San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Fireworks & Ice Cream during Semana GrandeThe most hallowed August tradition of San Sebastián is a week. A big one. From Saturday to Saturday, the city becomes a buzzing ball of revelers, with a schedule so jam packed with events, concerts, theaters and markets that locals throw out their agenda and just enjoy.
Your obligatory dates for Semana Grande are 10:45 pm, when the fireworks competition begins each night from the Town Hall, overlooking La Concha beach. Grab a picnic blanket and set up early for the perfect view. Then, standard procedure is to head towards Sagües in Gros for the 11:45 concert, which draws big names from all over Spain. Whatever you do, don't miss grabbing an ice cream cone on the way...this week is said to pay the yearly rents for all the ice cream shops around town.