How to Celebrate The Fallas of València Festival
Wondering how to Celebrate the Fallas of València Festival? Our guide will give you a background to this historical festival, and tons of amazing tips to help you enjoy it the fullest!
The Fallas of València Festival is an annual event where Valèncians ring in the Spring season. The festival starts on March 1st, and runs until March 19th. Over the two and a half week period, the city explodes with events, parties, ninots, and parades, giving València new life after the sleepy winter months. Looking for info and some hot tips on this lively festival? Read on to discover our guide on How to Celebrate The Fallas of València Festival.
Background on The Fallas of València Festival
The Fallas is a traditional event in honour of Saint Joseph, and celebrates the arrival of Spring. Added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity List in 2016, the festival is characterised with fires, and you’ll be able to experience tons of them! The term “fallas” is from the Latin word “fax”, meaning torch, and refers to both the ninots and the celebrations. While Las Fallas is a two and a half week festival, the key days are March 15-19.
Historically, The Fallas of València Festival was an annual event where carpenters would burn old wood used to prop up their lights in the winter months. Over time, other items were added to the annual fire, sometimes giving them a an almost human appearance. Today, you’ll find upwards of 800 incredible pieces of art depicting real-life characters or statements, all meant to be burned at some point during the festival. The ninots always have a satirical, political, or topical theme, so don’t be surprised if you see things that look like Trump, Lady Gaga, or Homer Simpson.
Essentially, València turns into a giant street party during The Fallas, so you’ll never be hard up trying to find a place to celebrate. To stay up to date with info on the festival, we recommend downloading The Fallas app. It’s an easy way to find events and and other insider tips.
As for food, you’ll find tons of tasty options throughout the city. We recommend trying buñuelos, which are pumpkin fried fritters topped with sugar. To make it sweeter, order a hot chocolate for dipping: it’s delicious! Aside from this, you’ll find tons of food trucks throughout town to satisfy your cravings between parties.
But this is not all: in the Ruzafa neighbourhood, more exactly in the streets of Calle Sueca and Calle Puerto Rico you will find an elaborate light show coordinated with music at about 20:00 pm.
Main Events at The Fallas of València Festival
As we said earlier, The Fallas of València Festival lasts for over two and a half weeks. However, the most important dates are from March 15-19 where the biggest events and celebrations take place. This section will break down the various events you can attend over the course of the festival.
For those who like to start the day early, this daily event is for you. If you manage to wake, or survive the night before, La Despertà starts every morning at 8:00. It’s like a festive “wake up call”, with live music and firecrackers. So even if you partied too hard the night before, you’ll need earplugs to sleep through this event!
This is another daily event consisting of a display of firecrackers and fireworks. The main event happens at Municipal Mascletà at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. While the event is a daily occurrence, it’s actually organised by a different group each day so you’ll never see the same thing twice. And on March 8th, the show is organised by a team of women, marking International Women’s Day. La Mascletà takes place every day at 14:00.
Remember when we mentioned all the wooden sculptures made for the event? This event marks their last night of preparation for all ninots in the festival. La Plantà takes place at night on March 15th as all ninots must be completed by the next day. If not, they’re disqualified from the competition.
L’Ofrena de Flors
This event is rooted in religious tradition and marks the time when flowers are offer to the Virgin Mary. It’s a two day event starting on March 17th, and the biggest gathering happens at Plaza de la Virgen.
Els Castells and la Nit del Foc
If you love fireworks, then this is the event for you! From March 15-18th, you can watch an impressive display of fireworks, which is a huge part of the festival. The most popular spot to catch it is along the Turia River in the Alemeda area. The final night of the event (Nit del Foc) literally translates to, ‘Night of Fire’ so you know there won’t be any shortage of fire spectacles!
Cavalcada del Foc
This is the big parade on March 19th starting at 19:00. It’s an extravaganza with floats, giant mechanisms, rockets, gunpowder, and music.
This event takes place after Cavalcada del Foc and is when all the Fallas are burnt in huge bonfires. It starts at 22:00 the first ninots thrown in the flames are the Fallas Infantiles. These are made by children and is a pretty family oriented part of the event. The next round of ninots thrown in are The Fallas, and this usually starts at midnight. And at 00:30, the commission gives the first prize to the best Falla. Finally, the last Fallas burning happens at 01:30 after a big firework display at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
Where to Stay in València
Our top recommendation for accommodation in Valencia is Purple Nest Hostel. You’ll love their modern and clean rooms, and they’re well located so you’ll have access to the hottest parties during The Fallas of València on your doorstep!
How to Celebrate The Fallas of València Festival
Now that you have some background and info on The Fallas of València, it’s your turn to go to València and discover las Fallas for yourself! We’re sure you’ll enjoy this incredible event and fall in love with the vibe in València. If you need more information to help you plan your vacation, click here for a range of helpful tips, city guides, food guides, and more. For all the latest news at Famous Hostels, follow us or subscribe on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.