Music in Barcelona

Primavera Sound

For three days in late May or early June, the Parc del Fòrum becomes the centre stage for a host of international DJs and musicians.
Music in Barcelona


Usually in mid-June, Sónar ( is Barcelona’s massive celebration of electronic music, with DJs, exhibitions, sound labs, record fairs and urban art. Locations change each year.
LGBT in Barcelona

Pride Barcelona

The Barcelona gay-pride festival is a week of celebrations held in late June or early July with a crammed program of culture and concerts, along with the massive gay-pride march on Sunday.
Cultural in Barcelona

Festes de la Mercè

The city’s biggest party involves four days of concerts, dancing, castellers (human-castle builders), a fireworks display synchronised with the Montjuïc fountains, dances of giants on the Saturday, and correfocs – a…
Cultural in Barcelona

Festa Major de Gràcia

Locals compete for the most elaborately decorated street in this popular week-long Gràcia festival ( held around 15 August. The fest also features free outdoor concerts, street fairs and o…
Cultural in Barcelona

Dia de Sant Jordi

This is the day of Catalonia's patron saint (George) and also the Day of the Book: men give women a rose, women give men a book, publishers launch new titles. Though these days, it's common for women to receive rose…
Cultural in Barcelona

La Revetlla de Sant Joan (Verbenas de Sant Joan)

On 23 June locals hit the streets or hold parties at home to celebrate the Revetlla de Sant Joan (St John’s Night), which involves drinking, dancing, bonfires and fireworks (
Cultural in Barcelona

Festes de Santa Eulàlia

Around 12 February this big winter fest ( celebrates Barcelona’s first patron saint with a week of cultural events, including parades of gegants (giants), open-air art installations, theatre, co…
Sports in Barcelona


Runners converge on Barcelona every March to participate in the city’s spring marathon; it usually starts and finishes at Plaça d’Espanya, passing Camp Nou, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Família, Torre Agbar, El Fòrum, Par…
Sports in Barcelona

Barcelona World Race

This non-stop round-the-world sailing race starts and ends in Barcelona and only happens every two years or so. Two-person crews will kick off the next edition in either December 2018 or January 2019.