Barcelona Events and Festivals
Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
It seems like there's always something happening in Barcelona. Yearly music festivals draw massive crowds. Traditional celebrations and holiday fairs encompass endless weekends. New events and activities are created often with both locals and visitors in mind.
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Shortly after we arrived in Plaça del Pi in Barcelona's Barri Gòtic, so did a parade of gigantes and castellers. The latter (who name comes from the Catalonian word for castles) climb upon one another to build human towers. The tradition goes back...
Plaça de Sant Jaume, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
On our first day in Barcelona, we learned that the city has surprises in store around every corner. We had just met up with American expat Jeff Koehler in the plaza in front of the Santa Maria del Pi church, about to head up a narrow street to THE...
Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona's Fira de Santa Llúcia may not be as big or diverse as some of the Christmas Markets in other parts of Europe, but it has some very unique decorations. There's the Caganer, a long-time figure in Catalan nativity scenes, that's most often...
La Rambla, 51-59, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona might not compete with Broadway, but the local theater scene is worth exploring. The highest concentration of theaters is along the Avinguda Parallel, but many playhouses are scattered throughout the city. Local, national, and...
Carrer Bisbe Cassador, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
An activity that is taking place at the Palau Requesens, the current headquarters of the Real Academia de las Buenas Letras, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, that combines an evening tour, a popular history talk, and an attractive culinary...
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
A calçotada is a Catalan tradition of roasting calçots, which are similar to leeks, over fire until they are charred on the outside and practically melted on the inside. Served with romesco to dip, they are definitely my favorite vegetable. I made...
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 749, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
See a concert or watch acrobats swing from great heights in this beautiful early 20th century bull-fighting ring. If you're passionate about bull-fighting culture, La Monumental is also home to Barcelona's Bull-fighting Museum (Museo Taurino)...
Camí de l'Observatori, s/n, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
The Dinners at the Fabra Observatory are one of the unmissable events in Barcelona’s summer season. The activity takes place at the Fabra Observatory during summer months and combines scientific outreach, astronomical observation and a suggestive...
Camino Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain
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