What’s on this long October weekend in the Region of Valencia
What’s on this long October weekend in the Region of Valencia
This long October weekend, the Region of Valencia is hosting all sorts of different events and activities. Check out our list of what’s on and fill your days off with quality time with your loved ones.
How were you thinking of spending the long October weekend in the Region of Valencia? Autumn is the perfect time of the year to visit natural landscapes, wander around beautiful towns and villages and – as you’ll know if you follow our events calendar – sign up to all sorts of different activities.
In this post, we’ve put together a list of everything that’s going on during the long October weekend in the three provinces of the Region of Valencia. There’s so much choice that you might struggle to know how best to spend your couple of days off.
Long October weekend in the province of Alicante
If you love running, put the 10 October in your diary. This is the date of Elche’s International Half Marathon and the perfect excuse to wander the streets, cheer on the participants and feel their emotion of having completed such a challenging race. Elche is a town steeped in heritage, meaning you won’t be short on things to do once the half marathon is over, such as visiting the Palmeral.
If 21km is a bit too much, you can always swap Elche for Altea and run the town’s 10K on the 9 October. Beyond the race, the destination offers a great deal, such as delicious cuisine, a beautiful town centre and – of course – the Mediterranean, where, weather permitting, you can perhaps take your last dip of the year.
In Benidorm, Iberia Festival will kick off with a great line-up featuring bands and artists such as Jaime Urrutia, Ariel Rot, Danza Invisible and Hombres G. Can you imagine a better way of spending your long weekend than dancing and singing along to the songs you love in this incredible seaside destination?
El Campello, on the other hand, is running an extensive live music programme for the long October weekend. On the 8 and 9 October, you can enjoy live music courtesy of Guaraná and Los Secretos and even a tribute to Maná. And the music won’t stop until the 12 October.
If you love manga, we recommend you make your way to Salón del Manga y Cultura Japonesa de Alicante, which will be held on the 9 and 10 October. The celebration of the art form is organised by Institución Ferial Alicantina.
And that’s not all. There are many events taking place up and down the Costa Blanca on the long weekend, giving you the perfect excuse to visit every corner of the province of Alicante. For instance, there is a parade in Pedreguer on the 9 October, a birding expedition in l’Atzúbia, a game of pilota, a traditional Valencian sport, in Monóvar and a live music performance by Xaranga de la Bumm in Muro de Alcoy.
Long October weekend in the province of Castellón
If you’re into running, but not such long distances, the 5K that is part of Fira d’Onda 2021 is the event for you. The race will be held on the 9 October, making it the first of the festivities and a sneak preview of what is to come from the 22 to the 31 October. The race involves a children’s category and is the perfect opportunity to explore the town, located in La Plana Baixa, with its impressive castle and Natural Science and Local History museums.
Benicàssim Flamenco Fusión Gastro Festival is running from the 8 to the 12 October. The festival combines food and music with a line-up of concerts, flamenco performances and delicious gastronomy. L’Alcora has also got a lot on for the long weekend: three of its biggest fairs will be taking place, namely Feria del Comercio, Feria de las Antigüedades y el Coleccionismo and traditional Fira del Mussol.
Peñíscola is proud to present Un puente hacia Berlanga, a series of events commemorating the birth of the famous film director. From the 8 to the 12, all sorts of activities will be on, including a tertulia (talk) which will open the festivities on the 8. There’s something for everyone so we recommend you take a look at the municipal events calendar to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
And before we remind you to check out what’s going on in each of the province’s counties, we would like to draw your attention to Burriana whose Fallas 2021 celebrations are kicking off on the 8 October (until the 12). A magical opportunity to enjoy the festival out of season. On the 9, Navajas will be filled with the aromas of autumn at its Fiesta del Otoño. The 4th edition of the Concurso de Arroz al Horno y Postres (oven-baked rice and dessert competition) will be held as part of the festivities. And if you’re in Alcalà de Xivert on the 10 you could join the living history tour about the Knights Templar.
Long October weekend in the province of Valencia
If you’re not sure what to do this long October weekend in the province of Valencia, we recommend making your way to Antonio Ferrandis Film Festival in Paterna. Throughout the month of October, to celebrate the month of the birth of this much-loved actor, the festival will shine the spotlight on Spanish cinema with previews of hotly anticipated films and a short film competition.
On the 9 October, Gilet is running its 10th edition of Volta al Terme, a running race that will immerse you in the stunning local scenery. In Ayora you can experience El Primer Corte de la Miel, an event of regional tourist interest that celebrates the world of honey. As part of the festivities, you can enjoy crafts, gastronomy, children’s activities and much more, making the Valle de Cofrentes-Ayora a great place to spend some time during the long weekend.
In València city, the local 9 October bank holiday will be celebrated with the bangs of gunpowder at the mascletaes and firework displays on both the 8 and 9. There will also be a Medieval market in Alameditas de Serranos, from the 7 to the 12 October, and the Federació Valenciana de Moros i Cristians (Moors and Christians Federation) might just put on a spectacle too.
In Xàtiva you can walk in the footsteps of King James I with a very special guided tour on the 9 October. On the same day, in Enguera, the winner of its yearly literary prize will be announced while in Alzira Fallas is back for the weekend. In Catadau you can enjoy an exciting correfoc or fireworks display. In Manises, King James I will make a special visit to the town to immerse you in the history of the area.
And the list of activities in the province doesn’t stop there. Wherever you are thinking of spending the long weekend, there will almost certainly be a special event or activity for you to enjoy. The long October weekend in the Region of Valencia has no shortage of cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities.
Check out the dates and times with the organisers of the event you’re interested in. And have a great time!