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BASQUEFEST

A unique concept

basque FEST aims to be a unique, open, international event, a date with Basque culture in its broadest sense. Music, design, literature, gastronomy, sport... Tradition, innovation, art, vanguard... Our culture: urban, Basque, cosmopolitan.

basque FEST is presented as a "cultural space", a meeting point for creation and interculturalism, created with a vocation to develop and become a prestigious event in the city in the short term, contributing to consolidating Bilbao's cultural leadership.

basque FEST aims to be a universal way of understanding "the Basque aspect”, which is, a cultural community recognised worldwide, extending from the Adour to the Ebro rivers, with its own personality and identity.

basque FEST aims to reinforce Bilbao's commitment as a benchmark for the concept of "Basque World" and its focus on culture as a factor of social cohesion, democratic development and economic growth.

Don´t miss...

concierto blues basquefest

FESTIVAL GUEST HONDARRIBIA BLUES FESTIVAL

Azkuna Zentroa. Wednesday 12th at 20:00

concierto urko basquefest

BASQUE CLASSICS URKO

Azkuna Zentroa. Thursday 13th at 20:00

concierto rock city basquefest

BASQUE FEST ROCK CITY

Kafe Antzokia. No.2 San Vicente Street From 12th to 15th April, at 22:00

More information at our Tourist Offices

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BIRIBILA PLAZA

PLAZA CIRCULAR, 1
09:00-21:00

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MAZARREDO ZUMARKALEA

ALAMEDA MAZARREDO, 66 (GUGGENHEIM)
10:00-19:00

#BasqueFest

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Metro Bilbao

Special service until 2:00 on the 14th and 15th of April

Programme

Kultura

Subject to weather conditions
2
10:00-19:00 BASQUE MUSEUM
The museum's collections tell the history of the Basque people.
3
10:00-14:00
16:00-19:30
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Discover the history of the Basque Country for over 100,000 years.
4
10:30-13:30
16:00-19:00
DIOCESAN MUSEUM
Biscay sacred art from the 12th century.
7
10:00-20:00 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
Temporary exhibition by "Pello Irazu: Panorama", key figure on the contemporary scene.
8
10:00-20:00 FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Its collection includes great masters of Basque painting and sculpture.
9
10:00-14:00
17:00-20:30
REKALDE ROOM
Isabel Garay. Retrospective of this artist from Biscay.
10
11:00-20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ikimilikiliklik, the universe of JA Artze’. Audiovisual installation.
12
10:00-20:00 BILBAO ESTUARY MARITIME MUSEUM
"Estereokopiko" by Jesús de Echebarria (Bilbao at the beginning of the 20th century in 3D).
13
10:00-14:00
17:00-21:00
HOUSE OF BASQUE LANGUAGE
Basque language interpretation centre.

Musika

Subject to weather conditions
1

20:00

AZKUNA CENTRE
Concert to launch the festival invited guest Hondarribia Blues Festival: “White Towels Blues Band”.

Market

1
11:00-14:30
17:00-21:00
7th SPRING CRAFT FAIR ESKUTARTIE
Exhibition and sale of crafts and agricultural produce.

Kultura

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00 OLD QUARTER
“Hosts of Bilbao” Dramatised tours on the History of Bilbao around the Old Quarter and El Arenal.
2

10:00-19:00
BASQUE MUSEUM
The museum's collections tell the history of the Basque people.
3
10:00-14:00
16:00-19:30
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Discover the history of the Basque Country for over 100,000 years.
4
10:30-13:30 DIOCESAN MUSEUM
Biscay sacred art from the 12th century.
5
11:00-14:00
16:30-19:30
DRAMATISED BOAT TRIPS ALONG THE ESTUARY
Embarkation in Pío Baroja.
“Mirentxu” and “Begotxu” celebrate New Year's Eve on a boat.
6
10:00-20:00 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
Temporary exhibition by "Pello Irazu: Panorama", key figure on the contemporary scene.
7
10:00-20:00
16:00-19:30
FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Its collection includes great masters of Basque painting and sculpture.
8
10:00-14:00 SALA REKALDE
Isabel Garay. Retrospective of this artist from Biscay.
9
11:00-20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ikimilikiliklik, the universe of JA Artze’. Audiovisual installation.
10
12:30 AZKUNA CENTRE CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME
"Skratx". Theatre.
11
10:00-20:00 BILBAO ESTUARY MARITIME MUSEUM
"Estereokopiko" by Jesús de Echebarria (Bilbao at the beginning of the 20th century in 3D)
12

10:00-14:00
HOUSE OF BASQUE LANGUAGE
Basque language interpretation centre.

Musika

Subject to weather conditions
1
20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Concert by Urko "Kantaldia".
2
13:00 MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ALONG GARCÍA RIVERO AND LICENCIADO POZA STREETS
Ibiltaria Tavern. Popular songbook.
3

12:00
18:00

19:00
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO.
MUSEUM ESPLANADE:
Ondalan. Giants and big heads with Basque characters.
Txalaparta music show.
MUSEUM ATRIUM:
Txalaparty. Electronic music with txalaparta.
4
19:00 MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ALONG LEDESMA AND VILLARÍAS STREETS
Ibiltaria Tavern. Popular songbook.
5
12:00-14:00 DIALOGUE BETWEEN TXALAPARTAS FROM THE BRIDGES OVER THE ESTUARY
Txalapartas from the banks of the Estuary. El Arenal Bridge.
6

18:30
19:30
NUEVA SQUARE
KUKAI "Gelajauziak”. Contemporary and traditional dance.
Ortzadar Fanfarria Pilgrimage.
7

19:00
13:00-20:30
MARZANA DOCK: EUSKAL DJ, VERMOUTH SESSION DJ AND LIVE MUSIC
Baffle DJs.
Live music.

Sport

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00-13-00
19:00-19:30
ARENAL
EXHIBITION OF BASQUE RURAL SPORTS
Aizkolaris. Wood choppers.
11:00-14:00
17:00-18:30
ARENAL
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS
How to make a Basque pelota ball?
13:00-14:00 ARENAL
DANCE WORKSHOPS
To learn Basque dances.
17:00-18:30 ARENAL
FARMHOUSE GAMES FOR ALL AGES
Take part in traditional games (frog, sack race, horseshoe, corncobs…)
11:00-14:00
17:00-18:30
19:30
ARENAL
PORTABLE BASQUE PELOTA COURT
Learn to play Basque pelota with real pelota players.
“Txapela” (Basque beret) throwing championship.

Market

1
11:00-15-00
17:00-20:00
“ENKARTERRI FASHIONBOX”
Natural territory for creativity. Travelling exhibition of young design at the stands in El Arenal.
2
11:00-14:30
17:00-21:00
7th SPRING CRAFT FAIR ESKUTARTIE
Exhibition and sale of crafts and agricultural produce.

Kultura

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00 OLD QUARTER
“Hosts of Bilbao” Dramatised tours on the History of Bilbao around the Old Quarter and El Arenal.
2

10:00-19:00
BASQUE MUSEUM
The museum's collections tell the history of the Basque people.
3
10:00-14:00
16:00-19:30
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Discover the history of the Basque Country for over 100,000 years.
4
10:30-13:30 DIOCESAN MUSEUM
Biscay sacred art from the 12th century.
5
20:00 BILBOROCK
Monologues. "The Basques know how to laugh too".
6
11:00-14:00
16:30-19:30
DRAMATISED BOAT TRIPS ALONG THE ESTUARY
Embarkation in Pío Baroja.
“Mirentxu” and “Begotxu” celebrate New Year's Eve on a boat.
7
10:00-20:00 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
Temporary exhibition by "Pello Irazu: Panorama", key figure on the contemporary scene.
8
10:00-20:00 FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Its collection includes great masters of Basque painting and sculpture.
9
10:00-14:00 REKALDE ROOM
Isabel Garay. Retrospective of this artist from Biscay.
10
11:00-20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ikimilikiliklik, the universe of JA Artze’. Audiovisual installation.
11
12:30 AZKUNA CENTRE CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME
“Etxean Goxo" Puppets.
12
10:00-20:00 BILBAO ESTUARY MARITIME MUSEUM
"Estereokopiko" by Jesús de Echebarria (Bilbao at the beginning of the 20th century in 3D).
13

10:00-14:00
HOUSE OF BASQUE LANGUAGE
Basque language interpretation centre.

Musika

Subject to weather conditions
1
21:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
El Capitán Elefante. (Indie Rock).
2
13:00 MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ALONG GARCÍA RIVERO AND LICENCIADO POZA STREETS
Otxote Lur Maitea. Choir with Basque repertoire.
3

12:00/18:00

19:00
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO.
MUSEUM ESPLANADE:
"Gaztedi. Basque Dancing." Traditional dances.
MUSEUM ATRIUM:
"Gaztedi. Basque Dancing." Traditional dances.
4
19:00 MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ALONG LEDESMA AND VILLARÍAS STREETS
Tío Terón. Fusion music, dance and humour.
6
19:00
21:00
NUEVA SQUARE
Jira Musika Pilgrimage.
"Gernika". Show in memory of the Gernika bombing.
7

19:00
13:00/20:30
MARZANA DOCK: EUSKAL DJ, VERMOUTH SESSION DJ AND LIVE MUSIC
Boppers DJs.
Live music.

Sport

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00-13:00
19:00-19:30
ARENAL
EXHIBITION OF BASQUE RURAL SPORTS
Soka Tira. Tug-of-war. Rural sports.
Harrijasotzailes. Stone lifters.
11:00-14:00
17:00-19:00
ARENAL
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS
How to make a cesta punta bat?
13:00-14:00 ARENAL
DANCE WORKSHOPS
To learn Basque dances.
17:00-19:00 ARENAL
FARMHOUSE GAMES FOR ALL AGES
Take part in traditional games (frog, sack race, horseshoe, corncobs…)
11:00-14:00
17:00-19:00
19:30
ARENAL
PORTABLE BASQUE PELOTA COURT
Learn to play Basque pelota with real pelota players.
“Txapela” (Basque beret) throwing championship.

Market

1
11:00-15-00
17:00-20:00
“ENKARTERRI FASHIONBOX”
Natural territory for creativity. Travelling exhibition of young design at the stands in El Arenal.
2
11:00-14:30
17:00-21:00
7th SPRING CRAFT FAIR ESKUTARTIE
Exhibition and sale of crafts and agricultural produce.

Kultura

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00 OLD QUARTER
“Hosts of Bilbao” Dramatised tours on the History of Bilbao around the Old Quarter and El Arenal.
2

10:00-19:00
BASQUE MUSEUM
The museum's collections tell the history of the Basque people.
3
10:00-14:00
16:00-19:30
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Discover the history of the Basque Country for over 100,000 years.
4
10:30-13:30
16:00-19:00
DIOCESAN MUSEUM
Biscay sacred art from the 12th century.
5
20:00 BILBOROCK
Demode Quartet. Musical shows full of humour.
6
11:00-14:00
16:30-19:30
DRAMATISED BOAT TRIPS ALONG THE ESTUARY
Embarkation in Pío Baroja.
“Mirentxu” and “Begotxu” celebrate New Year's Eve on a boat.
7
10:00-20:00 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
Temporary exhibition by "Pello Irazu: Panorama", key figure on the contemporary scene.
8
10:00-20:00 FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Its collection includes great masters of Basque painting and sculpture.
9
10:00-14:00
17:00-20:30
REKALDE ROOM
Isabel Garay. Retrospective of this artist from Biscay.
10
11:00-20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ikimilikiliklik, the universe of JA Artze’. Audiovisual installation.
11
12:30 AZKUNA CENTRE CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME
"The last Sun Flower" Puppets and humour.
12
10:00-20:00 BILBAO ESTUARY MARITIME MUSEUM
"Estereokopiko" by Jesús de Echebarria (Bilbao at the beginning of the 20th century in 3D).
13
10:00-14:00 HOUSE OF BASQUE LANGUAGE
Basque language interpretation centre.

Musika

Subject to weather conditions
1
21:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ankenai. The Basque singer-songwriter presents “Zenbait Amore Desberdin”.
3

12:00
18:00

19:00
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO.
MUSEUM ESPLANADE:
“Gaztedi Euskal Dantza”. Bailes tradicionales.
Crazy Hospital. Break dance con música trikitrixa.
MUSEUM ATRIUM:
Crazy Hospital. Break dance with trikitrixa.
4

13:00
18:00
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ALONG LEDESMA AND VILLARÍAS STREETS
Crazy Hospital. Break dance with trikitrixa.
"Gaztedi. Basque Dancing." Traditional dances.
6
19:00-21:00 NUEVA SQUARE
Aiko. Popular Basque pilgrimage.
7
19:00
20:30
MARZANA DOCK: EUSKAL DJ, VERMOUTH SESSION DJ AND LIVE MUSIC
Bandeja de Plata DJs.
Live music.

Sport

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00-13:00
19:00-19:30
ARENAL
EXHIBITION OF BASQUE RURAL SPORTS
Lasto Altzatzea. Straw bale lifters.
11:00-14:00
17:00-19:00
ARENAL
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS
How to make a Basque pelota ball?
13:00-14:00 ARENAL
DANCE WORKSHOPS
To learn Basque dances.
17:00-19:00 ARENAL
FARMHOUSE GAMES FOR ALL AGES
Take part in traditional games (frog, sack race, horseshoe, corncobs…)
11:00-14:00
17:00-19:00
19:30
ARENAL
PORTABLE BASQUE PELOTA COURT
Learn to play Basque pelota with real pelota players.

Market

1
11:00-15-00
17:00-20:00
“ENKARTERRI FASHIONBOX”
Natural territory for creativity. Travelling exhibition of young design at the stands in El Arenal.
2
11:00-14:30
17:00-21:00
7th SPRING CRAFT FAIR ESKUTARTIE
Exhibition and sale of crafts and agricultural produce.

Kultura

Subject to weather conditions
2

10:00-14:00
BASQUE MUSEUM
The museum's collections tell the history of the Basque people.
3
10:00-14:00
16:00-19:30
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Discover the history of the Basque Country for over 100,000 years.
4
10:30-13:30 DIOCESAN MUSEUM
Biscay sacred art from the 12th century.
7
10:00-20:00 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
Temporary exhibition by "Pello Irazu: Panorama", key figure on the contemporary scene.
8
10:00-20:00 FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Its collection includes great masters of Basque painting and sculpture.
9
10:00-14:00 REKALDE ROOM
Isabel Garay. Retrospective of this artist from Biscay.
10
11:00-20:00 AZKUNA CENTRE
Ikimilikiliklik, the universe of JA Artze’. Audiovisual installation.
12
10:00-20:00 BILBAO ESTUARY MARITIME MUSEUM
"Estereokopiko" by Jesús de Echebarria (Bilbao at the beginning of the 20th century in 3D).
13
10:00-14:00 HOUSE OF BASQUE LANGUAGE
Basque language interpretation centre.

Musika

Subject to weather conditions
7
13:00 MARZANA DOCK: EUSKAL DJ, VERMOUTH SESSION DJ AND LIVE MUSIC
Live music.
8
12:00 ARTXANDA
Basque pilgrimage. Traditional dancing and cider tasting.

Sport

Subject to weather conditions
1
12:00-13:00 ARENAL
FARMHOUSE GAMES FOR ALL AGES
Frog game and Basque bowling tournament.

Market

2
11:00-14:30
17:00-21:00
7th SPRING CRAFT FAIR ESKUTARTIE
Exhibition and sale of crafts and agricultural produce.
1
11:00-15-00
17:00-20:00
FLOWER MARKET
Walk among flowers and plants in the heart of the Arenal.

Txoko Gourmet & Destinos Basque

From 11:00 to 15:00 and 16:30 to 20:00

The “Txoko Gourmet” is located in a large marquee right in the heart of El Arenal. Covering an area of 1,500m2, where you can learn about and feel the Basque identity in its gastronomy. The place to taste the products that give our cuisine its name: from tradition to avant-garde, including fusion cuisine and miniature cuisine, "pintxos".
At the "Txoko Gourmet" you will find three proposals to enjoy:

  • Express tastings where you can taste more than twenty products from our wine and gastronomy. A world of sensations and flavours at your disposal for free. Sign up at the Gourmet Corner.
  • Gourmet Square. Humour monologues, children's workshops, conferences... where the fundamental ingredient is gastronomy.
  • Exhibition area for the tourist regions of the Basque Country. 12 stands where you can find all the information about these destinations and their gastronomic attractions.

Aiaraldea, Rioja Alavesa, Bizkaia Costa Vasca, Enkarterri, Gorbeia, Lea Artibai, Urdaibai, Uribe, Goierri, Tolosaldea, Urola Kosta and the Basque Coast Geopark are ready and waiting for you.

pintxo
Express Tasting 13 April 14 April 15 April
TASTING AREA 1
Cheeses from the Idiazabal area (Goierri) 12:30 / 14:30
Liquid bread (beer) and solid bread (Uribe) 12:30
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Uribe) 12:30
Rioja Alavesa Oil 14:30
Chocolate, a sweet tradition from Tolosa (Tolosaldea) 13:30 / 17:00
Rioja Alavesa wines 13:30 13:30 / 18:00 14:30
Organic apple juice (Aiaraldea) 18:00
Ciders from the Idiazabal area (Goierri) 17:00
More than just Idiazabal Cheese. Blue cheese from Tolosa market (Tolosaldea) 18:00
Artisan beer (Uribe) 19:00 17:00
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Uribe) 19:00
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Aiaraldea) 19:00
TASTING AREA 2
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Urdaibai) 12:30
The origin of the gilda pintxo. Ibarra green chillies (Tolosaldea) 13:30 / 18:00
Blind tasting of honey and fresh Idiazabal cheese, yoghurt and walnuts (Gorbeia) 12:30
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Gorbeia) 13:30
Vermouth from Enkarterri (Enkarterri) 14:30
Txakoli white wine from Araba (Aiaraldea) 17:00
Sweet and savoury pintxo with flavours of Gorbeia (Gorbeia) 12:30
Chorizo from Gorbeia (Gorbeia) 13:30 18:00
Kosta Gastronomika with Txakoli from Getaria: anchovies, octopus, baby broad beans, artichokes, chorizo, cheese with Txakoli from Getaria (Getaria-Orio-Zarautz-Aia-Zumaia) 14:30
Artisan beer (Enkarterri) 14:30 19:00
Idiazabal cheese (Gorbeia) 17:00 17:00
Txakoli white wine from Biscay (Lea Artibai) 19:00
Artisan green chillies (Uribe) 18:00
Corn flat bread with chorizo (Uribe) 19:00
IN THE GOURMET SQUARE
Presentation Basque Coast Geopark with prize draw 14:00 / 19:45 14:00 / 19:45 14:00 / 19:45
Bizkaia Costa dramatised fish auction 18:30 18:30
"NIREA" children's workshops. From the countryside to the city 12:00 / 17:00 12:00 / 17:00 12:00 / 17:00
Gastronomic monologues 13:00 / 19:15 13:00 / 19:15 13:00 / 19:15
Bizkaia. Costa Vasca Geoparkea. Costa Vasca Gorbeia Urdaibai. Reserva de la Biosfera Goierri Kostaldea. Costa Vasca Leartibai Aiaraldea Uribe Enkartur Tolosa Gourmet Rioja Alavesa. Ruta del Vino
Baskegur. Asociación maderera de Euskadi
Gurezura

Baskegur, Basque Country Wood Association.

The Basque Country Wood Association, Baskegur, collaborates with basque FEST supplying material for the construction of stands and the "Gure Zura” information point.

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TALLERES BASQUE FEST GASTRONOMY

A real gastronomic experience where you are placed in a Basque chef's shoes. Starting with quality local produce, you will enter a world of textures, colours and aromas. Transform our raw materials with your own hands to create the most avant-garde pintxos.
You can choose between family workshops where you will cook alongside your children. Or workshops for adults, where, in addition, a specialised sommelier will reveal the secrets of our natural cider, Rioja Alavesa wines and Txakolí white wines. Almost two hours of entertainment, learning and fun, connecting you to our land and our sea.
Become part of the Basque Gastronomy community and... take a piece of our identity with you!

Location: Aingeru Etxebarria Cookery School. No. 2 Errekakoetxe Street
Sign up at the Tourist Office, 1 Circular Square.

a) Workshops for FAMILIES: Children from 6 to 14 years of age, maximum 2 children. Cost per family €3. Preparing delicious pintxos: "Basque Free-Range Chicken Nuggets with Eusko Label stamp" and "Eusko Label Pizza".

b) Workshops for ADULTS: Cost per person €6. Preparing delicious pintxos: "Flower of Eusko Label Free-Range Egg with parmentier and diced pork belly with Eusko Label stamp" and "Blanched Anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea with coca pastry, emulsion of Ibarra green chillies with Eusko Label stamp".

13 April 14 April 15 April
Families 11:30-13:30 11:30-13:30 11:30-13:30
Adults 18:00-19:30 18:00-19:30 18:00-19:30

TXAKOLI & MUSIC

Euskal Museoa - Basque Museum

Access via No. 4 La Cruz Street.
Sign up at the Tourist Office, No. 1 Circular Square and at the Museum before each session.

Discover the history of this Basque instrument while you taste a D.O. Bizkaia Txakoli white wine.
Admission € 2.

13 April 14 April 15 April
Txistu flute with Txakoli tasting 12:30-13:30 12:30-13:30 12:30-13:30

MARKETS

Gourmet Shopping

La Ribera Market. 10,000 m2 to buy the best local produce at the stands of this wine and food temple on the banks of the estuary. Opening hours: Saturday from 8:00 to 15:00

El Ensanche Market. In the central El Ensanche Square you can visit this market with its quality seasonal produce. A pleasure for the senses. Opening hours: Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00

Abando de Labayru Market. Discover quality fresh produce in this traditional market near Azkuna Zentroa. Opening hours: Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00

Gure Lurreko Merkatua-Bilbao. El Arenal Stands host this market of seasonal Biscay produce where the star of the show is the "Zero-mile". Opening hours: Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00