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The Running Of The Bulls 2020 Official Dates & Schedule


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The Running Of The Bulls® is a famous festival where thousands of spectators from around the globe descend on the city of Pamplona, Spain to experience the magic and mayhem of the World’s Largest Fiesta™. 

Known locally as San Fermines, this festival lures more than a million visitors a year for good reason. People come to see colossal bulls run the gauntlet, watch matadors test their skills and immerse themselves in the curious wonders and non-stop thrills of this historically-rooted celebration.

It all kicks off with a rocket blast at noon on July 5 and continues to rage until midnight July 14th, when a candlelit singing of “Pobre de Mi” closes the ceremony.

Here's a summary of the schedule for 2019:

  • Sunday, July 5, 2020: Arrival day for those who want to see the opening ceremony the next day. 


  • Monday, July 6, 2020: Opening ceremonies begin at Noon on Plaza Consistorial (be on a balcony by 10:00 a.m. if you want to see it), today is the only day of the Rejones bullfight (matador on horseback) at 6:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020: First Pamplona bull run at 8:00 a.m. (be on a balcony by 7am if you want to see it), Procession of San Fermin at 10:00 a.m., first traditional bullfight in the Plaza de Toros at 6:30 p.m. Very crowded day at the bull run due to it being the first run  
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020: Daily bull runs and bullfights continue. Big departure day for guests who only came for the opening ceremonies and the first bull run. Excellent arrival day to save up to 45% for mid-fiesta pricing.  
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020: Daily bull run and bullfights continue. Great value pricing due to mid-week days.  
  • Friday, July 10, 2019: Beginning of weekend arrivals of Europeans wanting to take in the festival. Prices go up and availability goes down as a result.  
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020: Daily Pamplona bull run and bullfights continue. Weekend day very busy with guests from the rest of Spain – crowded bull run on Saturday mornings.  
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020: Morning bull run is crowded due to weekenders in town. Great arrival day for those taking in the final days of fiesta, prices drop Sunday night.  
  • Monday, July 13, 2019: Bull running and Pamplona bullfights continue. Must arrive this day in order to see the final bull run on Tuesday morning.  
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2019: Final day of the festival. Pobre de Mi Closing Ceremony occurs at Midnight in Plaza Consistorial (be on a balcony by 10:00pm if you want to see it from above).


  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Departure day for people who watch the Closing Ceremonies of the San Fermin Festival.


Click for a more detailed version of the schedule, including all the planned activities and their locations.


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