San Isidro Labrador celebrations 2019

San Isidro Labrador celebrations 2019

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San Isidro celebrations in Estepona

Estepona celebrates its Patron Saint, San Isidro Labrador with 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 saint’s day San Isidro Labrador is actually celebrated on the 15th May, which this year falls on Wednesday, and this is traditionally accompanied by a feria with celebrations, competitions, processions throughout the town and a funfair at the fairground.

Worth noting also is that Wednesday, 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 2019 in Estepona.

Friday, 10 May

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 Estepona Town Band.

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

Saturday, 11 May

11 am – Fairground. Horse Gymkhana.

11.30 am – Inauguration of the Agricultural Fair in the Fairground.

12 noon – Ribbons Horse Race in the Fairground.

12.30 pm – Cheesemaking Workshop: See how to make the traditional Malaga goat milk cheese courtesy of the Casares cheesemaker Queseria Sierra Crestellina. Places limited, enrolment half an hour before.

1 pm – Horse Lance Competition in the Fairground.

3 pm – Awards for the different contests.

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

9.30 pm – Performance by the ‘La Milana’ Dance Studio in the main pavillion at the fairground.

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

Sunday, 12 May

10.30 am – Local Wine Competition in the main pavilion at the Fairground.

11 am – Opening of the Agricultural Fair in the Fairground.

12 noon – Bread Making workshop presented by the prestigious baker Juan Manuel Piña in the main pavilion in the Fairground. Places limited, enrolment half an hour before.

1.30 pm – Fairground. Axe Skills Contest.

3 pm – Awards for the different contests.

6 pm – Children’s Party in the main pavilion with face-painting. Balloon modelling, and games.

9.30 pm – Performance in the main pavilion by the Mónica Peña Dance Academy.

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

Monday, 13 May

11 am – Inauguration of the Agricultural Fair in the Fairground.

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

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

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

Tuesday, 14 May

11 am – Cheesemaking Workshop: See how to make the traditional Malaga goat milk cheese courtesy of the Casares cheesemaker Queseria Sierra Crestellina.

5 pm – Exhibition of tradition Esparto Craft.

9 pm – Performance gy the Ana Guerrero Dance Academy.

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

Midnight – Rockets proclaim the commencement of ‘Día de San Isidro’ celebrating Estepona’s Patron Saint.

Wednesday, 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, Casares, 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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