Big festivals and major events in Barcelona's surrounding regions: Autum

From September to November
Wild Mushroom Market in Cal Rosal (Olvan)

One of Catalonia's oldest markets, open every day of the mushroom season, sometimes until the beginning of December, this market is focussed firmly on wild fungus but also has stalls selling cold sausages, cheese, eggs and honey - all the flavours of the Berguedà region.

Catalam Modernism Festival at Colònia Güell (Santa Coloma de Cervelló)
The recreation of what life was like in this textile colony a century ago is the main attraction at the Festival of Catalan Modernism. Exhibitions, music and a farmers market with fresh local products are other proposals that allow you to travel in time and learn how the factory workers lived a hundred years ago.

Blues Festival in Cerdanyola del Vallès
This is Catalonia's oldest and most prestigious blues festival, having started back in 1988, even though the economic crisis has forced it to be held every two years since 2011. Apart from staging some twenty concerts, the festival makes all of Cerdanyola vibrate with the blues. The close is marked by Barbecue & Blues, a massive family-oriented event.

International Clown Festival in Cornellà

This festival has been held every two years since 18984 with the aim of bringing internationally acclaimed clowns to public attention and show the different registers of performance. This event fills the town's streets, squares, libraries and other public spaces with fun for a whole week.

International Fantasy Film Festival of Catalonia (Sitges)
The best international fantasy films and the most outstanding premieres in other genres are the hallmarks of a festival that brings movie-lovers to Sitges year after year. If you're one of them, you'll have the chance to spot many of the leading actors and actresses of the moment, but film related merchandise and even change into one of the living dead at the Zombie walk, a peculiar parade that takes place in the town every year.

From the 4th to the 31st of October
Ballabisaura, travelling cycle of music and dance (in various towns)
The villages of Bisaura (Montesquiu, Sant Quirze de Besora, Santa Maria de Besora, Sora and Vidrà) take it in turns, one weekend each, to host this cycle of traditional music and dance that also includes regionally related activities. So, as well as concerts, the cycle features workshops and song gatherings.

25th of October
Ratafia Festival in Anoia (Igualada)
What it lacks in tradition it more than makes up for in originality. This fair is dedicated to celebrating the local liquor known as ratafia and its role as a drink and in cooking.

25th and 26th of October
Coca and Mató Fair in Monistrol de Montserrat
With two decades now behind it, Montserrat's gastronomic festival pays tribute to two products: coca, a kind of flat cake or bread, and mató curd cheese, as well as other delicacies such as locally produced chickpeas, wild mushrooms, sweets and plenty more.

25th and 26th of October25
Mushroom and Medicinal Herb Festival (Castellterçol)
Two woodland elements, wild mushrooms and medicinal herbs, come together at this festival, which centres on a fair with a number of different exhibitors and exhibitions. The weekend also sees mushroom tastings and competitions.

1st and 2nd of November
Autumn Festival and Medieval Fair (Sant Esteve de Palautordera)
Coinciding with All Saints Day, Sant Esteve de Palautordera celebrates its Autumn Festival, with a host of different activities, some of which are traditional, such as the bed race and others that are newly created every year. Since 2007, it shares the same dates as the Medieval Fair, where you will find crafts workshops and stalls with all kinds of products.

From the 6th to the 9th of November
Mediterranean Fair in Manresa
With almost 20 editions behind it, this is, in essence, a showcase for the promotion of around a hundred performances inspired by the Catalan cultural tradition, and other Mediterranean cultures, aimed at promoters from around the world. The technical aspects of the fair are complemented by events like the FiraPasseig market and the Taverna gastronomic space.

Xató Festival and National Xató Competition (Vilanova i la Geltrú)

The secret to winning here is to make a the best salad with a sauce consisting of almonds, hazelnuts, peppers, garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, salt and vinegar. You can see how the competing chefs do it and even taste a dish of the salad together with an omelette in a festive atmosphere.

From the 6th to the 8th of December
Medieval Market in Vic
Around the date of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, fans of medieval markets know they have to head for Vic. The city relives its own past and fills up with craftsmen and women, stallholders and innkeepers. The exhibitions and demonstrations, along with the kids' activities on the programme, make this one of the most important and popular medieval markets in the country.

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