What to do in the Basque Country - Events & Agenda August 2017


Things to do in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Biarritz, Rioja or Pamplona. Our selection of best art, sport & cultural events in the Basque Country during August 2017.

Regarding traditions and festivities:
  • In Azpeitia, Biscay & Gipuzkoa. St Ignatius Loiola. In Azpeitia local music, food, drink and festivals. From July 30th to August 2nd.
  • In Vitoria, La Blanca city Festivals. The most popular festival in the Basque Capital. Celedon will come down from San Miguel Church to symbolize the start of these festivals. From August, 4th to 9th. 
  • In Iruña de Oca. Full Moon Party. St. Lorenzo Day.It is an evening stroll through the Botanical Garden of Santa Catalina de Badaia. During the tour, there are several stops, where you will hear legends and stories that will impregnate your mind with the magic of the moon and the charm of the place. August 10th.
  • In San Sebastian, Semana Grande (Big week) Festivals. Popular party with famous fireworks in Concha beach and lots of visitors. From August, 12th to 19th. 
  • In Araia. Shepherd Day. Exhibition and sale of cheese, artisan and ecological products. XIV edition of the Idiazabal cheese contest. Alava Championship of Dogs Pastor. Tuesday, August 15th.
  • In Llodio, Amurrio, Moreda de Álava, Nanclares de Oca, Elvillar,  Asparrena, Portugalete, Guernika,... Feasts in honor to Our Lady of the Assumption (August 15th) and San Roque (August 16th).
  • In Bilbao, Semana Grande (Big week) Festivals. One of the most popular parties in the Basque Country. From August, 19th to 27th. 
  • In Bilbao. The whale parade. Parade of giant figures for children and adults. Gran Via Avenue. August 20th.
  • In San Sebastian. Euskal Jaiak - Basque festivities. Old part of the city. The Day of the Cider will start the festival of Basque culture. Musical and sports activities and the best Basque gastronomy are its main claim. From August 31st to September 10th.
Regarding arts and exhibits:
  • In San Sebastian. Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight. It is the longest standing classical music festival in Spain and one of the most time-honoured in Europe. Kursaal Elkargunea Center, Victoria Eugenia Theater and other stages. August 1st until 30th.
  • In Vitoria, "Titereando" International Puppet show. Sundays, until August 30th.
  • In Bilbao. Priscilla, Queen of the desert (musical). Arriaga Theater. From August 16th to September 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Paris, end of century: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. Guggenheim Museum. Until September 17th.
  • In Bilbao, Exhibit “El Greco". Fines Arts Museum. Until October 17th. 
  • In Bilbao, Exhibit “Georg Baselitz. Los Héroes". German art. Monumental figures painted, agitated and challenging, they have not lost an iota of their ambiguity, importance and vulnerability. Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Until October 22nd.
  • In Vitoria, Exhibit " The book cultural testimony”. A tour of the history of the book, from the clay tablets of ancient Mesopotamia to the current electronic devices.". Artium. Until October 26th.
  • In Bilbao, Exhibit “Bill Viola: Retropection". Pioneer in the use of the video and in the exploration of the moving image. Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Until November 11st.
  • In Getaria. Rachel L. Mellon Collection. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. Until January 25th, 2018.
Regarding sport:
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Master Internationaux Cesta Punta. August 1st to 22nd.
  • In Hondarribia, Rowing competition "Traineras". Liga Eusko Label. Traditional Basque Sport. August 12nd.
  • In Ondarroa, Rowing competition "Traineras". Liga Eusko Label.. Traditional Basque Sport. August 13th.
  • In Zarautz, Rowing competition "Traineras". Liga Eusko Label. Traditional Basque Sport. August 19th and 20th.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Slam Internationaux Cesta Punta. August: 24th, 29th and 31st.
  • In Biarritz, Jai Alai Basque traditional sport competition. Several dates on August.
  • In San Sebastian. Horse races. San Sebastián Racecourse. From June to September.


    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!










What to do in the Basque Country Events Agenda July 2017

Things to do in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Biarritz, Rioja or Pamplona. Our selection of best art, sport & cultural events in the Basque Country during July 2017.




Regarding traditions and festivities:

  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Great Week of the Pintxo of Álava. June 21st to July 2nd.  
  • In Pamplona, San Fermin with the Running of the Bulls every morning. The famous festival that Hemingway loved. From July, 6th to 14th.
  • In Labastida. Medieval Market. July 8th & 9th.
  • In Isaba, in the Basque Country Pyrenees, 3 Cow Tribute Festival, this millenarian tribute is observed amongst two villages of the French & Spanish Basque Country. The oldest agreement in force in Europe. This act possibly occurs from 125 BC, more than 2,100 years ago! On July, 13th.
  • In Orio, Sea Bream festival "made on the Orio style", in the Gipuzkoa village from July, 13rd to 16th.
  • In Biscay (plenty towns). Festivals of Carmen. Party atmosphere and cellebrations in: Santurtzi, Barakaldo, Balmaseda, Bakio, Bermeo, Neguri, Lemoiz, Plentzia, Larrabasterra Zalla and Mungia. July, 16th.
  • In Bermeo, Mundaka, Elantxobe, Errenteria, Artziniega, Ayala & Bernedo Magdalena Festivals. One of the most popular is in Elantxobe. July, 22nd. 
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Blusa Day.  Donkey run, and parade of boys and girls dressed up with Basque local dressings and bull fighting. July, 25th.
  • In Astigarraga, Cider Day. Try local cider and enjoy local craftsman and Basque traditional sports in this town near San Sebastian. July, 26th.
  • In Baiona, Festivals of Bayonne. Basque French version of the San Fermin Festivals, with bullfighting, running of the bulls and much more. From July, 26th to 30th.
  • In Azpeitia, Biscay & Gipuzkoa. St Ignatius Loiola. In Azpeitia local music, food, drink and festivals, July 30th to August 2nd.

Regarding arts and exhibits:

  • In Bilbao. Paris, end of century: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. Guggenheim Museum. May 12nd to September 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbako Kalealdia (Bilbao street festival). Street shows, contemporary dance, circus and puppets. From June 26th to July 1st.
  • In Lekeitio, International Street Theater Festival. From July 6th to 13th.
  • In Biarritz, Fireworks on France National Day on July, 14st.
  • Jazz Festivals:
    • In Getxo, International Jazz Festival, from June 28th to July 2nd.
    • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Jazz Festival from July 11st to 15th.
    • In San Sebastian, Heineken Jazzaldia from July, 20th to 25th.
  • Blues Festivals:
    • In Getxo. Getxo & Blues 2017 - Getxo International Blues Festival. July 13rd to 15th.
    • In Hondarribia. Blue Festival, International and Basque music groups. Also conferences, exhibits... From July 13rd to 16th.
  • In Bilbao. BBK Live Festival. International music groups. Fields of Kobetamendi. From July, 6th to 8th.
  • In Mundaka, Basque Music & Cook Festival. Festival of food & music, with tastings, concerts and live music in local bars. From July 28th to 30th.

Regarding sport:

  • In San Sebastian, International Football Tournament Donosti Cup. 430 football teams from all over the world. From July 2nd to 8th.
  • In Beasain. The mountain race "Ehunmilak". It will cross the Gipuzkoan counties of Goierri, Tolosaldea, Urola Kosta, Urola Garaia and Debagoiena, 168 kilometers. July 7th to 9th.
  • Biarritz Cup. The biggest Amateur Golf Tournament in France. From July 9th to 16th in the Golf Le Phare.
  • In San Sebastian. Classical San Sebastián. Test belonging to the UCI Pro Tour and considered one of the most important appointments of international cycling. July 29th.
  • In Getxo. Circuit of Getxo cycling, Memorial Ricardo Otxoa. June 31st.
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!