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Top things to do this weekend in Barcelona

Our editors' selection of the best events and things to do this weekend in Barcelona that you won't want to miss

Mercat de Mercats
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By Jan Fleischer and Time Out Barcelona editors |
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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.

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Top Things to Do This Weekend in Barcelona

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Survival Zombie
Things to do

Survival Zombie

icon-location-pin Poble Espanyol, Sants - Montjuïc
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Head to Poble Espanyol to try and survive a zombie attack! The living dead await you, and you've got to avoid getting infected while you reach various goals along the way as in an obstacle course. If they get you, though, it's not game over just yet. Instead, you become one of them and, in your zombie phase (you'll blend right in with your new look), your role in the game now changes completely, and you're out to infect everyone else still among the living.

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Mercat de Mercats
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Things to do, Food and drink events

Mercat de Mercats

icon-location-pin Avinguda de la Catedral, El Gòtic
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The big celebration of Barcelona's produce and gastronomy is back from October 18 to 20. This active and open food fair showcases quality, local products from Barcelona's markets. In the tenth edition of this 'Market of Markets', you'll find 14 stalls representing municipal markets from around the city that show off their products. The biggest attraction is Tapas de Mercat, where most of the stalls represent city markets, while the others are from renowned restaurants. This year you can complement the tastings with something sweet from the 'Ten years of desserts' offer.  

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Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil
Photo: Jordi Adria
Theatre, Circuses

Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil

icon-location-pin Parc del Fòrum, Sant Martí
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Barcelona hosts the world premiere of Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil, and will be the only city in Europe where you can see this blockbuster inspired by the Argentinian footballer and by the values of football. This is the first time that Cirque du Soleil has been inspired by a sport legend. The biggest challenge has been to unite two worlds as different as those of circus and football, and the result is a show divided into two 45-minute parts with about 20 numbers showing speed, balance and imbalance, strength, confidence and vision through traditional disciplines of the circus and others that are more innovative, at the request of Messi himself. This is one of the most technological Cirque du Soleil shows ever, both on stage, with two giant screens and robotics, as well as in the locker room, since highly innovative techniques and materials have been used to create the spectacular costumes that have made the Canadian-born circus famous, while at the same time they are extremely comfortable and light for the performers. If you pay a separate entrance fee and get there three hours before the main event, you can participate in the Messi Challenge by La Liga, an interactive experience where you can show off everything you know about Leo Messi and compete for a small part in the show after!

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Music, Pop

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

icon-location-pin Razzmatazz, El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou
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They had a record-breaking year in 2017, releasing five (five!) new albums. Then, a quiet 2018. Now, ridiculously active Australian band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back with their 14th album, ‘Fishing for Fishies’ (2019). The one-of-a-kind band’s sounds, ranging from garage rock to psychedelic and beyond, touch down in Razzmatazz on October 19.

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Boxfish
Photo: L'Aquàrium
Kids, Quirky events

Family activities at L'Aquàrium

icon-location-pin L'Aquàrium, El Gòtic
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Among the more than 450 different species that live in the Barcelona Aquarium are some quite curious speciments, with poisonous stingers, rotating eyes, changing colours, sequential hermaphroditism, and other oddities. To introduce the public to these 'Stranger fish', the Aquarium has organized a programme of family activities every weekend from the end of September to mid-December, including observing rays at feeding time, face painting, and a guided tour around the sea bed to spot some of these amazing creatures.

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Richie Hawtin
Clubs

Sight: Richie Hawtin + Fabio Florido

icon-location-pin Pacha Barcelona, La Barceloneta
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You might know him as one of his aliases, Plastikman, or by his real name, Richie Hawtin. Or maybe you know him thanks to the unannounced performances he's surprised fans with around spaces in Barcelona, like when he wowed audiences at Sónar in 2016. But if you're a fan of electronic music, you definitely know him. His is a unique sound considered by many to be synonymous with the city of Detroit. It's also a very minimal electro house he gives us, that's also very danceable.

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Turandot al Liceu
Music, Classical and opera

Turandot

icon-location-pin Gran Teatre del Liceu, El Raval
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The Gran Teatre del Liceu opens its new operatic season with the same piece that premiered the re-opening of the theatre in 1999 following the fire of 1994. This is a new production that stands out for the staging of Franc Aleu, one of today's great audiovisual creators. The double cast includes impressive voices such as Iréne Theorin, Lise Lindstrom, Jorge de León and Gregory Kunde, among others. Josep Pons is musical director, leading the Liceu's orchestra and choir.

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Palace
Music, Pop

Palace

icon-location-pin Sidecar Factory Club, Ciutat Vella
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Palace, featuring Leo Wyndham, Matt Hodges and Rupert Turner, have been compared with Foals, The Antlers and The Maccabees. If you like the way that sounds, be sure to get to Sidecar in Plaça Reial to check them out as the present their second effort, 'Life After' (2019), with all their evocative guitar sounds.

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'The Quintet of the Astonished' (2000), Bill Viola
Photo: Bill Viola
Art

Bill Viola. Mirrors of the Unseen

icon-location-pin La Pedrera, Dreta de l'Eixample
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Bill Viola is one of the most notable and renowned video artists on the international scene. In his work, Viola addresses universal themes such as birth, death, pain, grief, redemption and the passing of time. This exhibition offers an extensive survey of the career of this artist, who has evolved in tandem with the advances in video technology over the last 40 years. The selection of works includes major pieces from Viola’s early days, such as 'The Reflecting Pool' (1977-1979), to more recent creations, among them 'Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)', commissioned by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and inaugurated in 2014.

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Mr. Scruff
Clubs

Soundeat: Mr.Scruff + Sassy J + Mainline en tu Hogar

icon-location-pin Plaça de Toros Monumental, Eixample
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Your next date with SoundEat is headlined by the UK's Mr. Scruff, champion of the Ninja Tune label and master of sampling; and by Switzerland's Sassy J, who, with two decades of experience at the decks, keeps her sessions as fresh and eclectic as when she started out. Both are big names in the world of collectors across the globe, so now is a good time to discover what they'll get you moving with on the dance floor. You also get a space called 'Mainline in your home', organized by the Barcelona collective Mainline with sessions by local DJs and producers.

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Chernobyl. Zona prohibida
© Alejandro von Popolsky
Art

Chernobyl. Restricted area

icon-location-pin Galería Fotográfica ilmondo, Eixample
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This exhibition by Alejandro von Podolsky, Miquel Àngel Pérez Pérez and Quim Tomás shows their photographic works from their trip to the city of Pripyat, which was one of the most advanced cities in the Soviet era. It was built by employees at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families. In the exhibition you can see what Pripyat is like today, and how nature has come back little by little to the the space where humans once lived. It's just a peek at what a nuclear disaster is capable of and, maybe, it can help us understand our mistakes.

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Damian Lazarus
Clubs

Locked: Damian Lazarus + Gerard Bauza + Pulp

icon-location-pin Input, Sants - Montjuïc
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British artist Damian Lazarus is one of the kings of electronic hype. The founder of Crosstown Rebels is always ready to fill dance floors with his remixes and promos from his label. It's thanks to Lazarus we're enjoying the relaunch of Felix Da Housecat's career. Tonight at Input, Gerard Bauza and Pulp join him.

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Full Moon, Arte Bar
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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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Nits màgiques a la Casa Batlló
© Lucia Meler
Things to do

Magic Nights at Casa Batlló

icon-location-pin Casa Batlló, Dreta de l'Eixample
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Casa Batlló invites you to spend magic summer nights on their Terrat del Drac (Dragon Terrace) enjoying a glass of cava, a snack and live music under the stars. The concert series features artists from a variety of genres, among them jazz, bossa nova, rumba, classical, pop, Spanish guitar, flamenco, and tributes to the likes of Tom Jones and Elvis Presley.

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Feminismes!
Art

Feminisms!

icon-location-pin CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, El Raval
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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.

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Bunquers, Turó de la Rovira
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