Although Canillas de Aceituno celebrates different festivals all year round, there are three main dates in the local calendar: El Dia de la Morcilla, La Romeria de San Isidro and La Feria de Nuestra Senora de la Cabeza.
The Dia de la Morcilla is celebrated in April and coincides with a celebration of the Virgin de la Cabeza. The events begin with a floral offering in the church, the patron saint is then taken through the town, after which the feasting begins with local morcilla the central offering.
La Romeria de San Isidro, held in May, starts with a procession of the patron saint to the Lomilla. During the day paella is on offer and popular games occur such as carreras de cintas ( involving ribbons and horses) and rotura de pucheros (blindfold game of trying to hit things suspended in front of you).
La Feria de Nuestra Senora de la Cabeza held in August is another celebration of the saint with a larger procession, food, dancing and live music including Flamenca Noche.
A rough calendar for some of the festivals is below:
1st January – New Years Day
End of February – Carnival to celebrate Andalucia Day
Last Sunday in April – Dia de la Morcilla
Beginning May – Labour Day
15th May – La Romeria de San Isidro
15 – 16th August – Assumption of Mary
Second week of August – La Feria de Nuestra Senora de la Cabeza
September 7th – Fiesta de las Candelarias
12th October – National Day of Spain
1st November – All Saints Day
6th December – Constitucion Day
8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25th December – Christmas Day
26th December – St Stephens Day