What to do in the Basque Country Events - Agenda November 2021


A list of best events for the traveler in November 2021 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.

II International Cider Fair. 
Kursaal Conference Center, San Sebastián.

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. Urdanibia Square. Every Saturday.
  • In San Sebastian. Craft market in La Bretxa. Every Sunday and holidays from Easter.
  • 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 Antzuola / Aretxabaleta / Arrasate / Mondragón / Azkoitia / Azpeitia / Bergara / Eskoriatza / Ezkio-Itsaso / Ezkio-Itsaso / Legazpi / Leintz Gatzaga / Urretxu / Zumarraga. IX edition "The hidden treasures of the Ignatian Land". Cultural activities and visits to the heritage of the regions where Saint Ignacius Loyola lived. From June 12th to December 31st.
  • In Trucios-Turtzioz. Cheese Fair. XXV Edition. Tasting of various types of cheese and txakoli. Craft stalls. Competition to choose the best cheese, the best Basque cake, the best bread and the best stand. 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 Mirandaola / Legazpi. The visit to the Olentzero. He is a character in Basque Christmas tradition. 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 2nd until December 23rd.
  • In Beasain. Black pudding day. Tasting contest in which the best blood sausage will be chosen. Various activities related to this product and the monthly market for local products will be held. November 6th.
  • In Zamudio. Agricultural, livestock and food fair. Day 6th: VIII Chocolat, Sweets and Crafts Fair. Day 7th: XXXV Agricultural and Livestock Fair. XXVIII Biscay Limousin Championship. November 6th and 7th.
  • In Berástegi. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of local products. Championship of cheese makers and cheese makers of the town. Exhibition of animals and crafts. November 7th.
  • In Mutiloa. Pig fair. "Txerri Azoka". Black pudding production exhibition, the pig exhibition, the black pudding and chorizo tasting or the ham cut exhibition and tasting. Popular food. November 7th.
  • In Trapagaran. La Arboleda agricultural and livestock fair. Sheep cheese competition and fair with a wide range of products. Cattle exhibition. Crafts Fair. Show of dances, demonstration of stone dragging with horse and six borers. Trápaga Valley. November 7th.
  • In Santa Cruz de Campezo. St. Martin Festival. Exhibition and sale of food products from Montaña Alavesa and Euskadi. Exhibition of crafts and sawing. Exhibitions, gastronomic contest, etc. November 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural Fair. Sale and exhibition of products of the farmhouse in Berastegi Street. Houses of talo (typical product Basque) and chorizo. November 13th.
  • In Soraluce (Plascencia de las Armas). Agricultural, livestock and artisan fair. XXV Edition. Exhibition of cattle and birds. Exhibition and sale of products of the farmers of the town and crafts. November 13th.
  • In Zegama. St. Martin Festival. Cattle competitions, exhibition of vegetables and popular crafts. Ball games and the cheese competition of the shepherds of the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park. November 13th.
  • In Sondika. XXIV 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 14th.
  • In San Sebastian. XXIII San Sebastian Gastronomika - Euskadi Basque Country. World congress of high gastronomy (bringing together the best chefs on the planet), off (parallel congress dedicated to the world of the room and wine), Popular (aimed at citizens) and Market (a spectacular fair). Rediscover the French culinary reality and poses a new dialogue between French and Spanish cuisines. Digital and live. Kursaal Palace. From November 14th until 17th.
  • In San Sebastian. XII National Grill Competition in San Sebastián Gastronomika Euskadi Basque Country 2021. November 17th.
  • In Mondragon. Baba Eguna. Day of the Beans. Sale of local agricultural and livestock products. Sale and tasting of local beans. November 20th.
  • In Tolosa. Cattle market. Shepherd Dog Contest. XI Championship of the Friesian breed. November 20th.
  • 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... From November 20th until 21st.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of farm products. Tasting roast pork. Errekalde. November 21st.
  • In Bilbao. St. Andrew agricultural fair. Sale and exhibition of farmhouse products. Ametzola Square. November 28th.
  • In Usurbil. Erle Eguna. Honey day. XXII Edition. Exhibition, sale and tasting of honey. XX Honey contest. November 28th.
  • In Ormaiztegi. Black pudding daySt. Andrew Festival. Gastronomic competitions, fair, tastings, children's tambourine and rural sports, among others... all around the blood sausage. November 28th.
  • In Azkoitia. St. Andrew Festival (from 1752): 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.

 Jesus Carmona dances at the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
Dantzaldia. 22nd International Dance Festival.

Regarding arts, congress and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In Bilbao. ABC: The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum. Exhibition for its 110 years of inauguration. Museum of Fine Arts. From October 6th, 2018 until December 30th, 2021.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Expo: Basque artistic and cultural practices from 1977 to 2002. Artium Center. From February 8th to December.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Expo: Bigarren bidea (Second way). Basque women's artists from 1977 to date. Artium Center. From March 5th to December.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition of movable industrial material considered Cultural Heritage. 2,000 pieces: old motorcycles, fire trucks, linotypes and printing material, remains of the mining industry and its auxiliary sector, anchors, a port crane, motors, hydraulic presses, models…. Konsoni Factory - Konsoni Lantegia. From March 5th until January 7th, 2022.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Playing cards women producers: A living memory. The work carried out by these women stands out. Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava. From March 24th until January 31st, 2022.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Izaro. Exhibition that addresses the intrahistory of the sculpture Izaro by Néstor Basterretxea. 40th anniversary of the creation of the Basque Parliament. Organized by the Basque Parliament and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From March 29th to December 31st.
  • In Azpeitia. Travel on the steam train. The Basque Railway Museum presents one of the best railway collections in Europe, with locomotives of all kinds, wagons, clocks as well as perfectly restored and in-use historical electrical installations. From March 31st until November 1st.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition "Ibarrola in the estuary, water, iron, fire and air". Exhibition by the Basque Agustín Ibarrola (Basauri, 1930) with 17 large-format oil paintings and 20 drawings on maritime and industrial themes of the Bilbao Estuary. From May 11th until January 31st, 2022.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. The relics of Martioda. A restored treasure. Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. From May 28th until January 16th, 2022.
  • In Hernani. Tàpies in Zabalaga. Exhibition focused on the large-format sculptures of the Catalan artist. Chillida Leku Museum. Free guided tour from June 12th to September 30th. From June 10th, 2021 to January 10th, 2022.
  • In Bilbao. The line of wit. Selection of works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's Own Collection whose common features are humor, wit and experimentation. From June 11th until January 16th.
  • In San Sebastian. 24 hours: a day in Victoria. Details of life aboard the nao Victoria, in the first round the world. Basque Maritime Museum. From June 25th until January 9th, 2022.
  • In Bilbao. Alice Neel: "People first." A "collector of souls". Bilbao Museum Guggenheim. From September 17th to February 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 46th International Theater Festival. From classical to the most avant-garde theater. From September 30th until November 28th.
  • 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 15th until November 14th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. XVIII International Cycle of Contemporary MusicBernaola Festival is an important cultural event whose objective is to spread the diversity of the music of the 21st century. Different places in the city: Artium, Jesús Guridi Conservatory of Music... From October 16th to February 5th, 2022.
  • In Bilbao. "Guernica" by Agustín Ibarrola. This new acquisition is an emblematic work of Basque art and of the painter's production, and it was also one of the most significant episodes in the museum's recent history. Museum of Fine Arts of BIlbao. From October 18th until March 27th.
  • In Bilbao. Women of abstraction. Contribution of women artists to abstraction. Exhibition that comes from the Center Pompidou in Paris. Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. From October 22nd to February 27th.
  • In Bilbao. Opera season: Les Contes D'Hoffmann. Euskalduna Palace. October 23rd, 26th and 29th; and November 1st.
  • In San Sebastian, Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. International Biennial of Architecture of the Basque Country MUGAK. 300 European architecture and urban planning professionals. Kursaal Palace. Between October 27th and November 30th.
  • In Tolosa. 52nd Choral Competition. It brings together the best choral groups in the world and makes the Basque musical and cultural tradition known. From October 29th to November 1st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Secondhand Book and Vinyl Record Fair. Grill in the port of Saint Jean de Luz. From October 29th until November 1st.
  • In San Sebastian. 32nd Fantastic and Terror Film Week. With parallel activities: exhibitions, cycles, children's activities… October 29th until November 10th.
  • In Getaria. Balenciaga: the elegance of the hat. Exhibition resulting from a joint investigation of the collections of hats of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum and the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. October 29th to May 8th, 2022.
  • In Santurtzi. 42nd International Theater Festival. Serantes Kultur Aretoa Theater. From October 29th until November 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Joyce DiDonato, one of the best singers in the world, and the pianist Craig Terry, perform Schubert's work: Winterreise (Winter's Journey). Arriaga Theater. November 1st.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Tchaikovsky + Gaigne. Pascal Gaigne has become one of the most celebrated Basque composers. The Symphony Orchestra of the Basque Country shows the two works commissioned by it from Gaine, and two more by Tchaikovsky. Principal Theater. November 2nd.
  • In San Sebastian. Preljocaj Ballet. Music by Franz Schubert. Kursaal Auditorium. November 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Tchaikovsky + Gaigne. Pascal Gaigne has become one of the most celebrated Basque composers. The Symphony Orchestra of the Basque Country shows the two works commissioned by it from Gaine, and two more by Tchaikovsky. Euskalduna Palace. November 3rd.
  • In Bilbao. ACT Festival. International Festival of Emerging Scene. Duration: 30 min each show. Shows, courses, workshops or reflection sessions at: Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Campos Theater and Barakaldo Theater. From November 3th to 6th.
  • In Bilbao. I am who I am. Theater show based on the autobiography of Aaron Lee. A survival story. A search for freedom, identity and acceptance. Arriaga Theater. November 4th.
  • In Bilbao. Verdi + Warner. Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Euskalduna Palace. November 4th and 5th.
  • In San Sebastian. 16th Europan. ‘Living Cities’ Contest. Platform for innovation in architecture, urbanism and landscape. Euskadi International Architecture Biennial MUGAK. Kursaal Palace. From November 4th to 6th.
  • In San Sebastian. ‘KlasikAT’. Basque Country Orkestra and Kalakan. Kursaal Auditorium. November 5th.
  • In Bilbao. Concert of the municipal band of txistularis of Bilbao. 11.30 a.m. New Square. November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
  • In San Sebastian. Symphonic Rhapsody Of Queen. New international show. Kursaal Auditorium. November 6th.
  • In San Sebastian. Tour ‘A whole life’. The Consortium (Amaya Uranga, Estíbaliz Uranga, Iñaki Uranga, and Carlos Zubiaga). Kursaal Palace. November 7th.
  • In Getxo. Bertsolaris Championship of Biscay. Muxikebarri (Sala Ereaga). November 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Legends Music: Uli Jon Roth. Composer and guitarist for SCORPIONS. BBK Room. November 7th.
  • In Bilbao. In the Still of the Night. The purest dance and cinematographic reflection. Lucia Lacarra and Matthew Golding. Arriaga Theater. November 7th.
  • In Bilbao. "Lainoen artean". Municipal band of txistularis of Bilbao. With images and poems by the illustrator Elisabeth Pérez. Euskalduna Palace. November 8th.
  • In Bilbao. The Animals with John Steel & Mickey Gallagher. British rock band. Campos Eliseos Theater. November 8th.
  • In San Sebastian. Literaktum 2021. Talks, workshops, colloquia, round tables, screenings, concerts, conferences and readings on literature. From November 8th to 21st.
  • In Bilbao. Zimermann and La Patética. Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Euskalduna Palace. November 11th and 12th.
  • In Bilbao. BBK Live Udazkena (Autumn). Caribou, Zetak, Gazzi, Mastodonte, Uniform, Teenage Fanclub, Rigoberta Bandini, Dorian and Bulego. Bilbao Arena de Miribilla. November 11th to 13th.
Umbra, "Lighting Festival 2021: We want you to shine"
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Umbra, "Lighting Festival 2021: We want you to shine". Dozens of light sculptures and open-air projections will illuminate Vitoria-Gasteiz with the aim of turning the capital of Alava into a cultural and technological benchmark. From 12th to 14th November.
  • In Barakaldo. Retro Classical. Reference lounge for all fans of classic, vintage and collection vehicles from the north of Spain and south of France. BEC  Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From November 12th until 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Michael’s Legacy. Jackson Dance Company. The best musical show about the king of pop, with the best impersonator of Michael Jackson. Campos Eliseos Theater. November 13th and 14th.
  • In Bilbao. ZINEBI: International Festival of Documentary and Short Film. Tributes, special cycles, screenings, workshops, debates, conferences... Arriaga Theater, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Campos Theater, the Barrainkua House of Culture, Bilborock, the BBK Hall of Gran Vía and the Golem cinemas of Azkuna Zentroa. From November 12th until 19th.
  • In Bilbao. Jesus Carmona dances at the Guggenheim Museum. Dantzaldia. 22nd International Dance Festival. November 13th.
  • In Bilbao. "Letters to Bach", by the prestigious international artist Noa. 12 compositions by the great Johann Sebastian Bach, which she endows with his voice. Arriaga Theater. November 15th.
  • In Irun. FICAB. XX International Bidasoa Archaeological Film Festival. The festival brings archeology to society through audiovisual works. 4 awards: the Festival Grand Prize, the Special Audience Award, the Arkeolan Award for scientific dissemination and the Orona Fundazioa Award for the educational section. Roman Museum Oiasso. From November 15th until 20th.
  • In Bilbao. Black Art Jazz Collective. Some of the most important musicians in the American Jazz scene looking for the essence. Arriaga Theater. November 16th.
  • In Loizaga Tower, Galdames. II Road Talks. Conference on mobility, tourism and territory. November 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Ismael Serrano. New songs from an artist who shakes off contradictions and destroys clichés. Arriaga Theater. November 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Legends Music: Aurora Beltrán. Composer and guitarist. BBK room. November 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Beti Ravel (Always Ravel). Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Euskalduna Palace. November 18th and 19th.
  • In San Sebastian. CIMASUB 202045th International Underwater Film Series offers a free film series that showcases life in the depths of the sea. Principal Theatre and Aquarium. From November 18th until 20th.
  • In Astigarraga and San Sebastian. IV Sagardo Forum: cider and nature, connecting territories. Conference on apples, cider and tourism. From November 18th and 19th are the technical conferences and presentations. From November 19th and 20th the III International Cider Contest with tasters from all over the world. And November 20th and 21st will be the II International Cider Fair at the Kursaal Conference Center in San Sebastián.
  • In Bilbao. Beethoven B-boy. Audiovisual show that blends Beethoven's classical music and break dance. Campos Eliseos Theater. November 19th.
  • In Bilbao. Subze in concert. One of the greatest references of current urban music in Spain. Campos Eliseos Theater. November 20th.
  • In Bilbao. Singing Broadway. VI Benefit Concert. Federation of Choirs of Bizkaia. BBK room. November 20th.
  • In Bilbao. Great hotel of the queens. A Drag show full of luxury and fantasy. Campos Eliseos Theater. November 20th and 21st.
  • In Bilbao. Rustic Cavalry and Pagliacci. ABAO Opera. Euskalduna Palace. November 20th, 23rd, 26th and 29th.
  • In San Sebastian. Phoenix tour. Film Symphony Orchestra. Spectacular musical journey through the most iconic soundtracks that the seventh art has left us. Kursaal Palace. November 21st.
  • In Bilbao. Dvořák's Stabat Mater, a 13th century poem. Orfeón Donostiarra and the Musikene Symphony Orchestra. Coral. Arriaga Theater. November 21st.
  • In San Sebastian. Concert by the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky accompanied by Le Concert de la Loge. Program that masterfully resurrects the art of two sacred monsters of song, Farinelli and Carestini, the two main countertenors of the 18th century and eternal rivals. Kursaal Palace. November 22th.
  • In Tolosa. Titirijai - International Puppet Festival. Variety of shows for children, adults and on the street. Tolosa International Puppet Center. From November 22nd until 29th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Acosta Dance: Evolution. Direction: Cuban dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta. Exuberant dance program. Principal Theater. November 23rd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Concert of the Municipal Band of Music 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Principal Theater. November 24th.
  • In Bilbao. "Nudity" with Daniel Abreu and Dácil González. Dantzaldia. 22nd International Dance Festival. Azkuna Zentroa-Alhóndiga. November 25th.
  • In Bilbao. FIG Bilbao: Print Festival. 9th International Printmarking and Art on paper Festival. Festival of Contemporary Engraving. A European reference for engraving and paper art. Architecture, interior design, collecting: conferences, talks, master classes, wine tastings and many other activities come together in this international festival about the world of printing and paper art. Euskalduna Palace. From November 25th until 28th.
  • In San Sebastian. “Arima Hotel Conference - REIH® Plan - Passivhaus. Topics: Tourism, Construction and Sustainable Mobility, Passive House Certification. First largest hotel in the world pre-certified International Passivhaus”. ARIMA Hotel. November 26th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Mazoka - Drawing and Illustration Market. Creative works of technical and artistic quality that expose new values in this field, on a national or international level. Open virtual platform from November 26th to December 26th. Live fair. Old Water Deposit, of the Montehermoso Cultural Center. From December 17th to 19th.
  • In Bilbao. Acosta Danza: Evolution. Direction: Cuban dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta. Exuberant dance program. Arriaga Theater. November 26th and 27th.
  • In Bilbao. The River Tour. Morgan Banda. Arriaga Theater. November 28th.
  • In San Sebastian. Mariza sings to Amalia. Fado, eternal and universal heritage of world music, ex-libris of Portugal. Kursaal Palace. November 30th.

Punta Galea ChallengeSurf Party. 
In Getxo. 

Regarding Basque sports: 

  • In Getxo. Punta Galea ChallengeSurf Party. It is one of the 7 tests that are part of the prestigious Big Wave Surfing World Circuit, Big Wave Tour, this being the only one of them that is organized on European territory. Waiting period from October to February.
  • In San Sebastian, Urun, Lezo and Pasaia, Guipuzkoa. Popular race Behobia-San Sebastian. The popular run from Behobia (France border) to San Sebastian. November 14th.
  • In Bilbao. International rhythmic gymnastics exhibit Euskalgym. XIV International Gymnastics Ceremony. Championship of rhythmic gymnastics and masculine acrobatic gymnastics. Bilbao Exhibition Center, BEC. November 20th.
  • In San Sebastian. Runner's Fair 2021. Within the framework of the San Sebastián Marathon for its participants and passionate about running. Place pending communication. November 26th and 27th.
  • In San Sebastian. 43rd 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 28th.

And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Guernica, 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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