Some major festivals of Manilva are: Virgen del Carmen, The Three Kings Fiesta and Noche de San Juan.
Noche de San Juan is an important festival celebrated in Manilva. The event, which is regarded as %u2018the ancient pagan mid-summer celebration', starts by the evening hour on 23rd June and continues till the early hours of 24th June. A massive bonfire is organised, a couple of days prior to the main event, on the beach in Sabinillas. It is an art performed with diverse themes every year around mid-night with live music and dance followed by a ceremony in which people walk into the sea to save them from bad luck. It continues till the early hour of next morning.
The Three Kings Fiesta or Three wise men: This festival is held on the 6th January as the closing Christmas event. Inhabitants buy a lot of gifts for children and themselves. People flock in the church where traditional status of Three Wise Men (Melchor, Baltazar, and Gaspar) are decorated on pastoral funfair rides at Tizimín and displayed. On the pervious day on 5th January, a remarkable event the Cabalgata de Los Reyes takes place.
On the day, People start Manilva parade around 5pm in Castillo de la Duquesa and march through Sabinillas. They return to Manilva after about 2 or 3 hours. Three kings cavalcade visit throughout the village and toss gifts for children. After the parade, people assemble to prepare some special meals. At night, just before going to bed, children keep water and straw outside the door for the Camels; and a pair of shoes so that the kings come and leave beautiful gifts for them.
On the occasion of el Dia de Reyes (The Day of the Kings) people take a traditional ring or crown shaped bread that is covered with "jewels" of fixed fruits.
Virgen del Carmen is held on 16th July, a festival that is specially celebrated by the fishing communities in Castillo as well as Sabinillas.
This festival has come out from the story of the Carmelite Monks who would live on the slopes of the Mount Carmel. They worshiped the Virgin Merry, who, according to them, appeared in front of them and assured them to be their %u2018star of sea' and guide them for their safety. Ever since, it is believed that she appears, to keep her promise, in front of the fishing communities of Manilva and other places of Costa del Sol.
Some significant festivities in this town are Easter, The Grape Harvest, Carnival, Tourist's Day, Virgin of Fatima's Pilgrimage, Saint Juan's Night , Saint Luis de Sabinillas' Day, Saint Ana's Day, wine festival in first weekend in September, Manilva Day - Dia de Santa Ana - 26th July, Immaculate Conception - 8th December and Carnival - February/March.