Events

Summer Festival in San Sebastián

Semana Grande

Semana Grande, or Aste Nagusia in Basque, is the big summer festival and features an action-packed line-up of street parties, concerts and fireworks, plus rural sports, an ambitious swim race (from Getaria to San Se…
Film in San Sebastián

San Sebastián International Film Festival

The world-renowned, two-week film festival has been an annual fixture in the second half of September since the 1950s. It usually features an excellent line-up of films from Europe, the USA and Latin America, with a…
Cultural in Bilbao

Aste Nagusia

Bilbao’s grandest fiesta begins on the first Saturday after 15 August. It has a full program of cultural events over nine days and features music and dancing, Basque rural sports (like chopping wood and lifting heav…
Folk Music in Getxo

Festival Internacional de Folk de Getxo

This cultural festival promotes wide-ranging musical styles. Past years have included Algerian singing sensation Souad Massi, along with bands playing, Irish folk, Portuguese fado, Balkan rhythms, Spanish flamenco a…
Parade in Bilbao

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

The fifth of January is something of a second Christmas for many of Bilbao's youngest residents. Massive, animated floats and costumed performers parade through the streets, with everyone turned out to welcome the a…
Music in Bilbao

Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao’s biggest musical event is Bilbao BBK Live, which draws top artists from around the globe, including the likes of Depeche Mode, Brian Wilson, Two Door Cinema Club, Die Antwoord, Naranja – who all performed in…
Carnival in Bilbao

Carnaval

Carnaval is celebrated with vigour in Bilbao, and features parades with floats and costumes, concerts, processions, dances and lots of hands-on children's activities. The revelry runs for about six days, kicking off…
Music in San Sebastián

Quincena Musical de San Sebastián

The so-called 'Musical Fortnight of San Sebastián' no longer runs just two weeks, but rather the entire month of August, and features symphony, ballet, opera and chamber music, with top groups and soloists from Euro…
Fiesta in San Sebastián

Día de San Sebastián

The city celebrates its patron saint (St Sebastian of course) with fervour. The big event is the Tamborrada, when thousands of drummers wearing 19th-century military dress parade through the city. The fest runs for …
Music in San Sebastián

Heineken Jazzaldia

This long-running music festival has been around for more than 50 years, and features world-class performers playing jazz and world music at over a dozen stages around town. The event runs for five to six days, typi…