The Spanish party city has plenty of festivals, events and shows taking place in the coming months – here’s what to see and do in Barcelona this summer.
Barcelona Music Festivals
Barcelona has so many music festivals – and lots of them are free! There are many concerts in Ciutadella Park over weekends during summer and on stages around each neighbourhood as they celebrate their fiestas throughout the summer. There are also famous International music festivals and acts such as the famous Primavera Sound Festival (16th-18th June), Sonar Festival 2016 amongst others taking place all summer long.
There are also festivals that take place throughout the summer such as Piknic Electronic (Every Sunday from 28th June to 20th Sep) with different music acts and food. The Grec Festival showcases all the arts but includes more traditional music performances in the open air Greek Theatre on Montjuic.
Traditional Celebrations – Nit de Sant Joan
Midsummer sees the biggest party of the year as locals celebrate the Nit de Sant Joan (or Feast of Saint John). It’s the biggest (and loudest) festival of the year, where Catalans celebrate midsummer on 23rd June with plenty of fireworks and partying on the beach. There are parties all over town but head down to the beach in Barceloneta to join the crowds – the crowd can reach 100,000 people so not for the faint hearted!
The biggest end of summer party is September 15-24th – La Festa de la Merce which celebrates Barcelona’s patron Saint. Be prepared to see street art, dance, costumes, folklore celebrated (people dressed up as dragons and giants) and the throwing of firecrackers, all ending with a huge fireworks display.
Barcelona likes to throw parties all summer long, and each neighbourhood has a week-long summer Street Party – the Festa Major. That means 10 weeks of parties in total by the time each neighbourhood has celebrated! They generally involve castellers (human tower displays), music and dancing in the street and lots of merriment. The most famous is the Les Festes de Gràcia (one week in August) where the streets are decorated with various themes and there is a music stage in the main square. This is a great time to see the locals having fun and enjoy the atmosphere of a street party.
Visit Tibidabo Amusement Park
This 100 year old funfair is at the top of Barcelona’s 512m hill and has amazing views over the city. Tibidabo Amusement Park has a rollercoaster ride and a Sky Walk with incredible views of the city. It’s over 500m above the city and with over 25 rides and concerts in the summer, it’s worth checking out. It opens for the 2016 season March 5th. Find out more here
Barcelona Art Shows
For art fans then don’t miss the summer exhibitions at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and The Weight of Gesture’ exhibit at the CaixaForum, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is showing it’s Punk and contemporary art and 1% exhibitions. The Festival Fotografia Documental Barcelona, (DOCfield16) is also on until 19th July – a celebration of photography in Barcelona and with over 40 free shows – this year’s theme is ‘Europe: Lost in Translation’.
Stay in Equity Point Barcelona
Enjoy Barcelona at one of our three Equity Point Hostels; Equity Point Gothic Hostel, Equity Point Sea Hostel, and Equity Point Centric Hostel. Do you want to be on the beach front in Barceloneta? Or in the Gothic old town or in the centre of Barcelona nearer the shops and areas with cultural interests. Book your bed here
We hope you enjoy your tips on what to see and do in Barcelona this summer!