What to see in Barcelona this summer, from live music and festivals, to street parties and fireworks displays.
The catalonian capital; famous for Gaudi architecture, Gothic old town alleyways, food, and football, is a great destination all year round, but if you’re planning a visit to Barcelona this summer then check out these events. If you love to party, then try a fiesta Barcelona style!
Barcelona is a great destination for music lovers with International music festivals and acts, and plenty of live music venues. If you’re here in summer you can catch the famous Primavera Sound festival (28th-30th May), Sonar 2015, and Hard Rock Rising (24th-25th July) amongst others. There are also festivals all summer long, such as Piknic Electronik (Every Sunday from 28th June to 20th Sep) with different music acts. The festival Grec showcases all the arts but includes more traditional music performances in the open air Greek Theatre on Montjuic.
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.
Until Aug 30, Photographer Gabriel Casas has an exhibition at the famous museum Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) of Barcelona life, until 7th June you can see the Moche art from ancient Peru exhibit at the CaixaForum, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is showing it’s Species of Spaces exhibit and Sergi Aguilar’s sculptures. MACBA is also a good spot to check out the skateboarders and break dancers who hang out there. The Festival Fotografia Documental Barcelona, (DOCfield15) is also on until 23rd July – a celebration of photography in Barcelona and with over 40 free shows – this year’s theme is ‘The Heart of Matter’.
Equity Point Barcelona
Barcelona can be very busy in summer but luckily we have three Equity Point Hostels to choose from: Equity Point Gothic Hostel, Equity Point Sea Hostel, and Equity Point Centric Hostel. So all you need to decide is if you want to be on the beach front in Barceloneta, in the old town amidst the Gothic winding streets and architecture, or in the centre of Barcelona nearer the shops and areas with cultural interests. Excited to come to Barcelona? Book your bed here!