The city of Donostia-San Sebastián can boast of a vast cultural tradition mirrored in a host of major national and international events held throughout the year. Some of them are the San Sebastián International Film Festival(September), the Quincena Musical or Musical Fortnight (July-August) and the International Jazz Festival(July).

The city has a great number of well-stocked bookstores, as well as outstanding museumsgalleries, andlibraries.

Tabakalera – San Sebastián Centre for Contemporary Culture focuses in recent developments in the contemporary arts.

Donostia-San Sebastián has a high number of cinemas and theatres showing important film premieres and famous stage productions, both national and international.

Cultural calendar


The city’s calendar is packed with music, film or theatre festivals all year round. From music to film or theatre, Donostia-San Sebastián has a long cultural tradition punctuated with several events of this kind throughout the year.


Donostia-San Sebastián offers locals and out-of-towners alike a wide range of museums dedicated to different areas of knowledge: the sea, science, art, history, and many others.

Art galleries

There is an array of galleries in town playing host to interesting temporary exhibitions.

Performing Arts Venues

Donostia cuenta con equipamientos escénicos de gran calidad en los que tienen cabida un gran número de espectáculos.

Libraries & Cultural Centres

Donostia-San Sebastián has a vast cultural infrastructure and many public libraries in which all citizens, from the little ones to the elderly, can attend cultural activities that suit their taste.