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San Rafael's month-long festival back for 2016

Ibiza traditions, music, dance and more

It's October and the fiestas keep on coming with San Rafael preparing for a month of fun events with its annual festival bringing music, dance, photography, sport and much more. It kicks off this Saturday 8 October with a tennis tournament on the municipal playing fields of the village followed by a scooter race the following day.

As well as these sporting events there will be plenty of time to party and let loose. San Rafael's tenth Oktoberfest-style beer festival (called Octubrefest here) takes place on Saturday 15 October with entertainment to go with your craft beers, with performances by Gertrude Morning Drivers and WindRose.

On Sunday 23 October the 32nd edition of the San Rafael Folkloric Festival is back with two cool guest performers, the dance groups Buscastell sa Colla and the Grup de Danses Centener - all taking place in the village's festival marquee The same venue will be hosting a free concert, called ‘Keep on Rockin'', for the patron saint's day on Monday 24 October from 20 h, the main day of the festival celebrations. Earlier and following the morning mass at 12.30 h, there will be a display of the Ball Pages folk dance - a proper slice of a Ibizan life from times past.

You can download the full programme here (in Catalan) for date details and locations, so get on over there to check out some cool fiesta fun.

WORDS | Julian Heathcote

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