La Semana Negra de Gijón is quite a popular holiday, all over Spain as well as in Asturias. It is always held in July. The centre of this festival is the thriller novel, and stalls all over sell books from this genre. There are also performances, films of this genre etc. Nowadays, there are more attractions, food and trinket stalls, you have to go rummaging to find the libraries and really there's few tables with novels and films on sale, not like it used to be! To my taste the Semana Negra needs to change location, it's becoming worse because there are only stalls selling bracelets and earrings, and increasingly less that reflect the spirit of this holiday. It's losing followers and interest, so I've promised myself that this year I won't go unless I find out that they've changed a few things, because it's not worthwhile otherwise.
The Natural Cider Festival of Gijon is held on the last weekend of August. Although we started days before the weekend, it is better to start on the Friday in Poniente beach. They bring together all who want to participate in the simultaneous pouring to beat the world record of simultaneous pouring which is surpassed every year. Those who want to participate need to take a glass of cider and pour the cider, at the entrance you get a bottle per person. You can also acquire glasses of cider each year commemorating the cider festival, they show a scene, there are two models, one girl and one boy - a good memory and worth € 2-3 if I remember correctly. In the main square there is a market and apple cider most of the week, where you can buy typical Asturian products. Free tourist buses take you to different local wineries and apple orchards to see how it goes for the next apple cider harvest. In addition you can lean about the process of making cider. On Sunday in the main square there is a free cider tasting so there are many people that day. The nicest thing of all is to see the city decorated for the festival. The statue of Pelayo, is pouring cider, the seats are in the stalls of the different wineries, gardens presiding flowers ..... An incredible atmosphere and worth living.