What’s On In Rioja

Calagurritana Easter Week

Calahorra Calahorra, Spain

Calahorra marks the death of Jesus Christ in a unique way, with the recreation of the Roman era in its streets. There are gladiator fights, bird of prey displays, parades through the streets and several dramatised re-enactments performed by 500 actors.

Blessing of Palms – Haro

Haro

At the Basilica de la Vega, the traditional Blessing of Palms followed by a procession of the Donkey, featuring the Drum Band of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Solitude of Logrono.

The Act and Procession of El Encuentro – Haro

Haro

The Act and Procession of El Encuentro in the Plaza del Teatro marks the real start of Holy Week. Featuring the Brotherhood of the Seven Words from Logrono, the Haro Bugle and Drum Band and the Haro Municipal Music Band.

Good Friday – Haro

Haro

11am - The traditional way of the cross, Via Crucis or Valvario, from the parish curch of Santo Tomas. At its conclusion, the Sermon of the Seven Words and the Descent of Jesus from the Cross. 8.30pm - Procession of the Holy Burial

Las Vueltas (The Turns)

Nájera Nájera, Spain

The historical tradition “Las Vueltas” (The Turns) takes place. The festivals consist of ‘turning’ around the bandstand to finish at the village square, whilst dancing and asking to be doused in water.

Jornadas Medievales

Briones Briones, Spain

This big festival of National Tourist Interest is celebrated in Briones on the third weekend of June with the aim of commemorating the way of life of the inhabitants of the town in the fourteenth century

Barrio de la Estacion Tasting Day

Haro

This usually takes place in June, during which in one day all of the wineries can be visited, with tastings of two wines and one tapas available at each one. The day is usually rounded off with entertainment such as a concert.

Las Vueltas (The Turns)

Nájera Nájera, Spain

The historical tradition “Las Vueltas” (The Turns) takes place. The festivals consist of ‘turning’ around the bandstand to finish at the village square, whilst dancing and asking to be doused in water.

The Wine Battle – Haro

Haro

Haro’s famous Wine Battle takes place on the same date every year. It is to celebrate the saints John, Felices and Paul, but for many the main attraction is definitely the opportunity to throw wine at your friends!