Every year in June Marbella celebrates their Fería de Verano (summer fair) in honor of the city's patron saint, San Barnabé and commemorate the re-conquest of Marbella by the Catholic Kings in 1485.
If you want to join in a fantastic celebration of culture, dance, religion, food and, of course, drink, then this time of year is a great time to visit Marbella. The actual dates for the Fería vary each year but revolve around the Día de San Barnabé, which is the 11th of June. The town hall will determine which week is best suited for the fería each year. The 2015 feria is from June 8-14.
Book early though, because the fería also marks the start of the high season and some years, thanks to the great Marbella climate, the busy season starts as early as May.
During the day the fería takes place in the center of town with parades, dance, bars and markets. During the evening, the fería moves just outside town where the fairground is ready to entertain young and old until the early morning hours. Frequent, free buses take the crowds from the center of Marbella to the fairground.