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A festival that is native only to Spain, the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the three kings and marks a day when Catalans exchange gifts like they do on Christmas day. There is an entire parade where three men dressed as the kings hand out children sweets and indulge in revelry. (Image Credits)
Festa del Tres Tombs
A day dedicated to the saint Antoni of Abat, who was famous for taking care of animals; the day is marked by a cavalcade that goes through the city, led by animals such as donkeys, mules and horses. Here the animals are blessed to ensure that they stay healthy and the farmers get a good harvest.
One of the most fun and entertaining Barcelona events in the year, the Carnival is a must-attend event when in the city. The 7-day long event includes processions, fancy dress parties, masked dances, traditional food tasting and more. The date of the carnival changes annually but it starts on Fat Thursday and ends on Ash Wednesday.
La Gran Luna de Carnaval
The annual carnival that takes place each year before the start of 40 days of lent, this is one of the biggest Barcelona events that take place during the year. It lasts a week and starts from the first typical Fat Thursday, a day of eating and concludes with Ash Wednesday.
The resort town in Ibiza, it is one of the biggest tourist hubs in all of Spain. Santa Eulalia is a place where revelries go on for weeks, if not months!
Barcelona Visual Sound
A festival dedicated to the audio visual community, this is the festival to be if you are really inclined to do something in this line of work. It is not only a festival, but a competition where you can submit videos and win prizes! (Image Credits)
Dia de Sant Jordi
Perhaps the most important of Barcelona festivals, the Dia de Sant Jordi is the highlight of April. It is the day that celebrates the patron saint of Barcelona. On this day the entirety of Las Ramblas turns into a flower stall! The idea is that men should show their appreciation for women through flowers on this day.
The Spanish fiesta culminates on this night, where you can see a spectacular fireworks display and the day is given as a national holiday so people can enjoy a cold cerveza and party at the beach.
A celebration of dance, theatre and music, the Grec festival is aptly named as it takes place in the Greek theatre that was built in 1929. It happens every summer and over the course of over a month and a half, you will get to witness a new performance every single night.
Festa Major del Raval
A three day fiesta! The Festa Major del Raval takes place on the Rambla del Raval, where you can find concerts, flea markets, workshops and more. It prides itself on being incorporative of many cultures, with music and food from various parts of the world being showcased throughout the festival.
A unique festival and among the most anticipated Barcelona upcoming events, the Sala Montjuic takes place in an old castle that transforms into an outdoor cinema for a month! You can have a picnic and enjoy classics and independent cinema that run throughout the day.
Festa Major de Gràcia
A street festival, this one is one of the more extravagant of the Barcelona festivals. 25 streets in the Gracia district turn into mosaics, filled with designs of pirate ships, Jurassic landscapes and more! The festival starts off at Placa de la Vila de Gracia and ends with the castle of fireworks. There are tons of activities in the streets and solves the conundrum of ‘what to do in Barcelona’!
Festa De Sant Roc
The Gothic Quarter’s annual ravelry, this festival is one of the oldest in the city, dating all the way back to 1859! During this time the entire Gothic Quarter comes alive. The festival involves a lot of drinking and celebrating, so if you are in the mood to have fun, this is it! (Image Credits)
Festa de la Merce
A celebration that can be seen throughout the city, Fsta de la Merce or the day of the lady of mercy has been celebrated since the late 19th century. On this day you can see various paper statues and streets filled with parades and activities.
Another one of Barcelona’s experimental music festivals, the LEM is a festival that takes place in the Gracia district of the city. It is a festival where emerging artists play in tandem with established global artists. The festival is in its 24th iteration and is among the most revered Barcelona festivals.
Fira de Llucia
This is more a market than a festival, yet the scale and popularity of the Fira de Llucia makes it an event to look forward to. Starting on 23rd of November of this year, the fair will have multiple stalls, activities and more.
Fira de Sagrada Familia
Held in the Placa de Sagrada Familia, the annual festival has been taking place since the early 1960s and is a traditional Christmas market where you can buy decorations, food and more! It is one of the most notable Barcelona events.
Christmas in Barcelona is a notable one. The whole city gets decked out in lights and you can find a host of activities and events happening in and around the city.
Apart from these events that happen throughout the year, the city also has various other activities that take place in and around Catalonia. La Tomatina, the world famous tomato fight takes place in a city just four hours away from Barcelona. If you are more into sports, the city is home to two giants of Spanish football, FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol. The former happens to be one of the biggest clubs in the world and the talismanic Lionel Messi regularly enchants crowds with his magic. You can catch a football game almost every other weekend and if you are lucky, you can catch a Champions League game on Tuesdays or Wednesdays!
When it comes to Barcelona festivals 2020, there are a plethora of options and you will never need to ask the question ‘What to do in Barcelona’!