Top Things to Do This Weekend in Barcelona
With the arrival of summer comes another season of hot Sunday fun with Brunch -In the Park, a perfect way to end the week with the best electronic music. This festival for the whole family combines DJ sessions and live acts from the world of electronic music with good food, stars on the scene as well as local up-and-comers, design and things to do for kids. This edition brings megastar Fatboy Slim to the main stage as well as 2manydjs DJ set, Edu Imbernon b2b Lee Jo Life and Blanca Rossa. And on the Green Stage you can check out The Glove, Carlo Simula, Zonzo & Josep and Tama Rindo.
Among the highlights of traditional activities during the Gràcia Festival is the Casteller Day. Castellers are human tower builders, and on Saturday August 17, you can watch groups from Reus, Vilafranca, Valls, and the locals from Vila de Gràcia itself. The organisation of Castellers invites everyone to participate by forming part of the 'pinya' (literally 'pineapple'), which is the group of people who huddle together around the castellers to give them support in every sense of the word. You're urged to use caution should you decide to take part.
British soul diva Janine Johnson offers a repertoire dedicated to old-school soul lovers, full of classics – and beyond – of the genre: from Aretha Franklin to Incognito, including Chaka Khan, Jocelyne Brown and many more. A summer night with the most danceable beats of the genre, driven by a voice that has worked with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, George Michael and Ray Davies, among others.
This permanent exhibition that was inaugurated at the CosmoCaixa in July 2019 takes you on a trip through the wonders of science, from the Big Bang to the latest frontiers of knowledge. The exhibition is divided into three sections full of interactive experiences, authentic objects, and reproductions that look so real that you’ll think they’re genuine as well. In ‘Cosmos’, you’ll learn about the evolution of the universe and matter thanks to a fog chamber where you’ll see subatomic particles. The ‘Evolution’ part looks at the first living organisms on Earth and how they managed to survive. And in ‘Frontiers’ you'll find a large dome in the shape of a brain which is mainly dedicated to exploring languages and writing.
Also known as the Festa Major (big neighbourhood street party) of the Barri Gòtic, this is the oldest Festa Major in Barcelona, dating back to 1589. As in the medieval markets of the time, there will be plenty of activities going on over the four days of the party, as well as craft stalls. You'll find things to do for kids, social dances, traditional dances, fire runs ('correfocs') and loads of other goings-on to keep you celebrating.
This celebration of music by and influenced by black artists during the Gràcia Festival is back in Plaça Rovira i Trias with concerts on Saturday August 17. You can check out The Crabtones, a Barcelona band who bring a new reading of classics by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but in the key of soul and funk; Mampön, who reinterpret rhythms of Afrobeat from a psychedelic perspective that's also clearly connected to the most contemporary funk; and The Sick Boys, who mix rock 'n' roll, R&B, blues and swing in their powerful live show.
German duo Booka Shade is an institution of electronic dance music in Europe. They're the biggest name on the Get Physical label, one of the most robust hitmakers of tech-house with digital texture, and many of the duo's hits have torn through underground clubs around the world, from Ibiza to Japan, and all across the USA. Unlike the last time they were at Razzmatazz, when they performed live, this time Booka Shade play DJ, selecting the music they identify with and that moves them. And if they feel like playing 'Mandarine Girl', the place will be heaving.
The Neighbours Association of Travessia de Sant Antoni in Gràcia once again puts on the Travessierus Music Fest during the Gràcia Festival so you can swing by and enjoy a varied programme of good music. Join in with Pianoke d'Evripidis, karaoke with live piano; music with Irish roots from the Shamrock Vagabonds; DJ sessions from Da Fak and Cosita Seria Sistema de Sonido, featuring hip hop, R&B, reggaeton and dancehall; warm sounds from Intana; Afro-Caribbean music from Terroristas del Son; Miqui Puig DJ session; acoustic folk from Halldor Mar; a special Queer Fest with Karmele & Lydia; the duo Oz, Esto No Es Kansas; La Tresca i la Verdesca, geared toward kids and families; Festucs with their reggae, ska, rumba and rock; Orquestrina Trama from the Pyrenees.
The Circuit organisers are experts in summer mega fiestas, and the Papa Main Pool Party is proof of that. It's a refreshing pool party that goes on all from afternoon into the night with the soundtrack provided by internationally renowned DJs like Flavio Zarxa, Lydia Sanz and Enrico Meloni in quite the exclusive space – Go Beach Club – right on the Barcelona seafront.
This exhibition is really two in one: 'The Feminist Vanguard of the '70s'. Works from the Verbund Collection, Vienna' and 'Choreographies of the genre'. The '70s marked a decisive turning point in the feminist movement, and that agitation and the breakthrough art that helped redefine gender roles remain a source of inspiration for modern-day artists. The first exhibition presents 200 works by artists from Europe, North and South America and Asia that help to rewrite the history of art. The second puts the spotlight on current stories, told via some 15 works; feminism has expanded massively over the past 50 years, with the concept of gender as the focus.
Once again, the Sedeta gardens are the place to be to hear some of the best local independent music in a lovely outdoor setting for this 14th edition of the Festigàbal, on August 16 and 17 and during the annual Festa Major de Gràcia neighbourhood festival. Check out Catalan rumba from Arrels De Gràcia, dreamlike and metaphysical songs from Marialluïsa, the indie-pop trio Rombo, local pop from Joan Colomo, pop and garage sounds from Melenas, Power Burkas, guitars and noise from Mourn, and punk and rock from Aliment.
Every year during the Gràcia Festival this popular cycle of folk concerts is organised by the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius and put on in the Plaça del Sol. This year, from August 15 to 21, it's the 15th edition of this week full of roots music, folk dancing, rumba, fanfare, folk fusion and Balkan fusion, performed by established groups and emerging artists, plus you'll get storytellers and family matinees.
Fans of parties in white, you're lucky. In Razzmatzz you'll be able to enjoy an authentic house festival with some of its most popular stars. There will be three stages, six spaces and nine hours of partying. Just add dozens of 'fashion dancers' and fun is guaranteed. Dress in white and get ready to dance like never before!
Legendary street artist El Pez is honoured in the month of August with a celebration of his 20th anniversary in the form of a special show and party at Base Elements Gallery. Plus, Pez is teaming up with Beyond Street Art, who will launch the first-ever augmented reality street art app and will be bringing Pez’s work both in the streets of Barcelona and at the gallery to life.
Artist, filmmaker, photographer and key figure in the new German cinema Ulrike Ottinger brings 'Freak Orlando' (1981), her own version of Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando', to the MACBA's Capella this summer. The film stars a cast of strange characters who bring to mind the outcasts in the film 'Freaks' (1932) by Tod Browning and photographer Diane Arbus. The film is shown in its original German, with subtitles alternating with each showing, between Catalan, Spanish and English.