San Bartolomé Fiesta, Fireworks & Programme of Events

Friday 24th August, San Antonio

Even though this is not the town’s official patron saint’s day, Sant Bartolomé – or in Catalan Sant Bartomeu – is the most fervently celebrated fiesta in the Sant Antoni de Portmany calendar.

Festivities typically include children’s parties, Ball Pages (folk dancing), traditional fire jumping and the Great Mascletá (fireworks to welcome the Saints day). Below you can see the programme of events with times and locations. 

Note that whilst most tourist shops and bars etc will remain open, all banks, public offices, the post office and some local shops will be closed on Friday 24th.


Programme of Events

24th August

  • 7pm—Bartolome Surf, Surf Lounge Ibiza, San An Bay, children up to 18 can enjoy the flowrider for only 5€. Children must be at least a height of 1,10m, 7.30pm—The traditional solemn mass and procession, from the San An vhurch through the streets in honour of the patron St Bartolome
  • 8.30pm—Sunset Swing Festival, see below
  • 9.30pm—Ball Pages, traditional Ibizan dancing, the square behind the San An church
  • Ball Pages, Ibizan Fold Dancing

    10pm—Grand Spectacular ‘RETURN’, on the fountain square accompanied by a dance from Ape Dream Dance

  • 11pm— Fire jumping to ward off demons, witches and evil spirits, there are rules to join in, but watching is just as much fun
  • Midnight—The great Firework display, it takes place over the San An beach – see below for more information
  • 00.30am party continues with local DJ’s on the fountains

25th August

  • 6.30pm—Refresca’t! With Cachirulo & friends, A water party with a twist, bouncy castles (with pool?!), water combat sports, you’re going to get wet! Fountain square
  • 8pm—Sunset Sing Festival, see below
  • 9.30pm—Dance Spectacular with students from the Adrian Pineda school of dance, fountain square

Fireworks

The highlight is a spectacular firework display over the Bay of San Antonio at midnight.

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The fireworks are visible from pretty well anywhere around the bay—but if you want to be sure of a good view in advance, look for the Moli windmill—if you can see that you will have a perfect view.

Tulp Beach Café have an absolutely perfect spot. See their advert or follow this link to the Tulp Website Tulp Website

the st barts firework display, photo by Nick Gibbs

Sunset Swing Festival

  • San Antonio, Eddie’s Diner, s’Arenal Beach
  • Words Claire B. Photo Andreas Iglesias, Swing Event at Eddie’s

The Sunset Swing Festival Weekender returns to Eddie’s Diner in San Antonio from August 24-26.

A beach party with a difference, with lots of live Rock and Roll music, dancing, competitions, a tattoo artist and retro stalls selling funky wares.

It begins on Friday 24 at 22.00 with free live swing and jive dance classes, live music from the Rockola Project and fireworks at midnight. The programme for the weekend:

Saturday 25

  • 19:00 – 20:00 – Free lindy hop dance classes with Pili and Jose
  • 20:00 – 20:30 – Dancing from ‘Zaragoza Zapa’s Lindy Hoppers’
  • 20:30 – 21:30 – Live music from Rock ‘n’ Roll duet ‘The Fabulous Skiffle Kings’
  • 21:30 – 22:00 – ‘Pin-ups and Pimps’ competition – have your photo taken and win prizes
  • 22:00 – 22:30 – Pole dancing from ‘Private Pole Place Ibiza’
  • 22:30 – 00:00 – Live music from Rockabilly band ‘The Frigolos’
  • 00:00 – 02:00 – DJ Stomp Rocker plays 45s on vinyl

Sunday 26

  • 12:00 – 12:30 – Exhibition of American cars, Harley-Davidsons and lots more
  • 12:30 – 13:30 – Beach party – wear your best Hawaiian shirt. Free lindy hop dance classes with Pili and Jose
  • 13:30 – 15:30 – Live music from female rock ‘n’ roll band ‘Poison Ivy’
  • 15:30 – 17:30 – Live music from Lucy Sky & The Diamonds – close your eyes and you will hear Amy Winehouse
  • 17:30 – 18:00 – Competition ‘Collegiate Shag Dance’, organised by ‘Ibiza Shaggers’ – with prizes
  • 18:00 – 18:30 – Free lindy hop dance classes with Pili and Jose
  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Limbo competition
  • 19:00 – 21:00 – DJ Stomp Rocker plays 45s on vinyl

Sunday Sept 2

The party continues the following weekend with the Jambalaya on Sunday September 2, with live music from Fat Gumbo Bradley and The Moonshine Band, plus lots more.

This event was lots of fun last year and Eddie’s Diner is a great place to hang out on the beach in the late August sunshine.

Eddie’s Diner is on the s’Arenal Beach in San Antonio, in between The Ibiza Rocks Diner and Burger King.


San Bartolomé

  • Nicole Torres

According to legend, the people of Sant Antoni held worship at a Holy Cave before the church was built in Sant Antoni.

Sometime around the 17th century the Holy Cave came to be known as the Cave of St. Agnes, due to the fact that a carved wooden figure of Santa Agnes was found inside the grotto.

The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew. National Art Museum of Catalonia

When it was placed there is unknown, but legend has it that on the day of San Bartolomé a sailor who was facing death at sea, prayed to the saint that if he lived he would leave the image of Santa Agnes at the first port he found. He arrived in Sant Antoni and gave the image to the priest who took it to the Holy Cave.

After being found, the icon was taken to the Sant Antoni church but it repeatedly and unexpectedly reappeared in the Cave, so the baffled people of town decided to leave it there.

Today it is in the church of Santa Agnes de Corona. So since then, San Bartolomé is celebrated in honour of Saint Agnes.