San Sebastian offers a wide array of cultural and leisure options throughout the year. Below we recommend a few¨.
Winter in San Sebastian
Santo Tomás Fair (December 21)
The Santo Tomás celebrations take place on the December 21 in the Plaza de la Constitución, in which small kiosks are set up offering typical produce from the zone. "
San Sebastian Day (20th January)
This is the most important day for the locals. The entire city is transformed for 24 hours by the constant drum roll to the sound of the music of Sarriegui, in a colourful and festive commemoration of the city.
Temporada de Sidra (Cider Season) (January - April)
The Cider Season runs from January to end of April and embodies one of the most deep-rooted activities in the social life of many residents. For months cider becomes the protagonist of many events that intend to bring the virtues of this product to light..
"Caldereros" and Carnaval (February)
The Carnaval has a special impact on San Sebastian. During these festivities parades, carriage and group competitions all take place, relying on a large number of participants.
Autumn in San Sebastian
Semana de Cine Fantástico y de Terror (Horror and Fantastical Cinema Week) (October - November)
Between the end of October and beginnings of November, the theatres and streets of San Sebastian are transformed into an improvised stage for the showing of a horror film in order to welcome the Horror and Fantastical Cinema Week.
Spring in San Sebastian
Festival of Cinema and Human Rights (April)
Every month of April, San Sebastian reinforces its commitment to solidarity by celebrating the Festival of Cinema and Human Rights.
Summer in San Sebastian
Surfilm Festival (June)
The intimate relation between San Sebastian and the world of surfing has its main exponent in the Surfilm Festival.
dFeria - Theatre Fair (22nd - 24th June)
The cultural summer season is inaugurated each year by the dFERIA, an unavoidable event of national prestige for lovers and professional of the scenic arts.
International Festival of Jazz (21st - 25th July)
During the second fortnight of July, San Sebastian moves to the rhythm of jazz.
Quincena Musical (August - September)
During the months of August and September San Sebastian becomes the home of the classical music season which has now completed its 70th year as a tradition: the Quincena Musical.
Semana Grande (Week of 15th August)
Always coinciding with the 15th August, the day of the Virgin, during Semana Grande in San Sebastian the city throws itself into parties and fun.
International Film Festival ( 3rd and 4th week of September)
San Sebastian becomes the meeting point of international film stars. It is the most glamorous week of the year.