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The Best LGBT Events in Spain 2018

Spain is one of the most gay friendly countries in the world. Gay and LGBT pride events, festivals and parades have been celebrated in Spain for many years and you can find these events in every corner of the country, from the capital Madrid to the island of Gran Canaria.
 
This 2018 promises to be special, cities and towns all over the country are preparing parties of all kinds, so no matter where you go on holiday in Spain this year you’ll be able to take part in the pride and the fun. 
 

1. Madrid Gay Pride

Madrid is known internationally for being one of the most open minded and gay-friendly cities in Europe and during the celebrations, the Chueca neighbourhood and the main streets of the centre host a multitude of activities, outdoor concerts and pride parades. 
 
Madrid’s Gay Pride event is one of the biggest LGBT parties in the whole of Europe and attracts over two million attendees from all over the world. It consists of six days of concerts, activities and parties including a high heel race, a water fight, a Mr Gay España competition and tours of Chueca - Madrid’s gay neighbourhood. In 2018, the event will run from the 27th June until the 1st July and on the weekend the Pride Parade takes place, filling the streets of Madrid with crazy, happy revellers. 
 
A new cultural exchange space called Pride Village was opened last year and is located in Madrid Río, the space will host all kinds of educational and cultural activities suitable for the whole family. Madrid Pride is suitable for children, so if you are planning a family holiday to Spain then consider including this event in your list of activities.
 

2. Barcelona Gay Pride

Although not as big as Madrid Pride, Barcelona Pride 2018 is set to be the biggest LGBT event on the Mediterranean and is an unmissable event if you are in the Barcelona area. It will begin on the 23rd of June, with a speech in the Plaça Universitat which is located just at the beginning of Barcelona’s Gaixample district. 
 
From Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th June, the Moll de la Fusta port will host all kinds of LGBT awareness parties and activities. On the second Saturday, the whole city takes to the streets for the pride parade, which will start in Plaza España and run down one of Barcelona’s main streets - the Avenida del Paral·lel - until reaching the port. Floats, rainbow flags and more than 20,000 people of all ages and sexual orientations participate in this event and seek to raise awareness for the LGBT community and fight for equality.
 

3. Sitges Gay Pride

For beach lovers, the Sitges Pride 2018 is perfect and unmissable. The beautiful beach side town of Sitges is home to an LGBT event that has not stopped growing since its first parade, eight years ago. This year’s edition will be held from the 14th to the 18th June and will attract thousands of people who will come to celebrate and enjoy the concerts, DJ sessions and fashion shows.
 
The main event of Sitges Pride is the parade which takes place on Sunday the 17th of June along the promenade. Although the programme is not yet confirmed, we can expect international DJs, artists, bright floats and thousands of spectators, making this parade one of the best Mediterranean summer festivals and an unmissable event if you are visiting Sitges this year
 

4. We Pride Festival 2018 - Madrid

Also taking place in Madrid is the We Pride Festival, another of the biggest gay events in the world. It’s a unique experience, combining the best electronic music with all types of artistic performances from music and dance to decoration and visual effects. It's held in different venues across the city and attracts thousands of young people each year. It’s 10 days of complete madness, freedom and colour.
 

5. Velvet - Ibiza

Velvet is a vibrant women-only event held on a private resort in Ibiza and is celebrating its fourth edition from the 26th April until the 30th April. It’s four days and nights of pool parties, club nights, music, sun, beach and sports. The lesbian weekender promotes fun, friendship, new love and life - all energized by sun and sangria! 

6. Delice Dream Spring Break - Torremolinos

In 2018, the 8th edition of the Delice Dream Spring Break is set to take place in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol between the 29th April and the 6th May. There are plenty of fun activities and events going on throughout the week including the Mister Delice Dream 2018 competition, “Olympic Games”, beach parties and pool parties all featuring the best European DJs. Torremolinos is the perfect gay-friendly place to stay for this event, the town is full of gay-friendly clubs, bars, saunas and beaches and boasts warm seas and hot sun.  

7 Maspalomas Gay Pride - Gran Canaria 

The 17th edition of Maspalomas Gay Pride will take place in Europe’s gay paradise of Gran Canaria. Nearly 10,000 attendees fill the streets of Maspalomas during the ten days of shows, parades, pool parties and boat excursions. The event will take place from the 3rd May until the 13th May. 

8. ARN Culture Pride - Tenerife

In 2018, the second edition of the ARN Culture Pride will be held on the Playa de las Americas beach in Arona, Tenerife. This festival was born with the aim of uniting the worlds of culture, business and the LGBT community.
 
Over five days, Arona will unleash culture in various forms such as concerts, exhibitions, literary conferences and a film series all celebrating sexual diversity. The Alan Turing Awards will also take place at this festival, which recognises the most outstanding personalities within the world of computing.
 

9. Wonder Gay Festival - Torremolinos

The Wonder Gay Festival is one of the best gay events taking place during the summer on the Costa del Sol from the 23rd July to the 29th July. The event attracts thousands of guys and girls from Madrid and beyond, to the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol for seven days of wild parties featuring international DJs. 

10. La Troya - Ibiza

One of the most popular summer parties in Ibiza is La Troya, famous for its explosive mixture of joy and madness, with gogo dancers on impossibly high platforms, DJ sessions in an atmosphere of pure extravagance and excess. It's celebrated once a week throughout the summer and has become one of the most daring parties in Spain.

The details of La Troya 2018 have not yet been confirmed, but their incredible performances and theatrical themes will suit all tastes and definitely not disappoint.

11. Circuit Festival - Barcelona  

The Barcelona Circuit Festival has only one objective: to make this summer the best of your life. It is one of the biggest summer events in Europe, with more than twenty different parties and up to 70,000 people, making Barcelona the capital of LGBT during the summer months.
 
This year’s event will be held from the 9th to the 19th of August and will be loaded with recreational, cultural, sport and pride activities. As well as the best sessions with international DJs, there’s also an incredible water party in the Illa Fantasia waterpark.
 

The tenth edition of the Girlie Circuit Barcelona - ​​the largest lesbian festival in Europe - will also be held from the 14th to the 19th of August. More than 10,000 spectators are expected to participate in this edition of the festival that will take place in different venues across Barcelona.

12. LesGaiCineMad - Madrid

With autumn comes the 23rd edition of the LesGaiCineMad festival. This festival was born with the purpose of publicising lesbian, gay and transsexual films, shorts, documentaries and video art. Year after year, the festival has increased in popularity and has become a well known name within the LGBT community.
 
Around 12,000 people are expected to attend this festival, where films with be screened and debated between guest speakers and the public. 
 

13. Maspalomas Fetish Week - Gran Canaria

From the 6th to the 14th of October the Maspalomas Fetish Week returns, it’s the annual event for lovers of fetishism. It takes place in the Yumbo Shopping Centre in Gran Canaria and includes a variety of themed parties where attendees dress accordingly whether its in leather, chains or underwear.  

It is one of the most daring fetish parties in Spain and won’t leave anyone underwhelmed. Its programme includes DJ sessions, pornographic shows, fetish art exhibitions, pool parties and more. In addition, the sun and the good weather of the Canary Islands in October attract thousands of people to the islands and are one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world

14. MadBear - Madrid

Coinciding with the main bank holiday weekend in December, the 18th International MadBear Festival will return to Madrid. This event welcomes all Bears, Cubs, Hunters, Chubbies and admirers of these groups. The fun starts in the day and continues well into the night with special dinners and parties in different saunas throughout the Chueca neighbourhood and the Mister Madbear 2018 will be chosen.
 
If you don’t want to wait until December, there’s always the MadBear Beach which takes place in Torremolinos in August. From the 8th to the 16th of August festival-goers can enjoy boat, pool and beach parties and of course, the men of the Costa del Sol.
 

13. We Party New Year Festival 2018/19 - Madrid

Madrid hosts the biggest LGBT events of both summer and winter, the We Party New Year Festival is the biggest gay winter event in Europe. It consists of seven nights of non-stop partying and attracts almost 20,000 people wishing to bid farewell to the year in the country’s capital.  
 
It is held at the end of December and features sessions from some of the best international DJs, shows of all kinds and dozens of dancers to light up the atmosphere. Without a doubt, it’s a paradise of fun and the best commercial music. What better way to say goodbye to the past year than surrounding yourself with the most handsome men and the best energy in one of the most crazy parties in Madrid?
 

There are numerous LGBT pride events organised across the whole of Spain which celebrate the freedom and integration of sexual diversity. Thanks to Spain’s open mindedness and tolerance, these events are increasingly successful and have gained fame, popularity and international recognition.

Best of all, they are open to the general public. So, that’s why no matter what your sexual orientation, you are welcome to join in the celebrations and be free.

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