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

TRADITIONS, ART, MUSIC, EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS BASQUE AGENDA. FEBRUARY 2020.

A list of best events for the traveller in February 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,…

The cider season begins on January 15 and runs until the end of May.

Best Basques traditions and festivities:


  • In Laguardia. Articulated Nativity Scene. Church of Santa María de los Reyes. One of the few baroque nativity scenes equipped with movement that are preserved today, and arouses great interest among visitors and residents of the area. Performances are offered until December 1st until February 7th.
  • In Astigarraga. Season of the Basque Cider. The main area in the Basque Country is in Astigarraga (near San Sebastián). There are some 51 Basque cider houses in Guipúzcoa, 10 in Vizcaya and 2 in Alava. The cider season begins on January 15 and runs until the end of May.
  • In San Sebastian, Anoeta, Astigarraga, Irun or Tolosa. The party of the boilermakers. Several groups emulate the Hungarian Zingaros who arrived in the city to sell their products during the Carnivals. It is a peculiar way of announcing carnivals. February 1st.
  • In Laudio/Llodio. San Blas Festival. Exhibition and sale of agricultural and artisan products, rural sports, elaboration of blood sausages, dance and music shows, a tribute to the baserritarras of the area, tasting of chestnuts, burning and scraping the pig, ... and Txarripatas Gastronomic Contest (pig hands). From Febuary 3rd and 4th.
  • In Abadiño. Agricultural, livestock and artisan fair of San Blas. Special activities for children, Basque sports, bertsolaris shows (sudden poets) and exhibitions of dragging stones with oxen are organized. February 3rd and 4th.
  • Kastrexana (Barakaldo). Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Santa Águeda. It is the patron of women and fertility. The main pilgrimage on February 5th, and two others: one the previous Sunday and another the following Sunday. On February 4th, choirs and gangs roam the streets singing in honor of the Holy and accompany their songs with rods and sticks ("makilas") with which the ground is beaten rhythmically.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Feast of Saint Agatha. Traditional rounds singing couplets in honor of the martyrdom and death of the saint in the neighborhoods, accompanied by the sounds produced by rods and canes that hit the ground to the rhythm of the couplet. February 4th and 5th.
  • In Mundaka. Carnivals: Aratuste. The most important carnival in Bizkaia, since 1841. In the morning the men come out in their white dresses like atorrak, and in the afternoon the women like lamiak. They represent themes of Basque local mythology. They represent themes of Basque local mythology. From February 10th until 13th.
  • In Alava. Carnival Celebrations: Vitoria-Gasteiz,  Santa Cruz de Campezo, Zalduondo, Agurain, Salcedo and Laudio. From February 18th until 25th.
  • In Biscay. Carnival Celebrations: Bilbao, Mundaka and Markina-Xemein.  Concerts, dance shows, tastings and various competitions, various activities… From February 18th until 25th.
  • In Tolosa. Carnival.The most multitudinous and popular carnivals of the Basque Country. From February 20th until 25th.
  • In Gipuzcoa. Carnival Celebrations: San Sebastián, Azpeitia, Antzuola, Amezketa, Abaltzisketa and Aretxabaleta. From February 20th until 25th.
  • In San Sebastian. "Don Giovanni", Mozart's opera. Opus Lirica Orchestra. Adao Chorus Kursaal Auditorium. February 21st and 22nd.

Small-Format Sorolla.
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.
From November 20th, 2019 until February 23rd, 2020.

 Regarding arts, congress and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • 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 Bilbao. Egypt in Bilbao. Replicas by hand of several of the most notorious monuments of Egypt, along with other sculptures, sarcophagi and objects of ancient Egypt. Deusto Expo Center. From July 27th, 2019 until April 30th, 2020.
  • In Billbao. Soto: The fourth dimension. Retrospective of the work of the Venezuelan painter Jesus Rafael Soto. Guggenheim Museum. From October 18th, 2019 - February 9th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Kunsthalle Bremen masterpieces: from Delacroix to Beckmann. Collection of sculptures, engravings and drawings, focused on art in Germany and France from the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. Guggenheim museum. From October 25th, 2019 until February 16th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Small-Format Sorolla. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From November 20th, 2019 until February 23rd, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Creative Trend Fair. Crafts Hall. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From January 30th to February 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Annie The musical. A contextualized musical in New York City in the 1930s. Champs Elysees Theater. From January 31st to February 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Jekyll & Hyde. The Broadway Musical. Based on the novel ‘The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Robert L. Stevenson. Champs Elysees Theater. From January 31st to February 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. A Chorus Line. Directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee and co-directed by Antonio Banderas. Arriaga Theater. From February 6th until 16th.
  • In San Sebastian. Tina Turner Tribute: Simply the Best. Kursaal Auditorium. February 15th.
  • In Biarritz. Dance Season - Cie Dantzaz. As part of Bi Harriz Lau Xori, Week of Basque expressions and elsewhere. Larreko Room. February 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Opera: The Fanciulla of the West (Giacomo Puccini). Euskalduna Palace. February 15th, 18th, 21st and 24th.
  • In Bilbao. Krego-Martin Dance: “Discomfort Zone” is immersed in the state of concern and the feeling of discomfort felt by humans when they feel exposed and vulnerable. Arriaga Theater. February 18th.
  • In Biarritz. Eloize Circus - Saloon. An exceptional show for the whole family. Gare Du Midi Theatre. February 19th.
  • In Bilbao. Expocadena, the private fair of Ehlis. Bilbao Exhibition Center. February 21st and 22nd. The Expocadena Congress will be the day before the beginning of the contest, on February 20th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Umbra Light Festival: 'Urbanisms of light. New urban landscapes. February 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Tina Turner Tribute: Typically Tina. Campos Eliseos Theater. February 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. Zinegoak: XVII Bilbao’s International GayLesboTrans Film and Performing Arts Festival. Bilborock Hall, BilbaoArte and The Golem Cinemas. From February 24th until March 8th.
  • In Bilbao. The director Leonard Slatkin with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Euskalduna Palace. February 27th and 28th.
  • In Bilbao. XI Japan Weekend. For fans of manga, anime and Japanese culture. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. February 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Goran Bregovic presents a new album, titled ‘Three letters from Sarajevo‘. Author of the soundtracks of several world-famous films. Euskalduna Palace. February 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Michael’s Legacy. Jackson Dance Company. Campos Eliseos Theater. February 29th and March 1st.

XIV Punta Galea Challenge: Big Wave Tour in Europe.
From November 1
st, 2019 until and March 31, 2020.

Regarding Basque sport:

  • In Getxo. XIV 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 November 1st, 2019 until and March 31, 2020.

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. 

 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide

Enjoy the Basque Country!

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

THINGS TO DO IN BILBAO, SAN SEBASTIAN, VITORIA-GASTEIZ, BIARRITZ, BAYONNE, RIOJA OR PAMPLONA.

Our selection of best art, sport & cultural events in the Basque Country during January 2020.

 
Start of the season of the Basque CiderIn Astigarraga.
The cider season begins on January 15 and runs until the end of May.

Best Basques traditions and festivities:

  • In Bilbao. Christmas Market. Bailén street. From December 1st until January 3rd.
  • In Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Noël 2019. Local events, Concert, Youth Audience Show, Procession, Parade. December 1st until January 5th.
  • In San Sebastian. Monumental Nativity Scene. Plaza Gipuzkoa hosts a traditional nativity scene for more than 50 years, with 152 figures of approximately one meter in height. From December 1st until January 6th.
  • In Bilbao. Traditional nativity scenes. 13 nativity scenes of different formats and styles. Museum of Steps. From December 1st until January 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Traditional nativity scenes. The Church of San Nicolás, the Cathedral of Santiago, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the Mercado de la Ribera, the Basque Museum and the Bilbao Maritime Museum show the public more than 50 nativity scenes composed of almost 800 handmade figures. From December 1st until January 7th.
  • In San Sebastian. Christmas Market. The Buen Pastor Cathedral Square and the Urumea riverside walk. Inspired by Centraleurope Christmas Markets, this Christmas Fair has a wide commercial offer, leisure space, its activities program…. From December 1st. until January 7th.
  • In Laguardia. Articulated nativity scene. One of the few baroque nativity scenes with movement that are preserved today. Set of 73 pieces of which most are Rococo style. Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes. From December 1st until February 7th.
  • In Bilbao. GABONART. XXXVI Christmas Craft Fair. Exhibition and sale of craft products. From December 13th until January 6th, 2020.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Christmas Craft Fair 'Lan ta lan'. Province Square. From December 13th to January 6th.
  • In Barakaldo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Irún and San Sebastian. Children's Christmas Park. Wide range of activities to enjoy in family, especially for the children of the house. Bilbao Exhibition Center (December 18th - January 5th). BAKH of Vitoria-Gasteiz (December 24th to January 6th). Kursaal San Sebastian (December 22nd - January 4th). FICOBA Irun (from December 26th until January 4th).
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Belen Monumental. Popular tradition since 1962. Composed of more than 200 human figures, buildings and hundreds of animals and accessories. Florida Park. From December 23rd until January 6th, 2020.
  • In Irun. PIN! PAN! PUN! Children's Christmas Park. FICOBA. From December 26th to January 4th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Children's Christmas Park. Wide range of activities to enjoy in family, especially for the children of the house. Hegoalde Civic Center. From December 26th to January 4th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and San Sebastian. Cavalcade of Kings. January 5th and 6th.
  • In Astigarraga. Start of the season of the Basque Cider. Around January 15th. The main area in the Basque Country is in Astigarraga (near San Sebastián). There are some 51 Basque cider houses in Guipúzcoa, 10 in Vizcaya and 2 in Alava. The cider season begins on January 15 and runs until the end of May.
  • In Mungia and Amurrio. San Antón Fair. Morcillas and Chorizos Contest, ball games and sale of products of the hamlet, kitchen utensils, trees and plants of all kinds. From January 17th to 22nd.
  • In San Sebastian, Tafalla and Azpeitia. The most popular festivity of San Sebastian, the Drum Festival "Danborrada". The city is filled with drums, barrels, parades, colour, music & food! in honour to the local saint (Saint Sebastian). A true local festival loved by locals and only enjoyed by locals as the best part happens during the night of 19th January (starting at 8pm and with the raise of the local flag on the midnight of 19th to 20th that will wave in the Constitution Square until the midnight of 20th to 21st). January 19th and 20th.
  • In Ituren and Zubieta (Navarre). Carnival. One of the most interesting local festivals takes place with the Zanpantzar announcing carnival time. Festival of Tourist Interest in Navarra. On January 27th and 28th.
  • In San Sebastian. Program: The Earth. Symphony Orchestra of the Basque Country. Kursaal Auditorium. January 30th.

J. S. Elkano. Behind the footprint
Bilbao Maritime Museum. 
From June 26th, 2019 until June 26th, 2020.


Regarding arts, congress and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In Guetaria. 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. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. From March 1st, 2019 to January 20th, 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 Bilbao. Thomas Struth exhibition. Extensive sample of the German photographer. Guggenheim museum. From October 2nd until January 19th, 2020.
  • In Billbao. Soto: The fourth dimension. Retrospective of the work of the Venezuelan painter Jesus Rafael Soto. Guggenheim Museum. From October 18th, 2019 - February 9th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Kunsthalle Bremen masterpieces: from Delacroix to Beckmann. Collection of sculptures, engravings and drawings, focused on art in Germany and France from the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. Guggenheim museum. From October 25th, 2019 until February 16th, 2020.
  • In Bilbao. Around the World in 80 Days. Musical comedy. Euskalduna Palace. January 4th.
  • In San Sebastian. Program: An angel. Symphony orchestra of the Basque Country and the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Kursaal Auditorium. January 10th and 13th.
  • In Biarritz. Swan Lake. Classical ballet in 2 acts and 4 paintings. The Russian School of Classical Dance, Saint Petersburg School of Excellence. Gare du Midi Theater. January 12th.
  • In San Sebastian. Dock of the Bay Festival. San Sebastian Musical Documentary Film Festival. In addition to cinema, it includes concerts, parties and other activities. In Trueba cinemas, Tabakalera and the Principal Theatre. From January 13th to 18th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Program: An angel. Symphony orchestra of the Basque Country and the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Main Theater. January 14th.
  • In San Sebastian. The Great Night of the Spanish Guitar. Rolando Saad, guitar. Kursaal Auditorium. January 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Blanca Li Company Dance: Solstice. Celebrate beauty, power and energy, as well as the fragility of Nature and Humanity. Arriaga Theater. January 17th and 18th.
  • In San Sebastian. IATM - 58th Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting of the International Association of Tour Managers Ltd. Silken Amara Plaza Hotel. January 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Creative Trend Fair. Crafts Hall. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From January 30th to February 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Annie The musical. A contextualized musical in New York City in the 1930s. Champs Elysees Theater. From January 31st to February 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Jekyll & Hyde. The Broadway Musical. Based on the novel ‘The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Robert L. Stevenson. Champs Elysees Theater. From January 31st to February 2nd.

Ice skating in the White Virgin SquareIn Vitoria-Gasteiz. 
From December 14t until January 6th.

Regarding Basques and others sports:

  • In Bilbao. Ice rink and slide. Ecological ice. Muelle del Arenal, and Muelle de Ripa. From November 18th to January 5th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ice skating in the White Virgin Square. From December 14t until January 6th. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night.
  • In Gorbea, Zaldiaran, Adarra, Urkiolagirre, Loatzo ... and other Basque mountains. Start / End the year in the bush. One of the most entrenched traditions is to say goodbye to the year or greet the entree from one of the reference peaks. December 31 and January 1st.
  • In Biarritz. Basque ball in Cesta Punta. Jaï Alaï Center. French Championship. January 2nd.
And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria, Bayonne, Biarritz, Pamplona or anywhere else in the Basque Country, you can get a better understanding on our culture and traditions with a local guide.

 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide

Enjoy the Basque Country!