Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Autumn
What's on in autumn on the Costa Daurada
Tue Apr 1 2014
© Rafael López-Monné
21st to 25th September
Mother of God of Mercy Fiesta in Reus
If Saint Peter is the patron saint of Reus, the Mother of God of Mercy is his female counterpart. And she also has a great fiesta in her honour. It's considered to be "Reus' little festival". The 24th sees the celebration of the Torch Rosary Parade, which winds its way from Plaça de la Pastoreta to the sanctuary. There are a number of masses said at the sanctuary on the 25th, with the main mass at 11 o'clock. The festive groups also head for the sanctuary and a dance is held outside it. In the afternoon there are folklore dances, human tower building exhibitions and the traditional Dance of the Demons.
28th September and 4th and 5th October
Human Tower Competition in Tarragona
Every even numbered year the best groups of human tower builders in Catalonia come together in Tarraco Arena Plaça on the only day of the event that is competitive in nature. It's a day that raises great expectations among fans, as evidenced by the entries that are sold out in the blink of an eye. For this edition an important innovation has been announced: on Sunday 5th October the first 12 groups in the Estrella ranking will compete, the day before, on Saturday October 4th it's the turn of the next 18 best ranked groups, and a week before that, on September 28th the next 12 will compete in Plaça del Castell de Torredembarra. That means that 42 groups will take part in the 25th Competition of Human Towers.
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24th to 29th September
Fiesta of Sant Miquel in Mont-roig del Camp
Concerts, sporting competitions, exhibitions, activities for children... the Fiesta of Sant Miquel brings some 50 activities to Mont-roig and begins with the traditional official speech.
11th and 12th October
Clickània - Playmobil Festival in Montblanc
This is an enormous exhibition of these famous toys in the shape of themed dioramas, including medieval, pirate, western, circus, playground and Egyptian scenes. There is also a competition of dioramas, and a multimedia space in which visitors can play with Playmobil on computers.
11th and 12th October
Wind Festival in Pla de Santa Maria
On one hand, the Wind Festival features a number of multisector stands, like many other fairs around the country. But on the other hand, as you can guess from its name, the festival sees a gathering of ultralight aircraft, paramotors, sailcars and model aircraft. This is therefore an essential event for fans of these devices, and you can also enjoy a popular fashion catwalk and a concentration of Harley Davidson motorbikes.
Around 15th October
Santa Teresa Fair in Vendrell
This multisectorial fair takes place in different locations in Vendrell, and includes the Mostraví wine show, the Jornades Gastronòmiques gastronomy exhibition, a ceramics fair and an international beer show, all of which are biannual events. During the same days, there are activities for all ages, parades and a human tower building day.
23rd to 26th October
Cos, International Movement and Gestural Theatre Festival in Reus
The capital of the Baix Camp is filled with bodies and objects in movement during this festival,which attracts both national and international groups who debut their new performances here.
24th to 26th October
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada
If you're a petrol head, a good time to visit the lands of Tarragona is during the RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada. And if you're too lazy to get out and watch the race from one of the bends on one of the mountain roads, a special race has been held in Salou for the last two seasons. The drivers go full speed down Passeig de Jaume I and adjacent streets, and you can be within touching distance!
6th to 8th December
Spanish Open in Salou
Fans of ballroom dancing and dance sport shouldn't miss this international competition that sees the participation of the top couples from around the world and takes place in the municipal sports pavilion in Salou coinciding with the Spanish holiday period at the beginning of December. There are different categories of competition featuring vibrant rhythms and seemingly impossible dance moves.