A trip to San Sebastian is always a good idea, it is also not without reason that many surf camps in France plan a day trip to this great city. If you go to a surf camp in Moliets, or Zarautz this summer, chances are that you will go to San Sebastian for a day. To ensure that you can get the most out of the visit, we have already made a list of the best events in the summer of 2020. Check it out!
Feast of St. John
On the night of 23 to 34 June 2020, various bonfires are lit throughout the city at midnight. In the early morning of the 24th the city is lit by the many flickering fires. After which the feast of St John is celebrated all day long. The fires are a symbolic way to dispel evil spirits and herald the beginning of the summer. At the Plaza de la Constitución in the heart of the city, the tree of St John also receives a traditional blessing
Jazzaldia – Jazz Festival
22/07/2020 – 26/07/2020
This festival is an annual celebration of jazz music since 1966. It is therefore the oldest jazz festival in Spain. Over the years, almost all influential jazz musicians have performed on the legendary stage on the beach. The concerts can be visited free of charge and offer space to more than 150,000 people. This city will be busy, but if you get the chance to visit San Sebastian during the festival, don’t hesitate to do so!
This surf camp is a great option for surfing in France which you can easily combine with a day trip to San Sebastian during summer season.
09/08/2020 – 16/08/2020
During the “Big Week” there are hundreds of small and large events throughout the city. This week is a big celebration of the city of San Sebastian, and has been celebrated since 1876. There are concerts in many genres, parades, and fairground attractions. The city is full of people who enjoy delicious food, drinks and of course dancing all day long! Really a week you don’t want to miss in San Sebastian.
28/08/2020 – 06/09/2020
For the culture lovers among us this is the time to experience the authentic culture of the Spanish Basque Country. In the Basque Country, the local population is extremely proud of their culture, language and identity. Euskal Jaiak is an ode to everything that falls under this. During this week you can experience what it really is like to be Basque, and the locals are very open to share the culture and experience with you! A unique opportunity to see San Sebastian outside of daily life.
Fiesta del 31 de agosto
This day is a commemoration of the great fire in 1813 that destroyed almost all of San Sebastian. From 9 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. All lamps in the city will be extinguished and there will be a candle-lit parade through the city. Traditional Basque flautists march through the city as they sing the national anthem. When the lights come on again at 9.30 pm the festivities start through the city.