In Barcelona you can regularly see giants parading, improvised music concerts, old people dancing in circles around the cathedral square… And there’s more! Fireworks, band parades and all other sorts of events… In short, Barcelona is a never ending party, and that’s something we adore about it!
Sometimes it’s for no reason, others it’s a school celebrating a special occasion… It’s often one bank holiday or another, so today we’ll make a short list of all the events that take place yearly in Barcelona! Please note that the city has its own festivals and bank holidays, as well as Catalonia.
January, 1st – New Year’s Day
Not very surprising! This day is a bank holiday all over the world!
January, 5th – Arrival of the Three Wise Men
Here the Wise Men are as important as Santa Claus. They bring gifts for the children. This day is almost as important as Christmas Day on December, 25th. Don’t miss the parade through the streets of Barcelona. The wise men arrive to the Barcelona Port by ship and parade on top of floats, throwing candies left and right!
February – Carnival
You’ll be able to celebrate the Carnival for a whole week! School parades through the streets and most of all, the big Sitges Parade! There’s something for everybody, and even a few parties going on at night on the beach.
April, 23rd – Sant Jordi
This is a really beautiful tradition that consists on offering a book to men and a flower to women. Don’t be surprised when you discover stands selling books and roses all through the town!
During the whole month of April you’ll be able to experience the April Fair of Catalonia. Throughout this period, the region of Andalusia is honored, and you’ll be able to enjoy Flamenco performances and also tastings of the most typical Andalusian dishes.
May, 11th – Fira de Sant Ponç
This is a day devoted to the saint patron of herbalists. This event takes place in the Carrer de l’Hospital, where a short-lived market is established in the streets to mark and celebrate the occasion. There you will find medicinal plants, cheese, fruit and also honey. You’ll be able to enjoy the performances in the stands of the restaurants and also different shows, as well as the giants parade.
June/July – Greek Festival
All through the summer you’ll have the chance to enjoy drama and dance performances. They take place in different cultural centers, like the Greek Theatre of Montjuïc or the Roméa Theatre.
June 23rd – Sant Joan
You shouldn’t miss this day, when the whole city is celebrating! There are people everywhere you look, lots of fireworks, it’s quite amazing! You can make your choice between partying in the middle of the crowd, or else finding a good balcony from which to enjoy the fireworks. Of course, you also have the option of joining one of the many parties that take place at the beach!
August, 15th to 21st – Festa Major de Gràcia
Throughout the summer you’ll discover district celebrations a bit all over the town. The most famous one is that of Gràcia. The streets are decorated for the occasion. The district organizes shows and concerts, and there are also plenty of restaurant stands; briefly, it’s a real party! Don’t miss the Castellers: human towers very typical of Catalonia. You will find all the information here.
Mid August – Festes de Sant Roc
For 4 full days at the Gótico district there are parades, a market and shows in place for you to enjoy. You will also find performances for children and different concerts. The district comes alive and it’s really nice to see it become a little more typical and a little less touristic!
September, 11th – Catalonian National Day
From 1980, the Catalonian people celebrate the defeat of the conquest of Barcelona by the French-Spanish. On this occasion
September, 24th – Mercé Festival
This is our absolutely favorite event of the year! On this occasion you’ll indeed have the chance to enjoy all the Catalonian traditions: giants parades, “Sardana” dances at the cathedral square, a dragon parade, fireworks, human towers… The city also hosts plenty of concerts and shows a little all over the town, but mainly at the Forum and the cathedral square. You really don’t want to miss this incredible week!
Well, now you know a little more! Try to remember them, or better yet, note them somewhere so you don’t forget!