Festivals and traditions

Andorra la Vella Festa Major 2023

From 04-08-2023 to 07-08-2023

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On the first weekend in August, Andorra’s capital, Andorra la Vella, holds its festa major or local festival. The streets and squares fill with entertainment and a wide variety of musical styles. Dance, folklore, circus acts, parades and many other surprises will all be taking place from the evening of Friday 4 August through to the morning of Monday 7 August.

Music is one of the main attractions of the festivities. Plaça Guillemó will host performances by Delafé and Las Flores Azules, Porto Bello, Gertrudis, Buhos, La Principal de la Bisbal and Els Senyora.

The festival is headlined by Melendi, who will perform in Prada Casadet car park on Monday night as part of his “Cerrando cicatrices” tour. The closing performance will be given by Mariona, Triquell and Edu (from "Eufòria") that same night in Plaça Guillemó.

2023 PROGRAMME

Friday 4 August
6:45 pm. Ringing of the bells.
7:00 pm. Opening of the festa major; opening speech and dance: Plaça Príncep Benlloch.
10:30 pm. Dancing in the square with the Ingrid Andorra Band: Plaça del Poble.
11:00 pm. Festa major concerts: Delafé and Las Flores Azules + Porto Bello: Plaça Guillemó.

Saturday 5 August
11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Mercat de la Vall: market with handicrafts, art and farm food products in the historic city centre.
11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Children’s water party: Parc Central.
12:00 noon. Sardana dances with the Ciutat de Solsona children's musical ensemble: Plaça del Poble.
12:30 pm. Medieval dancing with Andorra la Vella’s Esbart Dansaire troupe: Plaça de la Rotonda.
12:00 noon to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Motor Mach RC: football using radio-controlled cars. This activity is for children over 10 and takes place in the square outside the old fire station.
5:00 pm. Human tower display by the Colla Jove dels Xiquets de Valls and the Castellers d’Andorra: Plaça P. Benlloch.
6:30 pm. Sardana dances with the Ciutat de Solsona children's musical ensemble: Plaça del Poble.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Foam party: Parc Central.
7:00 pm. Pop culture-themed parade; folk dance workshop (plus snacks for all participants) with the Esbart Dansaire dance troupe: Plaça Benlloch, Av. Meritxell, and the square outside the old fire station.
10:30 pm. Kasumay: contemporary circus show by Circo Los, in Plaça del Poble.
11:30 pm. Festa major concerts: Gertrudis + Buhos. Plaça Guillemó.

Sunday 6 August
11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Mercat de la Vall: market with handicrafts, art and farm food products in the historic city centre.
11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Children’s water party: Parc Central.
12:00 noon to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Motor Mach RC: football using radio-controlled cars. This activity is for children over 10 and takes place in the square outside the old fire station.
1:00 pm. Contrapàs dancing and Giants’ Ball: Plaça del Poble.
​4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Children’s games and sports fair: Parc Central.
4:30 pm. Evening dance with the Kool Age trio: Plaça del Poble.
6:00 pm. Sardana dances with La Principal de la Bisbal traditional music ensemble: Plaça del Poble.
6:30 pm. Foam party: Parc Central.
10:00 pm. Open-air cinema: Full of Grace. Screened in the playground of the old Spanish School on C/ Ciutat de Valls.
10:30 pm. Circus and clowning show by La Bella Tour: Plaça del Poble.
11:00 pm. Grand ball with La Principal de la Bisbal and Els Senyora: Plaça Guillemó.

Monday 7 August
11:00 am: Sandcastle competition at the beach volleyball courts in Parc Central.
12:00 noon. Sardana dances with La Principal de la Bisbal traditional music ensemble: Plaça del Poble.
12:00 noon to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Motor Mach RC: football using radio-controlled cars. This activity is for children over 10 and takes place in the square outside the old fire station.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Children's treasure hunt: Parc Central.
6:00 pm. Mou-te techno show: Plaça de la Rotonda.
6.30 p.m.: Sardana dances with La Principal de la Bisbal traditional music ensemble: Plaça del Poble.
8:00 pm. Mou-te techno show: Plaça de la Rotonda.
9:00 pm. Festa major headline concert: Melendi, “Cerrando cicatrices” tour. Tickets can be purchased at www.andorralavella.ad and www.melendioficial.com. Prada Casadet car park.
10:30 pm. Humanus Cómicus: French-Argentinian clowning show by the Mundo Costrini company in Plaça del Poble.
11:00 pm. Closing event: concert by Mariona, Triquell and Edu from the musical talent show "Eufòria": Plaça Guillemó.

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