What to do in the Basque Country Events Agenda July 2019


Our selection of best art, sport, traditionals & cultural events in the Basque Country during July, 2019.

Festivals of Bayonne.
Basque French version of the San Fermin Festivals,
with bullfighting, running of the bulls and much more. 
From July 24th to 28th.

Best Basques traditions & festivities:

  • In Lekeitio. Saint Peter parties. The dance of the Kaxarranka (a dantzari dances on a chest or kutxa carried by eight fishermen), the Kilin-Kala (consists in the risk of throwing the image of the Saint into the water, to ask for good fishing) and the aurresku of women. From June 29th to July 1st.
  • In Irun. Baserritar eguna: Day of the Peasant. Festivities of San Pedro and San Marcial. July 1st.
  • In Portugalete. Party in honor of the Virgin of the Guide. Txistularis, fanfarrias, cabezudos, triki-trixas, dances, contests, parades, sokatira and other festive activities. July 1st.
  • In Anglet. Outdoor night market. Chambre d'Amour. July 5th, 12th and 26th. August 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th.
  • In Salinas de Añana. Fair of the Salt. Light and sound show in the Valle Salado de Añana. Craft Fair of the Salt: exhibition & sale of agricultural products, craftsmen, representative products of the salt and visit to the salty valley. San Cristóbal Day. July 6th.
  • In Guernica- Lumo. Tasting and tasting peppers of Guernica. Horticultural fair. Exhibition and sale of Basque crafts. July 6th.
  • In Pamplona. San Fermin with the Running of the Bulls every morning. The famous festival that Hemingway loved. From July 6th until 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Dancing bells. Popular Basque folklore. Arriaga Place. July 7th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
  • In Bayonne. Mutxiko, Traditional Dances. Place Jacques Portes. July 7th, 14th and 21st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Spanish dance and flamenco show - Porompom Pon. Ducontenia Park. July 12th and 21st.
  • 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! July, 13th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Feast of tuna. Downtown. July 13th.
  • In Anglet. Fireworks on France National Day on July, 13th.
  • In Orio. Sea Bream festival. From July 11th until 14th.
  • In Biscay (plenty towns). Festivals of Carmen. Party atmosphere and cellebrations in: Balmaseda and Mungia. July 14th.
  • In Biarritz and Bayonne. Fireworks on France National Day. July 14th.
  • In Bayonne. Ballets with the arenes: The beautiful and the Beast. Bullring of Bayonne. July 17th.
  • In Villabona. Beer Fair. XXIII Producers beer festival in Basque Country, Spain and internationally. From July 18th to 21st.
  • In Portugalete. International Folklore Festival. Dance companies from different countries eat together to share experiences and traditional dances. From July 19th until 31st
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Night of the sardine Festival. Parking Campos Berri. July 20th.
  • In Anguiano, La Rioja. The dance of the stilts. In honor of Santa Magdalena. For visitors it is an unusual spectacle; for the countrymen, a religious rite that is part of their customs. From July 21st to 23rd.
  • In Errenteria, Artziniega, Ayala & Bernedo. Magdalene Festivals. July, 22nd.
  • In Bermeo, Elantxobe and Mundaka. St. Mary Magdalene Day. On this day, these three coastal villages celebrate an ancient dispute as to the ownership of Izaro Island. Clothing: typical fishermen's blue canvas smocks and checked scarves. July 22nd.
  • In Bayonne. Festivals of Bayonne. Basque French version of the San Fermin Festivals, with bullfighting, running of the bulls and much more. From July 24th to 28th.
  • In Bayonne. Season 2018 runBullfights of Bayonne. First bullfighting place in France. Bullring. July 24th and 28th. August 14th, 30th and 31st. September 1st.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Garlic Fair within Blouse Day and Neska: exposition and sale of garlic on the slope of San Francisco and its surroundings. July, 25th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Blusa DaySt. James's Day. Donkey run, and parade of boys and girls dressed up with Basque local dressings and bull fighting. July 25th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Exhibition and sale of local agricultural products. Exhibition of livestock and machinery. Basque Country University. 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 Mundaka. "The Basque Music & Cook Festival". Festival that combines the best of the musical scene & the national & international gastronomy in a unique environment. Santa Catalina church. From July 26th until 28th.
  • In Pasaia. San Pantaleón Day. Sardine Festival. July 27th.
  • In Biarritz. The festival at the Port. A festive and popular event for all those who like going out, dancing, having fun ... The bodegas will be animated by the nautical associations of Biarritz. Musical entertainment. Port of the fishermen. July 27th.
  • In Biarritz. Piano Festival. The Bellevue. From July 29th to 31st.
  • In Azpeitia, Biscay & Gipuzkoa. St Ignatius Loiola Festival. In Azpeitia local music, food, drink and festivals. From July 30th to August 2nd.
In Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Jazz Festival
from July 15
th until 20th

Regarding arts and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In Getaria. 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 1st, 2019 to January 20th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Never real and always true. Exhibition on the symbiosis between art and literature. A motto that connects the thirteen participating artists, who move between both worlds and whose works deal naturally with art as a literary genre and literature as an exhibition project. Azkuna Center. From March 14th until September 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. “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, 2019 until September 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Juan De Alcega, Universal SastreIllustrious personage of Gipuzkoa of Century XVI, author of the first treaty of tailoring published in all Europe, in the year 1580. Maritime Museum. From April 3rd until September 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Gerhard Richter: Marinas. With these paintings and drawings, Richter confronts us with the problem of representation, since the painted surface and the photographic record merge. Bilbao Guggenhein Museum. From May 24th until September 9th.
  • In Bilbao. Zuloaga (1870-1945). Exhibition about the painter Ignacio Zuloaga, considered in his time the most important Spanish artist and with the greatest international projection. Museum of Fine Arts. From May 29th until October 10th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: The CENTURY of BALENCIAGA. DIDAM. From June 7th to September 8th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Open by Concert. Cultural programming throughout the summer. Cathedral of Santa María, Portico de la Luz. From June 7th to September 14th.
  • 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 until September 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. Quantum Designer Physics. An international workshop. Miramar Palace. From July 1st until 4th.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbako Kalealdia (International Festival of Theater and Street Arts.). Street shows, contemporary dance, circus and puppets. From July 1st until 7th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Dibertikale: street animations. Cycle of street shows for children in squares, streets and parks near civic centers. From July 1st until 19th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Power Our Future 2019 - 4th International Forum on Progress and Trends in Battery and Capacitor Technologies. Europe Congress Palece. From July 2nd until 5th.
  • In Biarritz. The Valois Soul Ball. By Studio Ilargia. Alice will lose consciousness and begin to wander in a parallel, strange world. A show full of mysteries and fantasies. The Coliseum. Julio 3rd.
  • In Getaria. #FINAESTAMPA_ brings together 150 original works and synthesizes a precise moment of fashion illustration as an art form in itself. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. From July 3rd until September 29th.
  • Jazz Festivals:
    • In Getxo, International Jazz Festival, from July 3th until 7th.
    • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Jazz Festival from July 15th until 20th.
    • In San Sebastian, Heineken Jazzaldia from July, 24th until 28th.
  • In Bayonne. Concert of L'Harmonie Bayonnaise. Place Jacques Portes. July 4th, 14th and 18th.
  • In Zarautz. 26th edition Kalerki: Street Theater Festival. During four days the municipality will be filled with theater, dance, music, circus ... From July 4th to 7th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Concert of the South West Symphony Orchestra. Church. July 5th.
  • In Getaria. Towards an ethic of fashion: challenges and advances. Summer course. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. July 5th.
  • In Biarritz. The Bearer of Lueurs, de Couleurs. Surprising show, all in emotion and acrobatic prowess, subtle marriage of Dance and Artistic Gymnastics, by the association Equilibre. Midnight Station. July 6th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Merkatuan Kantuz: Chants of the market. Parvis des Halles. July 6th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Pepperback concert. Kiosk, Place Louis XIV. From July 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Puppets in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Puppet theater show that takes place outdoors. From July 6th until September 1st.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: Humanofolie. Sculptures by Jean Fontaine. His surprising works make up a unique and original hybrid bestiary, half animal-mechanical, bronze or ceramic. Museum of Natural History. From July 6th until September 15th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition From Renaissance to Impressionism: Exceptional! The prestigious works of the Bonnat-Helleu Museum include paintings by Tiepolo, El Greco, Goya, Gericault, Ingres, Degas, etc. Basque Museum and the history of Bayonne. Errobi room. From July 6th until November 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. Basque Street dances. Arriaga Square 7:00 pm. July 7th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
  • Blues Festivals:
    • In Getxo. Getxo & Blues 2017 - International Blues Festival. From July 18th until 20th.
    • In Mongradón (Arrasate). Arrasate Blues. From July 19th until 21st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Concert Band of Saint Junien (JM Courtioux). Kiosk, Place Louis XIV. July 10th.
  • In San Sebastian. "Lost souls". Concert by the consecrated Loreena McKennitt, interpreter of the Celtic universe with more than three decades of experience. Kursaal Autitorium. July 11st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Altxa Zokoa Concert . Church, Gambetta Street. July 11th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Festival of Shorts: Korterraza Gasteiz. Summer, shorts and films an outdoor terrace. From July 11th until 13th.
  • In Bilbao. BBK Live Festival. International music groups. Fields of Kobetamendi. From July 11th until 13th.
  • In Bayonne. Bayonne in Concert. Cathedral. July 11st and 20th. August 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st. September 7th and 14th.
  • In fishing port of Armintza. Txapel Reggae Festival, the Basque Reggae festival par excellence. 28 km from Bilbao. July 13th.
  • In San Sebastian. Coronation Mass and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Orfeón Donostiarra and Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra. Kursaal Autitorium. July 13th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Aperitif concert with Big Band Basque Coast and Concert Les Z'anonymes. Kiosk, Place Louis XIV. From July 14th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Fireworks from 14 July. Great beach. July 14th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Concert of the Goraki Basque Choirs. Saint John the Baptist Church. From July 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. Designing Artificial Quantum Matter. International Congress. Miramar Palace. From July 15th until 19th.
  • In Biarritz. Oldarra - Men's choir from the Basque Country. He interprets, a capella, both religious and secular polyphonic works. Originally Basque, the repertoire has expanded, incorporating works from around the world. Sainte Eugenie Church. July 15th and 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. Annual meeting Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission IATTC. Euskalduna Palace. From July 15th until 26th.
  • In Biarritz. Oboe – Piano Recital. Mozart, Cimarosa, Marcello, Schumann. Palace Hotel. July 16th.
  • In Anglet. Cinema on the beach. Projection of a movie on a large screen. Chambre d'Amour. July 16th, 23rd and 30th. August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Concert of the Itsasoa Basque choirs. Saint John the Baptist Church. July 18th.
  • In Bayonne. Patrick Bruel Tour 2019. Bullring of Bayonne. From July 23rd.
  • In Bermeo. Wave Rave Festival with the Crystal Fighters band. The festival also offers many activities to promote environmental awareness as well as knowledge about folklore, gastronomy and the Basque culture. July 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Euskal Encounter 26. Massive gathering of amateurs and computer professionals. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From July 25th until 28th.
  • In Bermeo. Festival of the Bay of Biscay. The Basque Music and Cuisine Festival. It has three pillars: music, gastronomy and nature. From July 25th to 28th.

In Biarritz. Basque Force show.
Mazon Park. July 21
st and 28th

Regarding Basque sport:

  • In San Sebastian. Horse races. Racecourse. Different dates from June to September.
  • In Biarritz. Summer table tennis tournaments. Every Friday in July and August, the Gulls of Biarritz organize summer tournaments open to licensed players and to the leisure public, adults and children. Room Dagorette. July and August.
  • In Biarritz. Bridge International Summer Festival. The Bellevue. Place Bellevue. From July 2nd to 13th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. International professionals of cesta punta. Jai Alai fronton. From July 2nd until August 29th.
  • In San Sebastian. International Football Tournament Donosti Cup. 400 football teams from all over the world. From July 7th until 13th.
  • In Biarritz. Basque pelota: cesta punta. Open International and Gala PRO / AM. Fronton Euskal Jaï Aguilera. July 2nd.
  • In Biarritz. Trotting at the Hippodrome de Biarritz. Hippodrome flowers. 13 night meetings on the racecourse of Biarritz. From July 4th until 31st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Finals of the championship of the Basque Country to grand minor and junior chistera. Municipal fronton. July 8th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. 1st International Professional Masters of cesta punta, semi final. Fronton Jai Alai. July 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Part of ball with chistera. Municipal fronton. July 10th.
  • In Anglet. International Surf Film Festival. Promote creativity and the artistic side of surf movies. Chambre d'Amour. From July 10th until 13rd.
  • In Biarritz. Basque pelota: big chistera. Trophy City of Biarritz. Mazon Park. July 11th and 18th.
  • In Beasain. The mountain race "Ehunmilak". It will cross the Gipuzkoan counties of Goierri, Tolosaldea, Urola Kosta, Urola Garaia and Debagoiena, 168 kilometers. From July 12th until 14th.
  • In Bayonne. The crossing Bayonne in the swim. Aviron Bayonnais. July 13th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Finals of the championship of the Basque Country of rebot and chistéra joko garbi. Municipal fronton. July 13th.
  • In San Sebastian. XX Sailing regatta. Two crossings: 32 miles from Hendaye to San Sebastian; and the other inside the Bay of La Concha. July 13rd and 14th.
  • In Getxo. Sailing World Championship J80. It is the most important sailing competition of the international class. Abra´s Royal Club Maritime. From July 13th to 20th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ironman. Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz Full & Half. The test will culminate in Plaza España. July 14th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Crossing the bay to swim. Bay St. Jean de Luz / Ciboure. 9.30 am July 14th.
  • In Bayonne. Basque Ball. Fronton of the Jean Dauger stadium. July 14th, and from July 24th until 28th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Basque strength Festival. Municipal fronton. July 15th, 22nd and 29th.
  • In Sopela. Sopela Surf Pro Junior, under 18 years old. One of the main surfing championships in Euskal Herria in this category. Beaches of Arrietara-Atxabiribil. Puntuable for the European circuit in junior category (girls and boys). From July 17th until 21st
  • In Anglet. Beach Rugby Festival. Tournaments, demonstrations and initiations of Beach rugby ... Day and night. Sables d'Or Beach. July 19th, 20th and 21st.
  • In Biarritz. Basque Force show. Mazon Park. July 21st and 28th.
  • In Getxo. Circuit of Getxo cycling. Memorial Ricardo Otxoa. July 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!