Dates for your diary: Events in Bilbao

events in Bilbao

  • January 19-20 - San Sebastian festival, including the famous Tamborrada drumming.
  • First week of July the Getxo International Jazz Festival
  • July 7-14 Pamplona Running of the Bulls at the San Fermin festival
  • Third week of July Vitoria jazz festival,
  • Third week of August Semana Grande
  • November 27-December 2 - International Festival of Documentary and Short Film in Bilbao, Basque Country.


Festival Musika-Música
This festival aims to promote and widen the appeal of classical music. Each year, a concert marathon showcases a musical era or style through the work of its most representative composers.

Venue: Palacio Euskalduna
Duration: 2-3 days
Date: March

Ticket sales: At the box office, by telephone 944 310 310, Teleka (BBK) cash machines or Internet (,

Día Europeo de la Música
Since 1982, Bilbao holds the European Day of Music; a celebration of music appealing to all audiences, and held in different open-air stages throughout the city.

Venue: Plaza Nueva and other places
Duration: 1 day
Date: 21 de junio
Free entry

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Concurso Pop-Rock Villa de Bilbao
This is an international Pop-Rock, Metal and New Music bands’ competition held since 1988, and has become a reference point for new bands across Europe.

Venue: Bilborock-LaMerced
Duration: 3 months
Date: march-June

Ticket sales: At the box office, and in record shops

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Bilbao Tropikal.
Festival Internacional de Músicas del Mundo
World music festival presenting all manners of roots music, from bossa, to räi, reggae and latin rock.

Venue: Plaza Nueva and Plaza Corazón de María
Duration: one week
Date: July
Free entry

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MEM. Festival Internacional de Música Exmachina
The festival of all things avantgarde (music, ideas, art, dance, cinema, and performance art). It offers an opportunity for local artists to perform and exhibit their work next to to major international artists.

Venue: several venues
Duration: one month
Date: November-December

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