Feria San Isidro Labrador – Estepona 2018

Feria San Isidro Labrador – Estepona 2018

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San Isidro celebrations in EsteponaEstepona celebrates its Patron Saint, San Isidro Labrador, this month with a Romeria (pilgrimage) on May 6th and the feria from the 10th to 15th May.

San Isidro Labrador, who incidentally is also Madrid’s patron, lived in Madrid during the 12th century when it was but a village, where he worked as a lowly farm labourer. He was always engrossed in prayer but according to legend his workload was taken on by angels so as to leave him time for his devotions, must remember that one!

The Romeria or pilgrimage was held at the Ermita San Isidro at the Los Pedregales park on Sunday, 6th May, and drawing thousands of Esteponeros who came to the park to party and celebrate their patron saint with picnics, barbecues, and a few drinks!

The saint’s day San Isidro Labrador is actually celebrated on the 15th May, which this year falls on Tuesday, and this is traditionally accompanied by a feria with celebrations, competitions, processions throughout the town and a funfair at the fairground. This year’s feria runs from Thursday 10th to Tuesday the 15th when the feria will reach its finale with a firework display.

Worth noting also is that Tuesday, 15th is a local holiday in Estepona so expect many of the shops and businesses to be closed.

Here is the programme for this year’s Feria de San Isidro 2018 in Estepona.

Thursday, 10 May

8 pm – Fairground – Children’s Day. 50% Discount on fairground rides

10 pm – Official inauguration of the Fairground accompanied by the Municipal Town Band.

Fairground, Main Pavillion – Presentation of the San Isidro Feria Queens and Ladies. Performance by the La Milana Dance Academy.

Friday, 11 May

1 pm – Entertainment in the main pavillion with music provided by DJ.

2.30 pm – Sample the traditional local soup free of charge.

9.30 pm – Performance by the Monica Peña Dance School, followed by DJ in the main pavillion at the fairground.

10.30 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours with the group ‘Latidos’.

Saturday, 12 May

10 am – Fairground. Chainsaw Carving workshop.

10.30 am – Main pavillion: Local Wine Tasting Competition.

12 noon – Opening of the Agricultural Fair in the Fairground.

12.30 pm – Farm School opens.

1.30 pm – Fairground. Axe Skills Contest.

5.30 pm – Estepona agricultural products contest.

6 pm – Fairground. Pack horse contest and Cork pack horse display.

10.30 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours with the group ‘Latidos’.

Sunday, 13 May

11.30 am. Fairground. Horse Gymkana.

12.30 pm. Fairground. Ribbons Horse Race.

1.30 pm. Fairground. Horse Lance Competition.

3 pm. Awards for the different contests.

10 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours with the group ‘Latidos’.

Monday, 14 May

11 am – Opening of the Agricultural Fair and farm school in the Fairground.

6 pm – Children’s Party in the Main Pavillion.

9 pm – Main Pavillion. Performance by the Ana Guerrero Dance Academy.

10 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours with the group ‘Latidos’.

Tuesday, 15 May – Patron Saint’s Day – Local Holiday in Estepona

8 am – San José Church. Official floral offering to the Patron Saint

12 noon – Iglesia San José. Holy Mass in honour Of San Isidro Labrador

1 pm  – San José Church. Performance of traditional dancers of Málaga. Typical Andalucian Dance with the Estepona Peña Flamenca Dance Academy directed by Antonio Trujillo.

2 pm – Estepona Streets. Typical Andalucian Horse Parade. Visit to the Altars in honour of San Isidro Labradror. Traditional Andalucian Dance.

6 pm. Procession In Honour Of San Isidro Labrador. Route: Iglesia San José, Calles Valencia, Zaragoza, Terraza, Papuecas, Montecillo, Pilar de Farinós, Avda. San Lorenzo, Real, Terraza, El Cid, Goya, & Iglesia San José.

9 pm – Main Pavillion: Music with DJ.

Midnight. Fairground – Bonfire and Fireworks.

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