What to do in Jerez with children and family. . . in October? XERA World Music International Festival

It’s October. What’s happening in this beautiful little-big village of ours called Jerez de la Frontera? Are you in the Cadiz area and wondering where to go and what to do with your family and kids? Check out the FREE, 3-day, family-friendly festival of music from all over the world–the XERA World Music International Festival–that usually happens on the 3rd weekend of October.

Welcome to kid-friendly Jerez with activities for the entire family.

Poster of the 2019 XERA World Music International Festival/Festival Internacional de Musicas del Mundo, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain.

Bands/groups: The Craic Addicts (Ireland), Piratas de Alejandria (Spain), Funk from Mali, Lunasa (Ireland), Light in Babylon (Turkey), Carla Pires (Portugal), Stellamara (USA), KOROKE (Poland), O'Sister (Spain).
XERA World Music International Festival/Festival Internacional de Musicas del Mundo, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain.

Why XERA? It’s the old name of Jerez de la Frontera when founded by the Phoenicians a long llllooooonnnnnnnggggg time ago.

This year it’s on October 17-19, with live performances by musicians from POLAND (Yay, Poland! from a band called KROKE), Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, USA and, of course, Spain. The highlight? FUNK FROM MALI!

These are FREE outdoor events. NOTE: Activities start at 10 in the morning and last until after midnight. Here in Andalucia, it’s normal for local children to be up at night. In fact, many would only come out at 9 or 10 at night for a family fun night out, especially in the weekends.

Unfortunately for us one of our kids got sick so we were only able to get a glimpse of the Swing session at Plaza Plateros this year–one of the most visited plazas in the old historic center of Jerez.

It was not quite LIVE music as all the others on the bill. But it was fun nonetheless to hear good old American swing while the hosts taught the spectators/audience HOW TO DANCE to SWING! It was packed with happy “swingers” and the little ones soon had to migrate to the nearby playground at Plaza Progreso at the center of Jerez (aka as Plaza Rojo for the locals because when it was first built, apparently, everything was red).

A Spanish plaza/square filled with dancing people and spectators, with 3-storey buildings with balcony and some trees in the background.

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FREE Swing dance workshop at Plaza Plateros during the XERA World Music International Festival, Jerez de la Frontera.

Check out this schedule of family-friendly things to do in Jerez throughout the year. Note: We are starting to build this up. So, it’s a work of love and progress. If you don’t see anything yet, bookmark the link and check it out later. Thanks.

The shows are held outdoors on stages at a few plazas/squares at the city center, such as Plaza Asuncion, Alameda del Banco (the “Giant Tree” plaza) as my kids call it, and Plaza Plateros. This year (October 2019) there were one-time shows or activities at Plaza Belen, an opening night at Dama Juana and closing session with DJ Mrs. Purple at Jazz 55.

To give you an idea of the performers, hours and schedule, here’s the schedule and programme of the 2019 XERA World Music International Festival .

As soon as it becomes available to us, we will post the 2020 schedule for the XERA World Music International Festival in Jerez de la Frontera.

Poster of the 2019 XERA World Music International Festival/Festival Internacional de Musicas del Mundo, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain.

Bands/groups: The Craic Addicts (Ireland), Piratas de Alejandria (Spain), Funk from Mali, Lunasa (Ireland), Light in Babylon (Turkey), Carla Pires (Portugal), Stellamara (USA), KOROKE (Poland), O'Sister (Spain).

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