What to do in the Basque Region - March 2019


A list of mains events in the Basque Country (in Spain & France), Navarra, Rioja & Cantabria to enjoy after your private tour.

Carnival Celebrations. From February 28th until March 5th.

Regarding traditions and festivities in Basque region:

  • In Tolosa. The most multitudinous and popular carnivals of the Basque Country. From February 28th until March 5th.
  • In GipuzcoaCarnival Celebrations: San Sebastian, Tolosa, Amezketa and Abaltzisketa. February 28th until March 5th.
  • In AlavaCarnival Celebrations: Vitoria-Gasteiz,  Zalduondo, Laudio, Santa Cruz de Campezo, Agurain and Salcedo. February 28th until March 5th.
  • In BiscayCarnival Celebrations: Bilbao, Mundaka and Markina-Xemein.  Concerts, dance shows, tastings and various competitions, various activities… February 28th until March 5th.
  • In Sopuerta, Biscay, Pork Butcher's Festival (Chacineria), contest to choose the best Basque pork butcher and making contests of best Spanish sausage chorizo and best black pudding. March 3rd.
  • In Javier (Navarre). “Javierada”. Pilgrimage to the Castle of San Javier. Old Navarra Tradition dating back to nineteenth century. From March 4th until 16th. First Javierada: day 10th. Second Javierada: March 16th.
  • In Pamplona. Week of the Pintxo. From March 15th until 24th.
  • In Moreda de Alava. Olive Oil Fair of Alava. Great opportunity to get to know the world of olive trees and olive oil in the area. Agricultural and food fair. March 17th.
  • In Bakio. St. Joseph Festival. The wineries of Bakio present the txakoli elaborated with the harvest obtained the previous year. March 19th.
  • In Mutriku. Mackerel Fish Day. Where, apart of food market and pintxos, you can see a traditional Basque boats competition. March 24th.
  • In Okondo. Fair of the Caserío. Our best products, such as legumes, vegetables, vegetables, sausages and pork products, honey, preserves, pâté, wine, cider, bread, sweets and cheese, hand in hand with producers in the area. There will also be crafts, musicals, exhibitions of herri-kirolak (Basque rural sport) and dance performances. March 24th.
  • In Zarautz. Zarautz Parrilan: Championship of grills of the Basque Country. The best grills will cook grilled meat and fish. Two juries, one professional and one popular. And many other activities: lectures, popular food, pintxos tasting .... At the Plaza Munoa. March from 29th until 31st.

Miniature Pintxo CongressOn March 3rd until 6th

Regarding arts and exhibits in Basque region:

  • 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.
  • In Bilbao. Diana Thater - A world on the run. She is a pioneer of multimedia practice, and in her works traces dialogues with the most representative figures of video art. Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. From November 29th, 2018 to March 18th, 2019.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition "Architecture Effects". An innovative look between art and architecture; and the connections and correspondences that emerge from them in the digital age. Initiative of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and New York. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. From December 5, 2018 to April 28, 2019.
  • In Bilbao. Zinegoak 2019: XVI Bilbao International Gay-Lesbo-Trans Film. Bilborock Hall, BilbaoArte and The Golem Cinemas. From February 18th until March 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. Musika-Música: International Festival of Classical Music. The outstanding feature of this Festival is its themed nature, as every year the performances focus on a specific period, style or composer. Euskalduna Palace. From February 28th until March 3rd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ara Malikian Symphonic. Recognized as one of the great virtuosos of the violin he will perform pieces by Vivaldi, Paganini, Tchaikovsky and others. Gasteizko Ganbara Orkestra. Main Theater Antzokia. March 1st.
  • In Getaria. Exhibition Cristobal Balenciaga: Fashion and Heritage. Contexts Fashion and Heritage maintain a paradoxical dialogue that contrasts the ephemeral and the permanent. A conversation that, nevertheless, converges in the designer. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. From March 1, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Miniature Pintxo Congress. VI Edition of the Small Haute Cuisine. Gather the best pintxo chefs. Almost 400 congressmen and 30 speakers. Europe Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions. On March 3rd until 6th.
  • In Bilbao. RAIL LIVE!. Congress on innovation in the railway sector in collaboration with the Asociación Ferroviaria Española (MAFEX). Convention Center. BEC. From March 5th to 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Super Enduro. It competes with the enduro motorcycles in a route created expressly for the occasion in a closed enclosure, with difficult obstacles, technical and with different materials (stones, trunks, tires, sand, water, etc). Bilbao Exhibition Centre. March 9th.
  • In Bilbao. Unpacking. Fair of pieces with a minimum age of 40 years. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. March 9th and 10th.
  • In Bayonne. CO2 - Lieder cycle. Basque Country Symphony Orchestra - Iparraldeko Orkestra. CO2 Cycle de Lieder is an intermedia, interactive and visual musical show for soprano voice, small set of rare instruments, electroacoustic and digital writing. cultural exchange with Canada.Bayonne Theater. March 9th and 10th.
  • In San Sebastian. DFERIA. Festival of the performing arts. Theater Fair of San Sebastian. The main objective of the Fair is the performing arts market, interrelating its agents and presenting the latest Basque and international creations. Places: Victoria Eugenia Theater, Principal Theater and other stages. From March 11th until 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Twenty Øne PilØts: The BanditØ TØur. American hip hop and alternative rock band. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, winners of a Grammy in the "best duo or pop group" category. Bizkaia Arena BEC. March, 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition “Jenny Holzer: The Indescriptible”. Its medium, whether it is translated into T-shirts, plaques or electronic signals, is the text. Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. From March 22nd until September 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Stock Euskadi. The most important outlet shopping experience in the Basque Country. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From March 28th until 31st.
  • In Irún. Sevatur: Leisure and Tourism Fair. IFEMA. From March 29th to 31st.

International bicycle tour of Bilbao. March 24th.

Regarding basque or events sports:

  • 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.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Queens Cup of Basketball 2019; and MiniCopa of lower categories. From February 28th until March 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. SAIL IN FESTIVAL: Sail in films, in talks, in expo and in class. Bilbao becomes the sailing centre of the world, and the meeting place for a long list of sailors, yachtsmen and women, adventurers and lovers of the sea, with the very best of international sailing cinema. Sala BBK. From March 7th until 10th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. IV Women's Open Squash 'Gasteiz Hiria 2019'. From March 8th to 10th.
  • In San Sebastian. Lilaton. Popular race for women only, 5km. This year is a 30th anniversary. Its purpose is to vindicate the visibility of women's sport. March 10th.
  • In Bilbao. “31st Cycling event BILBAO-BILBAO”. Bilbao cicloturista. International bicycle tour of Bilbao with a distance of 115 kilometers. With 5 staggered departures every 15 minutes and is suitable for all cyclists. The exit is from the Bridge of Deusto and the arrival will be in the Gran Vía Bilbao. March 24th.
  • In Bilbao. Under Run Metro Bilbao 2019. Only 200 athletes, male and female, participate. March 24th. Date not confirmed.

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.

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Enjoy the Basque Country!