There's loads to do in Bilbao this June, from the annual Pride Parade to a rubber duck race! Check out our favourite events below.
Date: 15th June
For over 700 years, Bilbao has celebrated the signing of the Municipal Charter, signifying the founding of the city. The 15th of June is a night of open-air celebration across the city. Gau Zuria, or White Festival, sees iconic Bilbao locations host events in music, drama and literature. An eye-opening look into the culture and history of this great city.
Find out more about Gau Zuria on the Bilbao 700 website
Date: 20th – 23rd June
The annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community returns to Bilbao from 20th-23rd June. Open to people of all ages and orientations, Bilbao Pride offers a packed schedule of events and activities along the parade route for all to enjoy.
Find out more on the Bilbao Pride website
Date: 4th – 17th June
Arteshop Bilbao sees 75 students of Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country exhibit their works in stores across Bilbao, supervised by 10 artists from Bilbao Arte, who, in turn, exhibit their works at the Mercado de la Ribera and at the Tourism Office of the Terminus Building.
Find out more on the Arteshop website
World SUP Challenge
Date: 4th – 17th June
The International Stand Up Paddle competition takes place from the 7th – 9th June in Bilbao. The competition is hosted by BWATERS, a concept that unites sport, tourism and sustainability in the city of Bilbao.
Find out more on the World SUP Challenge website
Music Legends Festival
Date: 14th – 15th June
A rock, blues and soul festival taking place just outside of Bilbao. This year, catch The Beach Boys headlining on Friday night, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on Saturday. Other highlights include Suzanne Vega – the first woman ever to headline Glastonbury Festival – and E Street Band member Little Steven.
Find out more on the Music Legends Festival website
Date: 16th June
Estropatada is a family day out like no other. Thousands of rubber ducks are dropped into the river, where they race to the Euskalduna Bridge. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy family fun on the Esplanade of the Maritime Museum. The event is hosted by Walk On Project, a charity that advocates for people with neurodegenerative disease.
Find out more about Estropatada on the Walk On Project website