The Fallas Festival

From March 1st to 19th, Valencia is filled with joy and celebrations for Las Fallas, a traditional festival featuring fireworks, food, music, and fallas (large allegorical monuments).

The origins

The first confirmed date referring to the festival is 1794. One theory revolves around the old tradition of carpenters celebrating their patron saint, San Jose, on March 19.

To illuminate their workshops in the late afternoons of autumn and winter days, carpenters used a “lampadario” supported by a pole. It became a tradition to take the “parot” to the streets and set it on fire, along with other wood remnants accumulated during winter work, on the day of their patron saint, San Jose, on March 19, to celebrate. Over time, more and more “useless” or unusable things were added to the bonfires, eventually dressing the “parot” to give it a human appearance, representing the person they wanted to criticize or ridicule.

Another theory is that in ancient times, many populations celebrated the arrival of the equinox and solstice by lighting bonfires. The church, unable to eliminate this popular tradition already well-rooted in many Spanish locations, decided to adopt these festivities and dedicate them to the saints.

Returning to today, Las Fallas is a time to make noise, experience the atmosphere, and enjoy the culture of this wonderful city. Although the main days are only 5 (March 15-19), the atmosphere builds up for weeks before in preparation and excitement around the celebration. The invitation for everyone to attend this magnificent festival is celebrated on the last Sunday of February with the famous Cridá at the Torres de Serranos, where the elected Fallera Mayor presents and invites people from around the world to participate in this unique and incomparable event, accompanied by fireworks, music, and fun!

The real first day (March 1) starts at 8:00 with La Despertà (the wake-up), where bands march through every street playing lively music, followed by many people throwing firecrackers in the street as they march. Also, every day at 14:00 in Plaza del Ayuntamiento, there is the famous Mascletá, where more firecrackers are launched in a rhythmic order. This very popular event often involves different neighborhoods competing for the most impressive show, all ending with an ‘earthquake’ due to hundreds of firecrackers exploding simultaneously.

We recommend enjoying this exciting and unique spectacle by booking one of the terraces or balconies available to enjoy the event from above.

While you can always rely on the mascletàs, there are different events every day of the festival, so it’s worth knowing what you’d like to see and planning your day accordingly.

The night of March 15 is full of buzz and excitement as the men and women who built the fallas sculptures display them in the city for everyone to see and admire. This event is called Plantà.

On the morning of the second day (March 16), judges will vote for the best ninot indultat, meaning the best ninot will be saved from the fire. For all other sculptures, they are burned on the last day in honor of San Jose, marking the end of the festival.

The flower offering – L’Ofrenda de flors, is a beautiful event that takes place all day from March 17 to 18. The floral offering is to the Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Forsaken), and groups in traditional costumes gather in Plaza de la Virgen, bringing flowers to offer to the Virgin to compose her beautiful mantle. It’s a beautiful ceremony that transforms the city square into a spectacular flower garden, celebrated with live music throughout the event.

On the nights of March 15, 16, 17, and 18, there are fireworks shows in the old riverbed in Valencia, with each night progressively more magnificent.

Then, on the last night (March 19), the Crema takes place, marking the end of Las Fallas. Starting at 22:00, one after another, all the monuments will be burned, accompanied by fireworks!

Typical Fallas foods

  • Buñuelos: The calabaza, the star ingredient that is added to the mass and the filling of the Valencian naranja or taronja that gives it an unmistakable and very aromatic touch.
  • Churros: Day and night, you are never tired of the mythical street churros which, during hours and hours, dedicate themselves to shaping and cooling this mass made with harine, water, salt and olive oil in abundant hot vinegar.

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Fallas Festival calendar 2024

Exhibition of the Ninot

Until March 14th, at the City of Arts and Sciences Museum, you can visit the exhibition from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 20:00, and from Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 21:00. Discover the best ninots from all the Fallas of Valencia and choose your favorite. Adults €3. Seniors and children €1.50.

Sunday, February 25 

  • 07:15 – Children’s “Despertà”.
  • 07:30 – “Macrodespertà.” Through the streets of the center, ending in Plaza del Ayuntamiento with a spectacular earthquake.
  • 12:00 – Entry of the Musical Bands.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 19:00 – “Crida” at Torres de Serranos. At the end, colorful light effects with a show.

Friday, March 1

  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Saturday, March 2

  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 17:30 – “Cabalgata del Ninot.” With the following itinerary: departure from Glorieta, Calle La Paz, San Vicente, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Marqués de Sotelo, and conclusion in Calle Xàtiva. The parade will end with the entry of the first works of the Municipal Falla “Dos Palomas. Una rama”.
  • 00:00 – Nighttime fireworks show in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Sunday, March 3

  • 10:00 – “Cant de l’Estoreta” Contest.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 20:00 – Nighttime fireworks show in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

From Monday, March 4, to Wednesday, March 13

  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Thursday, March 14

  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 17:00 – Closing of the Children’s Ninot Exhibition.
  • 17:30 – Reading of the popular verdict and proclamation of the Children’s “Ninot Indultat” of 2024.
  • 17:45 – Collection of ninots by the commissions until 20:00.

Friday, March 15

  • 09:00 – “Plantà” of all children’s fallas.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 17:00 – Closing of the Ninot Exhibition.
  • 17:30 – Reading of the popular verdict and proclamation of the “Ninot Indultat” of 2024.
  • 17:45 – Collection of ninots by the commissions until 20:00.
  • 00:00 – “L’Albà de las Fallas.” Tradition recovered in 2016 thanks to Falla Na Jornada and Junta Central Fallera, with a fireworks show in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Saturday, March 16

  • 08:00 – “Plantà” of all fallas.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 16:30 – Awards Ceremony for Children. In the stand installed at the Town Hall for the distribution of prizes obtained by children’s fallas in different sections, as well as children’s presentations, ninot parade, and children’s falla brochures.
  • 00:00 – Fireworks show in the Turia Gardens, near the Palau de les Arts.

Sunday, March 17

  • 09:30 – Prize Ceremony. In the stand installed at the Town Hall for the distribution of prizes obtained by the Fallas in different sections, as well as the contests for illuminated streets, presentations, and falla brochures.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 15:30 – Flower offering to Mare de Déu.
  • 00:00 – Fireworks show in the Turia Gardens, near the Palau de les Arts.

Monday, March 18

  • 10:30 – Tribute to the poet Maximiliano Thous, at his monument, located at the intersection of Sagunto and Maximiliano Thous streets. With the collaboration of Falla Fray Pere Vives-Bilbao-Maximiliano Thous.
  • 12:00 – Tribute to Maestro Serrano, which will take place at his monument on Avenida del Reino de Valencia.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 15:30 – Flower offering to Mare de Déu. 00:00 h.: “NIT DEL FOC” Fireworks show in the Turia Gardens, near the Palau de les Arts.

Tuesday, March 19

  • 11:00 – Flower offering by the Falleres Mayores of Valencia and their Cortes de Honor in front of the image of the Patriarch on the Sant Josep Bridge. 12:00 – Solemn Mass in honor of Saint Joseph in the Cathedral of Valencia, presided over by the Archbishop of Valencia, Enrique Benavent, offered by the Junta Central Fallera and the Carpenter’s Guild. With the participation of the Falleres Mayores of Valencia and their Cortes de Honor.
  • 14:00 – “Mascletà” in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 19:00 – Fire Parade starting in Calle de la Paz to Plaza de la Porta la Mar.
  • 20:00 – “Cremà” of the children’s fallas.
  • 20:30 – “Cremà” of the children’s falla that obtained the first prize in the Special Section.
  • 21:00 – “Cremà” of the children’s falla in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 22:00 – “Cremà” of all the fallas in Valencia. 22:30 – “Cremà” of the falla that obtained the first prize in the Special Section. 23:00 – “Cremà” of the falla in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.