Thursday, March 23

The Extremadura Orchestra will play in the river before the fireworks of San Juan

Map of the Badajoz fairgrounds. / TODAY


The Badajoz Fair begins this Friday with the lighting of a fair that brings together a hundred attractions and recovers the booth enclosure

Miriam F. Rua

With the lighting of the Caya fair tomorrow, at 10:30 p.m., the San Juan de Badajoz Fair will begin, which, without restrictions, will bring together more than one hundred pottery among attractions and raffles and will recover the offer of stalls with traditional food and four nightclubs, one more than in 2019, which was the last year they were able to open.

The councilor for Fairs and Festivals, Francisco Javier Gutiérrez, and the manager of the council, Hernán García, yesterday presented the official program for a festival that will last until Saturday, the 25th. The great novelty this year is that the Extremadura Orchestra will offer an open-air concert from the pier on the right bank of the Guadiana river park at 10:30 p.m.

Under the baton of Andrés Salado, the recital includes well-known pieces such as ‘Cinema Paradiso’ by Morricone, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ by Klaus Badelt or ‘Allegro con fuoco’ by Tchaikovsky. With this symphony that will close the concert, the fireworks will begin on the night of San Juan, from the Puente de Palmas.

Map so as not to get lost in the fairgrounds of Caya. /


Another novelty is that this year there will be two days with the fair without noise, an initiative that was tested for the first time in 2019, designed above all for the enjoyment of children with autism spectrum disorder. The pots will be silent on Monday and Tuesday between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday will also coincide with the celebration of the traditional Children’s Day, in which the attractions will cost half price. Keep in mind that this year the vendors are going to raise the cost of the pots and pans by 50 cents per trip compared to last year.

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One of the attractions of the fair will be the concert poster in the Caya auditorium. The main course will be the Puro Latino Festival, whose admission will be free until full capacity is reached. After the cancellation of the presence of Anuel AA, the claim will be Omar Montes, who will act together with RVFV and José de las Heras.

Plan and name of the booths that will be this year at the San Juan Fair. /


For children, in addition to the circus with daily performances throughout the fair, a children’s concert is scheduled with the Cantajuegos El Payaso Tallarín, in the auditorium of the fairgrounds and with free admission. To access, invitations can now be collected at the tourist offices (Calle San Juan and Plaza de San José) and at the information office on the ground floor of the Town Hall.

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As for the Day Fair in the Old Town, the bars will be able to bring bars to the street and there will be piped music until 8:00 p.m. After that time, each local will have to remove the bars and clean their terrace, but they will be able to keep the nightstands.

During the day, there will be parades and brass bands animating the streets of the Old Town. On Saint John’s Day the protagonists will be the Giants and Big Heads that this year change the route. They will leave at 12 noon from López de Ayala and will visit San Francisco, Obispo Street, Plaza de España, Virgen de la Soledad Street, Soledad Square, San Pedro de Alcántara and Plaza Alta.

Featured Acts

  • Friday the 17th.
    Lighting of the fair at 10:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks display and regional dances in front of the cover.

  • Saturday 18.
    Concert ‘God save the Queen’, a tribute to the group led by Freddie Mercury, in the fair’s auditorium at 10:30 pm.

  • Sunday 19.
    Lola Indigo concert in the fair auditorium at 10:30 p.m.

  • Monday 20.
    Fair without noise between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The attractions will not have music.

  • Tuesday 21.
    Children’s Day, in which the attractions will cost half price. There will also be a fair without noise between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday 23.
    At 10:30 pm the Extremadura Orchestra will offer a concert in the river and an hour later the fireworks will begin. At the fair, the Puro Latino Festival, with free admission until full capacity is reached. Omar Montes is the headliner, who will sing along with RVFV and José de las Heras.

  • Friday 24.
    Mass dedicated to the patron at 12.00 in the Cathedral. At the same time, the parade of the Giants and Big Heads will leave the López de Ayala. The Municipal Music Band will offer its traditional San Juan concert at 1:00 p.m. in the Plaza de España. At the fair, the highlight will be the concert by India Martínez, at 10:30 p.m.

  • Saturday 25.
    At 9:00, in the Plaza Alta, a classic vehicle route. That same day there will be a children’s concert by El Payaso Tallarín, in the fair’s auditorium. Later it will be the contest of rumba boxes of the Falcap.

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