What to See in Barcelona this Summer

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!

Views of Barcelona

Views of Barcelona, Torre Agbar, Las Ramblas and from Tibidabo to the beach

Barcelona Music Festivals

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.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beachfront Musicians

Traditional Celebrations – Nit de Sant Joan
Barcelonians love to party, so almost every week there’s some reason to start a procession and play some music.
The Nit de Sant Joan (or Feast of Sant John) is the biggest and loudest festival of the year, where Catalans celebrate midsummer (on 23rd June) with lots of fireworks and revelry. There are parties all over town but head down to the beach in Barcelonetta for some serious partying – 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.
Gracia Festival

La Festa Major de Gracia Festival

Barcelona Block Party
Each Barcelona Barrio (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. Prepare for lots of dancing in the streets!

Barcelona’s MACBA

Barcelona Art Shows

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’.


MNAC – The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

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!

Equity Point Centric Hostel

Equity Point Centric Hostel

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