Jerez de la frontera, like lots of nearby cities (Sanlucar de Barrameda, Sevilla) and villages (Vejer, Arcos, Ronda …) deeply remain celebrating their traditions, here is what you can expect every year :
October/November The wine of the year is celebrated with different way. For instance in Sanlucar de Barrameda, it is called “La ruta del Mosto” and during this month every individual open his house to drink the wine of the year (Mosto) with home made tapas. There are not official restaurants so by December everything is closed.
November/December begin the traditional songs of Christmas but with a flamenco background. You will see in the streets in Jerez many bands
February/March undoubtably the festival of Flamenco of Jerez will attract your attention. It last two weeks officially but with an important off program before and after. Two things you need to know, Flamenco is a generic word that cover many style totally different : Alegria, Bulleria, Sevillana, Fandango … If you are not already specialist, leave at home all preconceived ideas about flamenco. During the festival you will meet all the celebrities that flamenco count in the word, they will spend some days or a week giving courses and change of continent right after. You will see as well many local people on stage in bars…
March/April the holy week (Semana Santa) is the most celebrated catholic event in south of Spain. Everything is in the street, so choose to attend it in Sanlucar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera where it is still at human scale (but it is pretty crowdy). Forget (to our humble opinion) attending it in Sevilla : 500 /700 thousands people will have the same idea. It is totally over crowdy and you won’t see a thing.
April/MayFERIA, this is the main local event of the village that is composed of ephemera wooden structure (Caseta) bar and restaurant on a dedicated area in the city / village. Each caseta has its own flavour so try the most you can !
What to expect : Horses events, dancing, singing, drinking, eating during a week from the afternoon to the morning. In Jerez, it is amazing !
Don’t expect an agenda with scheduled events during seven day. Everything happen everywhere, live music in each Caseta, waiters stoping their work for singing, … Just spend some time from one caseta to another. From one calle to another
In Sevilla almost all the Casetas (bar and restaurant) are private so you need a pass to access (too much success in the past few years), so inevitably you will see that people are having a good time but you will have to stay outside. Not very nice !