Semana Grande BilbaoWhen & Where The Semana Grande Bilbao (also known as Aste Nagusia) Spanish Festival occurs for 1 week in August every year. This Spanish fiesta occurs in the town of Bilbao in Spain which is sitauted on the North coast to the West of the French border. The next Semana Grande is August 20-28th 2011.
What to Expect Lots of music- in fact like most Spanish street parties there is no such thing as sleep- just long blinks. The party goes on through the night as traditional and contemporary music belts out throught the streets and the Plaza, especially Plaza Nueva. There's also lots of fun events like the strong man competition.
Be warned Like any free street festival pick pockets are rife so only take what you need (you can always return to the atm/hostel later for more money). Also like most Spanish festivals the town closes down so get your supplies before-hand because locals tend to take a very long siesta for Bilbao's Semana Grande.