Barcelona Travel Guide


Public Holidays

May 1 - Labour Day
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Sep 11 - Catalan National Day
Aug 15 - Feast of the Assumption
Mar/Apr - Good Friday
Jan 6 - Reis (Epiphany or Three Kings Day)
Mar/Apr - Easter Monday
Jun 24 - Feast of St John the Baptist
May/Jun - Whit Monday
Oct 12 - Spanish National Day
Sep 24 - Festes de la Mercè
Dec 6 - Constitution Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day or St Stephen's Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Annual Events


Dia de Reyes (Three Kings Day) – January 6th, gift giving festival with firework displays
Festes dels Tres Tombs – January 17th, part of the district festival of Sant Antoni Abat


Feast of Santa Eulàlia – parades of 'gigantes' (medieval dances)


Carnival – this carnival is held at the beginning of Lenten season and there are also a series of religious festivals


Feast of Sant Jordi (Diada de San Jordi)– April 23rd, book stalls are set up and flowers are exchanged by couples
Feast of Virgin of Montserrat – choir singing and 'sardana' dancing


Corpus Christi – carpets of flowers, processions and a 'dancing egg' is balanced on the cathedral's fountain
Dia de Sant Ponc – a herb fair in Carrer de l'Hospital, with fresh herbs, flowers, cakes, sweets and aromatic oils


Feast of Sant Joan – June 23rd to 24th – with fireworks and general feasting
Grec Festival – end of June / beginning of July, this is a festival of theatre and music of all descriptions
Sonar – celebration of electronic music (claimed to be Europe's biggest event of this kind)
Gay and Lesbian Festival – around June 28th, this festival features a parade starting at the Placa de l'Universat on the Saturday evening


Gaude Home - popular men's fashion show


Assumption Festa Major – August 15th to 21st, celebrations and local parties in the streets of Gracia during the week leading up to Assumption


La Diada – Catalan national day with many demonstrations and much flag waving
Mare de Dèu de la Mercé (Our Lady of Mercy)– week of celebrations to in honour of Barcelona's patron
BAM – around September 24th, free musical performances for the Feste de Mercé, taking place in the squares, city centre and waterfront


Textile Exhibition – mid October
Festival de Tardor – October to November, classical and contemporary theatre, music, dance, cabaret and exhibitions


Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona – lasting for about a week and many large venues in the city, this jazz festival features many international jazz musicians


Christmas Fairs – many fairs and Christmas markets selling figurines and festive goods outside the cathedral and at Sagrada Familia
Swimming cup - December 25th, annual Christmas swimming cup where people dive into the icy waters of the port
New Year's Eve – general festivities and parties throughout Barcelona

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