The Build up to the Fallas Festival
The biggest week of Fallas is almost upon us, but don’t worry, there are plenty of events going on in the city this weekend to prepare you for what’s in store!
Here’s a quick summary of some events we suggest checking out to experience the true feeling of Fallas!
RONDA FALLERA DE COCHES DE L’ANTIGOR y MASCLETÀ
(A CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND MASCLETÀ)
Next Friday at noon, the 49th edition of the “Ronda Fallera de Coches de l’Antigor” will take place in the Town Hall Square. More than thirty classic cars, made before 1940, will begin a route that goes from Valencia city center to Pinedo. On the way, the cars will pass through the “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” and “El Saler”.
If you are around the city center on Friday, remember that you also have a date with the “Mascletà” at 2pm. It’s also International Women’s Day, so Reyes Martí, the most well known female pyrotechnician in Valencia, will be the one responsible for bringing the city to life with her display of the “Mascletà”, paying tribute to women all over the world.
ENCENDIDO DE LAS LUCES
(TURNING ON THE LIGHTS)
Also on Friday at 8 pm, one of the most crowded events in all of the Fallas Festival, will take to the streets. It is the “Encendido de Luces” when they make a fantastic show with all the street lights!
This year, only the Falla Malvarrosa- A.Ponz Cavité will host an impressive show where thousands of lights are switched on and off to the rhythm of music.
Despite this, the heart of the lights shows remains in Ruzafa. Three of the fallas, like Sueca-Literato Azorín, Cuba-Literato Azorín and Cuba-Puerto Rico, will be part of the competition to see which one illuminates the street the best.
MASCLETÀ NOCTURNA DE COLORES
(NIGHT COLORFUL MASCLETÀ)
On Saturday, a new “Mascletà” will be set off at 2pm, but if you are busy at that hour, you have a second chance to see it at night. At midnight, “Pirotècnia Aitana” is in charge of the fireworks. It’s the Colorful Night Mascletà, which in Spanish they say “Mascletà Nocturna de Colores”. It will take place in the Town Hall Square, before many parties and concerts, known as “verbenas” start in each neighborhood.
There is another event that is not so famous, but each year is gaining more importance. This is the “Desfile de Moros y Cristianos” organized by “Falla Pio XI-Fontanares”. Many falleros and falleras dress up as Moors and Christians to parade around the neighborhood streets.
If you want to experience it, it begins on “Fontanares” Street, just next to the Patraix Metro Station, only a 20-25 minute walk from the city center.
CABALGATA DEL PATRIMONIO (HERITAGE PARADE)
On Sunday, the city center will host the Heritage Parade from 6pm. It’s the fifth year in a row, since it became part of the schedule in 2015. The route will be from the “Lonja de la Seda” to the Town Hall Square in a party that is an opportunity to see a part all of the World Heritage Festivals coming together.