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Gibraltar is only small but has one of the densest populations in the world with over 30,000 people living in a radius of 6 square kilometres, so it not surprising to find that there are a number of events taking place at any given time in and around the main centre to entertain both the locals and the tourists.
Colourful ceremonies, annual competitions and international trade fairs are just a few the events that fill the calendar throughout the year. If you are looking to attend a particular festival or want to know what will be taking place when visit, it is always a good idea to contact the local tourist office for more detailed information. In the meantime, below you will find a quick overview of the main annual events.
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Top Gibraltar events
Gibraltar Chess Festival - Champions from all over the world gather for this annual competition. There are literally hundreds of players all wanting too win the significant prize money.
Three Kings Cavalcade - Held on the eve of Epiphany, a colourful procession makes it way along the main streets of Gibraltar. Bands entertain along the route and sweets are thrown into the waiting crowds.
Commonwealth Day - This is a national holiday in Gibraltar.
Gibraltar International Boat Show - At the Marina you can visit this festival that not only displays some of the most luxurious yachts to be found on the water, but also invites you to enjoy a number of nautical experiences.
Flower Show - Held in the Joh Mackintosh Hall you can visit this wonderful array of colour and delicious fresh scents.
Miss Gibraltar Pageant - Some of the most beautiful women of Gibraltar can be found under one roof competing for the coveted title of Miss Gibraltar.
Gibraltar Song Festival - There is a top prize of around three thousand pounds, but even more so, singer-songwriters get a chance to perform that best of their talents to the enthusiastic audiences.
National Day - On September 10th celebrations start with a street party, there is a food fair and most significantly the Governor’s parade through the city. Finally thousands of red and blue balloons are released in thanks to everyone who ever helped to build and make Gibraltar the place it is today.
December - Polar Bear Swim - A tradition in Catalan Bay on Boxing Day sees a number of locals and tourists joining together to take a dip in the cold waters and then to warm up after enjoying a generous serving of mince pies and mulled wine.