Big festivals and major events in Barcelona

Barcelona's yearly calendar has something for everyone, whether you're looking for local Catalan traditions or you're after a couple of the biggest music festivals in Europe, and loads in between

Festa Major de Gràcia

The Catalans’ seemingly endless enthusiasm for festivals and parties means that there’s scarcely a week in the year that doesn’t include at least a couple. The array of religious events and old-fashioned pageants, all of which spotlight what makes Catalonia unique, are supplemented by a wide variety of more modern celebrations.

The Sónar electronica music festival alone attracts upwards of 100,000 people each year, and Primavera Sound's indie rock festival is nearing 200,000 annually. Meanwhile, local cultural celebrations often feature many traditional ingredients: 'castells' (human towers), and 'gegants' (huge papier-mâché/fibreglass giants dressed as princesses, fishermen, sultans and even topless chorus girls), and two unique exercises: the 'correfoc' (fire run) and the 'sardana' folk dance.

Here you'll find a list of public holidays that could help when you're planning your visit to Barcelona, as well as highlights of the big festivals and events that enliven the city throughout the year.

Summer
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Summer

Sónar and Cruïlla, outdoor film fests, Sant Joan and the Gràcia festival, Gay Pride, the performing arts Grec festival...

Autumn
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Autumn

Jazz and hip-hop music festivals, the massive La Mercè celebration, the Sitges and In-Edit film festivals...

Winter
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Winter

Christmas markets, New Year parties and Kings' Day, a noir literature fest, a fashion show, the Mobile World Congress, Carnaval...

Spring
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Spring

The big marathon, the Guitar BCN Festival, and Primavera Sound, Sant Jordi's books and roses, Earth Day, film festivals, Easter week...

Critics' choice
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Critics' choice

We've picked some of our favourite festivals and events on in Barcelona to keep you enjoying the city all year round

Public holidays
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Public holidays

Days when you might find some establishments closed and public transport limited... and celebrations to attend!