Museums with open doors
With exhibits spanning from the Lower Paleolithic era right up to Jordi Pujol's proclamation as President of the Generalitat in 1980, the Catalan History Museum offers a virtual chronology of the region's past. Visit the museum for free from 10am to 2.30pm on September 11.
The time frame for this archaeology collection starts with the Palaeolithic period, and there are relics of Greek, Punic, Roman and Visigothic colonisers, up to the early Middle Ages. Doors are open on La Diada from 10am to 2.30pm.
Stretching from the Plaça del Rei to the cathedral are some 4,000sq m (43,000sq ft) of subterranean Roman excavations – streets, villas and storage vats for oil and wine, all discovered by accident in the late 1920s when a whole swath of the Gothic Quarter was dug up to make way for the central avenue of Via Laietana. Explore as much as you can all day during La Diada, from 10am to 7pm.
Attractions with free entry
Party for Freedom
The Party for Freedom has been organised every year since 2000 by Catalan association Òmnium Cultural to celebrate La Diada on Passeig de Lluís Companys. This year the party is on once again, despite the notable absence of Òmnium's president, Jordi Cuixart, who's been preventatively jailed since October 2017. Starting at 6.30pm, enjoy concerts by Balkan Paradise Orchestra, Zoo, and Macaco. Earlier in the day, from 10am, you'll see a representation of organizations and associations, as well as activities and more musical performances for the whole family.