Big festivals and major events in Barcelona's surrounding regions: Summer
Every weekend in June, July and August
Ordal Peach Market (Subirats)
The local peaches cultivated in Subirats and Avinyonet del Penedès (Alt Penedès) are one of the highest quality products in the region. You can buy produce directly from the farmers at the peach market in Plaça Subirats in Sant Pau d'Ordal.
End of June/beginning of July
Sea Week or Festival of Sant Pere (Vilanova i la Geltrú)
A sea procession, a competition to see who cooks the best all cremat and a gathering of traditional boats are just some of the events that take place to mark the Feast of Saint Peter. There are also plenty of sea-related leisure activities including fishing competitions, kayak baptisms and motorboat trips, as well as a correfoc firework parade.
4th to 6th of July
Festival of Catalan Legends in Sant Martí de Tous
"Tous is legend", says the slogan, and there are still a handful of tales in circulation here that have been passed down from generation to generation. Since 2010, the history of the Catalan Countries, as they exist in the popular imagination, and, more generally, Catalan language and culture, become the focal point of three mysterious days of celebration. The festival is ideal for children.
From the 11th to the 20th of July
Baronia de Pinós Festival and Medieval Market (Bagà)
The medieval dinner in the courtyard of the Palau de Pinós, to which you must go in period costume, is one of the biggest attractions of this festival and market, in which the whole town is involved and where you can see displays of ancient crafts that have largely disappeared today.
Embassa't (Vallès Indie Festival) (Sabadell)
Indie music fans in the two Vallès counties, and those from further afield, are drawn to this festival, which features consolidated headliners and up and coming talent.
14th of September
Back to 1714. Baroque Festival in Moià
'Come and spend a day like 300 years ago, "is the proposal of Rafael Casanova's homeland, where the family home of the last head councilor of Barcelona, before the city fell to the Bourbon troops in the War of the Spanish Succession, still stands today. Moià's 18th century market hosts a variety of activities based on the figure of Casanova and daily life at that time.
12th of July
Escaldàrium, the fire and water festival (Caldes de Montbui)
This festival is spectacular, featuring the two most important elements of the town of Caldes de Montbui - water and fire. Because Caldes is famous for its waters, but they are waters that emerge from the earth at a temperature of 76 degrees. The action takes place in the Plaça de la Font del Lleó and features 6 fire dances and 3 water dances, with live music and fireworks.
13th of July
Harvest and Threshing Festival (Avià)
The objective of this festival is to pay tribute to the figure of the peasant-farmer and remember the iconic activities of harvesting and threshing. Taking place for the last 25 years in the Era de Santamaria barn building, the events also includes concerts, dances and a crafts fair.
International Music Festival in Cantonigròs
At this event, the star attractions are the choirs, which arrive here from all around the world to compete in five different categories, one of which is for popular dance. After
From the 19th of July to the 16th of August
Classical Music Festival at Castell de Santa Florentina (Canet de Mar)
This 15-year-old festival takes place in the gardens of a magnificent castle reformed by the Catalan modernist architect Domènech i Montaner. This fact, together with the sheer quality of the concerts, makes it a must for classical music fans.
From the 25th to the 29th of July
Festa Major de Les Santes in Mataró
Anxiously awaited by thousands of Mataró residents every year, who know by heart all of the activities of each day, the town's Festa Major is celebrated in honour of its patron saints. Les Santes is a festival with its own liturgy and unchangeable calendar and the main event is always celebrated on the evening of the 25th of July when the streets of the town are taken over by hundreds of young people who dance with giant figures to the rhythms of El Bequetero.
26th and 27th of July
Fisherman's Fair in Roda de Ter
Featuring a number of fishing competitions in the River Ter, along with other activities such as concerts and sardana dancing, and a commercial fair related to fishing.
2nd and 3rd of August
Fira del Càntir in Argentona
Craftsmen from all over the country come together in this town in the Maresme region to display their wares. There are stands offering water pitchers made from traditional ceramics and also more artistic creations and a host of parallel activities including pitcher-lifting competitions and the proclamation and blessing of the best pitcher of the year.
31st of August
International Sheepdog Competition in Casteller de n'Hug
The name practically says it all. When August finishes, shepherds from different areas come to this beautiful town in Berguedà to compete to see who has the best sheepdog. The shepherds dress in traditional clothing and the competition has spawned veritable legends such as the dog Coloma. The winner can go on to take part in other events across Europe.
23rd to 31st of August
Festa Major de Blancs i Blaus (Granollers)
In the capital of the Vallès Oriental they have a unique way of celebrating their festival. Two groups, the whites and the blues, compete to see who is able to party harder . This is the background to dozens of activities for all ages and tastes, and the formula, set up in 1983, is still a success today. One of the two groups claims victory every year and wins the privilege to choose the opening speaker for the following year's celebrations.
29th of August to 2nd of September
Feast of Sant Fèlix and Festa Major in Vilafranca del Penedès
Declared a festival a of national interest, the annual festa major in Vilafranca is one of the most traditional in Catalonia, since it has kept a similar structure since the seventeenth century. The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the 30th of August, when the feast day of Saint Felix turns the capital of the Alt Penedès into the centre of castellers or human tower building in the country.
6th and 7th of September
Grape Harvest Festival (Alella)
Alella is wine country and September is always an important month here. The Grape Harvest Festival is an excuse for residents to get together to promote their local wine and organize activities related to the sector such as visits to wineries, conferences and gastronomic events.
7th and 8th of September
Phylloxera Festival (Sant Sadurní d'Anoia)
Fire and music star in a festival that recalls one of the most difficult chapters in the history of Alt Penedès: the arrival of the phylloxera plague, an insect that destroyed all the vineyards in the late nineteenth century. Young and old alike take part in the various dances and interludes devoted to explaining, step by step, the different episodes in the disaster that the plague brought with it, and how it was overcome.
14th of September
Baroque Festival in Moià, Back to 1714
Moià, birthplace of Rafael Casanova, could be a good place to commemorate the events of the War of the Spanish Succession, even more so in 2014, which sees the three hundredth anniversary of the fall of Barcelona. The festival features theatrical performances, parades and crafts demonstrations.
18th and 21st of September
Live Music Market in Vic
Live music takes over the streets, establishments and squares of Vic for three days, turning it into a showcase for new music and the centre of attention for promoters searching for new and not so new groups. In the evening, the Plaça Major hosts the most popular and well attended concerts.
Altaveu music festival (Sant Boi de Llobregat)
Since its first edition in 1989, this music festival in Sant Boi de Llobregat has featured a variety of musical styles including singer-songwriters, pop rock, jazz, electronic music and flamenco. Prizes are given to promote new artists and groups and to pay tribute to the work of more consolidated names.
Wine Festival Fira del Most de la Ràpita (Santa Margarida i els Monjos)
A wide variety of the wine and cava from the Penedès region is the major attraction of this 40-year-old wine fair. Tastings, tractor gymkhanas and the corremost, a parade of motorless vehicles, complete an extensive program of events linked to the world of wine.