What to do in the Basque Country Events - Agenda June 2020


A list of best events for the traveler in June 2020 in the Basque Country in Spain & France, Rioja & Cantabria selected by Aitor Delgado Tours. Cities: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Biarritz, Rioja, Bayonne, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Guernica…

Please note that some of the events below may change due to regulations to control Covid-19.

In Ondategi, Zigoitia, Gorbeia. 25th Basque Horse Day.
Shows, exhibits and performances with Basque dance, sport & food.
June 28th

Best Basques traditions and festivities in Basque Country: 

  • In Ordizia. Agricultural Fair. Farm products fair. Every Wednesday.
  • In Hondarribia. Agricultural Fair. Sale of local products. Wednesdays at Damarri Plaza and Saturdays at the Port.
  • In Mungia. Peasant Market. Exhibition and sale of farm products. Every Friday.
  • In Bilbao. Gure Lurreko Merkatuak. Market of products of the hamlets of Bizkaia, made in a traditional way by their farmers, with Basque varieties and native breeds. Slow food, natural and local foods. Tinglados del Arenal. Every Saturday.
  • In Tolosa. Agricultural Fair. Farm products fair. Every Saturday.
  • In Irun. Agricultural Fair. Vegetable Fair. Every Saturday.
  • In Bilbao. Flower and plant market. Flowers and plants grown and collected directly by local producers. A melting pot of colors and smells. Tinglados del Arenal. Every Sunday.
  • In Eskoriatza. XXIV Exposure of farm products, food and crafts. XXIII Scarecrow contest. XII Cheese competition. IX Txapela Championship. June 6th.
  • In Barakaldo. Cherry Fair. Exhibition and sale of farmhouse and artisan products. June 6th.
  • In Gernika-Lumo. Txakolí Day of Urdaibai. Tasting and tasting of cheese and txakoli from Urdaibai with D.O. Bizkaiko Txakolina. Horticultural fair. Exhibition and sale of Basque crafts. June 6th.
  • In Tolosa. Bream and Cider Festival. In the past, Basque sailors brought cider to their routes because water was spoiled in the barrels. Meals and dinners based on the sea bream, dinner pairing, screenings, theater-dance show and more activities. June 6th and 7th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Great Week of the Pintxo of Alava. From May 25th until June 7th.
  • In Lezama. Txakolí Day. XIX Tasting and sale of Biscay Txakolí. Exhibition and sale of agricultural products. June 7th.
  • In Pasaia. Cider Day. XXVII Edition. Cider tasting. The bertsolaris, txalaparta and charangas fair will be the highlight of the fair. June 7th.
  • In Barandio, Amurrio. Day of the goat. Hermitage of Garrastatxu. Goat competition of the azpigorri and azpizuri breeds (the most abundant in the area) and the fair of goats. Stone drag test with goats. Multitudinary popular food or in the pilgrimage. June 7th.
  • In Elgoibar. Agricultural, artisan and livestock fair. XIX edition. Sale, exhibition of livestock and products of the hamlets of Elgoibar. XXV edition exhibition and sale of crafts. June 7th.
  • In Abadiño. Pilgrimage in Urkiola: day of San Antonio de Padua. Sanctuary of Urkiola. Performances of trikitilaris and bertsolaris. Agricultural posts, artisans and livestock. June 13th.
  • In Bilbao. XVII Edition Bilbao Championship of Pastor Idiazabal Cheese. June 14th.
  • In Sondika. BBK Music Legends Festival 2019. The Beach Boys and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Gardens of the Ola BBK Center of Sondika (Bizkaia). June 14th and 15th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Labastida. Wine cellars at street level. X Edition of tasting and sale of all the wines of the town; through the purchase of tickets and a drink are given to try their wines. June 20th and 21st.
  • In St. Jean de Luz. Festivals of Saint John. Place Louis XIV. From June 20th until 24th.  Canceled until 2021.
  • In Mundaka. Saint Pedro parties. Famous processions of San Pedro, the Aurresku, the pipers, the big heads or the maritime kukaña. The big day is June 29th, although the celebrations run from June 20th to July 5th.
  • In Urduña-Orduña. Saint Jean Market: Products of the village, handicraft and livestock buying and selling on the 24th. Popular food. XVIII Charoles de Euskadi Competition. Plaza de los Fueros. June 21st.
  • In Tolosa, Eibar, Arrasate, Hernani, Andoain, Laguardia, Amurrio, Salvatierra, Leioa, Getxo, Bermeo, Muskiz, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz,…. St. John Pilgrimage's. The arrival of the summer solstice is celebrated. The bonfires burn to drive away evil spirits and attract good luck. June 23rd.
  • In Bermeo. St. John Pilgrimage's. Pilgrimage on foot to the hermitage of San Juan de Gastelugatxe and wreath to the Virgin (submerged in the sea under the natural arches of the islet of Aketze). June 24th.
  • In Biarritz. The village of Casetas. It stands out as the festive event of the opening of the summer season. Côte des Basques. From June 26th to June 30th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Ondarroa. Shoe Azule (Blue Saturday). Most important party in the city. T-shirts, sports and music are the main ingredients. June 27th.
  • In San Sebastian. Txakolí Day. Popular tasting in the morning. 23rd Txakoli harvesters. Boulevard. June 27th.
  • In Ondategi, Zigoitia, Gorbeia. 25th Basque Horse Day. Shows, exhibits and performances with Basque dance, sport & food. June 28th.
  • In Haro, La Rioja. Battle of wine. Fiesta of National Tourist Interest. Pilgrimage to the hermitage of Los Riscos de Bilibio. June 29th.
  • In Lekeitio. Saint Pedro 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 (basque tipical dance) of women. From June 29th to July 1st.
  • In Irun. Saint Marcial Alarde (Procession). Parade remembering Spanish and French wars. June, 30th. Canceled this year.
Olafur Eliasson: In real life. Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
From February 14th until June 21st. The closing date may be extended.
 Regarding arts, congress and exhibits in Basque Country: 
  • In Zumaia. Ignacio Zuloaga cultural space. Studio of famous Basque pintos of recognized international prestige. Santiago House. Open from April to September. Private visits all year.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition: ABC. The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum. With this expo the 110th birthday of the museum is celebrated. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From October 6th, 2018 until December 30th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. J. S. Elkano. Behind the footprint. He delves into the biography of Juan Sebastian Elkano (1487 / 88-1526), and allows him to follow his vital mark, before, during and after the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Maritime Museum. From June 26th, 2019 until June 26th, 2020.
  • In Hernani. Eduardo Chillida: Seeking the light expo. From a trip that the sculptor made in 1963 through Greece, Italy and French Provence in which he discovers new concepts around light and architecture. Squeak Leku. From December 6th, 2019 until June 1st 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Olafur Eliasson: In real life. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson places the viewer's experience at the core of his art. Guggenheim Museum. From February 14th until June 21st. The closing date may be extended.
  • In Getaria. Fashion and Heritage: Cristóbal. It puts the focus on Cristóbal Balenciaga himself and the imprint he has left behind as a person through various objects that belonged to him and that have been collected in the Museum's collections. Part of the annual program for the 125th anniversary of his birth. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. From February 29th to June 22nd.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Andalusian festival. 84 boulevard thiers. From May 28th until June 1st.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. X GastroSWING, mixing best food with swing dance classes and music. International Swing Festival in the Basque Country. From May 30th until June 2nd. Cancelada hasta 20121.
  • In Biarritz. Biarritz Roaring Twenties Festival. Golf competition in period dress. Exhibition of prestige vehicles. June 1st and 2nd.  Canceled until 2021.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. III Belar Sounds edition. Selection of local and state groups with different musical styles. Garden of Falerina. June 1st, 9th, 23th and 29th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In San Sebastian. Exhibition "The longest trip". Fifth centenary of the first round the world by Fernando de Magallanes and the Basque Juan Sebastián Elcano. Documents of the Archive of the Indies of Seville. San Telmo museum. From June 1st until September 30th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 5th CIRP Conference on Surface Integrity (Online). The event will present recent technical and scientific advances on the integrity of surfaces. Palace of Congresses of Europe. June 3rd.
  • In Bilbao and Barakaldo. ACT Festival. XVII International Festival of emergent scene. Experiences of arts visas in short format of no more than 30 minutes with only 3 or 4 pieces, dance, circus, theater.... From June 3rd until 6th. Moved to the first week of November 2020.
  • In Bilbao. ARTESHOP IX Edition. The art in the shops. Bilbao City Council, University of the Basque Country and Bilbao Arte Foundation. From June 3rd until 16th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Estropatada. Thousands of little ducks cruise the river to reach the Euskalduna Bridge. The event continues with a huge family festival on the esplanade of the Maritime Museum. June 7th.
  • In Biarritz. Street Arts Festival. Original street shows, reviving wonder among young and old, around theater, fairground art, dance. Place Clemencea. From June 8th until 10th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Andalusian Festival. June 8th until 10th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In San Sebastian. GDM (Fashion Gipuzkoa) San Sebastian Fashion Festival. From June 10th until 13th.
  • In Irún. Caravantur 2020. Exhibition, sale and rental of Caravans, Motorhomes, Campers, Vans and Caravaning accessories. FICOBA. From June 12th until 14th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 15th Kaldearte. Street art with dance, magic, theater, music, humor, clowns, pampering and games. From June 12th until 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Kandinsky at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Paintings and works on paper and trace the aesthetic evolution of Kadinsky throughout his career. From June 12th until January 11th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. BreakonStage. Urban manifestations associated with hip hop. Bilbao Arena. June 13th.
  • In Sondika. Music Legends Festival. Ola BBK Center. June 14th and 15th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Gua Zuria (White Night Festival). Activities for the Foundation of the city of Bilbao. Outdoor celebrations of music, performing arts, literature and striking light and sound shows. June 15th.
  • In Bilbao. UEFA EURO 2020. San Mamés Stadium. They will be held on June 15th, 20th, 24th and 28th. Postponed.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbao Pride. Bilbao Pride is a socio-cultural festival that advocates for LGBTQ visibility and for diversity. From June 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Diego El Cigala: Homage to Mexico. Flamenco music. Euskalduna Place. Auditorium. June 19th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Azkena Rock Festival. June 19th and 20th. Canceled this year.
  • In San Sebastian. Margaret Watkins: Black Light. Exhibition with the work of a reference photographer from the 20th century. International Center for Contemporary Culture Tabakalera. From June 19th until October 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Jamming on Tour. 15 years of success in Madrid, more than 3,000 shows, all different but just as fun. Dome Room. Campos Elíseos Theater. June 20th.
  • In San Sebastian. NTC Symposium: NanoNeuro 2020. 9th NTC symposium of the NeuroTechnology Center at Columbia University. Donostia International Physics Center. On June 24th and 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Leku Leku Festival. The International Festival of Dance in Urban Landscapes. Walk of Abandoibarra of Bilbao. June 26th and 27th.
  • In Zierbena. Surf Film Festival. June 26th and 27th.
  • In San Sebastian. Musical: The Bodyguard. Kursaal Auditorium. June 26th, 27th and 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Comandante Lara y co: At all costs. Humorous show. Dome Room. Campos Elíseos Theater. June 27th.
  • In Bayonne. 5th Flamenco Spirit Festival. Spanish Cultural Center. June 28th until 30th. Canceled until 2021.

Triathlon Getaria to Zarautz. June 6th.
Regarding Basque sports: 
  • In San Sebastian. Horse races. Racecourse. Different dates from June to September.
  • In Zegama. Alpina Marathon Zegama-Aizkorri. Qualifying test for the Golden Trail World Series 2019 and the Golden Trail National Series 2019. 42 kilometers by four of the highest peaks in the Basque Country. June 2nd. The 2020 edition of the Zegama-Aizkorri is suspended!
  • In Zarautz. Triathlon Getaria to Zarautz. 2.9 km of swimming, 81 km of cycling circuit and 20 km of running. June 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 13th Women's race. Race for women of 5.83 km. June 7th.
  • In Bilbao. BIBE Trans Bizkaia Great fund. A cyclist tour whose route recalls the Jesus Loroño Cyclo-tourist Classic, a test that was played between 1992 and 2003, consolidating itself as one of the most demanding in the state. June 7th.
  • In Biarritz. Wheels & Waves Festival. Four days of motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding and music. City of the Ocean in Biarritz. From June 12th until 16th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Iberdrola Bilbao World Sup Challenge. International Stand UpPaddle competition. The best riders in the world will compete in two modalities: Long Distance and Sprint. From June 13th until 14th.
  • In Tolosa. Marathon of the 3 mountains. June 14th.
  • In Zumaia. Zumaia flysch Trail (27 kilometers and a difference of 1,640 meters). Cliffs between Zumaia and Deba. June 23th.
  • In San Sebastian. Women Triathlon. Concha beach and city center. Swimming TM 300m, Cycling TM 8km, Running TM 2km. June 27th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. XL BH 2020 Cycle Tour Test. Route of 204.39 kilometers by 5 of the 7 gangs of the province of Alava, and at times the neighboring Navarra. June 29th. Canceled until 2021.
  • In San Sebastian. 35th Ooditz Oroituz Triathlon. Concha beach and the city districts Swimming 1500m, Cycling 38.5km, Running 10km. June 28th.

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 understanding on our culture and traditions with a local guide.

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