Events and Festivals in Bilbao


  • Zinegoak / Bilbao International GLT (Gay-Lesbo-Trans) Film Festival.


  • St. Agueda's Day: On February 4th, a traditional historic festival, with parades of children's choirs.
  • St. Blas Day: Starts 3rd Feb, a religious festival which lasts for nine days.
  • Carnaval: Mid-February, full-on Bilbao party – a must do in you Bilbao itinerary.


  • Semana Santa: Early April, notable 500 year old Easter festival; bull runs at the village of Zumaia.
  • Via Crucis Viviente de Balmaseda: Early April, at Balmaseda about 30 km away.


  • Bilbao Fantastic Film Festival:  Early May, with many film screenings and related events.


  • Feria del Libro / Bilbao Book Fair: Puppet shows and acknowledgement of authors who prominently featured Vizcaya in their works.


  • Fiestas del Carmen en Santurce:  Weeklong mid-July festival, in Santurce village, 18 km away. Boat races and sardine dishes.
  • Getxo International Jazz Festival: Mid-July in Getxo.
  • Festividad de La Magdalena: 22nd July, in Bermeo village about 34km away. Lots of sailing events.
  • Fiestas de Santiago en Gorliz: Late July, in Gorliz, 30 km away, with many steet, sport and craft events.


  • Fiestas de Andramari en Gorliz: Early August Andramari Food festival  in Santurce, around 18 km away.
  • Fiestas de San Nicolás de Bari: August 11th to 14th Getxo area. Lots of food, drink, sport, dancing, music and boat racing.
  • Aste Nagusia: 'Big Week' in Bilbao it’s like all of the years fun put into a single week go on and put it in your vacation planner.
  • Fiestas de Plentzia: Plentzia village feast, 25 km away, the event similar to the others in the area, with the addition of a fantastic beach.


  • Nacional de Espana: October 12th, Spain's National Day.
  • Bilbao Tango Festival: Late October.


  • Festival Internacional de Titeres: Early November local storytelling festival with terrific puppet shows.
  • International Festival of Documentary and Short Films (Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao / Zinebi): Major event which attracts a lot of international attention.


  • Feria del Libro y Discos Vascos: Basque book fair.

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