What to do in the Basque Country - Agenda November 2018


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

Bayonne celebrates his chocolate. From November 1st until 3rd.

Best Basques traditions and festivities:

  • In Trucio. Cheese Fair. III Edition. Cheese, pastry, pork-butchery, woodwork, glass, ... Awards for the best cheese and best bread. November 1st.
  • In Usurbil. Craft fair. Fair of crafts and products of the Basque Country. Exhibition and sale. November 1st.
  • In Itziar, Deba. Cattle market. Itziarko Peria. Contest and exhibition of pairs of oxen. Sale of farm products. November 1st.
  • In Bayonne. Bayonne celebrates his chocolate. The manufacture of chocolate is a very old tradition Bayonne. The city still has seven reference chocolatiers. Grouped into an association working for the notoriety of chocolate Bayonne: the Academy of chocolate. From November 1st until 3rd.
  • In Gernika. Beans Day. Agricultural products: fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread ... popular tasting. Exhibition of Basque rural sports and activities for children. On November 3rd.
  • In Zamudio. Agricultural, livestock and food fair. Day 3: VI Chocolat, Sweets and Crafts Fair. Day 4: XXXIII Agricultural and Livestock Fair. XVII Biscay Limousin Championship. November 3rd and 4th.
  • In Mirandaola / Legazpi. The visit to the Olentzero. Excursion that begins in the Museum of the Basque Iron, then by the park of Mirandaola, in search of olentzero and ends in the ironworks of Mirandaola. From November 3rd until December 23rd.
  • In Berástegi. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of local products. Championship of cheese makers of the town. Delivery of photo rally, orchard and rice with milk prizes. November 4th.
  • In Amurrio. Day of the Micoturismo. Exhibition and sale of homemade products. Mushroom exhibition. Pinchos contest. November 4th.
  • In Biarritz. Week of restaurants allows you to enjoy delicious menus for a fixed and attractive price. They offer a lunch at 19 € and a dinner at 29 €, including an appetizer, a dish and a dessert, excluding drinks. Reservation directly to the restaurant you have chosen. Until Noviembre 5th until 11th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Old or used books fair. Harbor grill. From November 7th until 12th.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural Fair. Sale and exhibition of products of the farmhouse in Berastegi street. Houses of talo (typical product Basque) and chorizo. November 10th.
  • In San Sebastian. Pig Fair. Exhibition, sale and tasting of pork. Loyola Street. November 10th.
  • In Soraluce (Plascencia de las armas). Agricultural, livestock and artisan fair. XXIII Gaztañerre azoka. Exhibition of cattle and birds. Exhibition and sale of products of the baserritarras of the town and crafts. November 10th.
  • In Sondika. XXII Euskal Azoka. Exhibition and sale of agri-food products, children's workshops, txoznas, agricultural machinery and activities such as txalaparta exhibition and workshop, strip rope championship, Euskal dantza, dantza pot .... November 11th.
  • In Campezo. St. Martin Festival. Farmers and craftmen fair. On November 11th.
  • In Biarritz. Lurrama - Basque Farm - public lounge at Iraty Hall. Lurrama is the showcase of agriculture in the Basque Country and the steps that drive it to excellence: the tent of animals, the farmer's market and lots of entertainment. November 16 until 18th.
  • In Tolosa. Feast of the Bean. Contest of bean producers in the Plaza del Triángulo and the Bean gastronomic contest in the Tinglado market. Euskal Jaiak with bertsolaris, giants and heads ... November 17th & 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of farm products. Tasting roast pork. Errekalde. November 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Saint Andrew Agricultural Fair. Sale and exhibition of products of the cavity. Plaza Ametzola. November 18th.
  • In Bayonne. Baionan Kantuz: Basques traditionals songs. It is an animation where all audiences are invited to sing Basque folk songs. Place Lacarre from 11h to 11h35 and pillory fountain from 11h35 to 12h15. November 24th.
  • In Biarritz. Salon Animaliades - public lounge at the Halle d'Iraty. 1st public show for puppy and kitten. This is the opportunity to learn, with confidence, to learn more about the breeds and animals. November 24th and 25th.
  • In Eibar. Food Fair. Cod contest. November 25th.
  • In Usurbil. Erle Eguna. Honey day. XX Edition. Exhibition, sale and tasting of honey. XVIII Honey contest. November 25th.
  • In Azkoitia. St. Andrew Festival: Exhibition and sale of agricultural products and artisans; and parades, improvisers, trikitilaris and txistularis (Basque Music). November 30th.
  • In Eibar. Agricultural and livestock fair. Contest, exhibition and sale of farm products: vegetables, fruits, honey with Eusko Label, sheep cheese and artisanal bread. Exhibition of cattle from Bajo Deba. Exhibition and sale of flowers and txakoli. November 30th.
European MTV awards. November 4th.

Regarding arts and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In San Sebastian. Fantastic and Terror Film Week. With parallel activities: exhibitions, cycles, children's activities… October 27th until November 2nd.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: 1966, Basque art under the Franco regime: vanguard and resistance. Basque Museum. From June 30th until to November 4th.
  • 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz. World Press Photo. The most important international photojournalism contest. Every year, the great and the good of journalism and the best international agencies compete. Montehermoso Cultural Center. From October 19th until November 18th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. International Theater Festival. Main Theater. From October 5th until November 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Zinetxiki Festival. III International Children and Youth Film Festival. Association for the promotion of independent cinema and auteur cinema. From October 28th until November 12nd.
  • In Biarritz. The Virtuoses. A musical and magical show, for all audiences!.Two pianists let themselves go on stage with one ambition: to mix music, modern magic and Chaplin clowneries. The Virtuoses combine the virtuosity of the concert performer with the soul of the clown. Gare du Midi Theater. Noviembre 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. European MTV awards. Bilbao Exhibition Center. Annual ceremony of the Europe Music Awards of the MTV network. November 4th.
  • In Biarritz. Modern Basque Dance - Kukai Dantza: Erritu. A journey of the senses through singing, dancing and experiences, a ritual for all. Municipal Casino. November 5th.
  • In Biarritz. Basque Dance - Bilaka: Saio Zero. Combining dance, live music and video installation, Saio Zero is a choreographic essay that experiences a contemporary approach to traditional Basque dance. Piece for 7 dancers and 3 musicians. Municipal Casino. November 7th.
  • In Biarritz. Basque Dance - Aukeran Dantza Konpainia: 20th Anniversary. Municipal Casino. November 8th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Gasteiz Calling Festival 2018. Iradier Arena. Punk, rock and hardcore music. November 9th and 10th.
  • In Bilbao. XV Fair Stock Euskadi. The most important outlet shopping experience in the Basque Country. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From November 9th until 11th.
  • In Bilbao. ZINEBI: International Festival of Documentary and Short Film. Various scenarios. From November 9th until 16th.
  • In Vitoria. BTI (Biotechnology Institute) Day Vitoria 2018. Palace of Congresses Europe. November 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Concert Amoria. The sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, born in Bayonne and living in Ahetze, near Saint Jean de Luz, pay homage to their Basque roots with a musical from the 15th century to the present day. Arriaga Theater. November 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. CIMASUB, the 42nd International Underwater Film Festival of Donostia-San Sebastián. Photography contest open to everyone, and a documentary contest in three modes: short, medium and long. From November 15th until 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Festival and International Fair of Engraving and Contemporary Art. Euskalduna Palace, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Guggenheim Museum. From 15th until 18th November.
  • In Irun. VI FICOAUTO. Fair of Used Vehicles. Ficoba From November 16th until 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Retro Classical. Reference lounge for all fans of classic, vintage and collection vehicles from the north of Spain and south of France. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From November 16th until November 18th. 
  • In Bilbao. XXXVIII Unpacking Bilbao (antiques, vintage, retro). Bilbao Exhibition Center. November 17th and 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Beti Jai Alai Group: 50th anniversary. Basque dances. All a reference of the culture and tradition euskaldun. Arriaga Theater. November 18th.
  • In Irun. FICAB. XVIII International Bidasoa Archaeological Film Festival. The festival brings archeology to society through audiovisual works. Three prizes: Grand Prix, Special Audience Prize and Arkeolan Prize for scientific dissemination. Roman Museum Oiasso de Irun. From November 19th until 24th.
  • In Bilbao. Opera: Fidelio. Euskalduna Palace. From November 24th until December 3rd.
  • In Irun. GO MOBILITY Fair. Basque Sustainable Mobility Industry Exhibition. Professional meeting point in southern Europe for the sustainable mobility and energy storage industry. FICOBA November 27th and 28th.
  • 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.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. The "Crucified Christ" by José Ribera. Fine Arts Museum. Baroque work, 1643. After 8 years of laborious restoration the work will be able to be seen along with two other creations by José Ribera: Saint Peter and Saint Pablo. Until January 31st 2019.
  • In Bilbao. "Alberto Giacometti, Retrospective". One of the most influential sculptors-painters of the 20th century. Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. From October 19th until February 24th, 2019.
  • In Bilbao. "From Van Gogh to Picasso. The Thannhauser legacy." Thannhauser Collection of the Guggenheim in New York. Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. From September 21st, 2018 until March 24th, 2019.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition "ABC, The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum". On this occasion, it is the words - following the alphabetical order - that order the exhibition. Art and literature are fused through an extended alphabet. It will bring together masterpieces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, José de Ribera, Murillo, Zurbarán, Martin de Vos, Goya, Gauguin, Zuloaga, Sorolla, Chillida, Oteiza, Francis Bacon and Antoni Tàpies, among others. Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao. From October 29th, 2018 until June 2nd, 2019.
XIII International Gymnastics Ceremony. November 24th.

Regarding Basque sports:

  • In Biarritz. Basque ball in Cesta Punta. Biarritz Jai Alai. Noviembre 1st.
  • In San Sebastian. Feria Sportjam, and Forum of water sports, urban and snow. Surfing, water sports, mountain, adventure, outdoor, action, surfing, skateboarding, scooter, bmx, diving, longboard, freestyle motocross. Kursaal Palace. From November 2nd until November 4th.
  • In San Sebastian. Rugby Test Match: USA vs Samoa. Preparatory appointment to the World Cup in Japan in 2019. Estadio de Anoeta. November 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Basque Sports. Berastegi Street, Abando. November 11st. 
  • In Guipuzkoa. Popular race Behobia-San Sebastián. The popular run from Behobia (France border) to San Sebastian. On November 11th.
  • In Bilbao. Motor Show Retro Classical. Reference lounge for all fans of classic, vintage and collection vehicles from the north of Spain and south of France. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From November 17th and 18th.
  • In Bilbao. XIII International Gymnastics Ceremony. International rhythmic gymnastics exhibit Euskalgym. Championship of rhythmic gymnastics and masculine acrobatic gymnastics. Bilbao Exhibition Center, BEC. November 24th.
  • In San Sebastian. Traditional Marathon which runs in the streets of one of the most beautiful cities of the Basque Country coast. International Association of Athletics Federations has ranked this Marathon as B, being the most important in Spain. November 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Punta Galea Challenge is one of 7 that form part of the prestigious Big Wave Tour, and the only one held in Europe. One day between October 15, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Date to be confirmed.
And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Biarritz, Bayonne, 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

 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide

Enjoy the Basque Country!