From cultural festival to music, Barcelona is a hub for those who are looking to have a good time. No matter when you arrive, there’s a good chance you’ll witness a festival happening in your area. In this guide, you’ll be able to find traditional festivals as well as Barcelona’s popular music and cultural events. Either way, you’re bound to find something you can enjoy. Let’s get this party started, shall we?


Dia de Los Reyes Magos

Arguably one of the most important celebrations in the city, Dia de Los Reyes Magos is also known as Kings’ Day. If you have kids, then Dia de Los Reyes Magos is an absolutely perfect festival for you and your family. It’s all about the Three Kings that came to visit the baby Jesus when he was born.

On the 5th of January, the Three Kings arrive to Barcelona with a fantastic parade and hand out candy and other sweets to the kids. Of course, the children will also be opening up their presents at home the next day. The entire parade lasts for 3 hours, and it starts with the kings arriving on a boat at Port Vell.

When: 5th January
Where: Route between Port Vell and Mount Montjuïc.

Barcelona Carnival

Barcelona Carnival aka Spain’s Mardi Gras is one of the city’s longest standing traditions that’s been around since 1333. The party starts on Fat Thursday and lasts for an entire week. From parties during the day to clubs at night, there’s something to enjoy for everyone. Throughout the week you’ll be able to find various parades and street parties going on in the city - fun fun fun!


When: Fat Thursday
Where: Barcelona
Website: Barcelona Carnival

Dia de Sant Jordi

Welcome to Barcelona’s version of Valentine’s Day! Dia de Sant Jordi, also known as Saint George’s day is all about love - it honours the tale of the patron saint of Catalonia who saved the life of a princess.

On this day, Barcelona turns into a rose and book-giving capital. La Rambla becomes a long street full of stalls with nothing but books and roses. Plaça Sant Jaume is also the place to be if you’re looking to learn the traditional dance of Catalonia known as Sardana. Don’t forget to stop by the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district to enjoy a presentation of various types of roses!


When: April 23rd
Where: La Rambla, Plaça Sant Jaume, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Primavera Sound

Hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world have been gathering to listen to some of their favourite artists at Primavera since 2001. Some of the past performers include Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, Slayer, Solange Knowles, James Blake, and many more. It’s a perfect opportunity to see your idol on stage and have a fantastic time.

When: May 30th - June 1st 2019
Where: Parc del Forum
Website: Primavera Sound

Sonar Festival

And if you’re not a fan of Primavera, Sonar Festival will be your thing. The 25-year-old festival celebrated its 25th anniversary with an attendance of an impressive 126,000. It’s by far one of the most popular EDM festivals in Spain. From The Chemical Brothers to Major Lazer and Diplo, there’s no doubt that some of your favourite artists performed at Sonar.


When: Summer
Where: Fira de Barcelona / L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Website: Sonar Festival

Barcelona Beach Festival

Party on a beach? Yes, please! Barcelona Beach Festival is an annual festival, usually happening during the summer months. With two stages overlooking the sea and dance floors ready to see you drop it like it’s hot, Barcelona Beach Festival is perfect for party-goers.

When: Summer (the exact date of the festival changes annually)
Where: Sant Adrià del Besòs
Website: Barcelona Beach Festival

District Festivals

Each district in Barcelona has its own festival that is held at various times of the year. For a full list of each neighbourhood and the date of their celebration, click here.

However, one of the best and most known district festivals in Barcelona is Gràcia. Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists come out to see which street will win the award for the most colourful street in the district. Almost all streets of the area take this extremely seriously and bring out some of the most beautiful decorations you’ll ever see. It’s a perfect Instagram photo opportunity, but most importantly, it’s a chance to mingle with Gràcia’s locals.

Festa Major de Gràcia comes with a lot of things to do, so make sure you check out the official festival website for more information.


When: August
Website: Festa Major de Gràcia

Sala Montjuïc Outdoor Film Festival

If you’re not into the typical music festivals or traditional events, Sala Montjuic is the festival to attend. It’s an outdoor film festival, located on the Mount Montjuïc. So not only do you get to enjoy an outdoor movie with thousands of people, but you also get an amazing view of the city at the same time. Along with movies, you can also enjoy live music from various artists. The festival is easily accessible, with several free shuttles operating through the day.


When: Summer (the exact date of the festival changes annually)
Where: Mount Montjuïc
Website: Sala Montjuïc

What are your favourite Barcelona festivals? Come let us know in the comments!

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