in September
Ubeda: Last week in September
Torremolinos: Last week in September
Fuengirola: First week in October
Jaen: Second week in October
San Pedro: Third week in October
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