Things to Do

Essential museums, monuments, walks, talks and tours in Barcelona



Upcoming festivals and major events

It's not just about Sónar and Primavera Sound. For an unforgettable year of music, art and cultural experiences, follow Time Out's guide to festivals and events. The coming months promise an endless array of events showcasing the best in Catalan and international culture - from hip hop and documentary filmmaking to religious and traditional celebrations. Plan your year here.


This week and beyond

Renova la Roba clothing exchange

  • Free

From November 10 to 30 there are 25 clothing exchange points set up around Barcelona. Clothing exchanges allow us to reuse, share and consume responsibly. The initiative is sponsored by local organisations, associations and municipal facilities with the support of the Ajuntament city government. Remember, clothing should be clean, with no holes, stains or other damage. Check the Ajuntament website for the exchange point nearest you.

  1. Various venues
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Nov 30
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World Press Photo 14

The 10th edition of the World Press Photo international exhibition, organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, sets up once again in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) with the 130 photos that have won this prestigious international photojournalism award. This year, the selection includes four winners from Barcelona: Pau Barrena, 3rd prize for singles in the category of Observed Portraits; and the team of David Airob, David Ramos and José Bautista, who won third prize in the category of Short Feature in the Multimedia section of the contest. This edition of the contest featured 5,754 photographs, of which 254 came from Spanish photographers, and included the participation of 123 different nationalities.

  1. CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Dec 7
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Vermut with Maria Rodés

Maria Rodés is one of the most prolific and risk-taking singer-songwriters in Catalunya. She sings copla, pop and rock – and all with a very personal style. She's the star of an exclusive vermouth-hour concert at El Mirador del Palau restaurant, organised by signature caterers Singularis. And it's free! You'll also be treated to an Espinaler vermouth and some Lay's Artesanas crisps – the perfect snack on a matchless Sunday morning. And if you're hungry for more, take the opportunity to have lunch at El Mirador del Palau. The restaurant in this jewel of modernism offers a regular menu, as well as tasting and express menus – which are great for intermissions during concerts – using local products to create dishes with loads of personality. For example, the kid with rosemary confit plus aubergine caviar and yogurt. Good cuisine that's more affordable than you might think.

  1. El Mirador del Palau Palau de la Música, 4-6
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Sing-Along: Moulin Rouge

It's the second of the sing-along sessions brought to you by La Tropa Produce and on at Aribau Multicines, all in their original language and with Spanish subtitles. This time around it's Moulin Roughe, the monument to kitsch cinema from Baz Luhrman and starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor that reinvented the musical with an in-your-face whirlwind of images that blend anachronistically with the dialogues of the tormented romantic leads in a glamorous Paris made of plasterboard in the late-19th century with new versions of famous pop and rock songs.

  1. Aribau Multicines Aribau, 8-10, Eixample, 08011
  2. Sat Nov 22
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On the garage

  • Free

Location-dubious preposition aside, this market comes out of the idea of the American garage sale, yard sale, stoop sale, jumble sale or whatever they called it in your neighbourhood. Whether you're moving house, looking for an affordable gift, or just passing by and in the mood for a gander, stop by to check out second-hand clothes, accessories, household goods and furniture. Word has it nothing's sold for more than €1!

  1. L'Ovella Negra Zamora, 78, Sant Martí
  2. Sat Nov 22 - Sun Nov 23
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On the Table. Ai Weiwei

  • Free

This exhibition has been designed by Ai Weiwei himself especially for the Virreina Centre de la Imatge as a way to get to know the body of work in the artist's long career, from his beginnings in New York in the 1980s until today, making him the most well-known and influential dissident Chinese artist in the world. An activist and a celebrity, Weiwei's work merges with his militancy in denouncing the lack of freedom in China, while at the same time appearing at major events and in contemporary art collections. The exhibition explores strategies of approach and intervention on reality through images. From an artistic practice that includes photography and documentary film, sculpture, design and architecture, Ai Weiwei's images are operations that transcend formats and disciplines, infiltrating and circulating through social networks and related areas of popular culture. In addition to several key works to get you deeper into the artist's oeuvre, La Virreina will also present previously unseen works, new productions and an installation conceived by Ai Weiwei specifically for this show.

  1. Virreina Centre de la Imatge La Rambla, 99, El Raval, 08001
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Feb 1
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Gènesi. Sebastião Salgado

  • Rated as: 3/5

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado presents 'Genesis', a work carried out over eight years of exploring the origins of the world. On a trip to Minas Gerais, to his native Brazil, Salgado was reunited with the deforested land and, along with his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, decided to restore the rich ecosystem of the farm where he had grown up. This experience was also the start of a series of over 200 black-and-white photographs devoted to landscapes and civilisations that have remained intact and untouched. 'Forty-six percent of the planet is like the day of "Genesis",' says the photographer. 'When I was travelling – on foot, by boat, by plane or balloon – I was also shooting volcanoes, icebergs, deserts and jungles, and I could see that there was a world that hadn't changed over the millennia.' Antarctica; the Falklands; the sanctuaries in Indonesia, Africa and the Kalahari Desert; the landscapes of Alask;a and the Colorado mesa... Salgado takes viewers to vast, remote and silent regions where nature still reigns majestic and fragile, and he pays tribute to 'the splendor of nature'.

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Feb 8
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