If you live in Órgiva you’ll know all about the feria, despite it being barely advertised for the benefit of visitors.
It starts this Thursday 1 October and unofficially marks the end of summer and, as the sun is playing hide and seek between the odd raindrop, that seems apt.
Note that shops and supermarkets are closed on Friday and on Saturday open in the morning only.
We’ve picked some highlights; the hapless folk at the town hall can’t keep their website up-to-date, so unlike last year, there isn’t anything online, from what we can see. Locations are sometimes missing – just follow the smells…or music.
Thursday 1 October
- 12pm: Old town hall – Artwork exhibition opening (every day thereafter)
- 2pm: Municipal building (Plaza Alpujarra) – In honour of a lifetime of ‘work and sacrifice’ a choir entertains the oldies, dancing follows
- 9.30pm: Municipal building – Concert by Musical Association Exoche + Feria y Fiestas 2015 poster competition awards
- Midnight: Los Vinilos perform 80s hits, Municipal building
Friday 2 October
- 11.30am: Sports complex by the Rio Chico – Bouncy castle, juggling and so on for children
- 2pm: Plaza García Moreno – Floats accompanied by bands
- 2.30pm: Plaza García Moreno – Hungry? a free paella a thousand times the size of your grandma’s hat should help. Let’s hope there are gallons of sangria too.
- 5.30pm: Gran Prix – we think this is bit like It’s a knockout (for those old enough to remember it)
- 8pm: Dance until you drop with the Magic Band Orchestra
- Midnight: People’s sleep ruined by a ‘stellar performance’ from Danny Romero (who he?)
Saturday 3 October
- 11.30am: Bicycle Day! – enjoy a ride through the streets and even win a bike by entering a raffle
- 1pm: A traditional horse race involving ribbons
- 1.30pm: Plaza Alpujarra – Performance by Órgiva school of traditional dance
- 2.30pm: Plaza Alpujarra – Free plate of fried eggs with garlic accompanied by the ‘Cierrabares‘ brass band to aid digestion
- 5.30pm: A horse spectacular – Pasión a Caballo
- 8pm: Live flamenco show
- 9pm: Magic show (you might need a café solo by this stage)
- 10pm: Dance until you drop with the Magic Band Orchestra
- Midnight: Live music from the group La Guardia
Sunday 4 October
- 12pm: Children’s Day – Half-price at the funfair, fancy football display and goalkeeper challenge
- 1pm: Recreational area by the Rio Chico – International Migas Competition
- 3pm: free migas!
- Midnight closing ceremony – we presume this is happening, somewhere
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