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CULTURAL EVENTS

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Calçots - Winter/Spring
Barcelona

A Calçot is a type of green onion grown in Catalunya, typically ready for picking during late winter and early spring. Calçots are a popular part of Catalan cuisine, and the tradition of eating them together, known as a Calçotada, is a favorite cultural event. The Calçotada is like a BBQ with friends and family, gathering around an open fire to cook and enjoy good food. The first dish is always calçots, which are grilled over an open flame until charred on the outside and tender on the inside. They are then peeled and dipped in romesco sauce, a delicious blend of tomatoes, almonds, garlic, and peppers. After the calçots, the feast typically continues with a variety of meats, fish, or veggies cooked on the grill. This communal meal is a wonderful way to experience the warmth and hospitality of Catalan culture. If you prefer a more structured experience, many restaurants offer set Calçot menus, allowing you to enjoy this traditional meal without the need to cook yourself. For those looking to immerse themselves in Catalan tradition, attending a Calçotada is a must-do activity. Here are some restaurants in Barcelona where you can enjoy the Calçot experience:

Christmas
Barcelona

There are multiple Christmas markets, the most important being the Fira de Santa Llucia in the square in front of the cathedral. Here you can buy Christmas trees and decorations. The most spectacular Christmas lights are located on Passeig de Gracia, with the initial lighting taking place in late November. The city's tree is located in Plaza Sant Jaume, in front of city hall. On January 5th, a grand parade featuring the Three Wise Men takes place, marking the end of the Christmas season with music, floats, and sweets distributed to children.

Catalonia's peculiar Christmas tradition:

Caga Tió, or Tió de Nadal, is a character from Catalan mythology. Every night, families make sure the Caga Tió is warm and has enough to eat. In the morning, the children sing a song and the log poops presents for them.

 

Festa Major de Gràcia - Mid August
Gràcia, Barcelona

The Festa Major de Gràcia is like a burst of energy in Barcelona's Gràcia district, happening usually in August. It's when the neighborhood becomes a living canvas, with streets competing to outdo each other in creativity with their decorations to win the prize of the best-decorated street. Each street chooses its own theme, which can go from Roman wrestling to underwater sea life. You'll find every corner filled with music, laughter, and the delicious aroma of local foods. It's a time when neighbors come together, sharing in the joy of their community. Want to find out more? - Click here!

 

Free Museums on First Sundays
Barcelona

Many museums in Barcelona offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month, as well as on various local and national holidays. Additionally, some museums are free every Sunday afternoon, and there are a few places in the city that are always free to visit. Keep in mind that each museum's opening days and hours can change, so it's always a good idea to check the museum's website before heading out. Check out this list for free museums.

FrikiFish Art Magazine
Barcelona

If you want to keep up with the local art scene in Barcelona sign up for the Frikifish newsletter and social media accounts. FrikiFish is an artist-driven creative magazine sharing stories, events and knowledge about art, creative culture and emerging talent in Barcelona and its area of influence. It has become more than just a platform, but a means to make meaningful connections through creativity. Visit Frikifish here.

La Mercè - End of September
Barcelona

Every year at the end of September, the festival of La Mercè is celebrated throughout the whole city. The festival is in honor of the patron saint of Barcelona; the lady of mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè. The city will be filled with different activities through the span of 5 days. Must see things are the Correfoc (fire-run), Castellers (human towers), the giants parade, and live music. The festival usually ends with an impressive fireworks show at Placa Espanya with a view on Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. For more information about the festivities take a look at the website of Ajuntament of Barcelona.

Sant Jordi - April 23rd
Barcelona

The Festival of Sant Jordi, celebrated annually on April 23rd in Barcelona and across Catalonia, is a vibrant cultural event blending tradition, literature, and romance. Inspired by the legend of Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan), who slew a dragon to rescue a princess, it's also known as the Day of the Rose and the Book. On this day, people exchange gifts of roses and books, symbolizing love and culture. Streets are filled with stalls selling books and roses, and authors often do book signings. It's a joyful celebration of literature and affection, making Barcelona come alive with color and creativity. For more information - Click here!

Santa Eulàlia - Mid February
Barcelona

The Santa Eulàlia festivities in Barcelona, also known as La Laia or as Barcelona's winter festival, are held annually in mid-February. These celebrations typically take place around February 12th, the feast day of Santa Eulàlia, the co-patron saint of Barcelona. The festivities last for several days and include various cultural events, parades, concerts, and traditional Catalan activities. Many of Barcelona's museums and cultural spaces also host activities and open their doors for free. Make sure to sign up early because tickets usually sell out. More information here.

The Feast of Sant Joan - 23 & 24th of June
Barcelona

The Feast of Sant Joan, celebrated on the night of June 23rd to the 24th, marks the beginning of summer and the Summer Solstice. As one of the most important Catalan festivals, it features citywide fireworks to honor the sun, symbolizing fertility and wealth.

Families and friends organize festive celebrations, known as "Revetlles", on their home terraces, gardens and balconies. For people who don't have a balcony or terrace, Catalonia's beaches are the perfect place to gather. Remember to bring your own picnicking essentials to enjoy the festivities! (Warning: in recent years the Barcelona beaches have turned into a big party, which we do not recommend for families with small children.) Want to find out more? - Click here!

 

FESTIVALS

A B C G I L P S ALL
Art Nou - Summer
Barcelona

Art Nou is an annual contemporary art festival held in Barcelona that focuses on promoting emerging artists and new artistic talents. The festival typically takes place over several weeks in the summer and features a variety of exhibitions, performances, workshops, and guided tours across numerous galleries, cultural institutions, and alternative spaces in the city. Art Nou provides a platform for young artists to showcase their work and fosters a dynamic environment for artistic exchange and innovation. By highlighting fresh perspectives and experimental art practices, the festival aims to engage a broad audience and contribute to the vibrant cultural scene of Barcelona. Learn more here.

Barcelona Design Week - June
Barcelona

Barcelona Design Week is a prestigious annual event held in June that celebrates design and creativity. Organized by the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD), the week-long festival brings together designers, professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world to engage in a vibrant program of activities. These include exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and networking sessions, covering a wide range of design disciplines such as graphic design, industrial design, architecture, and fashion. BDW serves as a platform for innovation, showcasing cutting-edge projects and fostering collaboration among the global design community. Lean more here.

Barcelona International Jazz Festival
Barcelona

Barcelona's Jazz Festival is a prestigious annual event held from October to December. Established in 1966, the festival has grown into one of Europe's most significant jazz events, attracting renowned artists and emerging talents from around the globe. The festival features an eclectic mix of performances, ranging from traditional jazz to contemporary and experimental styles, hosted in various venues across the city, including concert halls, clubs, and outdoor spaces. In addition to concerts, the festival offers workshops, masterclasses, and jam sessions, providing opportunities for both musicians and fans to deepen their appreciation of jazz. Learn more here.

Carnival - February
Barcelona & Sitges

While Barcelona's Carnival celebrations may not be as renowned as Rio de Janeiro's, they still offer a lively and colorful experience! Carnival in Barcelona is held in February, including parades and many street celebrations. The festivities often feature traditional music and dance performances. The streets are crowded with people dressed in bright costumes, dancing to music, and enjoying the festivities. For a much larger carnival celebration, visit the coastal town of Sitges. It's a short drive or train ride from Barcelona. You can expect to see elaborate costumes, drag queens, lively music, and extravagant parades! To find out more about Carnival - click here! 

 

Grec Festival
Barcelona

The Grec Festival is an esteemed annual arts festival held in Barcelona each July, showcasing a diverse array of performances in theatre, dance, music, and circus. Named after its central venue, the Teatre Grec, an open-air theatre on Montjuïc, the festival brings both local and international artists to the city. The Grec Festival transforms Barcelona into a cultural hub, offering an eclectic mix of traditional and avant-garde performances, and creating a vibrant atmosphere that celebrates creativity and artistic expression. It is a cornerstone of Barcelona’s summer cultural calendar, attracting audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more.

In-edit Film Festival - November
Barcelona

Barcelona has hosted the In-edit film festival for more than 20 years. It brings together international filmmakers and music fans every October. Live performances and a range of music documentaries are exhibited at the festival. In-edit looks for the best documentaries that celebrate cultural variety, both locally and internationally. In-edit has grown to be an established event on Barcelona's cultural calendar. Check out the calendar and plans for this year's In-Edit Film Festival here!

 

Llum BCN - February
Poblenou, Barcelona

Llum BCN is an annual light festival that illuminates the Poblenou district of Barcelona every February. Transforming the urban landscape into a dazzling canvas of light and color, the festival showcases innovative light installations and projections by both local and international artists. These displays turn streets, buildings, and public spaces into immersive experiences, exploring the intersection of art, technology, and urban design. Llum BCN not only highlights the city's commitment to contemporary art but also invites residents and visitors alike to see Barcelona in a new light. Learn more here.

Palo Market Fest - Once a Month
Poble Nou, Barcelona

Palo Market Fest is a mix of a fashion, music and cuisine. It takes place in Barcelona's Poble Nou district once a month. Tickets are only 5 euros, and entry is free for children under 12. The market hosts a variety of local designers and artists selling their beautiful creations, as well as a wide range of food trucks serving international food. (Lady Dumpling is highly recommended). Want to find out more? - Click here!

 

Primavera Sound - End of May
Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Primavera Sound is a renowned annual music festival held in Barcelona, typically in late May or early June. Known for its eclectic lineup, the festival features a diverse mix of genres, including indie, rock, pop, electronic, and hip-hop, attracting music lovers from around the world. Set against the backdrop of the Parc del Fòrum, Primavera Sound offers a vibrant atmosphere with multiple stages, food vendors, and cultural activities, making it one of the most anticipated music events in Europe. For more information about the upcoming edition - Click here!

Sitges Film Festival - October
Sitges

Are you a horror fan and love the beach? The Sitges Film Festival is the place for you! The Festival started in 1968, originally as the international week of fantasy and horror movies. The festival specializes in the fantasy genre, it is an essential rendezvous for film lovers and people eager to come into contact with new technologies applied to horror and fantastic film. During the breaks or after watching the movies you can enjoy a walk along the beautiful Sitges beaches. Want to find out more? - Click here! 

Sónar Festival -June
Barcelona

Sónar Festival is a world-renowned event that celebrates electronic and advanced music alongside cutting-edge multimedia art. Established in 1994, the festival is divided into Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, offering a blend of live concerts, DJ sets, audiovisual performances, and interactive installations. Sónar by Day includes music showcases and art exhibitions, while Sónar by Night features energetic performances and dance parties. The festival also hosts Sónar+D, a congress dedicated to creativity, technology, and business, with workshops and talks that explore the intersections of music, art, and technology. Learn more here.

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