If you are a party person, these are dates and places that you just cannot miss.
Cehegin has a number of Fiestas and festivals each year
20th January the festivities of San Sebastian, these include the bonfire of San Sebastian. This follows a torch lit procession from the former hermitage of San Sebastian on the outskirts of the town to the plaza of the Constitution in the heart of the old quarter where the bonfire is lit.
40 days before Easter Cehegin celebrates its carnival of the northwest, the most important carnival in the Northwest of the region of Murcia with many parades, masks, children’s parades and music.
25th March to 1st April Semana Santa, the Holy Week of Cehegín is one of the most important moments and celebrations of this city in the northwest region of Murcia, It is a party lived with great expectation and religious devotion. It has a centuries-old history full of ups and downs, but that its inhabitants have known how to take forward with much effort and sacrifice. The importance of Cehegin holy week is shown by the striking processions, the spectacular scenery of its old town and the antiquity of some of its brotherhoods and the beauty of its images.
August the fairs and festivals in honour of San Zenon, these fill the town with allsorts of celebrations including bull running.
8th to 14th September the festival of the patron of Cehegin is held every year, the perfect moment to drop by and enjoy its perfect weather and the most cheerful atmosphere of the year. The focal point of the festival is the fairgounds, holding 150 stalls of groups and clubs.Furthermore many events take place at this time for people of all ages, such as the pilgrimage of El Rocio, the Festibando (a night party with concerts closing the festival.
The patronal festivals of Caravaca de la Cruz, declared of international tourist interest, are celebrated from the first until fifth of May. The two highlights include Moros y Cristanos and the Caballos del Vino, which attracts thousands of people.
Los Caballos Del Vino (Wine Horses)
April 30th the beginning of the fiestas with the Noche de las Migas (Night of the Breadcrumbs). Streets are crowded with charanga bands, batucadas (music events consisting of a group of percussion instruments) and the colouring of the peñas migueras, groups of people meeting to cook this typical dish made of breadcrumbs, garlic, sardines and sausages, that later get together in Plaza del Hoyo to choose the best migas.
May 1st there are very popular events such as the Flower Offering, the Contest of Bareback Horses and the Exhibition of Capes, real pieces of art woven with silk and silver and gold threads that will decorate horses the following day.
May 2nd in the morning Caravaca celebrates the Caballos del Vino (Wine Horses), the big day of the fiestas. The only requirement for not being out of tone is to wear a red shawl; a white shirt and or red neck-scarf and bear in mind that you’re going to attend one of the most deafening fiestas of Spain.
Hundreds of thousands of people meet together to live and take part in the legendary race. Everything happens in the blink of an eye. Four lads run next to each horse in an intense gallop that finishes at the open area of the Castle. This race recalls an incredible event that happened 700 years ago. According to legend, when the Muslims besieged the castle of the sacred city, a group of Templars were able to break the siege, introduce saddlebags full of wine with the aid of their horses and prevent the population from dying because of the poisoned water that the enemies had used to contaminate tanks.
Moors and Christians
The fiestas of Moors and Christians of Caravaca are the remembrance of the struggles and raids suffered by this territory during the middle ages. Unlike other places, besides the classic parades of Kabyles and Christian groups, the show includes historical representations as mock battles and flag captures.
May 3rd, you can’t miss the procession that goes through the streets of the old town, from the Iglesia del Salvador (Saviour’s Church) to the Temple. It is one of the most beautiful monuments of these fiestas, as well as the Parliament between the Moors and Christian kingdoms and Baño de la Cruz (Bathing of the Cross) in the baroque Shrine, a mass event of vast devotion.
May 4th, the Grand Parade takes place, in which Moorish and Christians wear their best clothes raising the public of their tribunes to the rhythm of Moors and Christians marches.
May 5th, the Ascent Procession of the Holy Relic to the Basilica Sanctuary is the best culmination of these festivities.
2nd to 8th September the festival in honour of the Patron of Calasparra, Our Lady of Hope.
There are many organised events during the fiestas:
The Feria Taurina del Arroz, with bull fighting (Trofeo Espiga de Oro – Sprig of Gold Trophy) and the traditional Bull Runs. Now the bull runs take place at 10am daily each day of the festival from the Constitution Square, a distance of 900 metres from the Bull Ring, where the bull fighting takes place in the evening. The bull runs of Calasparra have proved so popular that every year thousands of people take advantage of the last days of summer to enjoy the fiestas.
Performances by musical groups and soloists of national recognition.
Festivals such as the International Folklore, “The River of Music” or the Music Bands Festival.
Cultural Exhibitions with bull fighting themes, procession of Floats.
7th September Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope.
The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope has been declared of Regional Touristic Interest and is held on the night of September 7th. It is one of the few nocturnal pilgrimages in Spain. During the night there are different religious events, an artisans´ market and musical performances in the “River of Music” festival. The night ends with a fireworks display.
The following day is considered the great day of Our Lady of Hope, patron of calasparra. On this day the Association Band of Music of Calasparra holds a traditional concert in her honour.