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. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Nov 30
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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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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. Sun Nov 23
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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. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 7
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¡Que trabaje Rita! presents Miguel Bosé

¡Que Trabaje Rita! are in the big leagues now. They're organising a big party to benefit Fundació Lluita Contra la Sida (Fight Against Aids Foundation), with 20 artists, 7 DJs, burlesque singers and 11 hours of non-stop dancing. And if that weren't enough, they're bringing in Latin Grammy winner Miguel Bosé himself! Solidarity and the hits come together with everyone singing Bosé classics in unison for a good cause.

  1. Sala Apolo Nou de la Rambla, 113, Poble-sec, 08004
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Cosmocaixa celebrates its tenth anniversary

  • Free

Kids who turn 10 this year are in luck. Cosmocaixa also turns ten and wants to celebrate with everyone else who was born in 2004. If you go to Cosmocaixa on Saturday December 22 or Sunday 23 with proof that you have your tenth birthday in 2014, you get in for free to all the activities, you get special birthday gifts, you can participate in exclusive events and enjoy a kids' menu at the restaurant for free. Each ten-year-old also gets four tickets to get their older siblings and/or parents in for free as well, and Cosmocaixa is giving everyone two hours of free parking. If you're worried you'll get there to find everything's gone, be sure to secure your spot by ringing 902 22 30 40. To book in the restaurant, phone 93 253 74 51, and let them know you're coming along to celebrate the ten-year anniversary.

  1. CosmoCaixa Isaac Newton, 26, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
  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, Ai'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'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. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Feb 1
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