The city of Gaudi, the Catalan capital, the city at the Mediterranean Sea, the city of tapas and cava… there are many synonyms for  Barcelona, but did you ever relate it to music, colorful festivals and other events?

During your stay in one of our lovely apartments, you can enjoy many events around the city just as the locals do! Barcelona doesn’t only offer breathtaking architecture and an impressive history, throughout the past years it became more and more the Spanish capital of music events and also its local festivities will surprise you. Read further to find out more about this year’s summer events!

Barcelona summer events

Sonar Barcelona 2015, 22nd edition

When? 18th- 20th June, 2015

Where?

  • Sónar by Day : Fira Montjuïc, Avinguda Rius i Taulet
  • Sónar by Night: Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, Av. Joan Carles I (corner of Botánica)

What? The Barcelona Sonar Festival is one of the most respected electronic music festivals in the world. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by Ricard Robles, Enric Palau, and Sergi Caballero. The festival lasts 3 days and is divided into two parts: Sónar by Day, since 2013 located in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts and DJs, and Sónar by Night, in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, where the most famous names in the current international music scene are staged. Famous artists you can enjoy live are The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, Duran Duran, A$ap Rocky, FKA Twigs, Jamie Jones and many others.

 

More info: Sonar Barcelona

Sant Joan (Midsummer’s Eve)

When? 24th June, 2015

Where?   All over Barcelona

What? Barcelona turns on its lights with a night of fun in which you can find a spectacular program. Every year on the same day the city celebrates the beginning of summer with street celebrations, events, music and fireworks. This “Nit del Foc” is known all over Europe and it is celebrated also in Portugal, Sweden, UK, Finland, Norway and Denmark. In Barcelona the biggest party takes place at the beach with bonfires and music.

Pedralbes festival  

When? June – July, 2015

Where? Palau Reial de Pedralbes

What? Jimi Hendrix said that music doesn´t lie. For him and for all those who believe that music can change things and transform lives, we have made this festival”. These are the words by the founders of the Pedralbes Festival, a new event supported by the Barcelona city council and the Conselleria de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya which this year celebrates only its 2nd birthday. The Festival started under the name “DO”, which in Catalan means having a talent and in English pushes actions. The event lasts 2 months and there will be International names performing. Another reason to visit Barcelona in summer.

How much? Depends on the concert

More info: Pedralbes festival

Les Nits D’Estiu

When? June – September, 2015

Where? Museums all over Barcelona

What? Barcelona boasts many beautiful attractions and buildings, but during summer the city surpises you even more. The famous Gaudì masterpiece “La Pedrera” holds several jazz concerts at the rooftop with the possibility to visit the Espai Gaudí. Moreover, you can enjoy a cocktail party in the other Gaudì’s jewel in Passeig de Grácia, the colourful Casa Battlò. Many other concerts will take place around the city, keep an eye on the official websites of the mayor attractions in Barcelona to find out what they offer in the hot summer nights.

Casa Battlò

Grec Festival

When? 1st - 31st July, 2015

Where? All over Barcelona

What? Here’s one of the most famous cultural events the city offers, the Grec Festival! Not only music and concerts, but also many other events, as theatre, dance, circus and other stage arts, will take place around the Barcelona. The festival lasts one month and this is its 39th edition. Take a look at the official page for news, program and tickets.

More info: Grec Festival

Cruïlla Festival

When? 10th – 12th July, 2015

Where? Parc del Fòrum

What? The Cruïlla Festival is held for the 8th time in the “Parc del Forum” and several concerts will take place during these days. The music ranges from Hip-Hop to Reggae and Rock but you can also enjoy workshops and circus performances.

How much?

  • Friday 10th – 55€ (+ fee)
  • Saturday 11th - 55€ (+ fee)
  • Sunday 12th – 25€ (+ fee)

3-day pass: 90€ + fee

More info: Cruïlla Festival

Trofeu Joan Gamper

When? 3rd August, 2015

Where? Camp Nou

What? The Trofeu Joan Gamper marks the beginning of the new football season. It is a mayor event for the locals. In the past the Trofeu was a four-game tournament but in the last years it has been transformed into one single friendly match.

More info: Trofeu Joan Gamper

Festa Major de Gràcia

When? 15th August, 2015

Where? Gràcia district

What? The 15th of August the famous district Gràcia becomes the meeting point of tourists and local people. The “Festa Major de Gràcia” is the most awaited street festival in the Catalan capital. For one week the streets will be decorated with thousands of colours and street decorations always different from one year to the other. Several events will be held for old and young. Lose yourself around the district’s small streets! Gràcia is waiting for you!

More info: Festa Major de Gràcia

La Mercè Festival

When? 24th - 28th September, 2015

Where? All over Barcelona

What? Every year Barcelona celebrates its patron, La Mercè. This is one of the most important local street festivals and all the streets around Barcelona come alive for 5 days to celebrate the event. Buenos Aires is the guest city of the 2015 Mercè Festival and it means that there will be contemporary street art expositions, modern tango and a taste of Argentina’s music all around Barcelona. You can expect concerts, competitions and the famous “Catalan Wine and Cava Fair” where Catalan wine producers display and offer free tasting sessions. As the tradition wants, the festival will end with an amazing firework in Montjuïc.

More info: La Mercè Festival

Have you ever been to one of those events? Which one would you like to experience?

For more info about Barcelona check out 7 Thinks you didn’t know about Barcelona and our Barcelona Spring events!

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