The region of Los Vélez has one of the busiest calendars with regards to celebrations and festivals in the Province of Almeria, characterised by their variety and peculiarity.
February: Carnival is celebrated with elaborate street processions, dancing and singing, eating, drinking before the arrival of rigorous Lent.
February: The local festival in Tonosa celebrating St Candelarias Day.
February 28th Día de Andalucia, Andalucia day, celebrated throughout the autonomous region.
March 19th: Día de San Jose. Father's day in Spain. The locals go out into the countryside and enjoy picnics which include the traditional 'hornazos' cakes.
March/April: Semana Santa, Easter Week. The most important days being Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Religious processions through the streets. The processions in Velez Rubio have been declared a festival of national tourist interest of Andalucia. The Easter festival in Lorca is considered one of the most spectacular in Spain.
Easter Saturday: Entierro de la Sardina, burial of the sardine. A peculiar festival in which a huge replica of a sardine is carried through the streets and then burnt.
May 1st: Fiesta de Trabajo: Labour Day, also Mothers Day in Spain. National holiday.
June 24th: Día de San Juan, St John's Day.
July: Throughout the weekends of July a series of folklore festivals are celebrated in the Encarnation Square, with performances by national and international groups and music bands.
August: Summer Festival in Vélez Rubio with music, dancing and plenty of eating and drinking, held during the first week of August, declared festival of national tourist interest of Andalucia.
August: Summer Festival in Vélez Blanco, with music, dancing and plenty of eating and drinking, held during the second week of August.
October: Virgin de la Rosario.
December 6th: Día de la constitución Española, Spanish Constitution Day, national holiday.
December 8th: Día de Concepción Inmaculada, Immaculate Conception, national holiday.
December: Christmas. Celebrations take place throughout the Christmas season with folklore groups from across the country filling the streets with their music. The Spanish have their main Christmas celebration on 24th December, Christmas Eve. This is a family occasion celebrated in the home with lots of drinking and eating.
December 28th: Día de los Inocentes. All Fool's Day. The people of Vélez Rubio have a unique way of celebrating this day. A group of locals take over the town to the extreme of impersonating the mayor and priest and acquiring powers such as the indiscriminate fining of locals who can even be sent to jail and 'condemned' to drink and eat. All this will be remembered as a practical joke.
The typical dance of the area is the 'Parranda' of Levantine-Murcian influence. Though forgotten in urban centres, it still survives in rural area. These dances are being revitalised thanks to the popular meeting 'Encuentros de Cuadrillas' which have been celebrated at Christmas time since 1985. The ancestral 'Cuadrillas de Animas' of religious origin is still a living tradition and it is growing every year. Thousands of people from Murcia, Albacete, Granada and Alicante fill every corner of the town for the two day long celebration.