Big festivals and major events in Barcelona: Summer

All the festivals and big events you need to know to celebrate summer in Barcelona
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By Time Out Barcelona |
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There so much to do in Barcelona during the summer. Sure you've always got fun in the sun along Barcelona's coastline, but you can also revel in huge music festivals such as Sónar and Cruïlla, outdoor film festivals, big local festivals including St John's feast day and the Gràcia neighbourhood's big party. There's also Gay Pride, the CaixaForum Summer Nights series of concerts, the city's huge performance arts Grec festival, and more.

Barcelona: Summer Festivals and Events

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San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival

Where: various venues
When: late July – early Sept
Tel & website: 93 319 17 89/www.masimas.com
This tasteful music festival stretches over the summer months and has gone from concentrating on Latin sounds to providing a little bit of everything. Concerts take place at various venues, including the Palau de la Música Catalana.

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Gandules outdoor film festival

Where: CCCB
When: Aug 7-23, 2018
Tel & website: 93 306 41 00/www.cccb.org
A series of films are screened in the deckchair-strewn patio of the CCCB. It gets extremely crowded, so arrive early for any chance of a seat.

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Circuit Festival

Where: various venues
When: Aug 9-19, 2018
Website: www.circuitfestival.net
The biggest international gay and lesbian event, along with its sister act, Girlie Circuit, is nearly two weeks of parties and music, plus so much more: literary readings, talks, debates, workshops, documentary film festivals and lots of good sporty fun with football tournaments, beach volleyball, fitness courses, longboard outings and even yoga sessions, and lots and lots of people.

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Festa de Sant Roc

Where: various venues around Plaça Nova, Barri Gòtic
When: Aug 14-18, 2018
Tel & website: 010/www.bcn.cat
The Festa de Sant Roc, celebrated every year since 1589, is the Barri Gòtic’s street party. It’s hard to beat for lovers of Catalan traditions: there are parades with the giants and bigheads, 'sardana' dancing and 19th-century street games. The festivities, which centre around the Plaça Nova in front of the Cathedral, conclude with a 'correfoc' (fire run) and fireworks.

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Festa Major de Gràcia

Where: all over Gràcia
When: Aug 15-21, 2018
Tel & website: 93 459 30 80/www.festamajordegracia.cat
The main event at Gràcia’s extravagant Festa Major is its street competition, where residents transform some 25 streets into pirate ships, rainforests and Jurassic landscapes. The festival opens with giants and castles in Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, and climaxes with a 'correfoc' and a 'castell de focs' (castle of fireworks). In between, there are some 600 activities, from concerts to 'sardanes' and bouncy castles.

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Festa Major de Sants

Where: all over Sants
When: last wk in Aug
Tel & website: 93 490 62 14/www.festamajordesants.net
One of the lesser-known neighbourhood festivals, the Festa Major de Sants has a traditional flavour, with floral offerings to images of St Bartholomew at the local church and the market. Major events, such as the 'correfoc' on closing night, can be found in the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial; others are held at Plaça de la Farga, C/Finlàndia, C/Vallespir de Baix, C/Galileu and all around the neighbourhood.

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