Despite being such a small village, Sitges is a very fortunate spot in the world. Because it holds many internationally very well know events.
Sitges international events bring together many different communities from around the world.
The Gay Bear Week obviously brings a huge community of gay bears and admirers. So Sitges transforms into a parade where the sexiest and hardest gay men from around the world full the streets and terraces with their laughter.
The interesting fact is that not only gay community is involved. This should be a prove that Sitges has a very broad view and much to offer!
During October the Fantastic Film Festival attracts a very eclectic community of movie fans.
These are just a few Sitges international events though!
Spring and flowers
Easter is a colourful and cheerful time in Sitges. Thats’ when the Season starts,and the streets come back to life!
Depending on the Catholic calendar the Corpus festivities take place in May or in June. The streets transform into carpets of flowers. The streets are literally covered with thousands of flowers. #corpussitges19
Summer and bears
Late summer, after all the tourism, has the special week for bears!
Before getting more into detail, let’s have an overview over the whole year.
Sitges yearly calendar
February 20 to 26, 2020
International Vintage Car Rally Sitges
March 21 to 23, 2020.
March 20 to 22, 2020.
April 10 to 13, 2020.
International Museums’ Day
May 18, 2020.
June 14, 2020.
Sitges Gay Pride
June 3 to 7, 2020.
Festivity of the Sea (Mare de Deu del Carme)
July 16, 2020.
Main events August 23 and 24, 2020.
International Bears Sitges Week
September 1 to 11, 2020.
Main events September 22 and 23, 2020.
The rivalry with the neighbour village, Villanova i la Geltrú, is a classic one! Both villages dispute who is organising the most original street festival, and who is able to attract more people. Of course Sitges tends to attract the gay community.
On a practical tone, it is always important to plan ahead because also parking your car can be extremely difficult, and you could end very far from the city center.
The origins of Corpus Christi in Sitges
Apparently, there was not a consistent tradition redore the 20th century. But it all started when, back in 1887, Arcadi Mas a painter from Barcelona painted “La Processó del Corpus a Sitges”, showing Sitges’ streets totally covered with flowers and petals.
The tradition consolidated as a yearly event after Mariano Carbonell and Antoni Clarà exposed their collections on the promenade Passeig de la Ribera in 1918.
After the Civil War, in 1952, Foment del Turisme de Sitges re-started organising the yearly competition. Namely the designed carpets of flowers covering the most central streets in the village.
Nowadays this celebration is a National Party of Touristic Interest. It is therefore visited by a uge number of people.
Sitges Gay Pride
The event is already planned! It is starting Wednesday June 3rd to Sunday June 7th 2020. The main parade will take place on the 7th of June at 5 pm. Some new events will be added to the classic pool party, boat party and beach party!
Sitges Bears Week
The Sitges Bears Week has grown quite quickly in a short period of time. It started in 2001 with a group of bears wanting to have a party. And it finally grew to an international event that fills the town of Sitges!
Usually the week takes place during the first two weeks of September. Several parties and events are held in different locations across the entire village. There is also a dedicated bears village by the beach with shows, dj’s and more.
Finally, there’s also a competition to choose Mr Bear Sitges.This event is held on the closing weekend of the event. The competition gathers guys of all ages and types.
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