Barcelona: Spring Festivals and Events
Where: Parc de la Ciutadella and Passeig Lluís Companys
When: Apr 21 & 22, 2018 (2019 dates TBA)
The Fira de la Terra is a two-day eco-festival to celebrate Earth Day (April 22), although it’s normally held on the nearest weekend to the actual day. There are handicrafts, food stalls and performances, along with talks on environmental issues, though most of the activities are aimed at children.
Where: Various venues
When: Apr 26 – May 6, 2018
The Independent Film Festival in Barcelona isn't just about the chance to see films that you otherwise couldn't; it also focuses on the main concerns of contemporary cinema. The festival is also establishing itself as a springboard for Catalan filmmakers who bet their all to make where they call home a bit less small in the world of cinema.
Where: Fòrum area
When: Apr 28 – May 7, 2017 (2018 dates TBA)
A pale imitation of Seville’s grand Feria de Abril, this week-long, sprawling and joyously tacky event is still a whole heap of fun, especially for fans of fried squid and candy floss. The rows of decorated marquees are a sea of polka dots, as young and old twirl on and off the stages, and onlookers glug manzanilla sherry and scarf some of the greasiest food imaginable. It’s great for children, and there’s a funfair.
Where: Palau Sant Jordi
When: Early May (2019 dates TBA)
The International Fair of Organic Products and Responsible Consumption is the most important of its kind in Spain. With hundreds of exhibitors, tens of thousands of attendees, and thousands of organic products, the fair includes products ranging from cosmetics and hygiene with certified ingredients; organic materials; eco-materials, furniture and home decor; renewable energies; therapies and medicines; recycling; environment and ecology; rural tourism; toys; arts; music; books and magazines.
Where: All over Nou Barris
When: Mid-May (2019 dates TBA)
What the humble neighbourhood of Nou Barris lacks in landmark architecture, it makes up for with vim. Along with some great cultural programming, it has a very lively festa major, attracting top-notch local bands, along with the usual parades and street fairs. The Nou Barris flamenco festival runs concomitantly, and also brings in some big names.
Where: all over Barcelona
When: May 10-16, 2018 (2019 dates TBA)
Tel & website: 93 316 10 00/www.bcn.cat/barcelonapoesia
This poetry festival started in 1393 as the courtly Jocs Florals (Floral Games), named after the prizes: a silver violet for third prize; a golden rose as second; and, naturally, a real flower for the winner. The games died out in the 15th century but were resuscitated in 1859 as a vehicle for the promotion of the Catalan language. Prizes went to the most suitably florid paeans to the motherland; these days, Spanish is permitted, as are Basque and Galician. Many languages can be heard at the International Poetry Festival.
When: May 4, 2019
A street market held in honour of the patron saint of beekeepers and herbalists, and ablaze with candied fruit, fresh herbs, natural infusions, honey and honeycomb, most of it straight off the farmer’s cart.
When: May 11 & 12, 2018 (2019 dates TBA)
The Primera Persona Festival is dedicated to writers of literature and music who employ the first person singular and their own experience as raw material for their work. This year the festival is even bigger, with more performances, shows, concerts and monologues than in the two previous editions.
Where: all over Barcelona
When: May 18, 2019 7pm-1am
The European Night of Museums is an initiative promoted by the Council of Europe, with more than 3,000 participating museums. It takes place the night before International Museum Day (see below), a day that brings together more than 30,000 centers worldwide with the aim of raising public awareness about the role of museums in the ongoing transformation of society.