A jam-packed July Fair
July in Valencia means relaxation and entertainment. The city’s beaches, which were recently awarded a ‘Q’ for quality certification, are located just 15 minutes from the city centre. Swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, taking a catamaran ride, enjoying a paella next to the shore or dancing the night away are just some of the things on offer in the city with something for everyone. As summer begins, Valencia is getting ready to celebrate the July Fair, 31 days during which the city’s event’s calendar is brimming with activities.
The programme kicks off on 1 July from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Plaza de la Virgen with ‘H Time’, when people will be able to enjoy a free glass of the city’s most refreshing and authentic drink - Valencian Horchata. On 9th and 19th at 9.30 p.m., and on 16th at 1 p.m., in the Parque del Oeste, the Central Market, and the Jardines del Palau de la Música, huge open-air paellas will be on offer for visitors to tuck into.
For four consecutive Saturdays, on 2, 9, 16 and 23 July at midnight, fireworks displays can be seen on the Paseo Marítimo promenade. As if that wasn’t enough, on 16th, the ‘Big Night of July’ will be celebrated with more than 30 spectacles including theatre, dance, music, and many other activities, entertaining revellers throughout the balmy summer evening. The city’s most emblematic attractions and museums such as the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, the Silk Exchange, the Almoina Archaeological Museum and the Las Rocas Museum, will be open with free entry to the public from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The park of the Jardines de Viveros will provide the setting for the traditional concerts, featuring the current artists. Some of the this year’s performers include Pablo Milanés, on the 7, Dani Martín on the 14, M Clan on the 15 and Andrés Calamaro on the 21. There’s even something for the youngest members of the family; on 10 July, the phenomenon that is Sponge Bob will be presenting his musical “The Flying Sponge”.
The festivities will also include an interesting line-up in the bullring, with the return of matador José Tomás, dazzling audiences with his natural, brave, daredevil style. The fight will take place on 23 July in Valencia’s recently renovated Plaza de Toros, next to the Estación del Norte. Valencia’s own Enrique Ponce and Vicente Barrera are also due to make appearances in the July Fair.
Other events happening in July are the 13th Sailing Trophy of Her Majesty the Queen, to be held from 30 June to 3 July; the 15t Jazz Festival in the Palau de la Música from 7 to 15 July; and the 17th Campus Party from 11 to 17 July in City of Arts and Sciences.
The July Fair will end in the traditional Batalla de las Flores (the Battle of the Flowers) which takes place on the third Sunday of the month — this year on 24 July, an unusual battle of colour, scents and laughs.