What to do in the Basque Country - Agenda November 2020

Things to do in Bilbao, Rioja, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Biarritz, Bayonne, Guernica, Getaria…Our selection of best art, sport & cultural events in the Basque Country (Spain and France) during November 2020.

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

In Eibar. Agricultural and livestock fair

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 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 1st.
  • In Trucios. Cheese Fair. XXIV Edition. Cheese, pastry, pork-butchery, woodwork, glass... Awards for the best cheese and best bread. 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 Biarritz. Week of restaurants allows you to enjoy delicious menus for a fixed and attractive price. They offer a lunch at 20 € and a dinner at 30 €, including an appetizer, a dish and a dessert, excluding drinks. Reservation directly to the restaurant you have chosen. From November 2nd until 11th.
  • 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 Saint Jean de Luz. Market. Halls. Boulevard Victor Hugo. November 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th and 27th.
  • 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 7th.
  • In Gernika. Beans Day. Agricultural products: fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread... popular tasting. Exhibition of Basque rural sports and activities for children. 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 7th.
  • In Zamudio. Agricultural, livestock and food fair. Day 7th: VIII Chocolat, Sweets and Crafts Fair. Day 8th: XXXV Agricultural and Livestock Fair. XXVIII Biscay Limousin Championship. November 7th and 8th.
  • In Berástegi. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of local products. Championship of cheese makers of the town. Delivery of photo rally, orchard and rice with milk prizes. November 8th.
  • In Santa Cruz de Campezo. St. Martin Festival. Multitudinous agricultural, livestock and artisan fair. Gastronomic competitions and craft exhibitions. November 8th.
  • 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 8th.
  • In Biarritz. Lurrama - Basque Farm - public lounge at Iraty Hall. Lurrama is the showcase of agriculture in the Basque Country and the steps that drive it to excellence: the tent of animals, the farmer's market and lots of entertainment. From November 13th until 15th.
  • 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 14th.
  • 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 14th.
  • 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 16th.
  • 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 19th until 22nd.
  • In Tolosa. Cattle market. Shepherd Dog Contest. XI Championship of the Friesian breed. November 21st.
  • In Azkoitia. St. Andrew Festival (from 1752): Exhibition and sale of agricultural products and artisans; and parades, improvisers, trikitilaris and txistularis (Basque Music). From November 21st until 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. From November 21st until 30th.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural fair. Exhibition and sale of farm products. Tasting roast pork. Errekalde. November 22nd.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Christmas in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Downtown. From November 27th until January 3rd, 2021.
  • In Usurbil. Erle Eguna. Honey day. XXII Edition. Exhibition, sale and tasting of honey. XX Honey contest. November 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Saint Andrew Agricultural Fair. Sale and exhibition of products of the cavity. Plaza Ametzola. November 29th.
  • In Ormaiztegi. Black pudding day. St. Andrew Festival. Gastronomic competitions, fair, tastings, children's tambourine and rural sports, among others ... all around the blood sausage. November 29th.
  • In Azkoitia. Agricultural and crafts fair. St. Andrew Fair. Exposition and sale of agricultural and artisan products. Chorizo tasting and talo. Oxen test. November 30th.

In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "Juana". Theater Company: Losdedae

Regarding arts, congress and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • 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 San Sebastian. Exhibition: “Elkano. The first travel around the world". The expo claims that the first circumnavigation was possible thanks to Elcano's initiative and his nautical knowledge. Basque Maritime Museum. From November 27th, 2019 to December 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. Chillida Leku. From December 6th, 2019 until January 30th 2021.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "Windows to the Basque art collection" between the years 1850-1950. Artists who introduced the new artistic languages -impressionism, symbolism or Fauvism- in the Basque Country, after passing through Paris and other European capitals. Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. From January 17th until December, 18th.
  • 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 April 4th, 2021.
  • In Getaria. Fashion and Heritage: Cristobal. 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. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. From February 29th to April 5th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition: "J. S. Elkano. After the Footprint". It delves into the biography of Juan Sebastian Elkano (1487/88 -1526), and allows the visitor to follow his life imprint, before, during and after the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Basque Maritime Museum. Fron June 26th until January 1st, 2021.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: La Poterie D'Art de Ciboure 1919 - 1995. Basque Museum of Bayonne. From July 18th to January 3rd, 2021.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Exhibition of the Bilbao painter Fernando García Alegría (1895 - 1952). 2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of “FERNANDO”. Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. From July 21st until January 10th, 2021.
  • In San Sebastian. Exhibition "Postigo: Chronicle of a time". Sample of the social, cultural, sports and political chronicle from the 70s to the 90s of the photojournalist Fernando Postigo. San Telmo Museum. From July 30th to November 1st.
  • In San Sebastian. Zin Ex. From abstraction to algorithm. It focuses on experimental cinema, to complete the city's cinematic offerings during the San Sebastián Film Festival. Tabakalera International Center for Contemporary Culture. From September 11th until January 1st, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Exposure “Lee Krasner: Living color”. Retrospective of the pioneer of North American abstract expressionism Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. From September 18th until January 10th, 2021.
  • In Durango. Kultur Aro. Theatrical proposals, dance, concerts, bertsos, creative workshops and cinema, among others. From September 24th until November 14th.
  • In Bilbao Dantzaldia festival. 21st edition of the Dance Festival. La Fundición Room, Azkuna Zentroa, Rekalde Room… From September 24th until December 18th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "Ignacio Figueroa, Marquis of Villamejor". A portrait by Joaquín Bárbara y Balza: life and work of an artista recovered [1867–1931]. Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. From September 25th until March 21st, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. BBK 10 Urte Room. The Sala BBK of Bilbao's Gran Vía celebrates 10 years in which it has hosted theatrical premieres, musical cycles such as Music legends and Musiketan or those dedicated to Fado, Flamenco or Jazz, as well as dance shows and film screenings. From September 26th until November 28th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. XVII International Cycle of Contemporary Music. Bernaola 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 3rd to February 1st, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Masterpieces from the Valdés collection. It shows 79 works, mainly paintings, but also sculptures, two baroque carvings and two classicist marble panels. Many of them are unpublished works, little known or that, until now, had never been exhibited to the public. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From October 7th until February 1st, 2021.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 45th International Theater Festival. They have room for all genres, from classical theater to the most avant-garde. Main Theater. From October 8th until November 27th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Moyra Davey exhibition. First solo exhibition of the artist, whose work circulates between the fields of photography, cinema and writing. Artium Museum. From October 8th until April 14th, 2021.
  • 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 16th until November 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Celebrates! Online 2020. Photography and video brands, restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, DJs, jewelry stores, florists, wedding planners, rental properties and unique places, tents and catering, beauty and hairdressing centers, gifts and details, rental rentals vehicular. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From October 17th until April 1st, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Second part of the cycle "50 jewels in the history of cinema". Dedicated to women who have stood out in the world of film editing. Azkuna Zentroa. From October 21st until December 17th.
  • In Tolosa. 52nd International Choral Contest. One of the most important choral competitions at international level, in three categories: Chamber Choirs, Children's Choirs, and Vocal Groups. From October 25th to November 1st.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Festival of the culture of death, Zakatumba. Activities of varied artistic expressions: music, illustration, theater, literature ... From October 28th to November 3rd.
  • In San Sebastian. 31st Fantastic and Terror Film Week. With parallel activities: exhibitions, cycles, children's activities… October 30th until November 6th.
  • In Santurtzi. 41st International Theater Festival. Serantes Kultur Aretoa Theater. From October 30th until November 28th.
  • In Irun. XIV International Feline Show. They will compete to achieve the titles of International Champion, International Grand Champion, European Champion or European Grand Champion. FICOBA. October 31st and November 1st.
  • In Biarritz. Biarritz en chamades - Organ Festival. Laurent Riboulet (organ of Biarritz) and Marie Claire Delay (soprano). Video projection of the artist. Church of Saint Martin. November 1st.
  • In Bilbao. Concerts by the Bilbao Municipal Band "The sound of memory". In commemoration of her 125 years of life. Arriaga Theater. From November 2nd until December 20th.
  • In Bilbao. The Espai Dual Company presents BE GOD IS, a frenetic slapstick show. Show that combines musical virtuosity, gesture and imagination. Arriaga Theater. November 3th and 4th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. It's a wrap. A piece with a strong sense of physicality at the service of a multidisciplinary dramaturgy. Principal Theater. November 4th.
  • 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 4th to 6th.
  • In Biarritz. Innobat Lounge. 22nd edition. Exhibition for construction professionals, is hosting ENERGIKA for the 4th time, the electricity, heating and sanitary trade fair. Iraty Hall. November 5th to 6th.
  • In San Sebastián. SERVEI 2020 Conference - Venous Pathology Update. Aquarium. November 5th and 6th. Possible new date: last quarter of 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Theater: "Man Up". En Vilo Theater Company. They set themselves the challenge of unmasking the traditional account of masculinity and its referents through irony, irreverence and absurd humor. Arriaga Theater. November 6th
  • In Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Barakaldo. The Week of Science, Technology and Innovation, Zientzia Astea. Organized annually by the University of the Basque Country. Bizkaia Aretoa in Bilbao, Tabakalera in San Sebastián, the Bibat Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Clara Campoamor Civic Center in Barakaldo. November 6th, 7th and 8th.
  • In Bilbao. XIX Fair Stock Euskadi. The most important outlet shopping experience in the Basque Country. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From November 6th until 8th. Cancelled.
  • In Bilbao. In Concert: Gatibu. Twenty years of rock and roll in Basque. Euskalduna Palace. November 7th.
  • In Vitoria. BTI (Biotechnology Institute) Day Vitoria 2019. Scientific conference aimed at dentistry and implantology professionals. Palace of Congresses Europe. November 7th.
  • In Bilbao. Musical: Mastodon. A journey in search of the causes of frustrations and fears that do not allow us to be faithful with our intimate and exclusive way of being. Actor: Asier Etxeandia. Arriaga Theater. November 7th and 8th.
  • In Bilbao. FANT. Bilbao Fantastic Film Festival. Musical sessions, workshops... From November 7th until 12th.
  • In Bilbao. Discovering AC / DC and Metallica. Rock as a family. Featuring his top two national tribute bands, Thunderstruck and Black Horsemen. Theater room. Campos Theater. November 8th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Gasteiz Calling Festival 2020. Iradier Arena. Punk, rock and hardcore music. November 8th and 9th.
  • In Irun. Segurnet, the professional fair on security and adaptation to pandemic contexts. Ficoba. November 30th and December 1st (in person). On-line fair: from November 9th to December 4th
  • In Bilbao. Theater: Girls and Boys. Feminist work, on sexist violence and its effect on children. It is directed by this year's Critical Eye Award winner Lucía Miranda and starring Antonia Paso. Arriaga Theater. November 12th.
  • In Biarritz. Cirque Eloize - Hotel. Hotel - where acrobatics follow one another at a frantic pace to the sound of live music. Midnight station. November 13th.
  • In Irun. VIII FICOAUTO. Fair of Used Vehicles. Vehicles of all segments, ranges and types will be gathered: pre-owned, management vehicles, Km 0, from fleets and renting at the best prices of the year. Ficoba. From November 13th until 15th.
  • In Bilbao. ZINEBI: International Festival of Documentary and Short Film. Tributes, special cycles, screenings, workshops, debates, conferences...Various scenarios. From November 13th until 20th.
  • In San Sebastian. "Eko-musik". Concert that aims to establish a direct relationship between classical music and ecology. String section of the Symphony Orchestra of the Basque Country. Kursaal Palace. November 14th.
  • In Bilbao. bROTHERS iN bAND - The Very Best Of dIRE sTRAITS Show. Considered the best international tribute show to the English band Dire Straits. Bizkaia Arena BEC! November 14th.
  • In Bilbao. Theater: Old friend Cicero. Ernesto Caballero (author), Mario Gas (director) and José María Pou (actor). Arriaga Theater. November 14th and 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Strad, the rebellious violinist. Tour 'Opposite Worlds'. Jorge Guillén is considered one of the most virtuous violinists of the moment. Theater room. Campos Theater. November 15th.
  • In Bilbao. In Concert: presentation of the album "From my balcony". Tenor Andoni Martínez Barañano. Euskalduna Palace. November 15th.
  • In San Sebastian. "Amaia". Winning singer of the OT television contest. Concert of her first album «Pero no pasa nada» (2019). Kursaal Auditorium. November 15th.
  • In Irun. FICAB. XX International Bidasoa Archaeological Film Festival. The festival brings archeology to society through audiovisual works. Three prizes: Grand Prix, Special Audience Prize and Arkeolan Prize for scientific dissemination. Roman Museum Oiasso. From November 16th until 21st.
  • In San Sebastian. Amaral Concert "Salto al color". Kursaal Auditorium. November 18th and 19th.
  • In San Sebastian. The Sadies. The Canadian band will be accompanied by Jon Ulecia & Cantina Bizarro. Dabadaba Room. November 19th.
  • In San Sebastian. CIMASUB 2020. 44th International Underwater Film Series offers a free film series that showcases life in the depths of the sea. Principal Theatre. From November 19th until 21st.
  • In Bilbao. TX Festival 2020. 39th International Puppet Festival. Champs Elysees Theater. From November 19th to December 4th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Matacerdos, by Albert Pla, is a journey through some of the milestones in the Catalan musician's career. Accompanied by: Judit Farrés (piano, samples, cajon, clarinet, choirs) and Diego Cortés (guitar). Jimmy Jazz Room. November 20th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. International Congress 'Education, Art, Neuroscience and Innovation'. Organized by: Raíces de Europa and Eduka & Nature. Europe Congress Palace. November 20th. To be confirmed.
  • In Bilbao. Sabinera night. Sabina's real band. They rotate when Sabina rests. Theater room. Campos Theater. November 20th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Zurrunbilo 2020 - Festival of Basque Contemporary Performing Arts. Baratza Room. November 20th, 21st and 22nd.
  • In Bilbao. Retro Classical. Reference lounge for all fans of classic, vintage and collection vehicles from the north of Spain and south of France. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From November 20th until 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Kandinsky at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Paintings and works on paper and trace the aesthetic evolution of Kadinsky throughout his career. From next November 20th until May 23th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Tour: ‘Essence’. Singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés. Bizkaia Arena BEC!. November 21st.
  • In Bayonne. Pozgarria Da. With L’ensemble 0, the expression "contemporary music" means something quite different !. Inspired by indie, pop or techno music, the ensemble invites Petar Klanac for a world creation inspired by Basque culture. Michel Portal Theater. Freedom Square. November 21st.
  • In Biarritz. Wedding Salon. This Salon is the biggest event "Marriage" South Aquitaine. Casino Municipal. November 21st and 22nd.
  • In San Sebastián. XXVII Annual Congress of ASOVASNA. Basque-Navarra Association of Hematology and Hemotherapy. Kursaal Center. November 21st and 22nd.
  • In Getaria. Workshops for families "From plane to volume". The activity wishes to convey palpable concepts of shape and geometry in the creations of the couturier from Getari. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. November 22nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "VII Gasteiz varietes". Zabalgana civic center. November 22nd.
  • In Zalla. Enkarzine. Film festival that has been held in Las Encartaciones since the last decade of the 80s. Zalla zine-antzokia. From November 23rd until 27th.
  • In Bilbao. "Algo que c@ntar" (Something to tell / sing). The pianist Marcin Masecki, one of the references in his instrument in Europe, who confronts classical music, jazz or the composition of soundtracks from the heterodoxy. Theater room. Campos Theater. November 24th.
  • In Irun. International Congress "Entre Mares". Topic: Location, infrastructures and organization of the Roman ports. Ficoba. November 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • In San Sebastian. International Cider Fair. You can taste different types of cider in each of the stands of the exhibitors of the fair. Kursaal-Congress Palace. November 24th and 25th.
  • In Tolosa. Titirijai - International Puppet Festival. Nine days in which puppets, boys and girls, and puppeteers invade the streets of Tolosa. Tolosa International Puppet Center. From November 24th until December 2nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Municipal Music Band of Vitoria-Gasteiz: "Wind in favor". Principal Theater. 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 26th until 29th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "Juana". Theater Company: Losdedae. Starting from the current woman, (her gaze, her perception, the conquest of spaces of power) interpreted by Aitana Sánchez Gijón, we take women as the central axis, in which the defeats and victories of female history rest. Principal Theater. November 27th.
  • In San Sebastian. "The Bodyguard" Musical. Tour of Spain. Kursaal Auditorium. November 27th, 28th and 29th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese, Dessin Au Long cours. Hugo Pratt (1927-1995), creator of the famous character Corto Maltese. DIDAM. From November 27th until February 14th.
  • In Bilbao and BiscayFair Saturday. Is a global cultural movement with social impact that takes place every last Saturday in November, the day after Black Friday. More than 1,000 artists will perform great themes in the history of music in an unforgettable audiovisual show. November 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Flying is human, landing is divine. Multimedia theater show. Enrique Piñeyro is difficult to classify: doctor, airline commander, actor, producer, film director and chef. One of the great successes of the Maipo Theater on Corrientes Street in Buenos Aires. Theater room. Campos Theater. November 28th.
  • In Bilbao. Iparraguirre. Tribute concert for the bicentennial of the birth. Gontzal Mendibil with the Bilbao Municipal Band and the Bilbao Choral Society. Arriaga Theater. November 29th.
  • In San Sebastian. The Capella Andrea Barca. András Schiff, piano and conductor. Concerts for piano and orchestra. Kursaal Auditorium. November 30th.
  • In San Sebastian. International Congress of Bioenergy. Organized by AVEBIOM - Spanish Association of Biomass. Kursaal-Palacio de Congresos. November (pending confirmation of new date)
  • In Bilbao. Zinetxiki Festival. IV International Children and Youth Film Festival. Association for the promotion of independent cinema and auteur cinema. Any audiovisual work (fiction, animation, documentary or experimental), produced for the cinema, television and any other screening platform. New date. From December 19th until 31st.
  • 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. Next opening in January 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition: Bilbao and painting. Selection of paintings made by artists who worked in Bilbao in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From next January 29th, 2021 until August 29th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. The exhibition “The Roaring Twenties” focuses on Berlin and Paris, but also includes looks at other avant-garde hotbeds, such as Vienna and Zurich. It is a cooperation between Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Kunsthaus Zürich. From next April 30th, 2021 until September 19th, 2021.

Popular race: Behobia-San Sebastian. November 8th.

Regarding Basque sports: 

  • In Bilbao. Edp Bilbao Night Marathon 2020 Virtual Challenge. From October 24th until November 1st.
  • In San Sebastian y Lasarte Oria. Cross International. One of the most important sporting events in the province of Gipuzkoa. Hippodrome of Zubieta, second largest racecourse in Spain. November 1st.
  • In Guipuzkoa. Popular race Behobia-San Sebastian. The popular run from Behobia (France border) to San Sebastian. November 8th.
  • In Bilbao. XIV International Gymnastics Ceremony. International rhythmic gymnastics exhibit Euskalgym. Championship of rhythmic gymnastics and masculine acrobatic gymnastics. Bilbao Exhibition Center, BEC. November 14th. Cancelled.
  • In Bilbao. Herri Krosa popular career. The route, of little difficulty, consists of 10 kilometers, and begins and ends in the same place: the Gran Vía Bilbao. November 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Popular race "From Santurce to Bilbao". The route consists of 16 kilometers, and runs through the Biscayan towns of Santurtzi, Portugalete, Sestao, Barakaldo and Bilbao. November 22nd.
  • 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 29th. Cancelled.

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What to do in the Basque Country - Agenda October 2020

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

A list of best events for the traveler in October 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.

Pyrenean beef championship of the Basque Country. In Gernika-Lumo. October 4th and 5th.
Pyrenean beef championship of the Basque Country.
In Gernika-Lumo. October 4th and 5th.

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 Gernika-Lumo. Sukalki Eguna. Cod Day. Tasting of cod & wines. Horticultural fair. Exhibition and sale of Basque crafts. October 3rd.
  • In Karrantza. Cattle, agricultural and artisan fair. Carranza sheep competition with blonde and black face. Exhibition of local producers: sausages, cheeses, crafts... etc. and producers from other locations: crafts, honey, soaps, pâté... etc. October 3rd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. BioneAraba. Fair of ecological production. Exhibition of producers and sale of organic food of the Basque Country and its surroundings. Alavesa Association of Ecological Agriculture. October 3rd.
  • In Eibar. Sagardo Eguna. Cider Fair. Cider tasting. October 3th.
  • In Abanto-Zierbena. Fishing fair. Kantauri Fest. Fair dedicated to the sea. Seafood (canning), agricultural products, and nautical crafts. It is the largest concentration of vessels in Biscay. October 3rd and 4th.
  • In Bilbao. Deusto agricultural fair. XXXII edition. Exhibition and sale of agricultural products. October 4th.
  • In Elorrio. Flaunt of the Errebombillos. Pilgrimages and lamb tasting. The origin of this celebration dates from the 16th century. October 4th.
  • In Gernika-Lumo. Pyrenean beef championship of the Basque Country. Exhibition of livestock material, cider stands, txakoli and cheese, livestock competition, auction, demonstrations related to the rural world... and performance of the bertsolaris. From October 4th and 5th.
  • In Salvatierra. DCXXV Livestock Fair. XIII Horse Competition of the mountain of the Basque Country. XXXIV Provincial Shepherd Cheese Contest. Exhibition of cattle, sheep, machinery, sale of crafts, gastronomy and products from the Basque Country. October 6th.
  • In Agurain / Salvatierra. Cattle Fair and Horse of the mountain of the Basque Country Competition. Provincial Pastoral Cheese Contest. Exhibition of cattle, sheep, machinery, handicrafts, gastronomy and Basque products. October 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Great Week of Pintxo de Álava. Competition between the pintxos (Basque tapas) that are presented in the competition. Tasting phase: from next October 9th to 18th. Final phase: October 22nd.
  • In Bilbo. Feast of the Virgin of Begoña. Song of the ‘Hail of the txikiteros’ in front of the niche of the Amatxu, located in the building of La Bolsa, in the Old Town, and offering of flowers dedicated to the virgin. At noon simultaneous concerts will be offered at Plaza Unamuno and Plaza Nueva or Iturribide and Barrenkale streets. And at 20:00, the Salve song will take place. October 11th. Cancelled.
  • In Pobes. Fair of the paste bean and vegetables of Alava. Tasting, exhibition and sale of various craft products. Cattle fair and machinery exhibition. Irrintz contest. October 11th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Professional competition: Pintxo (Basque tapa) day. Halls. Boulevard Victor Hugo. October 12th and 17th.
  • In Durango. Festival Saint Faust. Performances of Bertsolaris, Trikitilaris, DantzarisDulzaineros and Txistularis. Competitions of various kinds, popular foods, mycological exhibitions, pilgrimages or Basque sports activities (herri-kirolak, basketball, archery ...). October 17th.
  • In Basauri. Festival Saint Faust. The emblematic zurrakapote acquires prominence in these holidays. October 17th and 18th.
  • In Idiazabal. Food Fair. Basque Country Shepherd Cheese Contest. Sale of cheese and products of hamlet, workshops and exhibition of local cattle. October 18th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. The October cooking workshop. Halls. Boulevard Victor Hugo. October 18th.
  • In Leintz-Gatzaga. Salt Day. IV Ecological Fair. Guided visits to the Salt Museum and the mountain. Workshops for children and workshops to make salt soap. October 18th.
  • In Villabuena de Valdegovía. Valdegovía Potato Fair. XXIX edition. Exhibition and sale of native potato varieties. Gastronomic tasting based on potatoes. Crafts Fair. Regional market of producers of Añana. Basque rural sport. Sheepdog job sign. October 18th.
  • In Okondo. Agricultural and livestock fairUdazken AzokaPoultry, farm products and Trikitixa championship. October 18th.
  • In Arretxabaleta. Gastronomic and folkloric fair. Tasting and sale of food. Homemade Patxaran contest. October 18th.
  • In Balmaseda. Food Fair. International Putxeras Competition during the San Severino festivities. Popular festival since 1971. Popular contest based on beans, bacon, chorizo, rib and blood sausage. October 23rd.
  • In Zaldibia. Ardiki Eguna. Sheep day. Popular festival since 1994. Mondejus Championship (a kind of local white blood sausage) and the Aralar Shepherd Cheese Contest. A multitude of animals (pottokas, sheep, rams ...) and products such as sheep meat, cheese and land. October 25th.
  • In Gernika-Lumo. The most important agricultural fair in Gernika. Close to 900 positions. Contest and exhibition of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, txakoli and honey. Preparation of Basque craft products and the exhibition of agricultural machinery. Bertsolaris and parades. Sports activities: tip basket, shovel, ski lift and hand and Basque sports demonstrations. October 26th.
  • In Tolosa. Goxua. Candy Fair. Sale of pastry products. October 31st.
Concert by the Basque pianist Antonio Oyarzabal.
Concert by the Basque pianist Antonio Oyarzabal
In Bilbao. October 27th.

Regarding arts and exhibits in Basque Country:

  • In Bilbao. Exhibition: "J. S. Elkano. After the Footprint". It delves into the biography of Juan Sebastian Elkano (1487/88 -1526), and allows the visitor to follow his life imprint, before, during and after the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Basque Maritime Museum. Until December 2020.
  • 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 San Sebastian. Exhibition: “Elkano. The first travel around the world". The expo claims that the first circumnavigation was possible thanks to Elcano's initiative and his nautical knowledge. Basque Maritime Museum. From November 27, 2019 to December 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. Chillida Leku. From December 6th, 2019 until January 30th 2021.
  • 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 April 4th, 2021.
  • In Getaria. Fashion and Heritage: Cristobal. 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. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. From February 29th to January 10th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition Lygia Clark: Painting as an experimental field, 1948−1958. Pioneer of abstraction, the Brazilian Lygia Clark was a fundamental artist of the second half of the 20th century. Guggenheim museum. From March 6th until October 25th.
  • 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz. The culture of Álava, more alive than ever. A new Circuit of Street Arts, rock concerts, jazz, classical music, organ, the Festival of Theater of Humor of Araia and its itinerary through the Territory, MagialdiAraba, or the week of Ancient Music of Álava are some of the events scheduled in more than 40 municipalities and around 50 towns in Alava. From July 3rd to October 18th.
  • In Biarritz. Exhibition "And Eugenie created Biarritz, Imperial City". Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Empress Eugenie de Montijo, July 11th, 1920. The exhibition is an invitation to discover these stays of the imperial couple, between 1854 and 1868. Historical Museum. From July 11th until October 10th.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition: La Poterie D'Art de Ciboure 1919 - 1995. Basque Museum of Bayonne. From July 18th to January 3rd, 2021.
  • In San Sebastian. Exhibition "Postigo: Chronicle of a time". Sample of the social, cultural, sports and political chronicle from the 70s to the 90s of the photojournalist Fernando Postigo. San Telmo Museum. From July 30th to November 1st.
  • In Bilbao. Exposure “Lee Krasner: Living color”. Retrospective of the pioneer of North American abstract expressionism Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. From September 18th until January 10th, 2021.
  • In Bayonne. Exhibition Raphaël in Bayonne: the master, his pupils, his copyists in the collections of the Bonnat-Helleu museum. 2020 marks the five hundred years since the death of Raffaello Santi dit Raphaël (1483-1520), genius of the Italian Renaissance. From September 19th to October 4th.
  • In Biarritz. Latinamerican cinema & Culture Festival of Biarritz. From September 30th until October 6th.
  • In Biarritz. Solutions for the Home Fair and Real Estate Fair. Solutions in the Eco Habitat, Habitat, Home, Decoration, Real Estate, Wooden House and Exteriors. Rue de Pitchot. From October 1st to 4th.
  • In Irun. 4th Caravantur Fair. Exhibition, sale and rental of caravans, motorhomes, camper, vans and caravan accessories. Ficoba. From October 1st until 4th.
  • In Getaria. 1st International Congress on Cristóbal Balenciaga. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. 125th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant dressmaker. October 1st and 2nd.
  • In Pasaia. Dance Festival. From classical proposals to contemporary dance. From October 1st until 4th.
  • In Bilbao, Getxo and San Sebastian. From Gernika to New York, passing through Berlin. Play based on the diary written by the Lehendakari Jose Antonio Agirre about his journey through exile. Arriaga Theater in Bilbao (October 1st and 2nd), the Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián (October 3rd) and Muxiketabarri in Getxo (October 12th).
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Travellin 'Brothers + Mississippi Queen & The Wet Dogs. Jimmy Jazz Room. October 2nd.
  • In Bilbao. Retro Classic Bilbao 2020. X Classic, vintage and collection vehicle fair. BEC y Eventos del Motor, S.L. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From October 2nd until 4th.
  • In Bilbao. XI Humor Festival. Ja! Bilbao is a festival that highlights the importance of humors in the arts, particularly in literature. Sala BBK, Alhóndiga Bilbao, Mercado de la Ribera, Campos Elíseos Theatre. From October 2nd until 11th.
  • In Bilbao. Merche Tour 2020 Concert "It is now". Euskalduna Palace- Room 0B. October 3rd.
  • In Bayonne. Concert at the Cathedral. Les Chants du Gong orchestra on October 3rd and Wind octet from the Biarritz Ensemble Orchestral on October 17th.
  • In San Sebastian. XXII 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). A day dedicated to the world of wine. Digital and live. Kursaal Palace. From October 5th until 9th.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. International Film Festival. Cinema Le Sélect. From October 5th until 11th.
  • In Bilbao. Marco Mezquida: The Dreams of Maurice Ravel. Concert in collaboration between Teatro Arriaga - Bilbaína Jazz Club. October 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 45th International Theater Festival. They have room for all genres, from classical theater to the most avant-garde. Main Theater. From October 7th until December 21st.
  • In San Sebastian. Club de Creativos 2020. Professional event on brands and creativity. Presentations, workshops, exhibitions, and delivery of the National Creativity Awards. Kursaal Palace. October 8th, 9th and 10th.
  • In Biarritz. The Camping-Car fair. Halle d'Iraty. From October 8th until 11th.
  • In San Sebastian. “ARIMA Hotel Conference - REIH® Plan - Passivhaus. First largest hotel in the world pre-certified International Passivhaus”. ARIMA Hotel. October 9th.
  • In Irun. Bioterra. Euskadi Fair for ecological products, bio-construction, renewable energy and responsible consumption. Ficoba. From October 9th until 12th.
  • In Biarritz. Jazz & Swing Biarritz invites The Herman Family Singers. Meal and concert. Radisson Hotel. October 10th.
  • In Biarritz. Le Brouillarta. Painters, sculptors, watercolorists, pastry chefs, amateurs and professionals expose their works to the public. Gardens of the Grande Plage. October 10th and 11th.
  • In Biarritz. Rock the Ballet X - Classical dance, jazz, hip-hop, taps, acrobatics and martial arts from young American dancers “The Bad Boys of the Dance”. Midnight station. October 13th.
  • In Bilbao. X Fair of Used Vehicles. Pre-owned cars, management vehicles, from fleets and renting, and kilometer zero. Bilbao Exhibibition Center. From October 15th until 18th.
  • In Bilbao. IZARO's concert presenting his new LP entitled "Limones en Invierno". Euskalduna Palace - Auditorium. October 16th.
  • In Bilbao. MASS: Choral works. From the Swedish-American composer Steve Dobrogosz. Bilbao Choral Society and Bilbao Sinfoneta. Arriaga Theater. October 16th.
  • In Bilbao. XII Japan Weekend Bilbao. For fans of manga, anime and Japanese culture. Bilbao Exhibition Center. October 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Acrobat and Harlequin. Opera for children. A show that brings together the universe of Picasso with music. Arriaga Theater. October 17th and 18th.
  • In Bilbao. Celebrates! Online 2020. Photography and video brands, restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, DJs, jewelry stores, florists, wedding planners, rental properties and unique places, tents and catering, beauty and hairdressing centers, gifts and details, rental rentals vehicular. Bilbao Exhibition Center. From October 17th until April 1st, 2021.
  • In Biarritz. Concert Wind octet of the Orchestral Ensemble of Biarritz. From Bonn to Vienna, Mozart and Beethoven. Saint Andrew Church, historical museum. October 18th.
  • In Bilbao. The BAD Festival of Theater and Contemporary Dance, focuses its attention on new trends in the performing arts, with special attention on the works of living authors and the dialogue between the arts and other mediums such as music, video and performance. From October 15th until 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Mikel Urdangarin solo concert accompanied only by the piano. Euskalduna Palace - Room 0B. October 18th.
  • 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 18th until November 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbao Seriesland. International Festival of Digital Series of the Basque Country. Meeting between creators of independent content. From October 19th until 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Second part of the cycle "50 jewels in the history of cinema". Dedicated to women who have stood out in the world of film editing. Azkuna Zentroa. From October 21st until December 17th.
  • In Bilbao. Basque DokFestival. Documentary photography festival. Exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Bizkaia Aretoa. From October 22nd until 25th. Cancelled.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. Secondhand Book and Vinyl Record Fair. Grill in the port of Saint Jean de Luz. From October 22nd until 27th.
  • In Bilbao. Open House Bilbao. Festival of open doors of Bilbao in more than 45 buildings to better understand the city through its architecture and urbanism. Free guided tours. From next October 24th and 25th.
  • In Biarritz. Celtic Legends - Connemara Tour. In more than 15 years, the show has performed more than 2,500 times on all stages of the planet, in front of more than 2.5 million spectators. Midnight station. October 26th.
  • In Bilbao. BIME Live 2020. Bizkaia International Music Experience is an international gathering of professionals from sectors that work around music. Concerts, talks, round tables, debates, conventions, presentations, fair and training are the ingredients that make up this international event for the unedited music industry in Spain. BEC Centre. From October 26th until 29th.
  • In Bilbao. Concert by the Basque pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. With the company of the soprano Ariadna Martínez and the actress Karmele Larrinaga. Arriaga Theater. October 27th.
  • In Biarritz. Oldarra - Men's choir from the Basque Country. Oldarra (which means elk in Basque) is made up of forty amateur singers. He performs, a capella, both religious and secular polyphonic works. Church of Sainte Eugénie. October 28th.
  • In Biarritz. Biarritz Halloween Festival. 7th edition. Public garden. From October 28th until 31st.
  • In San Sebastian. 31st Fantastic and Terror Film Week. With parallel activities: exhibitions, cycles, children's activities… October 30th until November 6th.
  • In Biarritz. The Basques have Chorus. Artists, singers, musicians and dancers will respond, without any compensation, to the appeal of Gorka Robles and Eric Cahuzac, President of the Peña Kimio association. Midnight station. October 31st.
  • In Bayonne. The Halloween Village: several workshops and games are offered by street associations on the theme of Halloween. Rue Sainte Catherine. October 31st.
  • In Saint Jean de Luz. The city of fear: Halloween in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Downtown. October 31st.
  • In Bilbao. Kandinsky at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Paintings and works on paper and trace the aesthetic evolution of Kadinsky throughout his career. From next November 20th until May 30th, 2021.
  • 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. Next opening in January 2021.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibition: Bilbao and painting. Selection of paintings made by artists who worked in Bilbao in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From next January 29th, 2021 until August 29th, 2021.
  • In Bilbao. The exhibition “The Roaring Twenties” focuses on Berlin and Paris, but also includes looks at other avant-garde hotbeds, such as Vienna and Zurich. It is a cooperation between Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Kunsthaus Zürich. From next April 30th, 2021 until September 19th, 2021.
Bilbao Menditrail. October 12th.

Regarding Basque sports:

  • In Biarritz. Basque ball with tip basket - Pro / Tour Circuit. Biarritz Jaï Alaï. October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
  • In Bayonne. Rugby top 14: Aviron Bayonnais vs Stade Rochelais. Jean Dauger Stadium. October 10th.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbao Menditrail. Sports event that takes place in the surroundings of Bilbao, its green ring and its most emblematic peaks. October 12th.
  • In Gorbeia, Anboto and Aizkorri. XXII Great Fund Test "Hiru Haundiak 2019". Popular and multitudinous mountain race that crosses three emblematic summits. Distance of one hundred kilometers with an ascent gradient plus descent of ten thousand two hundred meters in a maximum of 24 hours. October 17th. Cancelled.
  • In San Sebastian. Classic popular pedestrian. For the center of the city the participants will complete a distance of 15 kilometers. October 20th. Cancelled.
  • In Bilbao. Bilbao Night Marathon. Three different tests: the marathon (42 kilometers), the half marathon (21 kilometers) and the popular race (10 kilometers) through the heart of the city. Departure: San Mamés. Arrival: Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. October 24th. Cancelled
  • In Labastida. Wine Run Rioja Alavesa. Two sporting challenges around wine: a test of 20 km, and another of 12 km. You can also participate with a popular march between vineyards and wineries. October 25th.
  • In Bayonne. Rugby top 14: Rowing Bayonnais receives Toulon. Jean Dauger Stadium. October 31st.

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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