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. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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We love cats market

  • Free

Third edition of the 'We Love Cats Market, a craft show perfect for fans of all things hand made who are also cat lovers. This charity market raises money for homeless felines, either because they have been born wild or abandoned by their owners, who deserve a second chance. 

  1. Blesa, 27, Poble-sec, 08004
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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World Press Photo 14

The 10th edition of the World Press Photo international exhibition, organised 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. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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Mr. Brainwash

  • Free

Born in France but now living in LA, artist Thierry Guetta (Paris, 1966) – who goes under the moniker of Mr Brainwash – is today a global name in urban art. Since his early days in LA in 2006, Mr Brainwash has shown his work in cities such as New York, Miami, Toronto, LA, London and Cape Town, collaborated with Madonna and Seth McFarlane, and starred in a documentary directed by urban art icon, Banksy. 3 Punts Galeria is showcasing a selection of his most emblematic works for the first time in Spain, amongst which you'll find unique pieces on material, cardboard and paper, in small, medium and large formats. In addition, there is a series of small-sized works specially created for this exhibition, as well as a sculpture focusing on one of the city's most-loved and much-missed symbols, the albino gorilla Floquet de Neu (Snowflake).

  1. Galeria 3 Punts Enric Granados, 21, Eixample, 08007
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Jan 17
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Night of Texas terror: The Cabin in the Woods + The Texas Chainsaw Massacre + You're Next + The Evil Dead + Surprise film

Ten-hour marathon of Texas terror with the showing of five films that will let you spend an entire night watching five horror classics. Screams with mix with humour at the first screening of the night, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (8pm), which mixes up and plays with the genre’s rulebook to mess with the audience’s heads, while the hand of co-writer Joss Whedon is evident in its ironic tone; things get more serious with Tobe Hooper’s iconic ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (10pm) and Leatherface’s mechanical saw; the macabre games in the terror-comedy ‘You’re Next’ (midnight) are following by another classic, ‘The Evil Dead’ (2am), Sam Raimi’s first full-length feature. If you’re feeling brave enough, stay in your seat for the surprise screening, which will see the marathon viewing end around 4am. All the films are shown in English with Catalan subtitles, and to make the experience even better, Mexican restaurant ‘Sabes una cosa’ is offering a well-priced pre-cinema supper, free Moritz beers will be served throughout the night, and there will be a prize draw thanks to Annexia Shirts, with film-themed t-shirts up for grabs.

  1. Cinemes Texas Bailèn, 205, 08037
  2. Sat Nov 29
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Sing or die

A new, killer version of karaoke comes to Barcelona. Sing or die is the ultimate sing-off. Eight people step into the ring to sing their hearts out in the hope of making it to the grand finale. Whether you have a voice that would do the stage at the Liceu justice or wail like a banshee, all you have to do is prove that it's you who deserves to go through to the next round and not your rivals. It's up to the audience to decide, with a public vote after each round. If you want to take part, send a message to

  1. Gran De Gràcia, 36, Gràcia, 08012
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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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. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Feb 1
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