What to do in the Basque Country Events Agenda May 2017

Our selection of best art, sport and cultural events in the Basque Country during May, 2017.
Best traditions & festivities:
  • In Ujue, Navarre. Religious Pilgrimage which dates back to 1043 A.D. On May 1st.
  • In Gernika, Biscay. Anchovie day. Spring is the time for anchovies and being Gernika a big Basque fishermen port, this is one of the best moments to visit this village and taste anchovies with a local txakoli of Biscay. On May 6th.
  • In Idiazabal, Gipuzkoa. Idiazabal Cheese Day. Contest and fair of Basque sheep cheeses in the city which gives the name to the Denomination of Origin of this Basque delicacy. On May 7th.
  • In Gernika, Bizkaia. Medieval Market. In addition to the Anchovie Day, a lot of events for all the family members. From May 7th to 8th
  • In Gernika, Bizcay. Fisherman Day. May 8th.
  • In Balmaseda, Bizkaia. Medieval Market. It is done in commemoration of its foundation. It is the first Villa of Bizkaia. From May 13rd to 14th.
  • In Dicastillo, Navarre. Asparragus Day. See and taste best of Spanish asparragus produced in the South of Navarre. May 21st.
  • In Kuartango, Alava. Mushroom and cattle day. Cattle exhibit and local mushrooms in this lively fair. On May 14th.
  • In Bermeo, Biscay. Fish market in one of the biggest ports of the North of Spain. A good opportunity to try also fishes and preparations not so common in the Basque Country. Lamera Park. On May 19th to 21nd.
  • In Ordizia, Gipuzkoa. Medieval Market. This village close to San Sebastian and Vitoria-Gasteiz with a Wednesday market dating back more than 500 years ago, is perfect for a Medieval Market. Go and see it! On May 13rd and 14th.
  • In Amurrio, Araba. Txakoli Wine Day. Best local white wines of Arabako Txakolina and an interesting food contest using the local white wine. May 21st.
  • In Antoñana. Spring fair of honey. Competition, tasting, sale of honey and artisan products. Exhibition of crafts. May 21st.
  • In Vitoria. Napoleonic market of Lakua Arriaga. This year will have more than 100 craft positions, theatrical performances and music. May 21st until 27th.
  • In San Sebastian. Gastropote. Market of San Martín. Gastronomy and live performances. Every Thursday of the year between 19.00 and 22.00. 
    Regarding arts and exhibits:
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Tricicle: "Hits". Main Theater. May 3rd to 6th.
  • In Bilbao. “Welcome” Global Travel Forum. Forum of meeting of tourism professionals, leaders of the sector. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. May 4th.
  • In San Sebastian. International Fair of Contemporary Art DONOSTI ARTEAN. It has workshops for children, digital space, talks and meetings with artists, and guided tours to the Fair and Kubo Kutxa Hall. Kursaal Elkargunea Center. May 4th to 7th.
  • In Bilbao. “Expovacaciones”. International Tourism Contest. Guest country: Japan. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. May 5th to 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Fantastic film Festival – FANT. Cinemas Golem - Alhóndiga Bilbao, Campos Theatre, BBk Room. May 5th to 12th.
  • In Getaria. Expo: "Coal and Velvet Looks of Ortiz Echagüe and Balenciaga on the popular costume". Balenciaga Museum. Until May 7th.
  • In San Sebastian. Tango Festival. With demonstrations and free courses. Victoria Eugenia Theater & Kursaal Elkargunea Center. May 12nd to 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Jamming on Tour. Theater Champs Elysees. It is an improvisational show. May 13rd until June 10th.
  • In Bilbao. 'Renoir: intimacy'. Pierre-Auguste Renoir Expositions. Fines Arts Museum. Until May 15th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Harlem Globetrotters. Fernando Buesa Arena. Sports show that combines basketball, acrobatics and humor. May 16th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. National Ballet of Cuba. “The magic of dance”. Main Theater. May 18th.
  • In San Sebastian. Olatu Talka - Rompeolas (Breakwater) Cultural festival. Multidisciplinary festival of theater, music, dance ... designed by the own citizenship that establishes ways of collaboration between professional and amateur artists. May 19 th to 21st.
  • In Bilbao. Andrea Chénier Ópera. Euskalduna Bilbao Palace. May 20th to 29th.
  • In Bilbao. CIOS National Congress to Association for the Advancement of Management. The 6 CIO Challenges of the 21st Century. Chief information officer (CIO). Bilbao Exhibition Centre. May 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Anne Sofie Von Otter and Brooklyn Rider. Anne-Sofie von Otter, is regarded by critics as one of the best mezzosoprano of her generation. Broklyn Rider are four classical musicians who play with the energy of young rock stars.Arriaga Theatre. May 25th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. International Festival "Poets in May". There are local and foreign poets, associations, workshops, musical groups, actresses and actors, singers and artists of music and dance. May 27th.
  • In Bilbao. “The Guardian of the Tales”. Opera for children. May 27th to 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Guns N'Roses Band: “Not in this lifetime tours”. Guns N'Roses return to the capital of Bilbao to perform in one of their only two performances in Spain. St. Mames Stadium. May 30th.
    Regarding sport:
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Araba Rugby Cup. It is the main event of the quarry rugby in Spain, with visitors from France and Portugal. May 6th & 7th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Martin Fiz Marathon. A popular run with options for kids, shorter versions and even a skate race. On May 14th.
  • In Leintz-gatzaga. PUNTAIK PUNTA. Debagoiena Walking Festival. First festival of hiking of the Basque Country. May 19th to 21th.
  • In Bilbao, Triathlon 1.9km swimming in Nervion River, 90km riding in a bike & 21km along the streets of Bilbao city. On May 20th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Oxfarm Intermon Trail Walker Euskadi. A walking tour of 100 km that will include the Ullibarri reservoir and the Montes de Vitoria, to be performed as a team in a maximum time of 32 hours. May 20th and 21st.
  • In Biarritz. 2017 International Surf Association: World Surfing Games. France, May 21st to 28th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Orbea Race. Cycle tour by road. Organized by Juan Carlos Nájera. Provision of 6,000 participants. May 27th.
  • In Zegama. Alpine Marathon along the Aizkorri Mountains (qualified for Skyrunner World Series). More than 42 kilometers, it leaves from Zegama and runs through the mountains of Aizkorri. On May 28th.