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Tarragona is a city awash in light and colour. The mild climate and Mediterranean character, the charm of the streets and the warmth of the people make it an ideal spot for outdoor leisure and cultural pursuits. Tarragona is also synonymous with festivities, and here the festivities take to the streets. Thanks to the many traditional local and Catalan regional holidays, the agenda is packed with celebrations all year long.

Three Kings' Day (Epiphany) - 5 January

The Three Wise Men disembark at the port and tour the town handing out candy to children.

Carnival - 24 February-4 March Go to website

One of the most widely attended carnivals in Catalonia, it is known for its spectacular float-filled parades and citywide dancing. Of particular note are the Rua de l'Artesania and Rua de Lluïment parades, the "Judgement of Carnestoltes, King of the Carnival", and the crema de la bóta, the burning of the Carnival King figure in an enormous wineskin at the festivities' end. 

Els tres tombs - 16 March Go to website

Procession of horses and carriages through the city's different streets. Blessing of the animals, handing out of gifts and of the typical "coques de Sant Antoni".

Tarragona International Dixieland Festival - 7-13 April Go to website

Tarragona Family Week - 11-17 April

Tarragona Family Week offers the chance of visiting Tarragona with the family enjoying many advantages such as special offers in accommodation, restaurants and shops, as well as free tickets for families to visit monuments, participate in educational workshops, and leisure and cultural activities.

Easter Week - 13-20 April Go to website

The city celebrates the passion, death and resurrection of Christ with masses, rosaries and processions. On the afternoon of Good Friday, armed “soldiers” embark on traditional marches in preparation for the Holy Burial procession. The custom dates back to the year 1550 and has been officially declared a Festival of National Heritage Interest.

Sant Jordi (St. George's Day) - 23 April

On this Catalan holiday dedicated to love and culture, the city brims with scarlet roses, endless books, sardana dancing and human castles. 

dTapes - 25 April-11 May Go to website

For two weeks Tarragona becomes the Catalan tapa capital. Many of the city’s restaurant establishments take part in this gastronomic fiesta by offering tapas based on our home-grown ingredients.

Tarraco Viva - 5-25 May Go to website

Symposium designed to raise awareness of ancient Roman history and culture with maximum scientific rigor: conferences, workshops, re-enactments of daily life in the ancient Roman era, as well as period soldiers, gladiatorial fights, theatre, music and cuisine.

Tarraco a Taula - 15-25 May Go to website

A series of culinary events which take place as part of Tarraco Viva, the international festival celebrating Roman history. Numerous restaurants participate in this event which brings back recipes from the Roman era.

The DO Tarragona Wine Fair - 30 May-1 June Go to website

Some wineries and cooperatives from the four counties that make up Tarragona’s Denomination of Origin take part in this event, providing an excellent opportunity to taste and get to know wines.

Minipop Festival - 6-8 June Go to website

The city hosts this three-day-long festival where both children and adults can enjoy a wide variety if activities held within the festival: Creative workshops, children's design fair and pop music concerts.

Corpus Christi - 22 June

The scent of flatbread with cherries permeates the air, while “dancing eggs” are held aloft on the sparkling jets of fountains. The city holds a parade renowned for its religious and traditional elements, including the Magi de les Timbales (a drummer who announces the festival by horse), towering giants and dances.

Sant Joan (St. John's Eve) - 23 and 24 June

This celebration of the summer solstice dates back to before the Christian era. It is a night of roaring bonfires, witches, dazzling fireworks and parties till dawn.

Tarragona, city of human towers - 24 June-5 October

Tarragona brings us closer to the human towers, a cultural element declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. Share the strength, the bravery, the equilibrium, the smartness of the human tower world; a unique experience, a living culture.

Sant Pere (Saint Peter) - 29 June

This is the main festival of the fishermen’s quarter, El Serrallo, and one of the most traditional local festivals in the city of Tarragona. The main event is the procession of Sant Pere, in which the image of the saint is paraded through the streets of the neighbourhood accompanied by other popular figures.

Tarragona Living History - July-September

Join us on an exciting journey to Tarragona’s Roman past through historical re-enactments.

ETC - July-September Go to website

Summer cultural agenda in Tarragona: music, theatre, dance and more...

International Fireworks Competition - 2-5 July

10.30 pm - Location: Platja del Miracle

The Fireworks Competition has a long tradition (1990) and it has become one of the most important on the Mediterranean. The winning pyrotechnics will be commissioned for the fireworks during the city’s biggest fiesta (Santa Tecla).

Mare de Déu del Carme (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) - 16 July

The procession of Mare de Déu del Carme is an excellent example of a very traditional event in Tarragona’s fishermen’s quarter. Fishermen and sailors carry the Virgin of Mount Carmel ceremoniously across the waters of the Mediterranean, disembarking in the El Serrallo neighbourhood.

Sant Magí - 15-19 August

This is one of the city’s major festivals and is celebrated with fascinating elements of local popular culture, such as Magí de les Timbales, the giants, the Gegantons Negritos, dwarves, bastoners (dancers hitting sticks together in rhythm) and more. All these festive figures come together to accompany the water of Sant Magí, the central focus of the festival. The castells (human towers) also play a role in the celebration, along with a wide variety of festive and cultural events (concerts, theatre, etc.).

Sant Roc - Saint Roch - 16 August

This is the celebration of one of the best known streets in the Parta Alta (historic quarter) and one of the most traditional in the city. A cannon signals the start of the parade, in which giants and other popular figures dance through the streets to bring the neighbourhood to life. You won’t want to miss seeing the Cós del Bou giants, known as the Gegants Vells (the old giants), which are the oldest giants in the city (1825) and were given to the residents of the Cós del Bou neighbourhood by the city hall in 1904.

Catalan National Day - 11 September

Elaborate flower arrangements are laid and Catalan nationalist acts are held to commemorate historical events.

Santa Tecla - 14-24 September Go to website

The City Festival in capital letters, Santa Tecla is a burst of joy, music and colour that courses through the city for ten straight days. It blends all the traditional elements of the Seguici Popular with an endless variety of dances, human castles, spark-throwing nighttime parades, mythological beasts, mediaeval treats and “spoken dances” (verse re-enactments of the struggle between good and evil) conserved or recovered throughout Catalonia. Officially declared a Festival of Tourism Interest, a Traditional Festival of National Interest and a Festival of National Heritage Interest.

Human Castle Competition - 4 and 5 October Go to website

The best colles (human castle troupes) gather in Tàrraco Arena Plaça for the longest, most contested and most thrilling performances imaginable.

"Romesco" culinary event - 10-26 October

Treat yourself to Tarragona's most celebrated dish. Tasting menu.

SCAN International Photography Festival - 16 October-21 December Go to website

This biennial festival offers the public an interesting and complete programme of exhibitions, screenings, conferences and workshops.

Tarragona Mediaeval Market - October

Exhibition of traditional professions, giants and big-heads, medieval passacaglia, crafts, gastronomy, workshops...

All Saints' Day - 1 November

The streets abound with stands selling fresh-roasted chestnuts. This holiday is best known for the traditional pine-nut sweets called panellets that fill the pastry shops and its flowers for the departed.

Olive oil fair - End of November-beginning of December

At this fair visitors can taste different olive oils from Siurana Protected Designation of Origin.
Location: Rambla Nova (in front of St. Theresa of Jesus college)

REC, Tarragona International Film Festival - 3-8 December Go to website

Enjoy newly released films, new directors, discoveries, emotions and much more.

Christmas - December

In mid-December, Tarragona is decked with festive Christmas lights and hosts its annual Christmas Fair, with stands selling figurines for home-made nativity scenes and an ample assortment of ornaments and crafts.

L'Home dels Nassos (the man of the many noses) - 31 December

In this Catalan tradition, a jumping jack with as many noses as days left in the year (a large nose) walks through the city's streets giving out sweets to the kids.