About Main Events in Mallorca
There are loads of events in Mallorca organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles or concerts, there is always something worth visiting. In this section, we bring you information about the major annual Mallorca events and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
This is only a snapshot of what happens on Mallorca throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off concerts that take place each year. We will endeavour to add these on our Events Calendar when we spot them.
NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all (normally due to lack of funds) or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.
5 - 6 January: Cavalcada dels Reis Mags (Three Kings Celebration)
The Spanish always saved their present giving and celebrating to mark Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas. On the eve of the 6th January, the Kings (the three wise men who followed a star to find the baby Jesus) form part of a procession of floats through many towns in Mallorca. The biggest and most extravagant being in Palma City Centre from 18:00. Remember the 6th January is a public holiday in Spain.
16 - 17 January: Sant Antoni Festival
Sant Antoni is the patron saint of animals and jobs connected to rural life. Some towns celebrate this saint with a local holiday and fun parades and street parties.
18 - 20 January: Festes de Sant Sebastiá, Palma
This is one of Palma's biggest festivals of the year. Sant Sebastiá is the city's patron saint, and a variety of recreational activities are held in his honour.
5 February: Almond Blossom Fair, Son Servera
Mallorca’s almond blossom is a big attraction from late January through to Spring. The fair, known to the Spanish as Fira de la Flor d’Ametler is held in the grounds of Ses Cases de Ca s’Hereu, a finca in the old town of Son Servera.
25-26 February: Sa Rua (Mallorca’s Carnival)
This Carnival is celebrated the last days before Lent when Christians are allowed to indulge in pleasurable activities. It is a mix of games and processions of decorated floats and takes place in Palma and elsewhere on the island.
1 March: Day of the Balearic Islands
This date commemorates when the Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1, 1983. Expect concerts, fairs and parties around the island.
12 March: Fira del Fang (Pottery Fair), Marratxí
Every year, Marratxí hosts a week long pottery fair, where you can find demonstrations of traditional pottery and ceramic methods and buy a range of goods at reasonable prices. Other entertainments also form part of the fair.
End of March: Spring Festivals
Towards the end of March, the rural towns of Mallorca start to celebrate the coming of Spring with agricultural fairs, featuring livestock, arts & crafts markets and other family entertainments. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for these.
1 - 2 April: Fira d’Andratx
This agricultural fair involves cattle, with ecological products and local breeds. Expect contests, exhibitions, trades, championships of local bird species and Spanish food stalls.
9 - 16 April: Semana Santa (Holy Week)
The triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is acknowledged throughout Mallorca, starting with blessings on Palm Sunday and parades throughout the week. Easter Thursday - 13 April - sees the biggest parades to celebrate Easter, with the most colourful being in Palma de Mallorca. Good Friday - 14 April - is the day when many churches hold special services where local children and youth groups perform scenes from the bible to commemorate the death and rebirth of Jesus. On Easter Sunday - 16 April - churches throughout Mallorca hold special services. The following days see 'pancaritats' held; these are pilgrimages to Mallorca's shrines and hermitages, which are followed by mass picnics.
28 April - 2 May: Palma Boat Show
A must for nautical enthusiasts, this boat show takes place in the wonderful setting of Palma's marina, in front of the cathedral. The exhibits are more for the professionals but anyone can access the marina (for a fee) and soak up the atmosphere.
Throughout April: Spring Festivals
Towns and villages across Mallorca keep celebrating the arrival of spring in April. Take a look at our Events Calendar for these.
6 - 7 May: Pollença Wine Fair
Pollença’s wine fair is a popular event where you can try a host of wines from Mallorca and the other Balearic islands for a small entry fee.
13 May: IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, Alcudia
This sporting event returns to Mallorca, where 3,500 international athletes come to compete.
14 May: Moros i Cristians, Sóller
Sóller's great mock battle between the invading Moorish pirates and the plucky defending Christian villagers is one of the highlights of the year. Expect firecrackers, plenty of fancy-dress and street parties that carry on through the night.
19 - 21 May: Medieval Fair, Capdepera
On the 3rd weekend in May, you can transport yourself back to ye olden times and enjoy this wonderful fair and market in the medieval old town of Capdepera in the north east of Mallorca. With traditional costumes and music, there are stalls aplenty selling food, trinkets or arts & crafts, as well as street entertainers.
Throughout May: Spring Fairs
Mallorca's rural towns continue to celebrate their agricultural heritage with Spring Fairs held at the weekends throughout May. Markets, livestock shows and family entertainments are on offer. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for these.
Beginning of June: Summer Season Starts
This is when the beach clubs and clubs start to open in Mallorca. The beach resorts of Magaluf, Alcudia and Playa de Palma see an increase in holiday-makers and start to organise special events. The BH Mallorca Hotel concerts begin at this time - every Tuesday night sees a big rock star name perform, and these concerts last until September - Craig David, Tinie Tempah and Steve Aoki are confirmed for 2017!
18 - 25 June: WTA Mallorca Women's Tennis Open, Santa Ponça
With five natural grass courts, the international competition in Santa Ponça is set to be high and will bring some of the biggest names in women's tennis to Mallorca.
23 June: Nit del Foc, Palma
One of the most popular festivals in Palma de Mallorca, called Nit de Foc (Night of Fire), takes place on the eve of Midsummer. The huge bonfires and fireworks displays, held each year in the Parc de la Mar, mark the beginning of Mallorca's summer fiestas.
24 June: Sant Joan Fiesta
On this day, the locals celebrate Sant Joan (John the Baptist) along with the summer solstice throughout Mallorca with a bank holiday.
Throughout July: Deià International Music Festival
Growing year on year, the dates of this classical music festival aren’t solely confined to July but is popular amongst those travelling to Mallorca in the summer months, so make sure you check out our Events Calendar and book your tickets in advance.
TBC: Pollença Classical Music and Arts Festival
This event is known internationally across the classical music festival circuit and forms part of the European Festival Association; the programme includes prominent orchestras and well-known soloists, choirs and opera singers. We will update our Events Calendar as soon as the dates have been confirmed.
TBC: Classical Music Concerts at Bellver Castle, Palma
Every summer, the city of Palma organises the Bellver Castle Music Festival in the unrivalled setting of the round courtyard in the Bellver Castle, one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.
15 - 16 July: Verge del Carme
A fishermen's' fiesta with celebrations dedicated to the Virgin, the patron of fishermen. Try Puerto Pollença or Porto Cristo for their extensive programmes in the week surrounding the 16th July.
TBC: Artdemossa Fair, Valldemossa
Normally held in late July, you can find musical performances, artisan displays, paintings, sculpture, photography, dance, and plenty of food and drink stalls.
Last week of July and into August: La Patrona Festival, Pollença
An ancient civic-religious celebration. Cannon shots, fireworks and bell ringing mark the beginning of the festival which will carry on until the 2nd of August, ending with the mock battle between Moors and Christians in Pollença town.
Throughout July: Night Markets
July sees the start of the real holiday season and many of the beach resorts will start to host night markets where you can browse for souvenirs, trinkets and arts & crafts. Try La Llonja in Palma, Playa de Muro and Porto Cristo.
29 July - 5 August: Copa del Rey Sailing Regatta, Palma
An important sailing regatta in the Mediterranean where you will see some of the finest sailing yachts in the world racing around the bay of Palma. You might even be able to see the King of Spain at the helm of one of them.
2 August: Battle between Moors and Christians, Pollença
In Pollença, a mock battle takes place between local hero Joan Mas and the pirate invaders (the Moors) led by Dragut Rais.
1st week of August: Sa Pobla Jazz Festival
One of Mallorca’s smallest towns has drawn jazz legends from far and wide to this event for 23 years. A cross section of styles from the jazz world, and all for free. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for dates.
Throughout August: Chopin Classical Music Festival, Valldemossa
This classical music festival dates back to the 1930s, you can look forward to a series of concerts throughout August in the quaint town of Valdemossa.
Throughout August: Open Air Cinema Screenings, Palma
Parc de la Mar in Palma turns into a large open-air cinema by the Mediterranean sea, with the cathedral as the perfect backdrop.The programme includes films in English.
Throughout August: Village Annual Fiestas
Many of the smaller villages hold their annual fiestas in August. Some of the most popular are the Festes de la Mare de Deu d'Agost in C'an Picafort - summer festival on the beach, with fireworks and a bizarre rubber duck release on the sea; the Festes de Sant Bartomeu on 23 and 24 August in Montuiri - one of the oldest on the island featuring devil dancing - and Valldemossa; the Festes de Sant Agustí - summer festival with parties, a night of art, fireworks and a correfoc (fire run) as well as Cavallet dances in Felanitx, with children dressed up as cardboard horses being chased to the accompaniment of bagpipes, flutes and drums; or the Festes de Sant Jordi taking place around the main square in Colonia de Sant Jordi. Check the Events Calendar for more information.
1 - 10 September: Festes del Rei en Jaume, Santa Ponça
At the beginning of September, there is a two-week festival in Santa Ponça that commemorates the landing of King Jaume I in Mallorca, featuring mock battles between the Moors and Christians. Very popular!
1st weekend September: Festes de La Beata Santa Catalina Tomás, Santa Margalida
The town of Santa Margalida honours its patron saint, Catalina Tomás, with a weekend of celebrations commemorating her beatification by Pope Pius VI.
20-24 September: Mallorca Classic Car Week, Palma
A social event where the owners of classic cars all come together and display their cars for the public to see. Check the Events Calendar for the itinerary closer to the time.
3rd week September: Nit de l'Art, Palma
A fabulous sociable evening where the private art galleries open their doors to the public in Palma city centre.
Mid-September: Fiesta d'Es Vermar, Binissalem
The wine-growing village of Binissalem holds the Sa Vermar Festival to celebrate the grape harvest. Events include a grape treading contest, a giant paella, mass village dinners in the town square, music performances, a giants parade and the infamous grape fight (compulsory to wear white!).
End of September: Closing Parties at the Clubs and Beach Clubs
Some of the biggest parties on the island since the beginning of the season, as clubs and beach clubs like to go out with a bang.
30 September & 7, 14, 21 October: Classical Music Festival, Port de Sóller
Taking place for its thirteenth year, an outstanding event in conjunction with the great pianist Alexander Malter, who is the artistic consultant for the entire festival.
1 October: Fira Dolça, Esporles
A sweet fair (as in edible treats!) is held in the mountain town of Esporles.
5 - 8 October: Legends Cup Tennis Tournament, Palma
For the 3rd year running this tennis tournament featuring tennis legends will return to Palma. In 2016 we saw the likes of legends Carlos Moyà, Tim Henman, Àlex Corretja and many more.
15 October: Palma Marathon
Thousands of Spanish, English, Swedish and German and other nationalities participate in Palma’s marathon, there are half marathons and 10K race options available.
19 October: Sobrassada Fair, Campos
Mallorca's special sausage has its own fair held in Campos. You’ll find that companies from all over the island participate, offering all kinds of tastings.
19 - 21 October: Pinmar Golf Tournament
The Pinmar Charity Golf Tournament 2017 will be held at the Son Gual Golf Course in Mallorca.
22 October: Autumn and Wine Fair, Consell
This fair offers tastings of local wine, plus a number of bars and restaurants are offering tapas for a small fee.
22 October: Red Pepper Fair, Felanitx
A red pepper inspired agricultural fair in Felanitx where you will find plenty of markets, parades, cooking demonstrations and music.
3rd Saturday October: Colcada de la Beata, Palma
'The Procession of the Blessed' is a celebration of Santa Catalina Tomás, who was beatified in 1792. A colourful parade through the streets of Palma is followed by music and dancing on the city's squares.
Throughout October: Beer Festivals
Each year, the beer festivals are getting bigger on the island to mark Octoberfest. You will find them in Palma, S'Arenal and Santa Ponça.
11 - 12 November: Pumpkin Fair, Muro
A small fair to celebrate the humble pumpkin family in Muro. Prizes for the biggest pumpkin, pumpkin snacks and treats in the local bars and restaurants, a small funfair and giant pumpkins shipped over from the mainland are all part of this autumn fair.
11 - 12 November: Arts & Crafts Fair, Pollença
A fabulous arts & crafts fair in Pollença. Beautifully laid out and quality produce should put this fair on your 'don't miss this' list!
2nd Thursday November: Dijous Bo, Inca
Mallorca's most important agricultural, livestock and commercial fair takes place in Inca, and the Dijous Bo is the day with the biggest celebrations. Don't forget the parties on the night before!
18 - 19 November: Olive Fair, Caimari
A most charming fair in Caimari, at the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. Tubs and tubs of olives, olive oil and olive-related exhibitions. Delightful Mallorcan village life at its best.
Last weekend November: Sa Pobla Autumn Fair
Plenty going on here at this autumn agricultural fair, with farming exhibitions, arts & crafts, markets and a horse show.
26 November: New Wine Fair, Santa María del Camí
One of the centres for Mallorcan wine, Santa María del Camí, hosts a small wine fair, with tours and tastings.
26 November: Mushroom Fair, Mancor de la Vall
Another traditional autumn fair, this time dedicated to the forest mushroom, the Esclata-sang (red pine mushrooms). Expect evening parties with bonfires and fireworks, followed by daytime market stalls and feastings.
1st weekend December: Partridge and Agricultural Fair, Montuiri
An excellent fair in Montuiri featuring game and in particular the partridge. Perfect for some early Christmas dinner shopping.
24 - 25 December: Nadal (Christmas)
Families in Mallorca celebrate Christmas as we know it. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve is very popular with Mallorcan families. The traditional (and UNESCO protected) song of the Sibil-la, is sung in many churches before Midnight Mass.
31 December: Nochevieja and Año Nuevo (New Year's Eve)
Celebrated all over the island with plenty of spectacular firework displays, for New Year's Eve some villages also have live music and dancing. Another must is eating the 12 grapes during the count down to midnight, a tradition kept throughout Spain. In Palma, the Festa de l'Estendard is celebrated in honour of the Christian conquest of Palma in 1229, with a procession that goes from the town hall to the cathedral.
Throughout December: Christmas Markets
From around the first weekend of December, markets are set up in Palma's squares selling all sorts of religious memorabilia and Christmas gifts.