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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.


This week and beyond

Festival of Chinese Lanterns 2014

The Parc del Fórum hosts the Festival of Chinese Lanterns, a traditional show of giant silk figures lit from the inside like a lantern, which represent typical symbols and motifs of ancient Chinese culture. All the figures – more than 500 large-scale lanterns – boast an original design and are crafted by a score of Chinese artists with painted, non-flammable silk. Lanterns shows have a long tradition in China, where the Festival of Lanterns is just one of their big parties, held during Chinese New Year celebrations as well as the Moon Festival.

  1. Parc del Fòrum Edifici Fòrum, Plaça de Llevant, Sant Martí
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Mon Mar 16
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Eat Street

  • Free

BCN Mes magazine presents another edition of Eat Street, a Street Food International food festival that sets out to show that Barcelona and really do quality street food. You'll find more than 20 chefs and stalls, and in this Christmas edition, collaborators also include FAD and the fair organized by the Disseny Hub, located very close to Eat Street's venue.

  1. Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes
  2. Sun Dec 21
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PlátanoMelón: Tallers eròtics & vermut

  • Free

PlátanoMelón celebrate their launch into the world of sex toys and workshops with an invitation to Erotic Workshops & Vermouth, an event they're organising in Happ Barcelona, a shop just next to the Born Market. It's a weekend of sensuality that's ideal for igniting the Christmas flame whether you take part in their exclusive TupperSex workshops or listen to saucy interviews and readings, all with a glass of vermouth on the house. Live interview subjects include writer Venus O'Hara and comics maestro Kano (who writes for Marvel and DC comics). Also on hand will be blogger Kahlo de Dadanoias reading a selection of her censored posts that come with a lot more bang Check the event's Facebook page for timetables.

  1. Happ Barcelona Comercial, 3, 08003
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Open doors at BCN's new Design Museum

  • Free

After three years in the works the Museu de Disseny, Barcelona's new design museum, finally opens on December 14 to show off all its charms. To celebrate the grand opening, you're invited to take in the whole collection, made up of more than 70,000 pieces, for free until January 31. Visit the space and learn how it is that an everyday object deserves to be a museum piece, how the concept of design has evolved over time, and why Barcelona is one of the world's leading cities in the field.

  1. Museu del Disseny de Barcelona Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018
  2. Sun Dec 14 - Sat Jan 31
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Two Market. Barcelona Second Hand

The second-hand market with the biggest pirate spirit in Barcelona is back. Find the most unusual stuff at great prices. This time around the stars of the market are clothes, especially vintage and those by small designers.

  1. L'Ovella Negra Zamora, 78, Sant Martí
  2. Sun Jan 4
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DesignMarket

  • Free

A hundred designers and brands in the industry are involved in this market organised by ADI-FAD and Mercado Central de Diseño, where you can discover and buy fashion, furniture, decoration, lighting, kitchenware, office goods, textiles, and illustrations and gadgets from the likes of AOO, Dosmiltrece, RS Barcelona, Teixidors, etc. You can get a bite from the food trucks that will be there, and there will also be an exhibition called 'The Wish List', featuring objects designed by architects including Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Alex de Rijke.

  1. Museu del Disseny de Barcelona Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Flea Market

  • Free

The Flea Market is back, taking over Plaça Blaquerna to set up this second-hand market where you can hunt for little treasures among the books, records, clothes, accessories, and a long etcetera.

  1. Carrer Portal de Santa Madrona Portal de Santa Madrona, Raval, 08001
  2. Sun Jan 11
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