MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN SAN SEBASTIAN
Talking about San Sebastian means talking about culture, art, gastronomy, nature, leisure, sports, architecture, music and many other activities. Therefore we invite you to visit the city during the most important annual events.
San Sebastian’s big day starts at 12am on the night between the 19th and 20th. From that moment drums take over the city. After rehearsing for months, more than 100 “tamborradas” take place to celebrate the day of San Sebastian. Children have their own “tamborrada” the morning of the 20th.
The carnival parades will take over the city filling it with colour and rhythm. In these days the most peculiar and eccentric characters will hit the streets where they will be able to enjoy a varied programme.
dFERIA is an unavoidable event for the performing arts industry. dFERIA is specialised in indoors performances such as dance or theatre, and it stands out for its excellence in choosing and staging the performances.
Film festival that tries to deepen the commitment and bets on reaching everyone with a teaching based on a culture of peace and coexistence, solidarity, diversity and social cohesion.
San Sebastian hosts a new edition of its Half Marathon. The athletes will run the usual 21.097km through the city centre.
TThe Teatro Principal, the Aquarium and other picture theatres, short films, music, exhibitions… every audio-visual aid will be supporting surfing in this edition of the veteran Surfilm Festibal.
During the second half of July, San Sebastian moves to the beat of the best jazz. Big names such as James Brown, Liza Minelli, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and B.B. King have performed at the beaches, theatres, squares and auditoriums of the city to make people enjoy this worldwide renowned festival.
During the week of the 15th of August, from Saturday to Saturday, the people from San Sebastian hit the streets to celebrate Semana Grande (meaning Great Week), one of the city’s biggest celebrations.
The "regatas" (a popular form of rowing competition) of San Sebastian have been taking place since 1879 as part of the city’s festivities. It takes place the first two Sundays of September in the Bay of La Concha. Rowing boats coming from all the coastline of the Cantabrian Sea compete to win the most prestigious Flag of the rowing season.
It is the city’s youngest festival, but in its short history it has stand out for being a different festival for the independent music it offers, as well as for its scenario located in a unrivalled setting with spectacular views of the city.
Gastronomika is a conference for professionals, but open to the general public. It includes lectures, master classes, presentations, courses, activities and the exchange of experiences. It has a format that allows attendees, presenters and great chefs to rub shoulders with one another, and offers real-time tastings. A leading global event in haute cuisine, Forbes magazine has named it one of the best in the world.
25,000 runners run annually in one of the most exciting popular races in Europe, with a tradition dating back half a century. A course of 20 km lined by thousands of “animators” with a spectacular run-up to the finishing line in the centre of San Sebastian.
The famous celebrations for Saint Thomas's Day take place every December 21st. The city turns into an enormous country market of which the absolute star is the txistorra (fresh chorizo-like sausage). Stalls are set up all over the city, offering all sorts of food and craft wares, mostly produced by the people from the local farmhouses. These include cheese, honey, txistorra sausage, cider and cakes.