Top things to do this weekend in Barcelona

Our editors' selection of the best things to do this weekend in Barcelona that you won't want to miss
fira de Santa Llúcia
Fira de Santa Llúcia
By Time Out Barcelona |
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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.

Top things to do this weekend in Barcelona

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Gran bola de neu
Things to do

The Great Snow Ball: Apolo's Big Christmas Fest

icon-location-pin Sala Apolo, El Poble-sec
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Apolo gets into the Christmas spirit with a big fun-filled day on December 17. Starting at 11am and until midnight you'll find things to do for the whole family, a market featuring local creators with record labels founded in Barcelona and their wares, a record shop, designers, illustrators, and more creative endeavours. This window into the world of emerging talent in the city also includes Apolo's regular programme of the kids' session Escuela de Rock and the monthly party VenTú, as well as special programming in the other halls, La [2] and La (3).

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José Roda
© Festivalet
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Festivalet

icon-location-pin Museu Marítim de Barcelona, El Raval
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It's been 11 years since the first Festivalet, a fair dedicated to Barcelona's independent craftspeople and designers, which for many is already a must-go place to get your hands on original, signature products, plus you can buy straight from the person who made it – without going through any middleman. They've got together some 100 creators from Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Morocco, and this year they're also offering workshops, so you can start making things yourself.

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Vertigo
Music, Classical and opera

'Vertigo' with live orchestra

icon-location-pin Aribau Multicines, Eixample
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Films played with live orchestral accompaniment have never been more popular. And this time around you won't be in an auditorium but at the cinema. The featured film is Alfred Hitchcock's classic 'Vertigo', starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, with a soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann. Performing Herrmann's score are the Orquesta Sinfónica Camera Musicae, directed by Anthony Gabriele. 

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Christina Rosenvinge
© Maria Dias
Music, Pop

CLUB Circuit: Christina Rosenvinge

icon-location-pin Els Pagesos Music Bar, Areas
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Artists who've found success abroad returning home to reconnect with the fanbase that gave them that crucial initial push. This is the premise of Club Circuit, a new project by the Association of Catalonian Concert Halls that seeks to bring music back to Barcelona's most intimate – and culturally relevant – concert spaces. This first edition finishes with three consecutive dates with Christina Rosenvinge, a singer and composer from Madrid. With more than three decades in music, Rosenvinge is performing in small-capacity venues, so you feel the music closer than ever before and completely immerse yourself in her new album, ‘Un hombre rubio’.

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Design Market
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Design Market by FAD

icon-location-pin Disseny Hub Barcelona-Les Glòries, Sant Martí
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If you're a fan of good design, you won't want to miss this new edition of the Design Market. Foment de les Arts i del Disseny (FAD), a not-for-profit association of design professionals and companies, is in charge of selecting the participants, and you'll find loads on offer from all fields of design: decoration and objects for the home, fashion and accessories, contemporary jewellery, crafts, and graphic art. Keep your energy up in the food area and keep the kids entertained in the play space set up especially for them.

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Lost&Found
© Salva López
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Lost&Found Market

icon-location-pin Estació de França,
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One of Barcelona's most fun vintage and second-hand markets is back with a pre-Christmas edition at Estació de França. You'll find all kinds of treasures, from clothes to music, decoration, toys, books, comics and much more, all at feel-good prices. The singularity of the vendors, the aim of creating a space with a festive ambience, and the environmentally responsible awareness make this ten-year-old Barcelona weekend market worth a visit.

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Zoco Bcn
© Zoco Bcn
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Zoco BCN Christmas Market

icon-location-pin Torre Amat,
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Some 30 brands come together in the Zoco BCN Christmas Market at the modernista mansion Torre Amat. You'll find fashion, acceossories, costume jewellery, and decoration, as well as gift ideas for your foodie friends, and other gastronomic delights to try on the spot. Don't forget to say hi to Santa or to collaborate with some of the charitable causes represented at the market as well.

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The Algodonera Market Lab

icon-location-pin Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, Eixample
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The Algodonera Market Lab sets up a new edition on the terrace of the Cotton House Hotel, where you can touch, experiment with and purchase products related to the worlds of textiles, design and flavours.

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Rafael de Luis
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The comic explosion

icon-location-pin Arts Santa Mònica, El Raval
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In a time like now when we're always getting the biggest and the best ever thrown around, at Arts Santa Mónica they're taking the opportunity to follow the evolution of American comics from birth to full bloom, including the influence that American comics have had in Spain. The exhibition 'The comic explosion: Contrasts and influences of the great masters of  North American comic strips (1895-1955)' features some 130 original works on the walls and in showcases, classified in technical contrasts, masters and disciples, and the arrival of the comic explosion in Spain. You can see pieces like an original by the classic American illustrator Matt Clark, who was a big influence for illustrators to come; a rare page from 'Flash Gordon', by Alex Raymond; and three originals of the wonderful 'Little Nemo'.

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Fira de Santa Llúcia
Things to do

Fira de Santa Llúcia

icon-location-pin Avinguda de la Catedral, El Gòtic
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This long-established Christmas fair takes over the square in front of Barcelona’s cathedral for the weeks leading up to the big day, with stalls selling seasonal accessories including mistletoe, tree decorations and small gifts. However, if you want to experience the fair as a local, grab the chance to buy some nativity figures, whether a 'caganer' (a Catalan peasant – or a celebrity, from Rafa Nadal to Donald Trump – who defecates in the corner of the stable) or a character who actually appeared in the original story.

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Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Família
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família

icon-location-pin Plaça de la Sagrada Família, Sagrada Família
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The Christmas Fair at the Sagrada Família has been around since the 1960s and has become one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the Eixample, with about 100 stalls selling gifts and decorations as well as tasty seasonal treats. Not to mention that it adds to the whole seasonal feel by creating a picture-perfect Christmas card around the Sagrada Família itself.

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'El príncipe Baltasar Carlos, a caballo'. © Velázquez. Museu del Prado
Velázquez. Museu del Prado
Art

Velázquez and the Golden Age

icon-location-pin CaixaForum, La Font de la Guatlla
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In this new collaboration between the CaixaForum and the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the spotlight is on Diego Velázquez as one of the top Spanish painters. You can behold works like 'Felipe IV', 'Juan Martínez Montañés', 'Aesop', 'Bufón con libros', 'Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles', 'Mars' and 'Adoration of the Magi', as well as works by other exceptional contemporaries, from Ribera to Zurbarán, and Tiziano to Rubens.

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Hipermerc'art Pol Montserrat
Pol Montserrat
Things to do, Exhibitions

Hipermerc'art

icon-location-pin Galeria Cromo,
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For its 35th edition, the Hipermerc'art moves from the Fàbrica Mortiz to the Galeria Cromo in Gràcia, but the philosophy is the same. You'll find more than 1,000 original works of art – paintings, illustration, sculpture, photography, collage and graphic artworks – from some 30 local artists, among them the likes of Pol Montserrat, Berta Espanyol, Mr. Sis, Alicia Omedes, Jordi Pintó, Javirroyo, Tv Boy and Marta Ballvé. You'll find art for all tastes and budgets, with prices ranging from €49 to €299.

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Arte Bar, Tuscany
© Arte Bar
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Arte Bar: Paint. Drink. Fun!

icon-location-pin Arte Bar, Dreta de l'Eixample
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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, while you enjoy some snacks and drinks. At the end of the night you'll leave with your finished painting and a memorable experience.

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DelicARTessen 17
Art

DelicARTessen 17

icon-location-pin Galeria Esther Montoriol, Eixample
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This 17th edition of DelicARTessen, the most popular exhibition at the Esther Monturiol gallery. It's a select collection of small-format art you can appreciate (and some to buy). The exhibition features than 400 works including drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography by 90 artists. And thanks to the generosity and collaboration of all the artists, you might just find a piece or two you want to take home with you. These pieces are on sale for €100 each, and only during the exhibition.

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