Tamborrada / St. Sebastian’s Day
Music, Religious and Traditional Festival in San Sebastián
The 20th January is St. Sebastian’s Day and locals take that very seriously as at midnight (19th – 20th) crowds pack Constitution Square, where the mayor raises the city’s flag to start 24 hours of non-stop drumming. The drumming opens with the Sociedad Gaztelubide and representatives of other drum outfits who play to melodies by Sarriegui. Around 125 drum lines participate in the event every year, each bringing their own unique style and touch to the festivities.