What to do in the Basque Country Events Agenda June 2018

Things to do in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Biarritz, Rioja or Pamplona.


Our selection of best art, sport, traditionals & cultural events in the Basque Country during June, 2018.

Irun. San MarciaProcession. June 30th.
Best Basques traditions & festivities:

  • In Biarritz. Roaring Twenties Festival. Exhibition, conference, shows, grand parade in costumes, vintage cars ... to relive the time of a weekend the Roaring Twenties in Biarritz. From June 1st until 3rd.
  • In Barakaldo. Cherry Fair. Exhibition and sale of farmhouse and artisan products. The Regato. June 2nd.
  • In Gernika-Lumo. Txakolí Day of Urdaibai. Tasting and tasting of cheese and txakoli from Urdaibai with D.O. Bizkaiko Txakolina. Horticultural fair. Exhibition and sale of Basque crafts. June 2nd.
  • In Bayonne. Cider Day. Festive evening around Basque cider with musical entertainment. House associations. June 2nd.
  • In Eskoriatza. XXII Exposure of farm products, food and crafts. XXI Scarecrow contest. X Cheese competition. VII Txapela Championship. June 2nd.
  • In Pasaia. Cider Day. XXV Edition. Cider tasting. The bertsolaris, txalaparta and charangas fair will be the highlight of the fair. June 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Pilgrimage. Dances of Biscay. Arriaga Square 7:00 p.m. June 2nd.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Udaberria Dantzan. Traditional dances from 7 Basque provinces from 11 am to 1 pm, and from 4 pm. Place Louis XIV. June 3rd.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. 2nd edition of World Knitting Day. From June 4th until 10th.
  • In Ondarribia. Medieval Market. Craftsmen dressed in period sell products of food and crafts. June 9th and 10th.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. 4 edition of the Venetian Fairies. Place Louis XIV. June 10th.
  • In Labastida. Wine cellars at street level. IX Edition of tasting and sale of all the wines of the town; through the purchase of tickets and a drink are given to try their wines. June 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Conference on 'Equality, diversity and inclusion' of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. Euskalduna Palace. June 11th to 13th.
  • In Zalla. Gastronomic festival. V Edition. Sale of agri-food product, gastronomic workshops for children, commented tastings and live show cooking. From June 15th until 17th.
  • In Bilbao. XV Edition. Bilbao Championship of Pastor Idiazabal Cheese. June 16th.
  • In Bayonne. Music Festival. The festival of all music. June 21st.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Festivals of Saint John. Place Louis XIV. From June 21st until 25th.  
  • In Tolosa, Eibar, Laguardia, Amurrio, Leioa, Muskiz, San Sebastian, …. St. John Pilgrimage's. The arrival of the summer solstice is celebrated. The bonfires burn to drive away evil spirits and attract good luck. June 23rd.
  • In Urduña-Orduña. Basque Shepherd Dog Contest on the 23rd. Saint Jean Market: Products of the village, handicraft and livestock buying and selling on the 24th. Popular food. XVI Charoles de Euskadi Competition. Plaza de los Fueros. June 23rd and 24th.
  • In Ondategi, Zigoitia, Gorbeia. Basque Horse Day. Shows, exhibits and performances with dance, sport & food. Campa de Sarragoa. June 24th.
  • In Biarritz. The casetas. It stands out as the festive event of the opening of the summer season. Côte des Basques. From June 26th to July 1st.
  • In Irun. San Marcial Alarde (Procession) . Parade remembering Spanish and French wars. June, 30th.
  • In San Sebastian. Txakolí Day. Popular tasting in the morning. 22 Txakoli harvesters. Boulevard. June 30th.
  • In Ondarroa. Shoe Azule (Blue Saturday). Most important party in the city. T-shirts, sports and music are the main ingredients. June 30th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Great Week of the Pintxo of Alava. Since the end of May until the beginning of July.

Azkena Rock Festival. Vitoria-Gasteiz. June 22nd and 23rd.

Regarding arts and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In Getaria. Course of manual textile printing techniques. Theoretical-practical activity. Instructor: Virginia Ameztoy Montenegro. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. Quarterly workshop April-May-June. Every Saturday from April 14th to June 2nd, and Sunday, June 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. XXX Spanish Biennial of Machine-Tool. Most advanced technological solutions and Industry 4.0: industrial digitalization. BEC. From May 28th until June 1st.
  • In Bilbao. BeDIGITAL by BIEMH. Professional Fair. Bilbao Exhibition Center (BEC) and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AFM). From May 28th until June 1st.
  • In Bilbao. ADDIT3D 2018. Professional exhibition of Additive Manufacturing and 3D. Bilbao Exhibition Center and Addimat. From May 28th until June 1st.
  • In Bilbao. Industrial Maintenance Innovation Conference 2018. BEC Conventions. From May 28th until June 1st.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. GastroSWING, mixing best food with swing dance classes and music. International Swing Festival in the Basque Country. From May 31st until June 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. The Sun. The Ibero-American Festival of Advertising Communication. It gathers thousands of professionals from more than twenty European and Latin American countries in the network, exchanges ideas and awards prestigious awards. Euskalduna Palace and Azkuna Center. May 31st until June 6th.
  • In Biarritz. The day I met Franz Liszt. Theater / concert by the concertist Pascal Amoyel. Gare Du Midi. June 1st.
  • In Bilbao. Expo Esther Ferrer: interlaced spaces. Minimalist and conceptual art. Guggenheim Museum. Until June 10th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Big Band Festival (swing, jazz, latin music, funk...). June 1st & 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Caligula, by Albert Camus. Arriaga Theater. From June 1st until 3rd.
  • In Irun. 15th edition of Bioterra. Fair of organic products, bioconstruction, renewable energy and responsible consumption. FICOBA From June 1st until 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. Expo Chagal, the decisive years, 1911-1919. Guggenheim Museum. From June 1st to September 2nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Jorge Blass: Word of Wizard. Main Theater. 7:00 and 9:30. June 2nd.
  • In San Sebastian. Sixth edition LUBMAT conference on lubrication, tribology and condition monitoring. Miramar Palace. On 5 and 6 June.
  • In Bilbao. Ravel: 80 years. Bilbao Symphony Orchestra Concert. Euskalduna Palace. June 7th and 8th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. XII International Congress of the Spanish Society of Palliative Care. Europe Congress Palace. From June 7th until 9th.
  • In Bilbao. The string quartet's guide to sex and anxiety. From Calixto Bieito. In English with subtitles in Spanish and Basque. Arriaga Theater June 8th and 9th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Kaldearte. Street art with dance, magic, theater, music, humor, clowns, pampering and games. From June 8th until 10th.
  • In Irun. Fair Outlet Gipuzkoa. FICOBA. From June 9th until 11th.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Exhibition "Basque Sculptors in Saint-Jean-de-Luz". From June 10th until 19th.
  • In San Sebastian. Summer courses at the University of the Basque Country. Miramar Palace. Quality and varied program of courses, seminars, workshops and conferences. From June 15th to September 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Activities for the Foundation of the city of Bilbao. Outdoor celebrations of music, performing arts, literature and striking light and sound shows. June 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. 3rd edition of the Sun-SkyMag International Conference. Nanomagnetism and spintronics. Carlos Santamaría Library. From June 18th until 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. The World´s 50 Best Restaurants. Event that annually gathers the best chefs, restaurateurs and experts from around the world around the ceremony in which the ranking is announced. June 19th.
  • In San Sebastian. ICAE 2018. International Congress of Architectural Envelopes. Kursaal Congress Center and Auditorium. From June 20th until 22nd.
  • In San Sebastian. CICS2018. VIII Iberian Congress of Soil Sciences. Ignacio Mª Barriola Center. From June 20th until 22nd.
  • In Biarritz. Music Festival. Concert. Large free popular event open to all musicians, amateurs, professionals, and musical genres. Place Clemenceau. June 21st.
  • In Bilbao. "I hate music": a small window through which to peer into the musical world of Leonard Bernstein, to celebrate the centenary of his birth. Ainhoa Arteta and Bos. Staged concert. Arriaga Theater. June 21st to 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbao Pride. Bilbao Pride is a socio-cultural festival that advocates for LGBT visibility and for diversity. From June 21st to 24th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Azkena Rock Festival with groups like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Mott The Hoople, Gluecifer, MC50, Turbonegro, Dead Cross, The Beasts of Bourbon... Next to the sports center of Mendizorroza. June 22nd & 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Jorge Blass: Word of Wizard. Campos Eliseos Theater. June 22nd and 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Forever. The best show in the world about Michael Jackson. Euskalduna Palace. June 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. Pablo Milanés Concert: Essence. Euskalduna Palace. June 23rd.
  • In Biarritz. Oldarra - Men's choir from the Basque Country. Oldarra is composed of forty amateur singers. Concert. Church of St. Eugenie. Place Sainte Eugenie. June 25th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition a path of St. Jacques: the French Basque coastline. The media library evokes the stages from Bayonne to Irun. From June 25th until September 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. 32nd International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT32). CIDETEC. From June 27th until 29nd.
  • In Barakaldo. Judas Priest Concert. One of the most influential bands that heavy metal had in the 70's. CUBEC room. Bizkaia Arena - Bilbao Exhibition Center. June 28th.
  • In Sondika. Music Legends Festival. Ola BBK Center. June 28th and 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Expo Joana Vasconcelos: I'm your mirror. One of the most outstanding artists of the last decade. Guggenheim Museum. From June 29th to November 11th.
  • In Bilbao. Concert by Shakira. European Tour "El Dorado World Tour 2018". June 30th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: 1966, Basque art under the Franco regime: vanguard and resistance. Basque Museum. From June 30th until to November 4th.
  • In Bilbao. "110 Years, 110 Works". Exhibition for the 110th anniversary of the museum. Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao. Until October 17th.
  • In Getaria. "Balenciaga. Fashion and Heritage". Exhibition that shows the evolution of the work of the couturier in its successive stages and aspires to become a reference sample to understand and know in depth the legacy generated by Balenciaga: where he comes from, what he contributes in his time, and what he transmits to us today. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. Until January 29th 2019.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Bilbao. June 30th.

Regarding Basque sport:
  • In Biarritz. Basque ball with big chistera. France championship. Fronton of the Mazon Park. June 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th.
  • In San Sebastian. Horse races. Racecourse. Different dates from June to September.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Golf Tournament: Aquitaine Pyrenees Insurance Award. Chantaco Golf. June 2nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Euskadi Extrem 18. More than 1000 cyclists participate. June 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. Basque Sports. Bizkaia Sports Federation. Kasko Viejo - Muelle Marzana. June 3rd.
  • In Bayonne. French Championship of Handball university elite. From June 5th until 7th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Try Vitoria Cycle Tour. Route of 204.39 kilometers by 5 of the 7 gangs of the province of Alava, and at times the neighboring Navarra. June 9th.
  • In Zarautz. Triathlon Getaria to Zarautz. 2.9 km of swimming, 81 km of cycling circuit and 21 km of running. June 9th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 11th Women's race. Race for women of 5.83 km. June 11th.
  • In Biarritz. Wheels & Waves Festival. Four days of motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding and music. City of the Ocean in Biarritz. From June 14th until 17th.
  • In Aretxabaleta. Puntaik Punta. Debagoiena hiking festival. From June 15th until 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Iberdrola Bilbao World Sup Challenge. International Stand Up Paddle competition. From June 15th until 17th.
  • In Zumaia. Zumaia flysch Trail (27 kilometers and a difference of 1,640 meters). Cliffs between Zumaia and Deba. June 24th.
  • In Biarritz. Bridge International Summer Festival. The Bellevue. Place Bellevue. From June 29th to July 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. La Salve Bridge, next to the Guggenheim Museum. June, 30th.
And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria, Pamplona or anywhere else in the Basque Country, you can get a better understading on our culture and traditions with a local guide. 

 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide

Enjoy the Basque Country!

4 famous places on the Biscayne Coast, Biscay Bay, Basque Country, Spain.

In my tours of the Biscayne coast, travellers find remarkable the beauty of the natural and social environment, where the mountains and the sea meet in a beautiful continuum of beaches, rocks, cliffs, ports and villages. There are some of these places or towns that already transcend the knowledge and enjoyment of the Basques, and are known beyond the seas around this immense Gulf of Biscay. They are:

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Aitor Delgado in San Juan de Gastelugatxe.

It is an island located near the coast in a beautiful place created by nature 35 kilometers from Bilbao. Gaztelugatxe means in Basque "Castle of Rock".

The island has a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist at its summit, which possibly exists since the 9th century (but the one surviving it was made much later). The temple houses several votive offerings of sailors who have been saved from a shipwreck.
To arrive to the chapel three are 241 access steps which have become famous for being the location of the entrance to the island of Dragon Stone, the house of Daenerys Targaryen, in the 7th season of the HBO’s series Game of Thrones.

It is mystical for locals not only for the cult of St. John or for the bucolic of the place. Once you climb the 241 steps you can ring the bells 3 times and make a wish (I wish yours will be fulfilled) others say that this will drive away evil spirits. And you can also pray for what you want to our Lady Virgin of Begoña. The Virgin of Begoña, patron saint of Bizkaia, is submerged in the waters of the Cantabrian Sea next to the island (there is a buoy that marks the place where you can find her 10 meters below the sea).


Mundaka town. 

A legend says that some Scots found here a fountain with crystal clear water and called it "munda aqua". Nowadays though, those who enjoy the town and its waters at its the best are the hundreds of surfers from all over the world who annually surf on their famous left wave.

The left wave is formed with moderate to intense waves (better in autumn and winter), with low tide and south wind, so you will not always see it or see surfers; but you will always see a spectacular natural landscape that changes color every season. In the estuary of the mouth of the Oka river, nutrients accumulate both from the sea and the continent, which generates a very particular biodiversity. Remember that here you are the entrance to the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai.

Also not to miss is the visit to the Basilica of Santa Catalina at the end of Mundaka, where the views of the Bay of Biscay, the island of Izaro and the mouth of the Oka river are a dream.

Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve

View of Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve from Mundaka town.

UNESCO Heritage since 1984 for the uniqueness of its marshes and river valleys, pastures, countryside, Cantabrian holm oaks, cliffs, beaches and dunes. It is the space with the highest levels of biodiversity in the Basque Country and belongs to the route of migration of East Atlantic birds, used by about 90 million birds annually.

In the Urdaibai Bird Center you can understand very well the importance of this reserve, and try to spot the osprey, the spoonbill, the bittern ... which are birds very difficult to see in Spain.


Assembly House in Gernika town.

"Guernica" is the most universal painting by Picasso and one of the most important works of the 20th century in the world, due to its anti-war theme. The town of Gernika was bombed by the German forces in 1937. Today it is the political and cultural center of the Basque Country and here you will find the Assembly House “Casa de Juntas” and the Tree of Gernika, living symbols of the history of the Basque People.

This place has been a meeting point for the representatives “junteros” of the Señorío de Bizkaia since the Middle Ages, since the Lord of Bizkaia swore to respect the Biscayne freedoms (the Fueros de Bizkaia) under an oak tree. The Tree of Gernika is the most universal symbol of the freedoms of all Basques, so that important acts are carried out along with it, such as the taking of possession and the oath of the Lehendakari (autonomic president of the Basques). Of course, since the fourteenth century there have been different trees, it is estimated that the "Father Tree" was born in 1334 and lived until 1881. You can see the dead 'Son Tree' in the garden and the one which is a current referent was planted in 2015 (it was born in the year 2000).

The building is from 1833 and it is located in the same place as the hermitage of Santa María de la Antigua, where the meetings and the oath were made. This hermitage was demolished to undertake the construction of the new building, taking as reference the primitive church; the altar and the piles of holy water are originals of the hermitage.

And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria, Pamplona or anywhere else in the Basque Country, you can get a better understading on our culture and traditions with a local guide. 

 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide 


 Enjoy the Basque Country!