Barcelona is a vibrant capital with one of the richest cultural offers in Europe. For instance, Barcelona hosts countless international concerts, festivals, art exhibitions and everything in between.
So if you are planning a trip to Barcelona or if you are simply looking for a great plan, make sure you don’t miss these top 10 events in Barcelona this 2015. Write them down on your calendar or you might regret it! These events are indeed very popular among Barcelona residents but also extremely popular abroad!
Here we go:
1. 080 Barcelona Fashion
080 Barcelona Fashion is an event featuring local designers only. This is a beautiful initiative to promote the highly talented local designers giving them international exposure. This is the 15th edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion and it is only becoming more and more popular within the fashion industry. The show runs in Barcelona from the 2nd to the 5th of February and, a part from mind-blowing cat-walks, you can also discover young talents, shop at design students’ stands, participate at photography contests, assist to lectures and so much more. Find more information on their official website here.
2. Zurich Marató Barcelona
If you run marathons, you should definitely look at entering the Zurich Barcelona Marathon 2015. Barcelona is a city that hosts regular runs, walks and all sort of sport related events: in Barcelona, we love to run and the weather tends to encourage us! However, this marathon is the most important of all. Start training, the marathon takes place on March, the 15th. Last year, this marathon registered up to 14,000 participants and in 2015, the organization expects beyond 17,000 runners! This is an internationally renowned marathon that runs through the most emblematic Barcelona’s landmarks and sights …. Hopefully under the springtime warming sunshine. If you want to join the race, enter the website here.
3. Festa de Sant Jordi
The Festa de Sant Jordi is, in fact, Catalans’ Valentine’s Day. I would even say, Sant Jordi is like Catalonia’s national day (but it is not, the Diada is their national day, on September the 11th). In fact, Saint Georges is the patron of Catalans (same for English people). This day is celebrated all over Catalonia in every school, house-hold, square and café. Barcelona, being the capital, takes this celebration to the next level. Sant Jordi is a sort of Saint Valentine ’s Day where women are gifted with a red rose. In the other hand, men receive a book. Therefore, streets host numerous stands selling red roses (wrapped with a Catalan flag) and all kind of books. Needless to add that the Catalan culture is also celebrated in all forms such as concerts, plays, street music, etc. This is a celebration worth experiencing in Barcelona! Remember, Sant Jordi is on April, the 23rd.
4. Primavera Sound Festival
Primavera Sound Festival has become a reference not only for Spanish’s musical scene but also in Europe. This festival (28th- 30th May 2015) hosts from local groups to international big names with a wide selection of registers: indie, hard-rock, metal, rock and so much more. Primavera Sound Festival is the Crème de la Crème within the International music festival scene with artists coming from the US, Australia, France, Brussels, UK etc! So do not wait too long before buying your tickets. Last year, for example, assistants enjoyed groups like Arcade Fire and Pixies. This year the program is very appealing again with more than 250 artists playing on a variety of different stages. Discover some of the featured artist on the video below. I hope you enjoy, I can’t wait to be there myself!
5. Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 2015
This is a date to save! The Spanish F1 Grand Prix is going to be in Barcelona-Montmeló’s circuit this year. With more than 140,000 spectators expected, this will be one of the major sport events of the year in Spain. But this event is not all about the race, the build-up is truly exciting so get ready for May (8th -10th). You better hurry-up, tickets are selling very quickly. You can find the official website for more information here.
6. Sónar Festival
If you like Electronic music, you will Love Sónar Festival (18th -20th June). This year will be the 22nd edition and the official title is, in fact, International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art. With the finest DJ’s and performers, this pioneering festival also hosts parallel events across Barcelona like conferences, work-shops, networking events, etc all in line with the digital and electronic era. Sónar is more than a music festival: it is the international meeting-point and reference of the electronic & digital industry. So if you like electronic music, don’t miss out on this international event with performances like: Duran Duran, Laurent Garnier, Maya Jana Coles, Russel Haswell, Powel and so many more! Find some more info here.
7. Festival Jardins Palau Reial Pedralbes Palau
In 2015, Barcelona hosts the 3rd edition of the Festival Jardins Palau Reial Pedralbes (12th June – 10th July 2015). This is a delightful and beautiful festival with a note of sophistication and elegance. The festival takes place in the Royal Palace of Pedralbles, a prestigious Barcelona’s address, where everything is decorated to perfection. Cava and Michelin-starred food will await the attendants as well as highly acclaimed artists. Last year, Lana del Rey, Tom Jones, Blondie and many more honored the festival with their shows. This year you can see John Newman, Carla Bruni, Raphael, Simple Mind and Tom Jones among others. Check the stunning video below as a presentation of the Festival de Pedralbes:
8. Les Nits d’Estiu
Les Nits d’Estiu is a music festival that takes place during the summer season. The title literary means “summer nights” so, you have already guessed that we are talking about music, by night, in Barcelona… sounds good? Well, wait until you know the concerts take place in emblematic sites like in Gaudi’s main buildings: Casa Batlló, la Pedrera’s rooftop and Palau Guell. This festival exceptionally opens to the public secret or desired spaces… What about a private concert inside the Casa Batlló along with some signature cocktails? Would you like to assist to a Jazz concert on la Pedrera’s rooftop? Some venues are really exclusive like the panoramic terrace at the Palau Guell accommodating only up to 50 people. The Festival runs from June to September so keep checking the main site’s websites to make sure you don’t miss out! Find some info about the events at La Pedrera here.
9. Festival Internacional de Cinema de Sitges
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival has become, over the years, an acclaimed cinema event. So, if you love fantastic and horror movies, you might want to check the program and head to the movies’ Premieres in Sitges. The Festival takes place in the characterful beach-town of Sitges (a quick direct train ride from Barcelona) on September (9th- 18th). The entering films have not been released yet but Sitges is proud to claim International film awards year after year! Find all the information about the Festival, the directors, venues, awards and much more on their official website here.
10. Festes de la Mercè
The Festes de la Mercè are THE festivities of Barcelona. In Spain, every village, every town and even neighborhoods have their own patron and celebrate them during their calendar Saint Day with what we call the “Fiestas” (“Festes” in Catalan). These celebrations can last from one weekend up to two weeks, depending on the place. Saint Mercè is celebrated for 5 days every year, at the beginning of September. Celebrations take place all over Barcelona and include fire-works, live performances, Castellers (human towers), cultural exhibitions and so much more! If you want to live Barcelona’s own celebrations make sure you take part of The Festes de la Mercè 2015! Visit the official website here.
One last tip, if you are travelling to Barcelona with friends to make the most of these events you probably don’t want to spend big money booking separate hotels rooms. I personally use this website here to book great apartments in central Barcelona. I love staying in luxury hotels when I go on business trips to Spain, however I find it much more comfortable to rent an apartment when I travel with friends or if I have to stay in Barcelona for more than 3 days!
Enjoy Barcelona and share your experiences with us!