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Barcelona Summer Festival (Grec)

Barcelona’s Summer Festival is one of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit the city. Popularly known as the 'The Grec', the festival offers a great mix of entertainment with musical highlights from previous years including Joss Stone, Brian Wilson, Craig David and Marianne Faithfull. Each year the organisers aim to bring something new and different to the international audiences who attend the festival. Most of the events of the Barcelona Summer Festival of theatre, music and dance are performed at Teatre Grec, a Greek-style amphitheatre on the hill of Montjuic.


(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Teatre Grec and various theatres in Barcelona.
Website: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/grec/en/
Cost:

Various.


Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

The thrilling tennis tournament is held annually at the Real Club de Tennis between some of the world’s best and up-and-coming players. Spain's oldest tennis club provides a brilliant atmosphere for this hotly contested tournament.

Date: 17 April 2021 - 25 April 2021
Venue: Real Club de Tennis.
Website: http://www.barcelonaopenbancosabadell.com

La Diada de Sant Jordi (Lover's Day)

One of the most celebrated events in Barcelona, Dia de Sant Jordi commemorates the death of the city’s patron saint, Sant Jordi (St George). Celebrations are reminiscent of Valentine’s Day but with a twist: Men give women roses while women give men a book in tribute to Cervantes who died on this day in 1616. The best place to celebrate this event in Barcelona is along La Rambla, which transforms into a massive flower market and book stall.

Date: 23 April 2021 - 23 April 2021
Venue: La Rambla, Paseo de Gracia, Paseo de Sant Joan and Rambla de Cataluña.
Cost:

Free.


Primavera Sound

For three days in late May/ early June, the Parc del Forum becomes centre stage for a host of international DJs and musicians. The music festival sees some of the most current international acts take to the stage alongside veteran festival players and Spanish acts.

Date: 02 June 2021 - 06 June 2021
Venue: Parc del Forum.
Website: http://www.primaverasound.com
Cost:

Various.


Fira de Santa Llúcia

Fira de Santa Llúcia, which takes place in front of the cathedral every year in the run-up to Christmas, is a historic Christmas market that was first organised in 1786. In addition to numerous, lovingly prepared nativity plays, there are around 300 stalls, music parades and exhibitions to explore and experience.

Date: 22 November 2021 - 23 December 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various other venues.
Website: http://es.firadesantallucia.cat
Cost:

Free.


Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos)

On 5 January every year, the evening before Twelfth Night (Epiphany, 6 January) the Three Kings (or Three Wise Men of the New Testament) arrive by boat at the waterfront of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta) to be greeted by the Mayor of the city and conducted to the nearby park of Ciutadella. From there the Three Kings depart in their carriages, the principal part of a grand parade that proceeds slowly through the streets and avenues of the centre towards the Olympic Stadium. The Kings and other participants in the parade throw barley sugar sweets and other sweets to the children lining the route. There are many stalls along the way, especially along Gran Via.

Date: 05 January 2022 - 05 January 2022
Venue: Various streets in central Barcelona.
Cost:

Free to spectate.


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