Concert / Music Festival
... more Since 1999, music fans and audiophiles of all stripes have flocked to the Festival Mil-lenni in Barcelona. Every year, the festival stretches from November through May, invitingThroughout the city
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.