For 9 days, the people of Bilbao celebrate one of the most influential festivals in Spain.
Welcome to the Big Week of Bilbao! For 9 days, from the 15th of August, the streets of Bilbao are filled with locals for one of the most influential and popular festivals in the north of Spain. Since 1978, the festivities have begun with the ‘txupinazo’ (inaugural act) in Arriaga Theatre Square, where a popular figure in the city read’s out the proclamation of the start of the festival. These festivities are organised by both the city council and the locals, with groups of people representing each neighbourhood. In the central streets, you will find the atmospheric ‘txoznas’, where you can eat and drink for a decent price, both during the day and at night. The live music is one of the festival’s main attractions. Several squares in the city, particularly in the Old Town, host concerts and theatrical performances both day and night. Unamuno Square and New Square are the places to be, as the area around the Old Pharmacy is where large, free concerts are held every year. Generally, each day is dedicated to a different style of music.