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What to do this week in Donostia-San Sebastian?


 


24-28 JUNE

TRADITIONS

SAN PELAYO FESTIVITIES 2018

The 25th of June, with the bang of a rocket marking the start of the Saint Pelayo festivities, Zarautz launches into one of its most popular fiestas. This day take place the children´s drum parade at the evening and the adults´ drum parade at midnight and the next day, June 26th Saint Pelayo´s day, the giants and bigheads and groups of youngsters in identical costume fill the streets creating a fantastically festive atmosphere.

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UNTIL 30 SEPTEMBER

EXHIBITION

AMERICAN POP ART

The exhibition offers a selection of a hundred key pieces of this artistic movement, made by 5 of its most outstanding representatives: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

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UNTIL JANUARY 29, 2019

CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA. FASHION AND HERITAGE 

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TILL SEPTEMBER 30

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

With this exhibition the Naval Museum aims to uncover an episode in our maritime history which remains virtually unknown: the collaboration offered from the Basque Country to the Thirteen British Colonies of North America in the fight against Great Britain to achieve independence in 1776.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT SAN TELMO MUSEUM

MEMORY TRACES

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DISCOVER

WALK ON MOUNT URGULL WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF SAN SEBASTIAN, AND VISIT OF CASTILLLO DE LA MOTA, THE CITY'S HISTORY MUSEUM

Uphill walk 

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PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT SAN TELMO MUSEUM

HISTORICAL ART COLLECTION: XV th and XIX th CENTURIES

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SCIENCE FOR KIDS

EUREKA, THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

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VISIT TO THE AQUARIUM OF SAN SEBASTIAN

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 20 JANUARY 

San Sebastián Day

It is the most important festivity in the city: at midnight starts a great drumming in which thousands of people participate with parades throughout the city for 24 hours non stop. Without a doubt the best day to know the soul of Donostia - San Sebastián.


 JULY 

International Jazz Festival

Jazzaldia

The San Sebastian Jazz Festival (today called Heineken Jazzaldia) began on September 10th, 1966, and is, today, the oldest jazz festival in Spain and one of the oldest in all Europe. In over fifty years, all the great international jazz musicians have passed through this Festival.

www.heinekenjazzaldia.com


 AUGUST 

Semana Grande - Aste Nagusia

During the week of the 15th of August, the Virgin's Day, this festivity is held combining the International Firework Competition right in the middle of La Concha Bay.

The traditional cannon shot fired is the starting point of the festivity and takes place at the Alderdi Eder gardens at 19.00 hours.

One of the most important elements of the Semana Grande is, without a doubt, the International Fireworks Contest, which includes the participation of companies from different parts of the world.


 AUGUST 

San Sebastián's Musical Fortnight

The Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight is the longest standing classical music festival in Spain and one of the most time-honoured in Europe.

www.quincenamusical.com


 31 AUGUST 

6 p.m. (on the Boulevard)

On August 31st, it will be exactly two hundred and three years to the day that Allied Anglo-Portuguese troops marched into San Sebastian and the city was burnt to the ground and completely destroyed in a tragic episode of the Napoleonic Wars. For decades, the citizens of San Sebastian have made it their duty to pay homage to all those who, in 1813, in the course of those tragic events, with courage, determination and great civic spirit, were able to rise above the tragesy and undertake the rebuilding of the city.


 SEPTEMBER 

Regattas at La Concha - Kontxako Estropadak

The regattas or boat races of San Sebastian take place on the first two Sundays of September in La Concha Bay at noon. The Thursday before the first Sunday, up to 24 crafts from the Cantabrian coast compete to obtain one of the seven positions of one of the most prestigious rowing competition of the season. These crafts have a thirteen-man crew: twelve oarsmen and a cox. They are an adaptation of the traditional fishing craft for sporting purposes.

Since 2008 women's regattas are celebrated. The organisational scheme is similar to the male modality. A positive evolution in this sporting discipline has been found in our environment.


 SEPTEMBER 

International Film Festival

Zinemaldia

The San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spanish: Festival de San Sebastián; Basque: Donostia Zinemaldia) is an annual FIAPF A category film festival. 

Since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, being one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premiers of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock (who attended the Festival) and Melinda and Melinda by Woody Allen and the European premier of Star Wars. Actors and directors such as Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Gregory Peck, Glenn Ford, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Naomi Watts and Brad Pitt have attended the festival since its inception. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski and has helped advance the professional careers of Francis Ford Coppola or Pedro Almodóvar, for instance.

In the current competitive context of international festivals, San Sebastián, which has one of the lowest budgets, has established itself as the most important in Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries.

www.sansebastianfestival.com


 OCTOBER 

 San Sebastián Culinary Congress

www.sansebastiangastronomika.com


 NOVEMBER 

Competition Behobia - San Sebastián

Second Sunday of November

20 km

www.behobia-sansebastian.com


 21 DECEMBER 

Santo Tomás Day

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.


 

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