International festival of Benicassim
-14-17 JULY

- 29-31 JULY

- 02 - 07 AUGUST
- 13-20 AUGUST




We are very sorry, but for circumstances beyond our control,...
thisisvalencia will not be participating in La Tomatina this year - for information on where to buy tickets or for tours to the event please contact the organisers - click the Tomatina logo to go to their site

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• Russafart is a biennial art event held in the neighbourhood of Russafa.. ...
..Artist’s workshops all around Russafa open their doors to show their work, methodology and creative spaces. It is a unique opportunity to see up-close the work and life of Russafa’s artists.
Restaurants, bars and shops collaborating with RUSSAFART will open their doors throughout both days of the weekend, along the ALHAMBRA BEERS route for the enjoyment of visitors along the route all day
Wednesday 25
20:30 H.Presentation RUSSAFART 2016 , festive and entertaining family photo Meeting with participating artists and friends in UBIK CAFÉ + Performance
Thursday 26
19:00 H. Opening of the exhibition of artists Asociación Llave Maestra of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, international exchange in the municipal hall in El Tossal Gallery.
Friday 27
19:00 H.Simultaneous Opening, Open studios, workshops and exhibition spaces
Saturday 28

10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 9:30 p.m.Open studios, workshops and exhibition spaces. 9:30 to 14:00 H. Painting Contest district of Russafa, Artists from all around invited to Russafart to capture the corners of the neighborhood in their paintings. Meeting at Escuelas de Artesanos en Av Antiguo Reino de Valencia 40 .
11:00 to 14:00 H. Creative workshops for children by Experiencies EMT (municipal transport company). Paint and graffiti on micro-bus, monitors and children's entertainment with Superbus, with the artist: Hélène Crecent
Sunday 29
10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 H. Open studios, workshops and exhibition spaces.
20:30 H. Painting Contest 2016 Prizegiving awarded by Russafart: Schools Craftsmen, the paint company Bow Tie and the special prize awarded by the official sponsor "Beers Alhambra" Sporting Club Russafa
21:00 H. Closure and festive entertaining encounter with artists and concert + Blue-eyed Soul in Sporting Club Russafa


Art studios



a selection of Valencia’s more traditional restaurants..
are offering special gastronomic menus from 20€ including beer or local wine. This of course, will include Paella or another rice dish. If you haven't been to the Albufera - it's a short ride to the south by car or bus - this month and next are the perfect months to take a barca (boat) ride on the lagoon
12 May to 12 June
Click the pic for a link to the 'Albufera a la plat' site.

L’Albufera al Plat Albufera  on a


Visit selected bars and restaurants along "la ruta"..
where you can have a beer & a tapa for 2.5€ and/or a cocktail and tapa for 5 euros every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until the 31 May.
If you enjoy the tapas offered on Ruta del Tardeo, vote for the one you like and you have the chance to win fantastic prizes.
Click the pic for a link to the 'Ruta del Tardeo' site.

2.50€ for a beer


There's going to be a lot of sex around the City...

In four locations around the city to be exact - CENTRE OCTUBRE, ESPAI LLIMERA, FERIA VALENCIA and LA3 CLUB - 09-18 JUNE
So, why should you visit VSF?
Because VSF believe their festival is an alternative response to other festivals taking place around the world due to their perception of porn as an artistic way of expression.
Because they will offer a multi-sensory, artistic, cultural, intellectual and playful experience about sex.
Because Valencia Sex Festival will offer a wide variety of entertainment including exhibitions, lectures, films, workshops, fashion shows, DJs with erotic performances, and many more activities willing to change for once your porn and sex perception.
Click the pic for a link to the 'V S F' site.

Sex in the City.


Café Kafka, a short opera

22, 25, 28, 31 May
A 45 minute chamber opera in one act
Music Francisco Coll, Libretto by Meredith Oakes
Followed on 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 June 2016
by Benjamin Britten’s opera
Click the pic for a link to the 'Pala de les Arts' site.

Kafka in song at the


More than seven hours of live music from...

Fangoria, Nancys Rubias, Hidrogenesse, Guille Milkyway ( La Casa Azul) Dj Set, La Prohibida, La3 Dj Team: Boccachico + Eterno. high quality food will also be available. It all takes place at the Plaza de Toros. Tickets 25-35€ - VIP 70€ - 17 JUNE 20:00H.
Click the pic for a link to the 'Orgull' site.

Valencia Pride...


A three day event with performances from ...

Buzzcocks, James Taylor Quartet, Álex Cooper "30 Years In The Pop Era”, Guadalupe Plata, Chucho, Marc Jonson, Nueva Vulcano, Modelo De Respuesta Polar, Jc Brooks And The Uptown Sound, Betunizer. Crudo Pimento. Red Buffalo.
24/25/26 JUNE VELES E VENTS IN THE MARINA REAL JUAN CARLOS 1 - Advance tickets 30€
Click the pic for a link to the 'Beachfest' site.

Valencia Music, Sun,  sand &


Concerts for the Feria de Julio in Viveros ...

All concerts are in JULY
Saturday, 2 Anastacia 40€
Sunday,3 The Alan Parsons Project 35€ +Three Pac
Tuesday, 5 Quilapayún 25€
Wednesday, 7 Toquinho & Maria Creuza 35 €
Friday, 8 Los Suaves 25€ +La Desbandada
Saturday, 9 20 Aniversario Tranquilo Música 8€+ Senior I El Cor Brutal + Cuello + Tórtel + Los Glurps + Ley Dj
Wednesday, 13 Chambao 25€
Friday, 15 Muchachito Bomboinfierno 15€
Saturday, 16 Electrónica Del Real 12 €John Acquaviva + Kostrok + Mr. West + Aapaes +Boranimals + Five Points + Toni Copas + Electrronicall + Delizeews + Nate Cabrera
Tuesday, 19 Steve Vai 30€
Wednesday, 20 Melody Gardot 25 €
Thursday, 21 Aspencat + Green Valley + Auxili 10 €
Friday, 22 El Barrio 30 €
Saturday, 23 Rototom Launch Party Con Julian Marley 10€+ Mediterranean Roots + Candela Roots
Sunday, 24 The Orchestra Feat. Elo Orig Members 40€
Lunes, 25 Gloria Gaynor 40€
Thursday, 28 Xavi Castillo & The A-Phonics + Óscar Briz 12€
Friday, 29 Los Ilegales 16€ +Los Vicentes
Saturday, 30 Raimundo Amador 15€ + Barón Dandy y sus Rumberos
Doors open: 20:00h
Click the pic for a link to the 'Viveros' site.

Music  under the Stars



JORNADAS ALMUERZO BBC (BEBIDA, BOCADILLO, CARAJILLO). All over Castellon province bars and restaurants are offering BBC - a drink, a sandwich and a coffee with liqueur for just 5€! Until 30 May
Click the pic for a link to the 'CBBC' site.


loved by the Brits who come in their droves each year ...

FIB Benicassim is the biggest festival in the area, this year’s line up is a particularly strong one - 14-17 JULY

Major Lazer Skepta Soulwax Mr. Oizo Hannah Wants
El Guincho Rejjie Snow Georgia John Grvy Perlita Ft Marc Piñol Razzmatazz Presents: Anni B Sweet Teleman AmaBLe Extraperlo Fuckaine Ruth Baker BAnd
The Chemical Brothers Biffy Clyro Jamie Lexx
The Vaccines Band Of Skulls John Talabot(Dj Set) Dorian La Habitación Roja The Magician Hinds The Soft Moon Dan Deacon Rat Boy Kero Kero Bonito Gaspard Royant La Egalaxie The Zephyr Bones Reykjavfkurdaetur
Ochoymedio Presents Hidrogeness Ochoymedio Ojs Juventup Juché Le Parody Aries Cosmen Adelaida Julio Rodenas(Radio 3) Exnovios
Muse Disclosure Bloc Party The Kills
Echo & The Bunnymen The Coral Breakbot Zahara
Delorean La Femme Walking On Cars Ryan Hemsworth
20Syl & Mr. J. Medeiros Present Alltta
Loufsahhh Three Trapped Tigers Capsula ::
Dreaming Of Ziggystardust Fasenuova Ramirez Exposure Maadraassoo Ochoymedio Presents: Neuman
Soledad Vélez Ochoymedio Djs
The Shivas Lois Baywaves Hal9000 Ganador Proyecto Demo
Kendric Lamar The Maccabees The 1975
Catfish And The Bottlemen Jess Glynne Mac Demarco
Dj Shadow Young Fathers Fidlar Snakehips
Tijuana Panthers Daniel Avery Begun Alberto Montero Little S1Mz Pacosan. Kisimius
+Special Guests Massive Attack
Razzmatazz Presents: Chucho Hooton Tennis Club
Doble Pletina Chicano Bulls Aldo Linares Gato
Buena Vista Cascades Solo Astra
Click the pic for a link to the 'FIB' site.

Valencia Music, Sun,  sand &


A music fest in glorious Benidorm on the beach...

Indie, electronic, rock, indie pop, indie pop fest in the tourist mecca of Benidorm.
Featuring, amongst a host of others - The Kooks,Belle and Sebastian,Hot Chip,Suede,Peaches,Love Of Lesbian,Miami Horror,The planets,Vetusta Morla,Dwarves among many more. JULY 29-31
Click the pic for a link to the 'Low' site.

Valencia Music, Sun,  sand &


Just a short drive north of the city of Valencia...

On the beach at Burriana,
Two Door Cinema Club Kaiser Chiefs The 1975 Steve Aoki The Hives All Tvvins Crystal Fighters Crystal Castles Fuel Fandango Izal Kodaline L.A. Love Of Lesbian Miguel Campello Parade Of Lights Rayden & Mediyama + Dj Mesh Second Vitalic and many more. 02-07 AUGUST
Click the pic for a link to the 'Arenal' site.

Valencia Music, Sun,  sand &


Probably the biggest reggae event in southern Europe...

Benicassim plays host to Rototom Sunsplash - the headliners are Damian Marley and Manu Chow. Also confirmed are Morgan Heritage, Kabaka Pyramyd, the legendary Freddie McGregor, who will perform with two of his sons Stephen ‘Di Genious’ McGregor and Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor; Junior Kelly, Inner Circle, Wailing Souls, Sud Sound System and Green Valley. 13-20 AUGUST
Click the pic for a link to the 'Sunsplash site.

Valencia Music, Sun,  sand &


Valencia celebrates Corpus Christi…….
This weekend 26-29 May sees one of the oldest, most curious and colourful festivals in Valencia’s religious calendar, Corpus Christi.
Enormous, ancient floats, called Rocas are taken from their ‘home’, a building and museum named after them in C/Roteros and are solemnly marched to the Plaza Virgen, where they remain for the weekend. Then,over the weekend various cabalgatas (parades) take place involving involving many of the characters from both the Old and the New Testaments. Los Gigantes (the giants) and the Cabezudos (Spanish carnival figures with enormous heads) dance along behind the procession. There are performances of Entremeses or Misteris (the Mysteries of Christ) many reminiscent of morris dancing in the UK; These Eucharistic plays, are based on 15th and 16th century writings, performed in the Valenciano.

Click the pic for a link to more information.

Giants, Bigheads and  Rocks

Palo Market Fest comes to Viveros…

this weekend 27,28,29 May, straight from a successful 16 years in Barcelona. 170 exhibitors - both national and international. 50 food trucks offering great food and three concert stages offering more than 35 concerts throughout the weekend. There will also be theatre and workshops. The market is themed - design, latest trends, fashion, Bohemia, publishing and gourmet street food - all sponsored by Aperol (the favourite of staff here at thisisvalencia!) and Ambar
27 May 18:00- 24:00/28 May 12:00-24:00/29 May 12:00-20:00 Jardines de Viveros

Barcelona chic comes to  Valencia


Get down to the port of Valencia….
this Sunday 29 May at the Marina Juan Carlos l (Marina Real, in aid of Asociación Española contra el Cáncer, the II Encuentro Solidario “El Puerto Lucha Contra el Cáncer Infantil, to raise funds for childhood cancer research and to fund summer camps for children with cancer.
This is a lovely family day out with performances from comics, singers, choirs and magicians. Outdoor activities including children’s workshops, skateboarding and rollerskating - and dancing and martial arts demonstrations. And in the afternoon concerts from SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, NICKELS and 5TH & PONTIAC. There will be food in the form of Paellas, and food trucks offering a wide variety of food and drink.
Admission (advance purchase) 8€ Adults/4€ Children 12€/8€ with Paella and drink - more expensive on the gate.

Click the pic for a link to the ticket site.

Family fun  in the  Marina

Castellon's BBC Food fest