Annual Festivals and Events in Gibraltar

Find out about the main festivals and events taking place in Gibraltar each year...

Three Kings Cavalcade

Gibraltar’s first major festival of the year takes place the day before Epiphany, on 5 January, and marks the end of the festive season.

The Three Kings Cavalcade includes floats, fancy dress, marching bands, carol singing and more. In addition sweets are handed to spectators and the children dress as Kings. Normally the parade leaves Casemates Square at approximately 19:30 and makes its way down Main Street.

Easter Celebrations

During the week leading up to Easter (Holy Week) celebrations and events take place at various churches. In Gibraltar Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays.

Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day is on 28 April and is a public holiday in Gibraltar. Commemorations take place each year and include a gathering in the lobby of Parliament House, Main Street, to remember the lives lost in the workplace around the world. The commemorations are followed by a reception at John Mackintosh Square.

Gibraltar Spring Festival

The Gibraltar Spring Festival is a multicultural event celebrating the arrival of summer and includes dance shows, art exhibitions, theatrical performances and concerts, and ends with the Food Festival. It takes place over a three week period between May and June.

May Day Celebrations

May Day celebrations include live music performances, activities and a union rally with various speakers in Casemates Square. It is celebrated on 1 May, which is a public holiday in Gibraltar.

National Day

10 September is National Day and is one of the main events in Gibraltar as well as a public holiday. It commemorates the sovereignty referendum, which took place in 1967, where voters chose to remain under British Sovereignty.

Most activities take place at Casemates Square and celebrations include street parties, food stalls, concerts, marching bands and the reading of the Gibraltar National Day Declaration. The Mayor also reads out the names of the recipients of the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour. One of the highlights of the event is the release of 30,000 red and white balloons from the top of the Parliament building, and there is also a fireworks display. Gibraltarians wear red and white, their national colours.

There are many events and activities in the week leading up to National Day, taking place at a number of venues around Gibraltar.

New Year’s Eve

Gibraltarians celebrate the arrival of the New Year in Casemates Square. The celebrations include live music, food stalls and a fireworks display.