Tafalla Fairs, a nod to craftsmanship

The october fairs they return to Tafalla as tradition dictates, with the same spirit as always and with the desire to recover a program full of popular acts in which they have a place, not just the horse fairwhich is at the origin of the fairs, but also musical proposals, guided tours and a series of activities around craftsmanship, undisputed protagonist of the weekend. After the suspension two years ago due to the pandemic and the celebration last year, which included two bullfights and two bullfights, the fairs return to their usual format which will allow residents and visitors to approach the exhibition center, stroll through the exhibition and sales stalls of the market, enjoy the music or enter the Palace of the Mencos.

The fairs will serve to take the pulse of the illusion and interest of the citizens to recover one of the emblematic festivals of the city, converted year after year into a tourist reference, but also into a showcase of the traditions that the city of Cidacos was able to maintain over time. Once again, the exhibition center, together with different streets, will become the meeting point for all those who wish to take part in the different activities scheduled for three days, with proposals for all ages.


One of the pillars that support the October fairs is the importance of make visible the work and the craft product. Proof of this are the different stands that will be set up in the Plaza de Navarra in the Food and Craft Fair, as well as the various craft demonstrations that will be held in the same place. On Saturday and Sunday, this square will be the meeting point for all those who want to learn some traditional trades, since the bolilleras will show their know-how with their hands, as will potters, chair makers and stonemasons .

The stands installed on the Paseo Padre Calatayud will mark the start of the fairs, with a program scheduled for Friday that includes a fire bull, a professional ball game at the Ereta pediment, as well as a performance by Anthony Blake at the Tafalla Kulturgunea Cultural Center. The txistularis of Tafalla are responsible for announcing the fair on Saturday with the targets, in a day that will begin with the food and craft fair, will offer craft exhibitions and will end, among other acts, with the troupe of giants, the Malatxo txaranga, ski lift matches and the Musicata scheduled in the cellar of the Palacio de los Menco, where a winemaker will be in charge of guiding the tasting which will be accompanied by live music.


A concert by the group Two Birds and a Trio, which will evoke Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquín Sabina, will close Saturday’s events. And Sunday will arrive, the central day of the weekend, with a horse fair, horseback riding and a demonstration of archery on horseback at the fairgrounds. The day will again feature the food and craft fair, there will be craft demonstrations and children’s activities which, like Saturday, will focus on inflatables and different games.

If the Musicata is one of the novelties of this year, the same goes for “Vide Grenier”, the antiques fair which will be held on the weekend at the pediment of the Escolapios. The popular animation will also be felt in the municipality with the spectacle of the txaranga Malatxo, the troupe of the giants, the txistularis of Tafalla or Aldamara Gaiteroak who will carry the music in the streets.

Friday 6:00 p.m., stands on Paseo Padre Calatayud. 7:30 p.m., fire bull. 8:30 p.m., Tafalla Kulturgunea Cultural Center, performance by Anthony Blake with the show Si! 9:00 p.m., ball game at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m., targets with Tafallako Txistulari Taldea. 11:00 a.m., opening of the Food and Crafts Fair in Plaza de Navarra. 12:00 p.m., guided tour of the ground floor of the Palacio de Mencos. 12 p.m., Tafalla Kantuz, 12 p.m., departure of the troop of giants. 12:30 p.m., demonstration of craftsmanship and bolilleras. 1:30 p.m., dance of the giants. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., inflatable structures and games for children. 5 p.m., craft demonstration. 6:00 p.m., final of the professional ski lift championship for couples. 6:30 p.m., round with the txaranga Malatxo. 7:30 p.m., fire bull. 8:00 p.m., Musicata at the Palacio de Mencos. Guided tasting with musical entertainment (entry: €12, town hall website).
Sunday 8:00 a.m., opening of the horse fair at the exhibition center. 10 a.m., targets with Tafallako Txistulari Taldea. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., archery on horseback and horseback riding. 11 a.m., opening of the food and craft fair. 12:00 p.m., guided tour of the ground floor of the Palacio de Mencos. 12:00 p.m., craft demonstration. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., inflatable structures and games for children. 5:00 p.m., Aldamara Gaiteroak in Plaza de Navarra. 6:30 p.m., 70s Jesuse’s concert and more at the civic center.


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