San Sebastián Festival Semana Grande
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San Sebastián Festival
Semana Grande
15-20 August Spain
Summer is busy in San Sebastian with all kinds of theatre, film and music events. Around the 15th they have a fiesta with many events. In August San Sebastián lives its Grand Week of celebrations.
San Sebastian’s Big Week (Semana Grande) lasts seven days, always including the 15th of August starting and ending on a Saturday. The Virgin festivity, celebrated on the 15th, is the highlight of the festival, even though the big party begins on the evening of the 14th, a time when many Donosti inhabitants dine out with friends and family or attend special events at local pubs and clubs.

Semana Grande

During Donosti’s Big Week, a large number of children activities are organised, although adults can enjoy other kinds of activities like concerts at Sagües Square or street performances at different points of the city. The latter ones may be musical or theatrical performances that can also be carried out in theatres around the city.

For those who like rides and attractions, a good number of them are assembled on the New Promenade for people to get an adrenaline rush or test their aim in the stalls.

These days of fiesta include cultural and sporting events, traditional games, regattas, “pelota” matches, fireworks, music, theatre, and a major series of bullfights in the Illumbe Bullring.
International fireworks contest

Semana Grande fireworks

The Big Week is widely known because of its main attraction: the International fireworks contest. In 2013, its 50th anniversary will be celebrated. Companies from all over the world take part in this competition, where they display their best works in order to obtain the longed-for “Concha de oro” prize, which undoubtedly is a sign of prestige and recognition for the winning company. Every evening of the festival week, at a quarter to eleven, a large crowd fills La Concha Beach and its surroundings to witness the competition, which lasts for about 20 minutes. The show can be enjoyed from other points of the city like Zurriola Beach, Urgull Mount or the port as well.



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San Sebastián
San Sebastián Turismo
Boulevar 8
San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa - Gipuzkoa)
Contact details
Tel.: +34 943481166

Town Hall
Ayuntamiento de Donostia- San Sebastián
Address: Calle Ijentea, 1, 20003 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Phone:+34 943 48 10 00

Tuesday hours 09:00–14:00, 16:00–18:00