Concert / Music Festival
Feb 6–Jun 14 ... more Music lovers gear up for over forty performances from February through June at the annual Guitar Festival BCN. Held at venues throughout Barcelona, the Guitar Festival BCNThroughout the city
May 22–26 Parc del Fòrum ... more Launched in 2001, the San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival is an annual music festival in Barcelona that features a huge range of musical acts, and regularly draws huge crowds in
Rambla Prim, 1
May 25 through Jul 27 Teatre Arteria Paral.lel ... more Latin music fans gear up for great concerts at the annual Salsa y Latin Jazz Barcelona Festival. Held on a day in May, June, and July, the 2013 Salsa y Latin Jazz Barcelona Festival
Avinguda del Paral·lel, 62
Film Festival / Screening
May 28–Jun 2 ... more Film lovers celebrate the year’s best documentaries at the annual Docs Barcelona. Held each year from the end of May to the beginning of June, Docs Barcelona takes place eachThroughout the city
Concert / Music Festival
Jun 1 Parc del Fòrum ... more Metalheads and hardcore fans storm the annual Sonisphere Barcelona. Held on a day in June at the Parc Del Forum in Barcelona, Sonisphere Barcelona features a packed lineup of metal
Rambla Prim, 1
Jun 7–9 ... more The first electronic music festival on a luxury cruise line. A cruise through the Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona-Rome-Barcelona), 32 DJs, 43 hours, 2300 passengers, with 4 stages, poolsThroughout the city
Jun 13–14 Parque de la Paz ... more The East Ender Festival is a music event in Barcelona held annually over two nights in June. The festivities feature three stages and some 40 DJs performing at an open-air venueCalle Luis Días de Losada 38660
Jun 13–15 Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona ... more Normally scheduled during the third week of June, the Sónar Music Festival is an annual event in Barcelona that features a wide range of advanced music performances and new
Jun 21–30 ... more Pride Barcelona Week is an annual celebration of the LGBT movement and community held in June and July throughout the city of Barcelona. Avenida Maria Christina is the main locationThroughout the city
Jun 23 Illa Fantasia Water Park ... more EDM fans enjoy a day of music and waterslides at Aquasonica. Held on a day in June, the 2013 Aquasonica takes place at the Illa Fantasia Water Park in Barcelona. With a packed
Finca Mas Brassó, s/n
08339 Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona
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People in Barcelona don’t really need another excuse for a party, but with the vast number of festivals, parades, and events in the city, there’s always good reason to let loose.
The festivals in Barcelona run the gamut from food, wine, and music, to arts, film, and dance. The city’s biggest festival is the Festa de la Mercè. Every year during the week of September 24th, thousands upon thousands of people celebrate the city’s patron saint of mercy with elaborate parades, costumes, fireworks, and a whole lot of drinking and dancing.
Other big Barcelona festivals include Sant Jordi (St. George) and Sant Joan (St. John). On April 23rd, everyone in the city celebrates the Feast of Sant Jordi by draping buildings in the gold and red Catalan flag and men traditionally give women red roses as this day is considered the Valentine’s Day of Barcelona. The Feast of Sant Joan, meanwhile, takes place on June 23rd and 24th during the summer solstice with epic fireworks displays celebrating the longest day of the year.
For music lovers there’s the Sonar Music Festival, one of the biggest and most well-known festivals in Europe for progressive music fanatics. There’s also the Primavera Sound Festival for electronic music lovers, Barcelona Grec Festival for music, dance, and theater, and of course there’s the Barcelona Jazz Festival that has been going strong since the late 1960s.
And then for those who want to get one last hurrah in before lent, there’s Carnival, which has grown more and more popular since Franco’s ban on the festival was lifted in 1980.