Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain. Besides it’s on the list of the six most populous travel destinations in Europe. Barcelona is one of the best places to visit if you are planning to party day and night long. From traditional street parties to parades, music festivals and fireworks there are many things that are worth checking out before planning a trip. To help you organize an unforgettable trip in Barcelona we have prepared a whole list of the coolest Barcelona festivals to take part in. So take a look!
King’s Day in January
In Catalan it’s called ”Dia dels Reis”. The festival is celebrated in Epiphany. During this festival you’ll see a parade of floats moving around the city while throwing bonhomie and boiled sweets at the watching people. Also it is believed that if children write down their wishes and pass their lists to the elves at that night, those will come true.
Holy Week (March, April)
On Palm Sunday you’ll see many people gathered outside the cathedral waiting to get a branch of blessed palm. On Good Friday you can join the crowd in processions from the Església de Sant Agustí.
The So-Called Primavera Sound in May
One of the most exciting festivals that take place in Barcelona is Primavera Sound! This music festival assumes four-day nonstop shows featuring stars like Patti Smith, OMD, The Strokes, Ride, Alt-J, The Black Keys etc. Of course you can also find associated concerts around the city if you’re not a big fan of crowded places.
Sónar Electronic Music Festival in May
Are you a fan of techno and electronic music? Well, how about a fun trade fair at Plaça Espanya and an unforgettable party at L’Hospitalet in the night? That’s just another famous music festival the young strive to take part in!
This is a rich cultural festival that takes place every year. The Grec comes with theatre, music and dance shows from all round the world. All shows are usually presented at Montjuïc.
Festa Major de Gràcia in August
This is the biggest and noisiest festival that you can experience in Spain. The latter lasts for about nine days, and usually the streets are decorated by the citizens during a competition. The best decoration wins the price. Concerts, dance shows and parties take place almost in every corner of the city.
Festes de la Mercè in September
Ok, this is how Catalonias say goodbye to summer. They throw a big party in the center of the city with free concerts and many cultural events. During this festival you can spot castellers-human towers, sardanes-traditional folk dancing, parades of gegants and capgrossos – giants and big heads, and a huge correfoc – ‘fire run’.
Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona inNovember
During this month you can enjoy all kinds of international acts at L’Auditori, Palau de la Música Catalana and the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, as well as shows like Harlem Jazz Club. Jazz festivals are something that you have to experience to evaluate, as words cannot describe how fun they are.