The Best Things to Do This Week in Barcelona
The beat of a traditional percussion group's drums signals the beginning of the 'correfoc' ('fire run'), whose participants this year will begin their devilish trek from Plaça d'Antoni Maura. Be there for the lighting of the instruments that the devils and beasts carry, such as the 'ceptrots', pitchforks and banners; the Gate of Hell will also be lit, and so the correfoc begins. Revellers and hooligans alike then spread throughout the city setting off firecrackers and generally making a fiery ruckus.
Barcelona welcomes the first edition of Rootsound Fest, a concert series in the city's favourite rock concert hall, Rocksound. As its name implies, the series brings in renowned artists whose sound is all American roots, including Americana, alt country, American rock and country rock. Tonight country and honky tonk take the stage in the form of Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners, who are currently on a tour of Europe. They come bearing gifts from their latest album, 'That's All There Is (and There Ain't No More)' (2018).
Make your way to Plaça Sant Jaume on Sunday 22 for an introduction to the Catalan tradition of human tower building. This is also an important place to be for the groups who participate throughout the day, as this year they're getting together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Castellers de Barcelona. Tower builders from every corner of Barcelona share their passion with festivalgoers and demonstrate that, although the proud Catalan tradition of castellers was born in southern Catalonia, some of its best practitioners today can be found in the capital city. This is an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy that art in its purest form.
Antonio Díaz, better known as the Mago Pop (Pop Magician), is one of the world's biggest illusionists right now. He won the Spanish National Award for Magic and, having enjoyed massive success both in Spain and abroad, he's the new owner of Barcelona's Teatre Victoria. The Catalan magician kicks off this new phase for the theatre bringing to town his latest show, 'Nada es imposible', where he takes audiences on an extraordinary voyage full of surprises, fun and emotion. Be prepared for an adventure of illusions which confirm that when the Mago Pop takes to the stage, nothing is impossible. (In Spanish.)
The gastro festival Born Street Food is back, turning the square Pla de Palau into a space where various chefs bring their cuisine to the people with a culinary offering open to the public, featuring cooking demonstrations, dishes prepared on the spot, and live music all day. Enjoy all that's on the go from the collective Barcelona Born Gourmet, which brings together chefs, restaurateurs and businesses from the Born neighbourhood: paella and rice dishes, artisan cheese, excellent meat selections, pork grilled over a slow fire, Mexican tacos, the Barcelona Confraria de Pescadors (Fisherman's Association) on hand to cook freshly caught fish, and many more.
The 2019-2020 season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu kicks off once again with ballet. Specifically with five performances from a Canadian company featuring artistic director Ivan Cavallari, and live music by the Liceu's house symphony orchestra, conducted by Dina Gilbert. The company dances choreographies inspired by the music of Pergolesi ('Stabat Mater') and Beethoven ('Symphony No. 7').
Tonight as part of Rootsound Fest Texan musician Garrett T. Capps presents his latest album, 'All Right All Night' (2019), where, without removing his cowboy hat, he mixes alt country, rock 'n' soul, and classic country, incorporating pure honky tonk rhythms and almost psychedelic touches.
Mozaika, an association that aims to disseminate Jewish culture in Barcelona, organises the fourth edition of the Jewish Book Festival. Séfer Barcelona is on from September 20 to 22. The aim of the festival is to highlight diversity and plurality, with the intention of fostering debate and exchange. The festival presents round tables on topics of Jewish literature and philosophy, and pays tribute to the writer Amos Oz and the recently deceased poet from the Canary Islands, José Carlos Cataño. Writers, editors, professors, philosophers, translators and historians will discuss both universal and current issues such as exile, belonging, identity, as well as the Jewish footprint in superhero comic books, history and other aspects of Jewish themes in literature.
Nadia Rose is one to watch for on the new urban music scene out of London. The rapper from Croydon – and cousin of Stormzy – features on the first day of the BAM music festival in Plaça dels Àngels along with fellow Brit Arlo Parks, with his sound that's somewhere between indie R&B and soft rock. You can also catch Catalan duo Playback Maracas along with Electric Moon Orchestra, mixing electronica, pop and tropical rhythms.
Looking for something different and fun to do in Barcelona? Arte Bar offers no-experience-required painting parties in their studio. Join in on your own and meet new people or bring some friends and do something creative and fun together. Choose which painting you want to create and book your spot. Your instructor will walk you through the painting step-by-step (in English and Spanish), while you enjoy some snacks. At the end of the night you'll leave with your finished painting and a memorable experience.
Find Out What's On This Weekend in Barcelona
Looking for things to do in Barcelona this weekend? We've made our selection of the best happenings to give you a variety of options when deciding how you want to spend your precious free time. Whether it's live music, clubbing, shopping at weekend markets, appreciating art, catching special film screenings, things to do with the kids, seeing live comedy or theatre in English, or whatever else makes you get up and go, we've got something for you to do.