The best time to visit Jerez, whether you are a flamenco die-hard or culturally curious, is in autumn, specifically in the month of November. Not only is November 16th the International Day of Flamenco, this month is FULL of authentic FREE FLAMENCO PURO (for the flamenco purists) in Barrios San Miguel, Santiago and San Mateo–neighborhoods in the city center with deep flamenco traditions!
This post is part 2 of Jerez in November: What To Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows specially for foreigners. Here I include information that I received later in November (which is not unusual here).
As I wrote in What to Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco in Jerez in October, in November (and the fall) it is not as hot as in the summer and not as heavily populated by flamenco-tourists as other times, or more expensive lodging accommodation as in December.
The Festival de Jerez in February-March–which is basically a Flamenco festival at the end of winter–is usually packed with flamenco-tourists. This is when prices (for flamenco lessons) would go up and lots and lots of (some FREE) flamenco shows.
It is good for the local economy. And if you want to see performances by the big stars of flamenco–such as Diego Carrasco and family or Capullo de Jerez–this is the time to go.
Although not as many tourists as the Festival de Jerez, it is simply TOO HOT during the Viernes Flamencos in the summer or the Fiesta de la Buleria in August.
In November, these absolutely FREE/gratis shows until full (or as they say in Spanish, “Entrada libre hasta completar aforo“) would continue with weekly recitals (usually Friday or Saturday) from two Peña Flamencas (aka flamenco cultural associations) from local flamencos that you do not normally get to see.
First off, November 16, the UNESCO-declared International Day of Flamenco for its “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2010. This is a day of pride here in the land of “Verde, Blanca y Verde”. . . Andalucia.
What happens in Jerez? Several things! And of course, it’s all about FLAMENCO on this day. But the most unique thing that we recommend for you to see is: the FLAMENCO FLASHMOB! This is special for Flamenco dancers because there will be choreographed dance performances at various plazas (squares) in the city center of Jerez by various dance schools (about 5 in 2019). It would usually start in the afternoon and last throughout the day. See the picture-poster for most of the day’s “official” events.
Also, the Claustros de Santo Domingo would usually host a flamenco show for the International Day of Flamenco of Andalucia. Why mention this? Because it’s a beautiful monastery cloister with monks that hosts all kinds of musical and cultural activities, even chidren-friendly/family-friendly ones. The brotherhood usually stay out of sight though. I do not have a picture of the poster, and yet on 15 November 2019 the featured artist was the one and only Ezequiel Benitez. And it was packed, 2 hours before it even started.
See below a list of flamenco shows in November in Jerez de la Frontera.
In November, Peña Buena Gente’s “Otoño es Flamenco” (Autumn Flamenco) (that started the weekly performances in October) would continue with the last of its series.
Family-friendly/kid-friendly Peña Buena Gente: if you are coming with children to see a show at P.F. Buena Gente, there is a nice playground in the open pedestrian-only Plaza del Belen, right next to it.
CLICK the links to take you to what I previously wrote about the particular Peña, topic or performance.
Peña Tio Jose de Paula‘ s Otoño es Flamenco in Barrio Santiago would also have weekly performances, but only in October. They have had it for 35 years and counting. You should go see it because Peña Tio Jose de Paula is usually closed throughout the year other than the few times for the “socios” (or members only performances) and a couple of important dates that are open to the general public. Read about Manuel de la Tomasa’s gypsy-fueled BOMBASTIC performance at PF Tio Jose de Paula during its 35th Otono Flamenco. He could be next flamenco “rock star”! Ojala!
Peña Los Cernicalos’s Encuentro Flamenco in Barrio San Miguel would give us 3 more offerings. PF Cernicalos is apparently the oldest flamenco club in Jerez de la Frontera that has been continuously running for over 50 years! And it is usually closed. So, this is a great chance to immerse yourself in pure flamenco atmosphere while you are here in Jerez.
Barrio San Miguel is one of the two neighborhoods in Jerez that has very strong flamenco traditions, where Don Antonio Chacon was born 150 years ago (on Calle Sol) and later became the “Pope of Flamenco”, the Agujetas, the Rubichis, La Paquera de Jerez, Paco Cepero. . . among many others. . . and of course the well-known Lola Flores. Many would however say that she is not really “flamenco”. She was a singer/actress who supposedly sang some flamenco. But that is for the afficionados, the old guards of Flamenco de Jerez to decide. We just love living here in our ‘hood!
So, here are the additions to what I had previously informed about.
Peña La Buleria’s Exaltacion de la Buleria (over 27 years running) would add at least two shows to what already is a flamenco-packed November. In November 2019, the first one was a recital of young flamenco students at the Academy of Carmen Herrera. It included dancing, most likely, and singing from a very young boy named Alfonso, the grandson of Antonio Carpio “Mijita”. The second one was the “Joyfulness of the Buleria”–that flamenco style that was born in Jerez. Ezequiel Benitez is a must-see cantaor (singer).
Peña Don Antonio Chacon (the “Pope of Flamenco”), in celebration of his 150th years birthday would have at least one show to a flamenco-heaven in November. In November 2019, there was a recital of the MALENAs–Saira Malena, accompanied by Antonio Malena hijo on the guitar, along with a book launching about Tomas Pavon. Pena Don Chacon has very few shows, even less than PF Los Cernicalos. So, when you’re around and you see that it has a show. . . do NOT hesitate to go.
Here is your flamenco itinerary for this November in Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of the Bulerias
See poster and CLICK on the links for additional information (such as where, etc.).
- 09 November, 17:30, Peña Buena Gente: Luis Moneo and Juan Ma Moneo (al cante y al toque, respectively).
- 09 November, 21:30, Peña Los Cernícalos: Momo Moneo + Juan Diego Mateos.
- 15 November, 21:30, Peña Los Cernícalos: Samuel Serrano + Paco Leon.
- 15 November, 22:00, Peña La Buleria: Ana de Los reyes y Mijita + Ismael Heredia.
- 22 November, 22:00, Peña La Buleria: Ezequiel Benitez + Miguel Salado plus 3.
- 23 November, 15:30, Peña Los Cernícalos: Lela Soto + Antonio Malena Hijo.
- 29 November, 21:00, Peña Don Antonio Chacon: Saira Malena + Antonio Malena Hijo.
NOTE: These shows are on FRIDAYS/SATURDAYS. So, save the days and lock them into your calendars! There are 2 shows on Saturday, November 9. That would be a great flamenco night for you because you can start with the MONEOS at Buena Gente at 1730. The show would last about 2 hours at the most. Then have a dinner “break” in between Buena Gente and PF Los Cernicalos that are a 20-minute walk apart.
I will also update this list (possibly with a map) as information comes in. So, please do check back.
Children are welcome at shows. It’s normal to have children at flamenco shows here, even late at night. However, I recall seeing a sign at Los Cernicalos indicating that children of a certain (younger) age are preferred to be left at home. Having said that, the last time I was there there were a couple of infants in there. But they were quiet.
Of course, for the young ones or those who cannot be silent during the performance, use your own better judgement. To the rescue: if you are coming with children to see a show at P.F. Buena Gente, there is a nice playground in the open pedestrian-only Plaza del Belen, next to P.F. Buena Gente.
Support Local Artists and the Clubs that Provide Great Flamenco Puro: Although the shows are FREE, when you DO COME please do show your support to the artists and local clubs (Peña Flamencas) by purchasing some drinks, alcoholic or non, and maybe some snacks too. They are NOT expensive at all. One-euro-something can get you a sherry or a beer. If you are in the United States, you’d pay at least $50, even more, for a show like these!
free flamenco puro at tabancos in Jerez
Other than the above offerings and schedule from the two Peña flamenca cool spots, there are also the usual bars (tabancos) that offer regularly scheduled shows for locals and tourists alike.
Schedules, to be added here soon. Check back!
Tabanco El Pasaje (calle Santa Maria 8, in the city center, close to the Post Office)
Tabanco a la Feria (calle Armas 5, junto del Plaza Arenal)
Tabanco Cruz Vieja (calle Barja, Barrio San Miguel… one of the 2 Barrios or neighborhoods in Jerez with strong flamenco roots).
That’s it for the autumn schedule!
If you are planning to visit southern Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa), you may be able to chance upon a unique form of flamenco called Saetas, exclusively sang during this time. These are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly endless processions during a full week (April 14-21 this year, 2019). Here is where you can see Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera in Easter.