La Mercè: Barcelona's big celebration

We unveil the essentials of Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patron saint: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss

© BoulePiromusical de la Mercè

During this year's La Mercè celebrations, you'll thrill with festival essentials such as the 'correfoc' (fire run), 'castells' (human towers), circus acts on Montjuïc, the amazing Piromusical fireworks and music show, and concerts in the BAM festival. This is your guide to all you need to know to get the most out of Barcelona's Festa Major, from September 22 to 25.

La Mercè highlights

Open doors
Things to do

Open doors

Take advantage of the 'open doors' day offered by many museums and some landmark buildings in Barcelona

Opening speech and ceremony
Things to do

Opening speech and ceremony

Opening speech, parade, and dance

Piromusical
Things to do

Piromusical

It wouldn't be a Mediterranean festival without the smell of gunpowder and the sight of sparks

MAC Festival. Parc de la Trinitat
Things to do

MAC Festival. Parc de la Trinitat

Discover Trinidad park, where all kinds of urban art shows will be on for La Mercè

Associate yourself with the festival
Things to do

Associate yourself with the festival

Plaça Catalunya is the heart of the Festa Major for the second edition of this big party of the city's associations

Van Van Market
Things to do

Van Van Market

During La Mercè there's no excuse to go hungry, thanks to the largest Van Van food truck market Barcelona's ever seen

The colours of Earth
Things to do

The colours of Earth

This large-format show projected onto the façade of La Pedrera features music composed exclusively for the occasion

Circus at the Castell de Montjuïc
Things to do

Circus at the Castell de Montjuïc

The Montjuïc Castle space fills with circus artists from near and far

Activities for the whole family at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm
Things to do

Activities for the whole family at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm

In addition to the music events, you'll also find activities for the whole family because the Mercè festival is for everyone

The Palauet Albéniz at La Mercè
Things to do

The Palauet Albéniz at La Mercè

Circus, mime, animation, concerts, games for the whole family...

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More La Mercè events

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Fri 22

BAM: Marika Hackman + Anna Meredith
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BAM: Marika Hackman + Anna Meredith

The stage at Plaça dels Àngels welcomes English singer-songwriter Marika Hackman and composer Anna Meredith from Scotland

BAM: Girlpool + Nilüfer Yanya
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BAM: Girlpool + Nilüfer Yanya

This double bill features Los Angeles duo Girlpool and Nilüfer Yanya, one of the UK's new talents

Rosana + Gossos + Parellop
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Rosana + Gossos + Parellop

Spanish radio station Cadena 100 is behind this triple concert on Avinguda Maria Cristina

BAM: Equiknoxx feat. Shanique Marie + A-Wa + La Dame Blance
Music

BAM: Equiknoxx feat. Shanique Marie + A-Wa + La Dame Blance

Check out Kingston-based project Equiknoxx, three Israeli sisters A-Wa, and Cuba's La Dame Blance

Barcelona Jazz All Stars
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Barcelona Jazz All Stars

The best artists on the Barcelona jazz scene come together in one place for an exceptional experience

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Sat 23

Manel + Txarango + Buhos
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Manel + Txarango + Buhos

The stage at Bogatell beach hosts some of the most successful Catalan bands of recent times

BAM: Hailu Mergia + United Vibrations + Oso Leone + Chassol
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BAM: Hailu Mergia + United Vibrations + Oso Leone + Chassol

Take a musical journey around the world with these artists and bands from Ethiopia, England, Mallorca and France

Muchacho y Los sobrinos + Los Manolos + Ai, Ai, Ai
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Muchacho y Los sobrinos + Los Manolos + Ai, Ai, Ai

This night of music promises to be a nostalgic one for Barcelona natives

Coriolà + Animal + Vuit + Brian Cross + Pepet i Marieta
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Coriolà + Animal + Vuit + Brian Cross + Pepet i Marieta

La Mercè radio concerts carry on on Saturday with Europa FM, which has a night full of party and pop planned

Antonio Carmona + Rosa López + Efecto Pasillo + Màia + Marta Soto + Lydia Torrejón + Lorena Gómez + Atacados
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Antonio Carmona + Rosa López + Efecto Pasillo + Màia + Marta Soto + Lydia Torrejón + Lorena Gómez + Atacados

La Mercè's radio concerts move to the Parc del Fòrum for the night presented by radio station Cadena Dial

The Artichokes Band + Nameless Band
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The Artichokes Band + Nameless Band

The Taller de Músics continues its work with emerging Barcelona musical acts

BAM: Pega Monstro + Sensible Soccers + Gala Drop
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BAM: Pega Monstro + Sensible Soccers + Gala Drop

Three Portuguese bands play at Plaça Joan Coromines on the second day of the BAM festival for the Portugal Alive night

BAM: Bala + Endless Boogie + Fumaça Preta + Rebel Babel Ensemble + Jungle by Night + Idiotape
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BAM: Bala + Endless Boogie + Fumaça Preta + Rebel Babel Ensemble + Jungle by Night + Idiotape

You'll find a wide variety of sounds to get you moving on the second night of BAM on the Rambla del Raval stage

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Sun 24

Mishima + Joan Miquel Oliver + Sopa de Cabra
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Mishima + Joan Miquel Oliver + Sopa de Cabra

This is the second night that sees popular Catalan bands take to Estrella Damm's stage on Bogatell beach

BAM: Bejo + Ray Blk + Nadia Tehran + Miss Red + Acid Arab
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BAM: Bejo + Ray Blk + Nadia Tehran + Miss Red + Acid Arab

Acts from the Canary Islands, the UK via Nigeria, Sweden via Iran, Israel and Paris all heat up the stage in the Rambla del Raval

BAM: JFDR + Samaris + Reykjavíkurdætur + Kiasmos
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BAM: JFDR + Samaris + Reykjavíkurdætur + Kiasmos

Reykjavik is the guest city at this year's Mercè celebrations, and so BAM welcomes Icelandic bands to two stages

Sidonie + Leiva + Bipolar
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Sidonie + Leiva + Bipolar

The musical programme of La Mercè continues with this series of outdoor concerts in Avinguda Maria Cristina

Rosalía & Raül Refree + Petitet i la seva rumba simfònica
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Rosalía & Raül Refree + Petitet i la seva rumba simfònica

Head to the Cathedral for a concert featuring Rosalía and Raül Refree, followed by Petitet and his symphonic rumba

BAM: Kou Keri Kou + Renaldo & Clara + Melange + Joana Gomila + Pau Vallvé + Zulu Zulu + Spiral Stairs
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BAM: Kou Keri Kou + Renaldo & Clara + Melange + Joana Gomila + Pau Vallvé + Zulu Zulu + Spiral Stairs

The Antiga Fàbrica Damm hosts two days full of music mainly featuring groups from the Iberian peninsula

Amparanoia + Family Atlántica + La Vida Bohème
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Amparanoia + Family Atlántica + La Vida Bohème

See two very different bands from Venezuela, and then Spain's Amparo Sánchez, with her project Amparanoia

Port Vell + Els Cremats + Grup Bergantí + Peix Fregit
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Port Vell + Els Cremats + Grup Bergantí + Peix Fregit

Plaça Reial welcomes four different groups from across Catalonia who perform 'havaneres', traditional sea shanties

Piero Pesce & Questioni Meridionali Folk
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Piero Pesce & Questioni Meridionali Folk

Enjoy a range of sounds including music from the band's native Italy mixed with a variety of rhythms from many other places

ESMUC. Teixint Terres + Raw Trio
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ESMUC. Teixint Terres + Raw Trio

Music school ESMUC presents a single concert divided into two parts: see both Raw Trio and Texint Tierres live

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Mon 25

La Casa Azul + Doctor Prats + Tildo Muxart
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La Casa Azul + Doctor Prats + Tildo Muxart

It's time to bid farewell to the Mercè radio concerts with this triple bill programmed by RAC105 and headlined by La Casa Azul

BAM: Crudo Pimiento + Pablo und Destruktion + The Zephyr Bones + Alien Tango + Malandrómeda
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BAM: Crudo Pimiento + Pablo und Destruktion + The Zephyr Bones + Alien Tango + Malandrómeda

BAM comes to a close at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm with a full day and wide variety of live music

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