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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.

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Eat Street April 2015

  • Free

The magazine 'BCN Mes' first organised Eat Street a year ago. The Street Food International festival was set up to show that Barcelona could do quality street food. Past editions have been held at CREC in Poble-sec and the Fundació Palo Alto in Poblenou. This time around you'll head to the Moll de Santa Bertrà in the Port de Barcelona. From noon until 1am (yes, one in the morning), the wharf area will become an attractive space where loads of local and international chefs will be cooking up a variety of dishes from around the world, and serving beers, wines, and many other delicacies to fill your stomach with quality, affordable food.

  1. Port de Barcelona Port de Barcelona
  2. Sat Apr 18
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Holi Barcelona 2015

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Barcelona once again welcomes Holi, one of the biggest celebrations on the Hindu calendar, which is also called the festival of colours and the festival of love, as it crosses class, caste and origin. It's made its way to other parts of the world, including Barcelona, and has become a joyful celebration for everyone. Armed with water guns and balloons filled with coloured water as well coloured dry powder, kids and grannies and everyone in between joins in the colour wars. It's also a celebration of spring, so everyone head to the Cerillas sculpture (the one of the giant matchbook) in Vall d'Hebron from 11am to 6pm to get a blast of colour.

  1. Avinguda del Cardenal Vidal i Barraquer Avinguda del Cardenal Vidal i Barraquer, 08035
  2. Sun Apr 12
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Palo Alto Market

This weekend the popular Palo Alto Market is back with its usual selection of goods for sale including clothes, design, vintage trinkets and restored furniture, as well as loads of new stuff. Don't forget there are also food stalls, cooking demos and workshops, and small exhibitors selling local and organic products. There will also be workshops for kids, art exhibitions and music.

  1. Palo Alto Pellaires, 30, 08019
  2. Sat Apr 4 - Sun Apr 5
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Open Doors at the Museu de Cultures del Món

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The Museum of World Cultures serves as a platform of preservation, dissemination and social outreach of artistic heritage and knowledge of cultures from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, all within the frame of Barcelona's heritage and culture made of the buildings that house the museum: the medieval-origin Nadal and Marquès de Llió noble houses in C/Montcada. The formerly private collection that has never been shown to the public represents a big part of the 20-year bailment loan to Barcelona City Council of nearly 2,400 works from the Folch Foundation – of which 529 are on display. There are works from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania also supplemented by works from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and important pieces from private collections in Catalonia such as from the Clos Archaeological Foundation and the Duran Vall-llosera Archaeological Collection. Pieces from the Museum of Archeology & Anthropology of Cambridge will also be shown. Apart from the original works, the permanent exhibition is strengthened with a set of interactive and audiovisual museum resources based on the collections of images, films and documentaries from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Folch Foundation, which gives insight into different aspects of cultures and landscapes in the rooms.

  1. Museu de Cultures del Món Montcada, 14, 08003
  2. Thu Apr 2 - Tue Apr 7
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1 day 1 photo. 31 photographers, 365 days, Catalonia 2014

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Let's break down the numbers: 365 photographs because there are 365 days in a year, 31 photographers because there are a maximum of 31 days in a month, and 2014 because it was an important year in the history of Catalonia. Each photographer had a specific day assigned to him or her in each of the 12 months of the year – the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd... until the 31st.

  1. Arts Santa Mònica La Rambla, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08001
  2. Thu Apr 2 - Sun Apr 12
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barSWINGona 2015

It's that time of year again when Barcelona becomes the swing capital with the 18th edition of the Barcelona Swing Festival. From Wednesday April 1 to Monday April 6, the Casino l'Aliança morphs into a temple for the rebels of swing and opens its doors to visitors from around the globe who will make the pilgrimage to get classes from internationally renowned instructors in a giant party filled with exhibitions where lindy hoppers dressed in 1930s and 1940s swing fashion will dance with energy and swing rhythm.

  1. Casino de l'Aliança del Poblenou Rambla del Poblenou, 42, Sant Martí, 08005
  2. Wed Apr 1 - Mon Apr 6
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Pixar. 25 years of animation

The most adorable animated characters in recent years all get together at the CaixaForum to commemorate Pixar's 25th anniversary. After touring great museums around the world, including the MoMa in New York, this exhibition touches down in Barcelona with a look at the feature and short films made in the Pixar studios, getting to know the characters deeper as well as the worlds created for them.   Since the premiere of 'Toy Story' (1995), the first feature film created entirely with digital animation effects, Pixar has garnered success not only among filmgoers but also with critics who have recognised the savoir faire of the team with 26 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes. Storyboards, layouts, hand drawings and much more await visitors big and small.

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Thu Apr 2 - Sun May 3
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