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Running of the Bulls® 2018 Dates

In Bull Runner's Blog by Mark Hellmann Regouby

The Running of the Bulls 2018 dates are July 7 – 14, 2018, while the San Fermin Festival runs from July 6, 2018 at Noon, until July 14, 2018 at Midnight.

Here is a list of what day these dates fall on in 2018 and the general focus of each day:

Thursday, July 5, 2018: Arrival day for those who want to see the opening ceremony the next day

Friday, July 6, 2018: 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. Big arrival day for Europeans traveling in for the weekend.

Saturday, July 7, 2018: 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 Torors at 6:30 p.m. Very crowded day at the bull run due to it being the first run, and Europeans come in for the weekends.

Sunday, July 8, 2018: Daily bull runs and bullfights continue. Also crowded during the bull run due to weekenders participating from Europe.

Monday, July 9, 2018: Daily bull run and bullfights continue. Prices drop significantly after weekend rush.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Beginning of mid-fiesta period with less crowding during the running of the bulls.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018:  Daily Pamplona bull run and bullfights continue.

Thursday, July 12, 2018: Closing days of the Fiestas de San Fermin begin. Daily bull run and bullfights continue.

Friday, July 13, 2018: Bull running and Pamplona bullfights continue.

Saturday, July 14, 2018: Final day of the festival. Pobre de Mi Closing Ceremony occurs at Midnight in Plaza Consistorial (be on a balcony by 10:30pm if you want to see it from above).

Sunday, July 15, 2018: Departure day for people who watch the Closing Ceremonies of the San Fermin Festival.

For a detailed schedule of daily events at the San Fermin Festival and the Pamplona Running of the Bulls, go to our Running of the Bulls Official Schedule page.

If you would like expert advice on planning your Running of the Bulls trip, use our Pamplona Expert Travel Advice page.