Experience the Magic of Marbella Feria 2024

Get ready to dive into the lively celebrations honoring San Bernabé, the patron saint of Marbella. This annual fiesta perfectly captures the spirit, culture, and joyous vibes of this beautiful Spanish coastal city.

Living first-hand the San Bernabé Marbella fair lets you step back in time to see the town’s old-fashioned side, long before it became a tourist hotspot. It’s a chance to experience the authentic essence of Marbella, steeped in rich history and tradition. The Feria Marbella offers everything you’d expect from a classic Andalusian fair: delicious food, refreshing drinks, lively entertainment, spirited dancing, and of course the charming ‘casetas’ (marquee tents)  uniquely decorated for the occasion. 

What date is the Marbella Feria 2024 held?

The festivities kick off on the evening of June 5th with a grand opening ceremony that sets the stage for an unforgettable week ahead. Starting with an impressive fireworks display along the Paseo Marítimo de Marbella, this spectacle marks the beginning of a week filled with entertainment and events catering for all ages, making it the perfect way to dive into the fun, tradition, and excitement of the Marbella fair!

Throughout the week, the Marbella fair offers a range of experiences to delight visitors of all ages. From the lighting of the fair’s arch  (Arco de la Feria) to the fireworks display, there’s no shortage of good moments to enjoy. Tharch inauguration takes place at the entrance of the Zona de Arroyo (Recinto Ferial de noche) at 9:00 p.m., while the fireworks light up the sky at Playa del Faro after 11.00 p.m., near the Puerto Deportivo de Marbella.

Feria Marbella | Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella

Marbella Feria 2024 Schedule & Location Guide

The Marbella Fair is divided into two distinct locations, each offering its own unique charm and attractions. During the day, the fair comes to life in the bustling streets of Marbella Town around Alameda Park and Avenida del Mar, where locals and visitors alike gather to partake in the festivities. This area is easily accessed by foot and contains a large underground car park. Just follow the sounds of laughter and the scent of delicious food, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the heart of the Marbella fair festivities.

Adding to the vibrant atmosphere, locals dress up in traditional gorgeous flamenco dresses, bringing extra excitement and color to the town. As night falls, the party continues at the fairground, just south of the highway in the Zona de Arroyo area (near La Cañada shopping Center), where the lights shine bright and the fun never ends.

For more information on the Marbella Feria 2024, see the full fair program in Spanish at the Marbella Town Hall’s website here

Marbella Day Fair: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Start by heading to Parque de la Alameda and Avenida del Mar, the center of all the action. The inauguration of the day fair starts at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, June 6th, with the fair’s arch paying tribute to Agustín Hervás. As you wander through the lively streets, take in the vibrant atmosphere and get a taste of Marbella’s culture. You can’t miss the colorful paper lanterns and flags decorating the streets, adding to the festive vibe.

Highlights:

  • – Live Music & Dance Performances: Experience a dynamic lineup of musical styles, from traditional flamenco to lively folk tunes that will get your toes tapping. The festivities kick off with activities and live music at La Caseta Mi Hogar  every day from 1.00 p.m. 

  • -Delicious Delights: The Marbella fair is a great opportunity to try traditional Spanish delicacies. From savory tapas, paellas, to sweet treats, there’s something to satisfy every craving. 

    • -Casetas: Sip on a glass of sherry or rebujito while admiring the beautiful flamenco dresses worn by many fair-goers at the casetas. This is your chance to experience the authentic spirit of Spain!

feria marbella 2024
Feria Marbella | Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella

Marbella Night Fair: Approximately from 9:00 p.m.

As the sun sets, the energy of the Feria only intensifies. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the night fair lights up the Zona de Arroyo  area with numerous shows, concerts, and attractions for fair lovers. Get ready for unforgettable evenings filled with fun, laughter, and magic.

Highlights:

  • -Fairground Rides: Hop on the classic rides or challenge yourself with the thrilling attractions for an adrenaline rush. Don’t miss the special offers on the rides on Children’s Day (Día del Niño), Thursday, June 6th from 7:00 p.m to midnightmaking it the perfect time for some family fun!

  • – Live Music & Dance Performances: On Friday, June 7th, groove to 80s hits with Jaime Urrutia and La Frontera, as well as local groups. Then, on Saturday, June 8th, the youngests can enjoy modern beats with Maikel Delacalle and Julio Benavente. Both nights start at 9:00 p.m. at the “Luis Teruel” soccer field, Arroyo Primero sports center. Admission is free! For Saturday’s event, don’t forget to grab your invitation at the Youth Delegation.

  • -Casetas: Visit the numerous casetas, where you can enjoy a variety of music – from traditional flamenco to jazz and rock. 

Feria Marbella 2024 | Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella

For historic enthusiasts, usually the finale is the reenactment of King Ferdinand the Catholic’s historic entry into Marbella on June 11, 1485, which will be absent this year. However, to close the musical performances, on Tuesday, June 11th, Ricardo Soriano Avenue (corner with Huerta Chica street) will come alive from 9.00 p.m. with a free admission concert by Camela, marking the end of the marbella fair. The day will still begin with the customary civic-religious procession to the Cruz del Humilladero at 10.00 a.m., followed by a solemn mass at Parroquia Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación at 11.00 a.m. and a stately procession through the streets. 

See the full Marbella feria program in Spanish here.  

An Invitation to Experience the Magic

Make sure to mark your calendar for the second week of June and get ready to dive into the rich traditions, celebrations, and community spirit of the Marbella Fair. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or simply looking for a good time, this vibrant event has something for everyone. So, gather your friends and family, don your flamenco dresses, and experience the magic of the Marbella Feria 2024. It’s a week you won’t want to miss! 🎉

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Related Questions to Marbella Feria 2024: Your Questions Answered

The Marbella Fair is a tribute to San Bernabé, the city’s patron saint. San Barnabas, known as a Christian saint, is highly respected for his evangelistic and apostolic efforts. Throughout the fair, religious ceremonies are conducted to honor San Bernabé, including processions and special masses held at the Church of La Encarnación.

If you’re planning to drive to Marbella Feria, you have convenient parking options available. Consider parking at Albarizas, where the Town Hall provides a free mini-train service to El Real (feria site). You can also catch the trenecito near the end of Avenida José Manuel Vallés. Alternatively, if you park at La Cañada, you’ll need to walk (under the bridge) or use the provided public transportation to reach the Recinto ferial. These options ensure hassle-free parking and easy access to all the festivities!

While every event has its own “protocol,” the San Bernabé Fair is refreshingly free-spirited. There are no strict rules here – you can dress however you please and feel comfortable. It’s common to see attendees in light, breathable clothing, opting for comfort above all else to beat the summer heat.

While a flamenco dress isn’t obligatory, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give it a try? Embracing the traditional attire can add an extra layer of fun to your Feria experience. So, if you’re up for it, wear that flamenco dress or traje corto suit and dive into the festive spirit!

Stay Cool and Hydrated: Since June tends to be hot, it’s a good idea to come prepared with a hat and a fan. Staying hydrated will help keep you feeling refreshed and energized as you explore the festivities.

Be Mindful of Pickpockets: With large crowds, there’s always a possibility of pickpockets. While these incidents are rare, it’s best to take precautions. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and be vigilant of your surroundings. 

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