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Semana Grande (Aste Nagusia)
When?Third Week of August
Where?Basque Country, in particular Bilbao.
What?Semana Grande (Spanish for 'Big Week', Aste Nagusia in Basque) is another 'general' festival, much like the Feria de Sevilla but a little less traditional. A big attraction of Semana Grande is the large number of concerts, from rock to pop and classical to jazz.
Each night there is an important international firework competition, while you should also catch the now-famous strong man competition. Another iconic sight at the event is the giant puppets (see above).
There is also an Ugly Competition.
As with any major Spanish festival, there will also be a good share of food and a bit of bullfighting too.