What's On in Mallorca August 2016

One of the most popular traditional festivals on the island takes place on Sunday, August 2nd. Part of the Fiesta de La Patrona in Pollença, the mock battle between Moors and Christians attracts locals and visitors alike.

Dressed in 16th-century clothes, Pollença inhabitants re-enact the fight against the Ottoman pirates lead by Dragut who, in 1550, attacked the town. Festivities start at 05:00 with the Alborada, played by the local music band, while there is an exhibition of typical dances at 11:00. The performance takes place in the evening with all hell breaking loose after 19:00, when Joan Mas, leader of the Christians, prays to the Virgin for help. It all ends with fireworks. Read our report on the battle for more information.

If you're staying in Palma and want to spend a quiet evening outdoors enjoying the city's balmy nights and beautiful sea views, a great option is heading to the open-air film screenings that take place throughout the month of August in front of the cathedral. From the latest releases, such as Selma on the 14th, Jurassic World on the 28th or Terminator Genesis on the 30th, to classics like Nosferatu on the 9th, or children's favourites such as Cinderella on the 13th, Tomorrowland on the 20th and Inside Out on the 27th, there is something for everyone. Oh, and don't worry, they'll be shown in Spanish or Catalán with English subtitles.

On the other hand, if it's a livelier night out you're after, there's plenty to choose from in the party resort of Magaluf. BH Mallorca Hotel's electronic music festival continues in August, bringing to the island some of the biggest names in the business such as David Guetta on the 7th, Steve Aoki on the 2nd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on the 18th, Martin Garrix on the 25th, Oliver Heldens on the 16th and Nicky Romero on the 9th. The celebrated UK dance festival Creamfields is even organising its own Mallorcan edition on the 11th, and they're flying Tinie Tempah and Hardwell to the island!

Not a fan of the DJing scene? How about some good old-time reminiscing with Simply Red. Mick Hucknall's band will be live in Palma on Friday 20th. Or, if it's classical music you prefer, the prestigious International Chopin Festival takes place in Valldemossa every Sunday in August to honour the French composer's stay in the town's Carthusian monastery with his lover George Sand in the winter of 1838.

Continuing with the cultural events, there are also some interesting art exhibitions currently on show in Mallorca. At CaixaForum in Palma, for example, you can learn more about the life of women in ancient Rome through sculptures and objects brought from all over Europe. Also in the island's capital, Rialto Living has organised an exhibition of paintings by Swedish artist Maria Adlersson, while a bit further west, in Soller, all the galleries will open their doors for the night of the 13th from 18:00 to celebrate the Nit de l'Art (Art Night).

Finally, with the Copa del Rey Regatta still taking place until August 6th, there is another unmissable nautical event in Palma this month: Illes Balears Classics Regatta on the second week of August. Showcasing some of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world, this race is a true spectacle.

Plenty going on and with the warmer weather and outdoor activities to enjoy, Mallorca is a great choice for a holiday in August - check our Events Calendar for a full run down and find some accommodation for your stay on our Hotel Pages.

Published: https://www.seemallorca.com/news/what-s-on-in-mallorca-august-698298

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