What to do during a summer evening in Barcelona?
Are you during the summer in Barcelona? Then you do well to avoid the heat during the day, to lay down on the beach and in the evening, when it is slightly cooled, to visit the city! In a city like Barcelona you can do more then only enjoy good sea food and drinks. In this article we tell you how we fill in our own summer evening in Barcelona!
Various open-air cinemas in the city will be open from July. A perfect way to spend a summer evening! Some of the most popular are those at the castle of Montjuïc and on the beach Platja de Sant Sebastià. A special experience that you certainly cannot miss.
Font Màgica in Barcelona
One of the attractions of the Montjuïc mountain is undoubtedly the Font Màgica (or Magic Fountain), a monumental fountain built for the World Exhibition of 1929, where every weekend a free show of music, light, colours and water takes place. This Magic Fountain is one of the top free activities that Barcelona has to offer, and for many the most beautiful fountain of Barcelona and one of the most important and
recognizable symbols of the city.
Shop lovers, on the first of July will start the sale in Spain and so all the shops of Barcelona! Time for the ‘Rebajas’!
During the summer months, numerous festivals and concerts are held in the city. In addition to the music evenings at unique locations, such as the roof terrace of Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, there are fun (beach) festivals and concerts by both national and international artists. During Spring there is the very popular serie of parties called ‘Brunch in the city’, in Poble Español. And this party will change into ‘Brunch in the Park’ from July and from that moment it will be in the green environment of the park at the Montjuïc.
About ‘Brunch in the park’ you can read more later in this article.
Casa Batlló ‘Nits Màgiques’
From June to October the Casa Batlló is open extra-long and you can enjoy a music evening at the roof terrace. A great way to experience the magic of the Casta Batlló.
La Pedrera ‘Nits d’Estiu’
Just like the Casa Batlló, you can also enjoy a unique evening performance with jazz concerts on the roof of the Casa Milà (La Pedrera) from June to September.
Festival Canet Rock
At the beginning of July, the Festival Canet Rock is held on the beach of the village of Canet de Mar. A popular festival for rock, indie and hip-hop enthusiasts with numerous national artists.
Mas i Mas Festival
From July to September the Mas i Mas Festival in Barcelona is organized, with the most diverse concerts (jazz, flamenco, electro …) in no fewer than 6 different concert halls in the city.
Festival Jardins de Pedralbes
In June and July, the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes is held in Barcelona, which collects some of the best artists.
Brunch in the Park
The best planning for a summer Sunday in Barcelona: Brunch in the Park. This summer festival is held every Sunday in the open air and is a nice place to spend the day, with food trucks and picnic areas where you can go with the children. Those days starts at the early afternoon and from 18:00u-19:00u the music get’s louder and it becomes more like a real party.
Música as Parcs
Enjoy Música as Parcs during the summer, a series of free concerts in the parks of Barcelona from June to August. For example in: Parc Ciutadella, Parc de Sant Martí and Jardins de la Mediterrània.
For more information about the entire program, please visit: http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/ecologiaurbana/sites/default/files/Programa-musica-parcs-2018.pdf
Festa del Barri:
In Barcelona there are more than 70 major parties distributed throughout neighbourhoods, although not everyone has it. Sant Antoni inaugurates the calendar of celebrations in Barcelona and Sant Andreu the fence. The Teixonera Festival is one of the longest, lasts four weeks. The month of June is the one that accumulates more, with 22 parties, followed by September, with 16. Here the parties in July:
Greater Festival of the Olympic Village
Date: first fortnight of July
The party: The Olympic Village has been celebrating since 1993, when the houses that had hosted the athletes during the Olympic Games lived with neighbours. So, it is one of the youngest major festivities in the city.
Organizers: Association of Neighbours of the Olympic Village
Date: first fortnight of July
The feast: The first celebration of the festival was held in 1979. Popular culture is very present, especially fire, with the group of the Devils of the Carmel, the Capallà dragon and the Banyetes de Horta.
Organizers: Commission of the Carmel Festival
Festa Major de Vallbona
Date: second week of July
The party: The three days of celebration in Vallbona begin with a parade that invites neighbours to participate. The names of the heir and pubilla of the neighbourhood are made public during the main dance party.
Organizers: Association of Neighbours of Vallbona
Festa Major de la Clota
Date: second week of July
The party: The neighbourhood of La Clota celebrates a three-day party with activities such as correaigua, the disco in the fresh air or the sardinada. Avenida del Marqués de Castellbell is the centre of programming.
Organizers: Asociación de Vecinos de la Clota
Festa Major del Raval
Date: the weekend before the feast of the Virgen del Carmen on July 16
The party: The celebration is in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of the main neighbourhood parish. The Rambla del Raval is one of the main stages of the celebrations that include a castle day or a sample of craftsmen and shopkeepers.
Organizers: Neighbourhood Association of Carrer del Carme
Poble-sec Town Hall
Date: second fortnight of July
The party: The activities are distributed in several neural areas of the neighbourhood, such as the Plaza del Sortidor, the Three Chimneys or the El Molino theatre. The festival is celebrated since the 90’s and has a castle day in the Carrer de Blai.
Organizers: Coordinator of Poble-sec Entities
Torre Baró’s Festa Major
Date: end of July
The party: The program of activities is very diverse. In the streets of the neighbourhood there is a batucada. They also organize popular dinners, fresh movies, a heavy festival and the foam party in the area known as Campillo de la Virgen.
Organizers: Association of Neighbors of Torre Baró
Festa Major de Gracia
One of the highlights of summer in Barcelona are without doubt the Festes de Gràcia in the Vila de Gràcia, which in 2018 are celebrated between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th August.
The week-long festival draws massive crowds and one of the main attractions are the beautifully decorated streets of Gràcia old town, which compete with each other in the prestigious best-dressed street competition.
There is also always plenty to do and see with children, family and cultural events taking place throughout the day and concerts and performances going on until the early hours of the morning.
You can consult the full program on the website: http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/programacio
Flea markets are hip in Barcelona. There are several markets per month, so the choice is really giant! Below you will find an overview of the permanent second hand markets and flea markets of Barcelona:
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm: Mercat dels Encants Vells
Every first Sunday of the month from 10:00 to 19:00: Fleadonia
Every second weekend of the month from 10:00 to 18:00: El Flea
Every third weekend of the month from 11:00 to 20:00: On the Garage
Gastronomic markets are on the rise in Barcelona: food truck festivals, organic markets and gastronomic events fill the agenda of the Barcelonans. Do not miss for example
Every first weekend of the month from 11:00 to 21:00: Palo Alto Market
Every second Saturday of the month from 12:00 to 23:00: Eat Street Barcelona
Every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 16:00: Mercat de la Terra
Once a month between March and November: Van Market