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The Time Out Barcelona hot list

The biggest and best things happening in Barcelona this week

Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

Grec Festival

The 40th annual Grec Festival – from July 1 to 31 – boasts 141 shows and activities, including theatre, dance, live music and circus performances. These are the 13 we're most excited about recommending. On with the show!

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By: Maria Junyent

BIG: Barcelona Improv Group, 2016 Season Finale

It's the BIG season finale! And the Barcelona Improv Group have been building up to this action-packed finale all year. Come and see not one, but two types of improv pushed to the extreme! With one act of slow-building, dramatic and scriptless relationships, and one act of fast-paced laugh-a-minute games, they're packing everything you love about BIG into one finale for the record books. Will they kill off all characters you love, 'Game of Thrones' style, deliver a Disney happy ending, or leave you with a nail-biting cliffhanger? Join them on July 1 to find out!

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Tinta Roja , El Poble-sec Friday July 1 2016

Per amor a L'Hart 2016

Street art festival Per Amor a L'Hart (there's a Catalan pun in there about art in L'Hospitalet, trust us) is now in its 12th year and boasts three days full of dance, theatre and circus performances that will spread over the Rambla Marina and Plaça de Lluís Companys y Jover, where there will be a huge tent with the latest emerging dance and circus trends. A total of 23 groups will pass through Barcelona's neighbouring town (you can get there easily by metro) between June 30 and July 2.

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Rambla Marina / Carretera del Mig , Beyond Barcelona Thursday June 30 2016 - Saturday July 2 2016

Vida 2016

In just its third year, the Vida festival has already become a must on the summer festival calendar for anyone who loves live music and natural surroundings. Enjoy stages in cosy spaces like forests, seaside lighthouses, and even on a fishing boat (where past festival-goers got to see Father John Misty, Lana del Rey and The War on Drugs). The 2016 line-up includes the return of Neil Hannon and his chamber pop band The Divine Comedy, and Crispian Mills and his Kula Shaker; the Americana of Wilco; Australian outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra; the crazy electronic of Nic Offer and his !!! (Chk Chk Chk); Belgians 2ManyDJs; Norwegian project Lindstrøm; Irish folk pop band Villagers; and also from Belgium, Balthazar. Music from Catalonia and the rest of Spain is represented by bands like Manel, Kiko Veneno, Triángulo de amor bizarro, Delorean, Doble Pletina, Niño de Elche, The New Raemon, Nacho Umbert, Joe Crepúsculo, Delorean and Za!, among others

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La Masia d’en Cabanyes , Areas Thursday June 30 2016 - Sunday July 3 2016

080 Barcelona Fashion: Spring-Summer 2017

It's the 18th edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion (aka Barcelona's Fashion Week), where local brands and designers present their lines for the 2017 spring-summer season. Participants include Josep Abril, Miriam Ponsa, Txell Miras, Krizia Robustella and Brain & Beast – experienced creators shooting for the prize of the best collection, and whose designs will walk the catwalk along with names like Edgar Carrascal, Pau Esteve, Rita Row, SSIC AND PAUL, Xavi Grados, and Carlotaoms (competing for Best National Emerging Designer). Among highlights this year is the return to the catwalk of label Antonio Miro, and the participation of fashion editors and critics Lynn Yaeger and Mickey Boardman.

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Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya. INEF , Sants - Montjuïc Until Friday July 1 2016

Palo Alto Market: Midnight Market

Palo Alto Market bids adéu until September with a special edition called Midnight Market. The city's market with the most appearances on the yearly calendar will be open even longer to take advantage of the summer nights. Saturday until 11pm and Sunday until 9pm you can visit every corner of the market to pick up, for example, shoes and bags by Dorotea, menswear from Corvus, bath collections made with organic materials from Pier 43, and timeless and sustainable footwear from De Ubieta. Musical entertainment is brought to you this time by singer and actor Brigitte Emaga, who's bringing her soul band along; Valencian artist Ramirez Exposure, as an acoustic trio; and solo artist Pol Battle, the singer from Ljubliana & the Seawolf. Food and drink won't be at a shortage either, with Asian treats from La Vietnamita, Taiwanese delights from La Ventana, Korean tacos by Queca Finger Food, and gorgeous Indian cuisine from Masala 73, among others.

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Palo Alto , El Poblenou Saturday July 2 2016 - Sunday July 3 2016

That Comedy Show – Open Mic Comedy

That Comedy Show is an open-mic stand-up comedy show in English featuring professional and amateur comedians from all over the world performing every week. Do you have the guts to get on stage and perform to an amazing crowd? If so, give it a try any Thursday night. If you'd rather watch and and laugh from the safety of the audience, sit back and enjoy the line-up, also including guest comedians from Comedy Central and other big international shows.

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Kennedy Irish Sailing Club , La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou Thursday June 30 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016

Mecal Air 2016

For the eighth year in a row, Plaça del Baluarte in Poble Espanyol hosts the Mecal Air short-film festival, where the best shorts from the latest edition of Mecal Pro, the Barcelona International Festival of Short Films and Animation, are shown. The screenings take place every Friday in June, July, August and September, and each session's programme features a specific theme: horror, sex, comedy, romance, etc.

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Poble Espanyol , Sants - Montjuïc Saturday July 2 2016 - Friday September 2 2016

Pride 2016: La Mega Pubilla

As part of the Pride 2016 celebrations, Poblenou queer bar Madame George puts on a drag show of the always wonderful and very Catalan Mega Pubilla who will perform tunes large and small with her own special blend between Núria Feliu and RuPaul. Afterwards, DJ Gorilla will spin indie and new wave tracks, or whatever it takes to get you dancing.

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Madame George Friday July 1 2016

Plus, you won't want to miss...

Time Out wine & food fusion experience

Just 15 km from the city centre of Barcelona are vineyards that face the sea and produce salt- and mineral-infused wines from local grapes. Enjoy this day trip, where you can not only visit these vineyards but also experience an incredible wine pairing with a five-star menu prepared by the principal chef from SlowFood in Barcelona, Gonzalo Martínez. Catalan winemaker Oriol and Martínez will put on a dazzling food and wine show, and guide you on your exploration of wines from Alella and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Various venues Saturday July 30 2016