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January

19–20: Festividad de San Sebastián Twenty-four hours of festivities, including a tamborrada, a march with pipes and drums.

February

Weekend before Ash Wednesday: Carnaval Throughout the region, but especially in Bilbao, San Sebastián and Tolosa.

March/April

March 4–12 A series of pilgrimages to the castle at Javier, birthplace of San Francisco Javier.

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Extensive Easter celebrations in Vitoria; also in Segura.

Easter Sunday: Aberri Eguna The Basque National Day celebrated, particularly in Bilbao.

April 28: Fiesta de San Prudencio Celebrated with tamborradas in Vitoria.

June

24: Fiestas de San Juan In Lekeitio, Laguardia and Tolosa.

Last week: Fiesta de San Pedro In Mundaka, with Basque dancing.

July

First week: Fiesta at Zumaia with dancing, Basque sports and an encierro on the beach.

7–14: Fiestas de San Fermín In Pamplona, featuring the famous Running of the Bulls.

22: Fiesta de la Magdalena In Bermeo, with torch-lit processions of fishing boats and the usual races and Basque sports.
24–28: Encierro in Tudela.

August

First weekend: Patron saint’s celebration in Estella.

4–9: Fiesta de la Virgen Blanca In Vitoria, with bullfights, fireworks and gigantones.

14–17: Fiestas de Andra Mari In Ondarroa.

15: Semana Grande An explosion of celebration: notably in Bilbao, with Basque games and races; Gernika with an encierro; and San Sebastián, where the highlight is an International Fireworks Competition.

September

First week: Euskal Jaiak Basque games in San Sebastián.

4: Fiesta de San Antolín In Lekeitio, where the local youth attempt to knock the head off a goose.

9: Día del Pescador In Bermeo.

12: Encierro in Sangüesa.

14: Patron saint’s day in Olite, with yet more bulls.

Last two weeks: International Film Festival In San Sebastián.

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