Feria de Marbella 2024 – fun, parties and big heads

May 25, 2024

The Feria de Marbella, also known as Feria de San Bernabé, will happen between June 5 and June 11 in 2024, with the parade happening before, on May 26. This Feria is named in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Bernabé. Let’s see up close what Marbella has prepared for its big week in 2024!

Feria de Marbella 2024 poster

I have summarized here the main aspects of the Feria de Marbella 2024, according to the original program, in Spanish, that can be found on Marbella’s Town Hall page. I’ve also included locations. the first time each of them appears – and the routes that the different parades will follow.  

Program of the Feria de Marbella 2024

Sunday, May 26 – Procession

The Romería (procession) that preceds the Feria de Marbella will depart from Marbella’s Old town towards the Parque Nagüeles, where the other events of the day – mass, dance show and paella distribution – will take place. It looks like a fun day to spend with the family! Check the full program of the day and the translation, with directions, below:

Feria de Marbella 2024 - procession program

08:30 a.m. Free tasting of churros with chocolate
for all attendees, in the Plaza de la Iglesia (next to the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación)

09:00 a.m. Pilgrimage procession to the Hermitage of the Patron Saint located in the Nagüeles Park.
Itinerary: departure from the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Parish, Calle Carmen, Plaza General Chinchilla, Plaza de los Naranjos, Calle Estación, Plaza de la Victoria, Calle Huerta Chica, Avenida Ricardo Soriano, Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra (lollipop), Avenida Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón, Avenida Buchinger, ending in Pinar de Nagüeles.

Feria de Marbella 2024 - procession route map
Route of the procession of San Bernabé, 2024

Noon – Mass of the Pilgrims in the Hermitage of the Patron Saint
at the Pinar de Nagüeles.

Above: directions to the Ermita de San Barnabé

1:30 p.m. Dance by the Arenal Duo and Dance Academies Contest
on the stage located in the Nagüeles Park, next to the Hermitage.
with performances from the following academies: Alba Urbano, Eli García, Sandra Vázquez, Cristina Ropero, Mi Lema Melania Leiva, Fitflamc Gema Piña, “Muévete Marbella” by Rocío Guerrero, Karina Parra and Fitflamc Germán Cervera.

2:00 p.m. Popular Paella
in Nagüeles Park.

Wednesday, June 5

The first day of the Feria de Marbella starts at night, with inauguration acts and fireworks by the beach! 😉

Feria de Marbella 2024

9:00 p.m. Inauguration of the Arch of the Fair
installed at the entrance of the nighttime Fairgrounds, dedicated to the Group of Marbella Civil Protection volunteers for the 40th Anniversary of its foundation.

10:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies of the San Bernabé Fair and Festival
in the Francisco Cuevas Blanco Park. (Terrazas Puerto Deportivo), with the following acts:
• Reading of the proclamation of the Fair and Festivities of San Bernabé 2024, by Francisco Javier Vázquez (F for Frank).
• Coronation and imposition of Bands to the Queens, King, Children’s and Youth Ladies, as well as Miss Sympathy and her Ladies of the Fair and Festivals of San Barnabas 2024.
• Election of the “Popular Queen”, among the ladies who are in this act and that stand out for their grace and friendliness.
• Musician Fireworks Session – “Sky Symphony” Aquatic Aero, at Faro Beach.

Above: Francisco Cuevas Blanco Park. Below: Faro Beach. They are very close to each other, so attendees can walk from one part of the event to the next.

Thursday, June 6

While most of the nighttime attractions will happen in the Fairgrounds, the daytime activities, that start today, are concentrated around the parks and squares of the city, such as the Alameda Park, the Parque de la Represa, the Los Naranjos square and the Church square – all shown in the translation with directions the first time each appears. 😉

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 6

1:00 p.m. Inauguration of the Day Fair
in the Arch located in the Alameda Park, next to the Virgen del Rocío Fountain.
– Plaque of Agustín Hervás inauguration
– Opening of the booths installed on Paseo de la Alameda and Avda. del Mar.
– Start of activities at the My Home booth, installed in the Market Square.
– Coronation of Queens and Misters Marbella Senior.
– Performance by the artist Maribel Fernández “La Caletera” contestant of the musical program “Se llama Copla”, (accompanied on the piano by maestro David Matas).

Above: Virgen del Rocío Fountain in the Alameda Park

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the Fair from Radiotelevisión Marbella Live
from the Plaza de los Naranjos.

4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Performance of Dance Academies
on the stage located in Parque de la Represa (in front of Calzados Millán), with the participation of the following dance academies: Alba Donoso Dance School, “Muévete Marbella” academy by Rocío Guerrero, dance academy My Motto Melania Leiva, Cristina Ropero dance academy, Eli García dance academy and Danza Marbella by Sylvia Shazadi.

7:00 p.m. to midnight – Children’s Day
with popular prices on the mechanical attractions (funfair) at the Fairgrounds.
On children’s day, the tickets for the funfair attractions have reduced price.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds (because kids play until very late in Spain!!)

Friday, June 7

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 7

1:00 p.m. Opening of the booths
installed on Paseo de la Alameda and Avda. del Mar.
Start of activities at the Caseta Mi Hogar, installed in Plaza del Mercado.
Day of the Active Participation Center for the Elderly of Miraflores, with performance of world dances, sevillanas and choir.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the Fair from Radiotelevisión Marbella Live
from the Plaza de los Naranjos.

4:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performance of the Dance Academies
on the stage located in Parque de la Represa (in front of Calzados Millán), with the participation of Paquita Jesús Dance Academy, Fitflamc Gema Piña, Alba Urbano Dance Academy, Karina Parra Dance and Solera de Jerez Professional Flamenco School.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Day without noise”,
two hours without music in the area of ​​the funfair attractions, intended for the enjoyment of those people with extreme sensitivity to noise and loud sounds.

9:00 p.m. Dance Academies Contest
in the Plaza de la Iglesia, with the participation of Cristina Ropero Dance Academy, Fitflamc Gema Piña, Sandra Vázquez Dance Academy, Alba Urbano Dance Academy, Alba Donoso Dance School, Academy Eli García Dance School, Solera de Jerez Professional Flamenco School, Sylvia Shazadi Marbella Dance Academy, Mi Lema Melania Leiva Dance Academy, Rocío Guerrero’s Muévete Marbella Academy, Karina Parra Dance Academy, Maribel Urbano Dance School and Paquita Jesús Dance Academy.

11:00 p.m. Celebration of the II Bernafest
with the main performances of Jaime Urrutia (Gabinete Caligari) and La Frontera, performance of local bands and participation of Juan (Dj from the Premier Room), in the auditorium of the Nighttime Fairgrounds, located in the sports facilities of First stream, “Luis Teruel” soccer field.

Saturday, June 8

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 8

11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performances of Dance Academies
on the stage located in Parque de la Represa (in front of Calzados Millán), with Mi Lema Melania Leiva Dance Academy, Fitflamc Germán Cervera, Cristina Ropero Dance Academy, Dance Academy Alba Urbano, Paquita Jesús Dance Academy, Sandra Vázquez Dance Academy, Karina Parra Dance Academy and Maribel Urbano Dance School.

1:00 p.m. Opening of the booths
installed on Paseo de la Alameda and Avda. del Mar.
Start of activities at the My Home Booth, installed in the Market Square.
Day of the Active Participation Center for Seniors “Encarna Cantero”, with choir performance, sevillanas contest and pasodobles contest.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the Fair from Radiotelevisión Marbella Live
from the Plaza de los Naranjos.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds

7:30 p.m. Reopening of the Marbella bullring
with the celebration of an exceptional bullfight with three first swords: Morante de la Puebla, José M. Manzanares and Roca Rey.
Six bulls from the ranches of Juan Pedro Domecq, Carlos Nuñez, GarciGrande, Santiago Domecq, el Freixo and Álvaro Núñez will be fought.

*Ticket sales:
Bullring ticket offices: From June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The same day of the event from 10:00 a.m. until the start.
Online: From Friday, May 10 at www.bacantix.com
Information and reservation telephone number: 642 457 177

8:30 p.m. Youth Party
in the auditorium of the Nighttime Fairgrounds, located in the Arroyo Primero sports facilities, “Luis Teruel” soccer field. An extraordinary combination of fun, lighting and sound will come together on Saturday night of the fair with the prestigious DJs BARCE and DEMO. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.).
Performance by the artist Julio Benavente.
Concert by Maikel Delacalle.

* Important note on access to the auditorium:
Access by invitation to be picked up at the Youth Delegation, located on Jacinto Benavente Street, local 10, on the 3rd and 4th June from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1 invitation per ID and maximum two invitations per person carrying both IDs).
Young people who are under 16 years of age must enter accompanied by an adult and authorized in writing by means of a document that they will collect at the Youth Delegation.
Young people from ages 16 to 18 must access with written authorization presented in a document that they will collect at the Youth Delegation.

Sunday, June 9

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 9

Noon to 9:00 p.m. Performances of Dance Academies
on the stage located in Parque de la Represa (in front of Calzados Millán), with the participation of Alba Donoso Dance School, Solera de Jerez Professional Flamenco School, Maribel Urbano Dance School, Eli García Dance Academy, Sandra Vázquez Dance Academy, Karina Parra Dance Academy, Fitf lamc Gema Piña and Cristina Ropero Dance Academy.

1:00 p.m. Opening of the booths
installed on Paseo de la Alameda and Avda. del Mar.
Start of activities at the My Home Booth, installed in the Market Square.
Day of the “Santa Marta” Active Participation Center for Seniors, with Sevillanas performance and Flamenco Gymnastics.
Day of the Active Participation Center for Seniors “Los Paisajes”, with exhibition of Pasodobles and performance of the choir.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the Fair from Radiotelevisión Marbella Live
from the Plaza de los Naranjos.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Day without noise”,
two hours without music in the area of ​​the fair attractions, intended for the enjoyment of those people with extreme sensitivity to noise and loud sounds.

Monday, June 10

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 10

Noon – Ringing of Bells, National and Andalusian Anthems and Parade of Giants and Big Heads.
Local Authorities will place the Pendón, a historical relic of our city, on the balcony of the Excmo. Marbella City Council, accompanied by the Municipal Music Band of the Hon. Marbella City Council.
Parade of Giants and Big Heads
Itinerary: departure from Plaza de la Victoria, calle Estación, Plaza de los Naranjos, calle Nueva, calle Gloria, calle Francisco Echamendi, plaza José Palomo, calle Enrique del Castillo, avda. Ramón y Cajal, Paseo de la Alameda, Avda. Ramón y Cajal, calle Pedraza and ends in Plaza de la Victoria.

Feria de Marbella 2024 - parade of giants and big heads route map

1:00 p.m. Opening of the booths
installed on Paseo de la Alameda and Avda. del Mar.
Start of activities at the My Home Booth, installed in the Market Square.
Day of the Active Participation Center for Seniors “Plaza de toros”, with choir performance, sevillanas contest and castanet exhibition.
Day of the Active Participation Center for Seniors Junta de Andalucía Peñuelas, with performance of sevillanas.

4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performance of the Dance Academies
on the stage located in Parque de la Represa (in front of Calzados Millán), with the participation of Muévete Marbella Academy by Rocío Guerrero, Alba Donoso Dance School, Alba Urbano Dance Academy, Cristina Ropero Dance, Sandra Vázquez Dance Academy and Maribel Urbano Dance School.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds

8:00 p.m. Children’s Party
in the auditorium of the Nighttime Fairgrounds, located in the Arroyo Primero sports facilities, “Luis Teruel” soccer field, with entertainment, bouncy castle park and many more surprises.

Tuesday, June 11

Feria de Marbella 2024 - program June 11

10:00 a.m. Civic Religious Procession
presided over by the local authorities to the historic place of the Cruz de Humilladero (Calle Málaga), accompanied by the Municipal Music Band of the Marbella City Council.

Itinerary: Town Hall, Plaza de los Naranjos, Plaza Gral. Chinchilla, Calle Carmen, Plaza de la Iglesia, Calle Caridad, Calle Misericordia, Plaza Altamirano, Plaza Puente de Málaga, Calle Málaga and historic place of the Cruz de Humilladero (return along the same route to the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Parish).

Feria de Marbella 2024 - closing procession route map

10:30 a.m. Delivery of Commemorative Medals of the Humilladero Cross
in Calle Málaga. Organized by the A.V.V. Huerto Porral and collaboration of the Federation of Neighborhoods of Marbella.

11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass and Procession in Honor of Our Patron Saint San Bernabé.
in the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Parish, accompanied by the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Choir.

Procession in Honor of Our Patron Saint San Bernabé.
Itinerary: departure from Church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, Plaza de la Iglesia, calle Trinidad, calle Salinas, calle Arte, calle Ntro. Padre Jesús Nazareno, Avda. Nabeul, calle Marques de Najera, Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos, calle Tetuán, Avda. Ramón y Cajal, calle Huerta Chica, Plaza de la Victoria, calle Estación, Plaza de Los Naranjos, Plaza General Chinchilla, calle Carmen and its temple.

Feria de Marbella 2024 - San Barnabas procession route map

1:00 p.m. Opening of the booths
installed in the Parque de la Alameda and Avda. de Mar.
Start of activities at the My Home Booth, installed in the Market Square.

3:00 p.m. Enjoy the Fair from Radiotelevisión Marbella Live
from the Plaza de los Naranjos.

7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Funfair
installed at the Fairgrounds

9:00 p.m. Camela concert
on Ricardo Soriano Avenue on the corner of Huerta Chica Street (free admission).

Above: the corner of the streets mentioned. I’m curious to see how the concert will fit!!

Conclusion

The Feria de Marbella is a vibrant celebration that encapsulates the rich cultural heritage and dynamic spirit of this town. Held annually, this week-long festival brings together locals and visitors in a joyous display of traditional music, dance, and gastronomy. From the lively fairground rides to the colorful parades and flamenco performances, every aspect of the feria showcases the passion and pride of Marbella’s community.

It is a time when the town comes alive with an infectious energy, creating a sense of unity and festivity that leaves a lasting impression on all who attend. The Feria de Marbella honors the town’s history and traditions and highlights its ability to blend the old with the new, making it a must-experience event for anyone looking to truly understand the heart and soul of Marbella. Have fun!

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