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This weekend in Barcelona

Our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this weekend in Barcelona

Macy Gray

Our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this weekend in Barcelona.

Van Van Moll de Barcelona

Van Van Market is putting on a 'calçot' festival from March 31 to April 2 at the Moll de Barcelona pier in front of the World Trade Center. Calçots are a seasonal Catalan food similar to the leek. Each food truck will offer a dish with the calçot as the star. Van Van is a gastronomic market made up of a convoy of food trucks that offers a wide variety of quality cuisine. It brings food culture out to a public space and intends to provide a gastronomic party for the people. The careful selection of food varies from one edition to the next, depending on what raw materials are in season, and so each Van Van event has its own personality. It also doubles as a travelling exhibition of antique vehicles, with the unique food trucks. There may not be two Van Van events alike, but the aim is always the same: to provide quality street food for you to enjoy.

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Moll de Barcelona , Ciutat Vella Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

The Dog Gones

The Dog Gones are an acoustic duo who play contemporary music based in traditional blues and Americana. Their repertoire includes songs by Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, as well as original material. American musicians Jonathan Glanzberg (guitar and vocals) and Joe Lewis (bass and vocals) have each lived and performed in Barcelona since the early 1990s.

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La Createca , La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample Friday March 31 2017

DNIT: Holly Herndon

American composer, musician, and sound artist Holly Herndon presents 'Platform' (2015), her second album, which is a stimulating technological collage where her voice is subject to multiple cubist and angular fragmented effects and melodies – a delicious challenge she'll discuss and demonstrate with Mat Dryhurst, her collaborator from the beginning and the person in charge of the visual side of her show.

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CaixaForum , La Font de la Guatlla Friday March 31 2017
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Black Lab at Ølgod + MC Benjammin

Here's something local craft beer fanatics don't get to see every day: a homegrown Barcelona brewpub and bar collaboration! Ølgod are pleased to announce they are hosting Black Lab, and they'll be featuring seven craft beers at the event, two of them new releases. Black Lab's brewer, Matt, will be on hand to discuss the new releases. Plus, attention, modern roots music followers! London-born roots reggae MC and singer with Reggae Sound System, Benjammin, will be playing tunes with positive lyrics and good vibrations with a powerful sound quality and fresh vocal work.

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Ølgod , El Raval Friday March 31 2017 - Saturday April 1 2017

Motoh Barcelona

From March 30 to April 2, the Fira de Barcelona welcomes the second edition of the Motoh Barcelona fair dedicated to the world of two-wheeled motor vehicles and featuring more than 100 participating name brands. You'll get a comprehensive look at everything motorbike, and find a complete programme of activities with training areas and road safety, new bikes you can try out, shows by professionals riders, an exhibition that looks back on models made in Catalonia since the 1920s, and a space for kids where they can try out a motorbike too. Also, don't miss the VI Rally Motoclàssica Barcelona on Saturday April 1, which is an unrban rally featuring bikes made before 1986 that has its starting and finishing point at the Fira de Barcelona as well.

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Fira de Barcelona , Sants - Montjuïc Thursday March 30 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
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Zoco Barcelona Market

Some 20 brands come together for a new edition of Zoco Barcelona, a market where you can find clothing, costume jewellery and other accessories. You'll find small brands of clothes for women, such as Anku, Pititaputurru and La Toscana Closet; turbans from Moodland and bikinis by Alma Carioca; bags from Kippur BCN; necklaces by Ethnos; and more.

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Claustre de Santa Isabel , Sarrià - Sant Gervasi Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Listening Station

Analogue Foundation is a collective that's passionate about the quality of analog sound, as a philosophy as well as a way to create and understand the beauty of sound. One of the events the group promotes is Listening Station, a place to listen to high-fi vinyl records which travels all round the world. From March 25 to 31 it will be set up at Discos Paradiso record shop so anyone who wants to can try it out and enjoy ultra-high-quality sound.To kick off the Analogue Foundation week in Barcelona, the collective is putting on an inauguration party and a talk session on Friday March 24 in ArtTe. The party features a back-to-back session with vinyl records and prestigious DJs Zero and Marc Piñol.

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Discos Paradiso , El Raval Until Friday March 31 2017

Macy Gray

Macy Gray is a Grammy-winning multi-platinum pop artist, but she considers herself a jazz singer. She started her career with jazz bands, and that's the side she's showing off now on her new album, 'Stripped', her ninth studio effort, which she presents tonight at Razzmatazz. The record has got a nocturnal and intimate feel, and highlights include the subtle and intense track 'Annabelle', and the ballad 'The First Time'.

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Razzmatazz , El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou Saturday April 1 2017

BIG: Barcelona Improv Group, Barcelona Horror Story

Enjoy the thrill of a good scare? The sound of things that go ‘eeeeaaarrrggghhh’ in the night? Then prepare yourself for an evening of chilled spines, thumping hearts and goosebumps, as BIG takes improv comedy theatre on a journey into the shadows… with its Barcelona Horror Story. Taking suggestions from the audience, watch with terrified wonder as the BIG performers weave tales of terror that will freeze the blood in your veins. But don’t worry, they’ll leave your funny bones fully intact – after they’ve devoured the meat from them! Come one, come all, for the most joyfully hair-raising improv macabre you'll ever witness!

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Tinta Roja , El Poble-sec Saturday April 1 2017

Sing-Along: Back to the '80s

You might be familiar with the Sing-Along sessions, where you see a musical on the big screen and the songs are in karaoke format so everyone can belt them out together. If you're a fan of musicals, karaoke and the '80s, tonight is your night because the folks at Sing-Along are putting on a session with the greatest hits, if you will, from '80s musicals including 'Fame', 'Footloose' and 'Flashdance'. You'll also delve into unforgettable moments from 'Top Gun', 'An Officer and a Gentleman', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and more.

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Aribau Multicines , Eixample Saturday April 1 2017
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Motoh Barcelona

From March 30 to April 2, the Fira de Barcelona welcomes the second edition of the Motoh Barcelona fair dedicated to the world of two-wheeled motor vehicles and featuring more than 100 participating name brands. You'll get a comprehensive look at everything motorbike, and find a complete programme of activities with training areas and road safety, new bikes you can try out, shows by professionals riders, an exhibition that looks back on models made in Catalonia since the 1920s, and a space for kids where they can try out a motorbike too. Also, don't miss the VI Rally Motoclàssica Barcelona on Saturday April 1, which is an unrban rally featuring bikes made before 1986 that has its starting and finishing point at the Fira de Barcelona as well.

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Fira de Barcelona , Sants - Montjuïc Thursday March 30 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

El Rastro de la Virgen

El Rastro de la Virgen is an open-air second-hand market where you can take part in the tradition of street fairs and snatch up some recycled clothes, vinyl records, books and all kinds of previously owned stuff. Plus, think of how great it'll feel to be part of an alternative consumerism. What more reason do you need to start your Saturday here?

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Carrer de la Verge , Barcelona Saturday April 1 2017

VeggieWorld

VeggieWorld is Europe's biggest and oldest vegan lifestyle fair. Barcelona, which was the first city in the world to be declared 'veg-friendly', hosts VeggieWorld over the first weekend in April. Visitors will find products and innovations from the areas of gastronomy, fashion and cosmetics among some 70 stalls. Documentaries, conferences, showcooking and yoga classes will also be on offer.

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Centre Comercial Las Arenas , La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
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Insurreccions (Uprisings)

This exhibition gathers together some 300 works – paintings, drawings and prints, photos, movies and manuscripts – 90 of which come from Catalan public collections: prints from the French War, posters and photographs from the Spanish Civil War, reports of demonstrations during the Transition, scenes from the Tragic Week, and works and testimonies of the Paris Commune in May 1968, as well as from other places the exhibition will visit – the Mexican Revolution, the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, etc. Everything is divided into five major sections, five moments of revolt: triggering elements (meteorology), gestures (raised arms, mouths mid-shout), words (posters, graffiti), conflicts (strikes, barricades) and desires (hope and continuity). A dissection of the uprising as a phenomenon through iconography.

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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) , Sants - Montjuïc Until Sunday May 21 2017

Lapsus Festival

The Lapsus Festival is back at the CCCB for its fourth edition with a tailor-made format and a selection of the newest material from avant-garde electronic musicians. The festival is commissioned by the Lapsus collective, who present some of the most relevant artists on the national and international underground electronic scene, including Airaboi, Azar, Clip, Luca Lozano, Manta, Sky H1, Steve Hauschildt, Machine Woman, MNLTH, Prisma, and Telefon Tel Aviv. You'll get hours of uninterrupted music in the CCCB's theatre, and if that's not enough for you, this year there's an after-party in the LAUT hall, which is now under artistic direction of the Lapsus collection as well.

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CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona , El Raval Saturday April 1 2017

Van Van Moll de Barcelona

Van Van Market is putting on a 'calçot' festival from March 31 to April 2 at the Moll de Barcelona pier in front of the World Trade Center. Calçots are a seasonal Catalan food similar to the leek. Each food truck will offer a dish with the calçot as the star. Van Van is a gastronomic market made up of a convoy of food trucks that offers a wide variety of quality cuisine. It brings food culture out to a public space and intends to provide a gastronomic party for the people. The careful selection of food varies from one edition to the next, depending on what raw materials are in season, and so each Van Van event has its own personality. It also doubles as a travelling exhibition of antique vehicles, with the unique food trucks. There may not be two Van Van events alike, but the aim is always the same: to provide quality street food for you to enjoy.

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Moll de Barcelona , Ciutat Vella Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
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Zoco Barcelona Market

Some 20 brands come together for a new edition of Zoco Barcelona, a market where you can find clothing, costume jewellery and other accessories. You'll find small brands of clothes for women, such as Anku, Pititaputurru and La Toscana Closet; turbans from Moodland and bikinis by Alma Carioca; bags from Kippur BCN; necklaces by Ethnos; and more.

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Claustre de Santa Isabel , Sarrià - Sant Gervasi Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Pillow Fight BCN

Thought you'd never have the excuse for another pillow fight? Now's your chance to turn the classic domestic duel into a giant outdoor battle in Plaça Catalunya. Grab the biggest, fluffiest pillow you can find and vent out all the stress of the week with whoever you want, whether it's your best friend or your longtime nemesis. The battle has just two rules: No pillows with zips, and no hitting anyone who's unarmed.

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Plaça de Catalunya , Dreta de l'Eixample Sunday April 2 2017

Minimúsica

It's time for the another edition of Minimúsica, the music festival made especially with the little ones in mind. The music part is of course the foundation of the festival, so kids have access to all kinds of music to decide what they like and form their own opinions as well as enjoying all live music has to offer, with stages and volume adjusted with them in mind. Minimúsica is a global festival, so you'll also find plenty of activities related to science, cooking, technology and art as well as a special area for babies and toddlers, and new features like an Experiences Table and the Market Km 0.

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Poble Espanyol , Sants - Montjuïc Sunday April 2 2017

Plant yourself at the Jardí Botànic

Barcelona's Jardí Botànic (Botanic Gardens) celebrates the arrival of spring once again with 'Plànta't al Botànic!' It's an open day with loads of activities – all of them free – including bird banding, cultivating indigenous seeds, group planting of 800 flowers, and a show from the Artristras company.

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Jardí Botànic , Sants - Montjuïc Sunday April 2 2017
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Free! The CCCB opens its lookout point

While you now have to pay to see some of the city's once-free sights like Park Güell or Castell de Montjuïc, many others are now opening their doors and welcoming you in, just stopping short of offering tea and biscuits. The viewpoint at the CCCB is free the first Sunday of every month. Through the glass wall on the fifth floor, you can delight in the spectacular views of Barelona: the sea, the Old City, Montjuïc, and Tibidabo and the Collserola tower.

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Churros con Chocolate: El cortijo (The farmhouse)

April's here and the folks at Churros con Chocolate are feeling downright traditional. Their country farmhouse welcomes you as well as Banana Laser, Chico Malo, Chica B, Boytronique, Polpax, Tatu Vuolteenaho and Xavi Dynamische to entertain you at this big party. As usual, this big gay Apolo Sunday starts early and goes on into the wee hours.

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Sala Apolo , El Poble-sec Sunday April 2 2017

Two Market. Barcelona Second Hand

The second-hand market with the biggest pirate spirit in Barcelona is back. Find the most unusual stuff at great prices – including clothes starting at €1. The philosophy is that reuse is the best way to recycle.  

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L'Ovella Negra , Sant Martí Sunday April 2 2017
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VeggieWorld

VeggieWorld is Europe's biggest and oldest vegan lifestyle fair. Barcelona, which was the first city in the world to be declared 'veg-friendly', hosts VeggieWorld over the first weekend in April. Visitors will find products and innovations from the areas of gastronomy, fashion and cosmetics among some 70 stalls. Documentaries, conferences, showcooking and yoga classes will also be on offer.

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Centre Comercial Las Arenas , La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Zoco Barcelona Market

Some 20 brands come together for a new edition of Zoco Barcelona, a market where you can find clothing, costume jewellery and other accessories. You'll find small brands of clothes for women, such as Anku, Pititaputurru and La Toscana Closet; turbans from Moodland and bikinis by Alma Carioca; bags from Kippur BCN; necklaces by Ethnos; and more.

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Claustre de Santa Isabel , Sarrià - Sant Gervasi Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Van Van Moll de Barcelona

Van Van Market is putting on a 'calçot' festival from March 31 to April 2 at the Moll de Barcelona pier in front of the World Trade Center. Calçots are a seasonal Catalan food similar to the leek. Each food truck will offer a dish with the calçot as the star. Van Van is a gastronomic market made up of a convoy of food trucks that offers a wide variety of quality cuisine. It brings food culture out to a public space and intends to provide a gastronomic party for the people. The careful selection of food varies from one edition to the next, depending on what raw materials are in season, and so each Van Van event has its own personality. It also doubles as a travelling exhibition of antique vehicles, with the unique food trucks. There may not be two Van Van events alike, but the aim is always the same: to provide quality street food for you to enjoy.

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Moll de Barcelona , Ciutat Vella Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
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Picasso. Retrats

I don't know whether to tell you that the face is the window to the soul or its mask, but I still don't know a single painter who has done a portrait of anyone showing only the subject's feet. And if that painter did exist, he'd deserve to be called Picasso. You can see for yourself at the exhibition 'Picasso. Portraits' in the Picasso Museum, via 81 works in oil, charcoal, engravings and sculptures the artist created over 76 years. From the first portraits of his father and aunt in 1896 to those of his children, partners and friends, as well as the group of artists who hung out at Els 4 Gats – Joaquim Mir, Rusiñol, Ramon Pichot; French critics and poets such as Gustave Coquiot, Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob; gallery owners Kahnweiler and Ambroise Vollard; musical geniuses such as Igor Stravinsky and Francis Poulenc; and a repeat subject, his good friend, secretary and factotum of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Jaume Sabartés.

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Museu Picasso , Ciutat Vella Until Sunday June 25 2017
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