About Main Events in Mallorca
This section is where we highlight the best events on Mallorca during the year. If you are already here, you can pick up a copy of the local English newspaper, Majorca Daily Bulletin (at newsagents, and some tourist offices) for a full list and guide to that weeks events throughout the island.
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. The organising bodies may not release fiesta information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.
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 calender when we spot them.
5 January Three Kings Celebration (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos)
A parade celebrating the eve of The Epiphany, where 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.
16 & 17 January Sant Antoni
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 & street parties.
20 January Festes de Sant Sebastia, Patron Saint of Palma
This is one of Palma's biggest festivals of the year. Sant Sebastian is the city's patron saint, and a variety of recreational activities are held in his honour.
3 February Sant Blai
This event takes place in Sant Joan. To ward off sore throats, the local villages are anointed with the Sant Blai holy oil.
Weekend before the start of Lent - Carnival!
The carnival, also known as Darrers Dies (the last days) recognises the last days before Lent when Christians are allowed to indulge in pleasurable activities, is celebrated 40 days before Easter. It is a mix of games and processions of decorated floats and takes place in Palma and elsewhere on the island.
The ceremonial burial of The Sardine in Son Carrio - part of the final celebrations before Lent begins.
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.
Thursday sees the biggest parades to celebrate Easter, with the most colourful being in Palma de Mallorca.
Many churches hold special services where local children and youth groups perform scenes from the bible to commemorate the death and rebirth of Jesus.
Easter Sunday & Los Pancaritats
Churches throughout Mallorca hold special services on Easter Sunday. The following days see 'pancaritats' held; these are pilgrimages to Majorca's shrines and hermitages and followed by mass picnics.
Fira del Fang - Pottery Fair
Every year, Marratxi hosts a week long pottery fair, where you can find demonstrations of traditional pottery & ceramic methods and buy a range of goods at reasonable prices. Other entertainments also form part of the fair.
Pollenca Wine Fair
The third weekend in April generally sees Pollenca host its annual wine fair. Its a popular event where you can try a host of wines from Mallorca and the other Balearic islands for an entry fee.
Towards the end of April the rural towns of Mallorca start to celebrate the coming of Spring with agricultural fairs, featuring livestock, arts & crafts markets and other family entertainments.
First week of May Palma International 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 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.
2nd Sunday of May Moros i Cristians, Soller
Soller'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.
2nd Sunday of May - Sant Miquel, Son Carrio
Son Carrio's patron saint is celebrated on this day with a fair and a toast supper.
3rd weekend of May - Medieval Fair, Capdepera
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 & music, there are stalls aplenty selling food, trinkets, arts & crafts and plenty of street entertainers.
Cala d'Or Jazz Festival
This festival sometimes occurs at the end of May and the beginning of June. The organisers have had differences with the town hall in recent years, meaning the event has been cancelled, postponed, rearranged etc. If we know for sure it is happening, we will add it to the Events Calender!
Beginning of June
This is when the clubs start to open in Mallorca. The beach resorts of Magaluf, Alcudia & 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.
20 June Romeria de Sant Marcal
A market and exhibition of siurell and ornaments in Marratxi.
23 June Nit de Foc
One of the most popular festivals in Palma de Mallorca, called Nic 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 Mer, mark the beginning of of Mallorca's summer fiestas.
There is also the Fiesta del Solque Bailla in Muro.
24 June Sant Joan Fiesta
On this day, the locals celebrate Sant Joan (John the Baptiste) along with the summer solstice throughout Majorca.
28 & 29 June Sant Pere Fiesta
Processions of fishing boats in Palma, Port d'Andratx and Port d'Alcudia in honour of the patron saint of fishermen.
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.
Inca Jazz Festival, free concerts every Saturday evening.
Deia International Music Festival
Pollenca Classical Music & Arts Festival
Classical Music Concerts at Bellver Castle in Palma
15 & 16 July Verge del Carma
Another fishermens' fiesta, with celebrations dedicated to the virgin, the patron of fishermen. Try Puerto Pollenca or Porto Cristo for their extensive programmes in the week surrounding the 16th July.
20 July Santa Margalida
Small town just south of the Playa de Muro beach resorts holds it's summer festival at the middle to end of July, with plenty of entertainments for the whole family. Also held in Sa Pobla, just to the west.
19 - 24 July Sá Mostra International Folklore Festival
The Majorcan town of Sóller hosts this bi-annual festival, a week of lively music and dance shows. The performance groups hail from all over the world, making this an interesting and culturally diverse event.
Third Thursday of July
Artdemossa Fair in Valldemossa
25 July Saint Jaume
Fiestas held throughout the island. Try Alcudia's celebrations.
27& 28 July Santa Catalina Thomas
Homage to Mallorca's patron saint in her home town of Valldemossa.
Last Sunday of July Fornells
Last week of July & into August
La Patrona Festival in Pollenca
2nd August Mock Battle between Moors and Christians, Pollenca
In Pollenca the battle is between the local hero Joan Mas and the pirate invasion of the Moors led by Dragut Rais.
First week of August, Sa Pobla Jazz Festival
First week of August, Copa del Rey Sailing Regatta
First week of August, Sant Salvador Festival, Arta
Varied programme of events including sports & cultural activities as well as parties, dancing and fireworks.
First week of August, Festes Colonia Sant Jordi
Chopin Classical Music in Valldemossa
Pollenca Music Festival - classical music and arts festival
Summer Classical Music Concerts in Andratx - al fresco!
Deia International Music Festival - well established classical music festival, concerts are held at Son Marroig country house.
Open Air Cinema Screenings in Parc de la Mer, Palma - the programme includes films in English
Many of the smaller villages hold their annual fiestas in August, there are more towards the middle and the end of the month. Check the events calendar for more information.
First two weeks August Festes de Santa Maria del Mar, Cala d'Or
Various entertainments including concerts, 'geant' parades, DJ's and fireworks.
First two weeks August, Summer Festivals in Alqueria Blanca & Es Llombards
Middle of August, Mare de Deu d'Agost Fiesta, C'an Picafort
Summer festival on the beach, with fireworks and a bizzare rubber duck release on the sea.
Middle of August, Nite de l'Art, Soller
An evening devoted to art and music in the streets of Soller
23 & 24 August Sant Bartomeu Fiesta
Devil-dancing in Montuiri at one of Mallorca's oldest festivals. Also celebrated in Valldemossa.
21-28 August Sant Agusti Fiesta
Summer festival with parties, a night of art, fireworks and a correfoc (fire run). Cavallets dances in Felanitx, with children dressed up as cardboard horses being chased to the accompaniment of bagpipes, flutes and drums.
1st two weeks in September Festivities of King Jaume I, Santa Ponsa
At the beginning of September there is a two week festival that commemorates the landing of King Jaume I in Mallorca, featuring mock battles between the Moors and Christians. Very popular!
1st weekend in September Les Festes de La Beata Santa Catalina Tomás
The town of Santa Margalida honours its patron saint, Catalina Tomás, with a weekend of celebrations commemorating her beatification by Pope Piu.
Alcudia Jazz Festival
Deia International Music Festival
Well established classical music festival, concerts are held at Son Marroig country house.
Open Air Cinema Screenings in Parc de la Mer, Palma
Beer Festivals in Palma and S'Arenal
8 September Mare de Déu de la Salut
Processions and floral offerings take over Palma during the annual Mare de Déu de la Salut fiesta.
Begining of September Melon Festival, Vilafranca de Bonany
The start of the harvest festivals features melons, figs and related fruits in the central town of Vilafranca de Bonany.
Middle of September Fira in Arta
Third Thursday of September, Nit de l'Art in Palma
Fabulous evening where the private art galleries open their doors to the public.
Third weekend in September, Manacor Autumn Fair
With markets and entertainments
Last week of September Fiesta des Vermar, Binissalem
The wine-growing village of Binissalem holds the Sa Vermar 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 and into October, Classical Music Festival in Port de Soller
End of September, Closing Parties at the Clubs and Beach Clubs
Throughout October, Classic Music Festival, Port de Soller
First Sunday of October Fiesta of Black Pudding
One for the sausage lovers out there - the Fiesta Torrada d’es Borifarro in Sant Joan is dedicated to the local black pudding & other related delicacies!
First weekend in October Alcudia Fira
Annual agricultural fair with parades, exhibitions, music and dancing. Runs from Friday to Sunday.
First weekend in October, Fira Dolca
A sweet fair (as in edible treats!) is held in the mountain town of Esporles.
Middle of October, Sobrassada Fair
Mallorca's special sausage has it's own fair held in Campos.
Middle of October
Algaida Autumn Fair
Autumn Fair & Wine Fair in Consell
End of October
Porreres Autumn Fair
Red Pepper Fair, Felanitx
Third Saturday of 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.
2nd/3rd weekend October Llucmajor Fair
With arts and crafts on display, exhibitions, horse shows, live music and parties. Runs day and night.
Third & Final weekend in October - Inca Agricultural Fair
Horse shows, wine & food exhibitions, handicrafts fair. Runs for three consecutive weekends.
2nd weekend November: Pumpkin Fair, Muro
A small fair to celebrate the humble pumpkin family. Prizes for the biggest pumpkin, pumpkin snacks and treats in the local bars & restaurants, a small funfair and giant pumpkins shipped over from the mainland are all part of this autumn fair.
2nd weekend November: Handicrafts & Artesan Fair, Pollenca
A fabulous arts & crafts fair in Pollenca. 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!
3rd weekend November: Honey Fair, Llubi
A very local affair in Llubi, all sorts of honey and honey related products are entered in competitions and are available to try before you buy.
3rd weekend November: Olive Fair, Caimari
A most charming fair in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. Tubs and tubs of olives, olive oil and olive related exhibitions. Delightful Mallorcan village life at it's best.
Last weekend November: New Wine Fair, Santa Maria del Camí
One of the centres for Mallorcan wine hosts a small wine fair, with tours and tastings.
Last weekend November: Autumn Fair, sa Pobla
Plenty going on here at this autumn agricultural fair, with farming exhibitions, arts & crafts, markets and a horse show.
Last weekend November: Mushroom Fair, Mancor de la Vall
Another traditional autumn fair, this time dedicated to the forest mushroom the Esclatasang. Expect evenign parties with bonfires and fireworks, followed by daytime marketstalls and feastings.
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.
1st weekend December: Partridge & Agricultural Fair, Montuiri
An excellent fair featuring game and in particular the partridge.
24 & 25 December: Navidad Christmas
Families in Mallorca celebrate Christmas as we know it. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve is very popular with Majorcan families. The traditional (and UNESCO protected) song, the Sibil-la is sung in many churches before Midnight Mass.
31 December: Ano Nuevo New Years Eve Celebrations
Celebrated all over the island with plenty of spectacular firework displays. Some villages have live music and dancing as well, with eating of the grapes tradition during the count down to midnight. In Palma Festa de l'Estendard is celebrated in honour of the Christian conquest of Palma in 1229, with a procession from the town hall to Mass at the cathedral.