Big festivals and major events in Barcelona's surrounding regions: Spring
From the 9th of March to the 4th of May (Esparreguera) / From the 9th of March to the 1st of May (Olesa)
Passion Plays in Esparraguera and Olesa de Montserrat
Catalonia's most emblematic representations of the death and resurrection of Christ. Both towns have a specially designed theatre for this performance and both are absolutely spectacular.
From the 4th to the 6th of April
Pupper Fair in Mollet del Vallès
For a whole weekend the central streets of Mollet fill up with shows performed exclusively by puppet troupes. In the week leading up the the fair, the organizers, Galiot Teatre, visit local schools to promote this scenic artform among the kids and invite them to the fair.
5th of April
Trobada d'Armats de les Comarques Barcelonines (Martorelles)
If seeing a parade by only legion of the Armats is spectacular, imagine what it's like when they all get together. It happens in Martorelles, with the participation of Armats from Mataró, from Manresa, from Sant Vicenç dels Horts, the Centúria Romana from l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, the Estaferms from Badalona and the hosts, the Armats of Martorelles.
From the 5th to the 27th of April
Festimatge Image Festival in Calella
Activities related to photography and cinema during a period of four weeks. Exhibitions and screenings play an important role in this event, which also sees the involvement of local businesses and the awarding of the Trofeu Internacional Torretes for short films.
13th of April
Fira Mercat del Ram in Tordera
This is a mult-sector fair, open to anyone wishing to promote their products or services. 2014 will be the 37th edition of a fair that always attracts big crowds to its 18,000 square metres of exhibition space. There is an extensive programme of entertainment activities to complement the market.
10th and 11 th of May
Catalan Modernism Fair in Terrassa
With the momentum that only a vast heritage can provide, Terrassa seized on the opportunity offered by the turn of the century to dedicate to it the country's top Catalan modernism fair, though Canet and Barcelona's Eixample also stage theirs. For a weekend, the town goes back 100 years in time and many of the residents even dress in period costume.
The nearest Sunday to 18th of May
Sant Isidre Market in Vilanova i la Geltrú
You can buy produce like, fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, cold sausages, olive oil and olives from local farmers and taste dishes like butifarra sausage with tomato-smeared toast.
Fira de l'Ascensió (Granollers)
Celebrating 63 editions, this fair brings together some 160 exhibitors displaying the latest commercial trends in the town's Parc Firal. The event includes tastings and activities like Jugar per jugar, a competition of game creation.
7th and 8th of June
Medieval Fair / Salt Festival (Cardona)
Although of recent creation, the fair actually derives from the June or Pentecost fair, which has been held here since 1947. At the beginning of the millennium, the event, which was hitherto given over to livestock and agriculture, transformed itself into what it is today - a medieval fair with salt (what else could it be here?) as its unifying thread, which commemorates the life and power of feudal Cardona.
From the 14th to the 22nd of June
The Patum in Berga
One of the country's best known festivals, especially after being declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the Unesco. Every Corpus week, Plaça Sant Pere is full of revellers enjoying traditional activities that culminate in els Plens, when fire makes the city look like a scene from hell.
19th of June
Enramades in Sallent
Every Thursday of Corpus Christi since the 8th century, the streets of the fourth largest village in Bages wake up to find themselves decorated with flowers. Over the years the fiesta, which has won cultural awards, has become more secular and you should certainly stop off here to try some cold sausage and to see the giant figures dance.
22nd of June
Corpus Christi in Sitges
The carpets of flowers that neighbours and local associations create for the feast are authentic spectacles of colour. You can also see an exhibition on the national carnation competition.