Top 10 Things Happening in Barcelona in June

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Top 10 Things Happening in Barcelona in June

Barcelona is constantly buzzing with exciting events and colourful street parties all throughout the year. From crazy carnivals to mesmerising exhibitions, there’s no denying that this city has something for every kind of traveller. We will be keeping this blog up-to-date monthly so that you won’t ever miss out on the best things happening during your visit to the sunny capital...

June 2018

Tast a la Rambla (pictured)

7-10th June

Food lovers don’t want to miss Tast a la Rambla on, you guessed it, the famous Las Ramblas strip. Food stalls line Las Ramblas for an enjoyable day of food, wine and Spanish delicacies. Barcelona’s best chefs will also be holding free workshops as well as tasting experiences for just €4. Delicious.

Plus, this event is right on the hostel's doorstep.

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Barcelona Gay Pride

29th and 30th June

Heading to Barcelona during Pride? Then you’re in for a treat! Barcelona will be celebrating the LGBT community and everyone’s welcome. The vibrant streets become filled with colour, light and love and it’s a seriously fun time to be in Barcelona. This year’s programme will include DJ’s, Spanish artists, food stalls, a drag exhibition, activities, competition and parties.

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Primavera Sound Festival 2018

30th May - 3rd June

Get tickets to Barcelona’s biggest festival of music, Primavera Sound, where a mix of up-and-coming stars to musical legends will be making an appearance on the stages of Parc del Forum. Whether you’re a rock, pop or indie fan, this is the weekend for you as the lineup is HUGE. Just to name drop a few biggies, you can expect to see and hear the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The National, Bjork, HAIM and Lorde. Free that weekend? There are still some tickets left, so get onto the website and buy them ASAP Rocky (cos he’ll be there too) before they sell out.

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Relax on Barcelona’s best beaches

The weather in Barcelona hits averages of 25 degrees in June. During peak season, Barcelona’s main beach will be packed so we’ve rounded up the 8 best beaches in and around Barcelona that are well worth heading to because they’re beautiful, quieter and it’s always interesting to explore other stretches of Catalonian coastline. All of these beaches are just a short walk from Barcelona’s city centre, or an easy day trip away…

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Sonar Festival

14th - 16th June

This three day electronic festival in Barcelona runs all day and night. It’s one of the world's biggest celebrations of electronic music with stellar acts (up-and coming and well-known talent) from the industry performing. It’s going to be lit (literally) with pyrotechnics, lights bringing together a fusion of music, art and technology to bring you guys the very best festival experience. Tickets from €58 - €195.

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Brunch in the Park

10th June

Brunch in the Park is a popular event that locals and tourists love. Crack some beers open and enjoy an afternoon in the sun on Barcelona’s historic Montjuic hill while chilling out to the best of techno. This outdoor electronic party hosts international DJ’s, great gastronomy, and a large picnic area.

Tickets from €20

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Festival of San Juan

23rd June

Bonfires, music and fireworks will go off in Spain’s major cities. June marks Barcelona’s biggest outdoor party the Festival of San Juan. This Spanish fiesta celebrates Saint John, continuing a tradition that goes back to pagan times when fires were lit to defend against evil spirits believed to roam freely as the sun turned southward again. Today these bonfires are commonly lit on the beach and come with a whole evening of partying. The event revolves around fire so expect bonfires all over the city, fireworks, parties that go late into the night and floods upon floods of Cava to be drunk.

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Festa major del Casc Antic

22nd June - 3rd July

Barcelona loves a good fiesta. Also known as the Festival of the Old Town, this party unites the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera to celebrate the district Saint, Sant Pere.  It begins on Thursday, 22 June after a parade through the streets of the neighbourhood. Then it’s 2 weeks of feasting, traditional dancing, parades, theatrical performances, correfocs and fireworks!

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VIDA festival

28th June - 1st July

Vida is an intimate alternative and indie music festival held in the Spanish city of Barcelona over 4 days. It’s more than just a festival - it’s more like a party in the forest with epic music to match. This year, the festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary and it’s going to be big. With over 11 different areas to enjoy during the festival including the main open-air stage, music in the forest, a market area, club stages, a picnic spot, a beach club and musicians dotted around the historic (and very beautiful) La Masia D’en Cabanyes venue, you’re in for a treat.

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Where to watch the Football World Cup

With the footy World Cup kicking off at the start of June, locals in Barcelona are getting pumped up ready to support their hometown legends like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique as they play for Spain. Head to Belushi’s Sports Bar right in the city centre and join the locals as they cheer on Spain and boo the opposition. The atmosphere is gonna be wild! Spain is lined up to play on the 15th, 20th and 25th June, but for all the matches that’ll be showing on the Belushi’s screens, you are in for a crazy time.

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May 2018

1 Primavera Sound Festival

30th May - 3rd June

Get tickets to Barcelona’s biggest festival of music, Primavera Sound, where a mix of up-and-coming stars to musical legends will be making an appearance on the stages of Parc del Forum. Whether you’re a rock, pop or indie fan, this is the weekend for you as the lineup is HUGE. Just to name drop a few biggies, you can expect to see and hear the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The National, Bjork, HAIM and Lorde. Free that weekend? There are still some tickets left, so get onto the website and buy them ASAP Rocky (cos he’ll be there too) before they sell out.

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2 Night of the Museums

18th May

Night of the Museums is just what it says on the tin - visit as many museums as you’d like in Barcelona on 18th May, but just at night time! From 7pm to 1am, most of the city’s most popular museums will be opening their doors late into the night and you can visit as many as you want for no fee at all.

3 International New Rose Competition

11th - 13th May

Appropriately coinciding with the annual bloom of Barcelona’s roses, the International New Rose Competition is a special time of year. Head to the Parc de Cervantes to see new species of the flower in all their glory, grown by competing rose producers, while enjoying the demonstrations, food and a music concert by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona.

4 The Dancing Egg

31st May

This old Catalonian tradition takes places during the feast of Corpus Christi. If you find yourself in Barca for 31st May, you might be witness to something a little strange - an egg floating (or ‘dancing’) atop a stream of water. No one quite knows why this is such a tradition, but you can see it happening in most of the fountains in courtyards around the city. A couple of the more prominent places are The Cathedral of Barcelona and Frederic Marès Museum in Sant Iu square.

5 Spanish Grand Prix

11th - 13th May

F1 fans, the Spanish Grand Prix is taking place in Barca so if you’ve planned a trip for this time, get to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This event doesn’t come cheap if you’re after some tickets to watch it live, but if you get a group of 4 of you together, the Sunday ‘Friends ticket’ could be your answer. This is set to be a pretty epic circuit so worth the splurge!

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6 Handmade Festival Barcelona

11th - 13th May

Showcasing the world of DIY, handmade goods and talented craftsmanship, Barcelona’s 3 day Handmade Festival will have 250 stalls set up at the Montjuïc Campus. Head there to buy a few gifts, marvel at some amazing crafts and enjoy the atmosphere.

7 ‘Brassaï: from Paris to Barcelona’

Until 19th May

It’s the last chance for photography lovers to check out this awesome exhibition at the Fundacio Mapfre Exhibition. Brassai is a world-renowned Hungarian photographer who has focussed much of his time on Paris. Discover some of the best photography from the City of Lights by one of the 20th century’s best photographers.

8 ‘William Morris, first time in Spain’

Until 20th May

Founder of the British Arts and Crafts movement William Morris can be described as a designer, poet, craftsman and an entrepreneur, and this exhibition shows off all of his talents. Up until 20th May, you can visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to see over 300 pieces from Morris’ collection, from furniture and textiles to jewelry and ceramics plus loads more.

9 Watch the Haye v Bellew Fight

5th May

Looking for a place to watch all the biggest fights of 2018 live in Barcelona? Belushi's is the place you NEED to be. After their first epic fight in early 2017 that left people wanting more, it's finally time for the heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye.

Belushi's will be showing the fight LIVE with commentary on HD screens and massive projector in our bar. The kitchen will be serving up badass burgers and bangin' bar snacks till late, and we'll have our usual happy hours running from 5pm-9pm.

10 Public holiday

1st May

Watch out for Labour Day in Barcelona, as some museums and monuments are quite likely to close for the holiday. Make sure to check the websites of the places on your to do list for that Monday to avoid disappointment.

April 2018

1 Diada de Sant Jordi

23rd April

On 23rd April in Barcelona it’s traditional for men to buy a rose for the woman they love, like a Spanish Valentine’s Day. There’s no way you’ll be able to miss the thousands of roses blooming down every little street just waiting to be sold and giving off the most beautiful scent. There’s always a festive atmosphere on this day of the year, even though it isn’t actually an official holiday for the locals. For us visitors, however, that’s no problem during the day, just bare in mind that the evenings will be extremely busy! And don’t forget to spend a few euro on a pretty rose for your special someone...

2 Feria de Abril

27th April (ends 6th May)

The April Fair, one of the annual highlights of spring, is making its way to Barcelona for the end of April and if you happen to be around for this time of year, you’re in for a treat. At the Parc del Forum festival area in the Diagonal Mar district, you’ll find music, food and hours of Spanish dancing and performances. All the locals love this fair, from small children up to grandparents, everyone will be there and loving it. Head to the fun fair on the seafront and hop on the ferris wheel - you’ll get views for days!

3 La Cursa de El Corte Inglés

8th April

This annual 10.76k urban circuit is one of the most popular running races in the world. Beginning at either the Plaça de Catalunya for amateur runners or the Passeig de Gràcia-Gran Via for the competitive athletes, anyone can sign up for free (until 5th April) and take part. The circuit is so popular that it won a Guinness World Record back in 1994 for the busiest athletic race! This year is its 40th edition so the buzz surrounding it is expected to be bigger than ever. Take part or cheer from the sidelines, it’ll be a great day out.

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4 Cursa de Bombers

22nd April

Lucky for you runners, if you’re only in Barca for the end of April and not the start, here’s another opportunity to don your running shoes! Join Barcelona’s firefighters in this 10km route around the city’s beautiful streets - walk or run, it’s up to you. It all started 19 years ago as a one off, when the firefighters organised the run as a way of protesting for the council to improve their working conditions. It turned out to be so popular that this will be the 20th year of the Fireman’s Race!

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5 Barcelona Open

21st - 29th April

Catch a world-class tennis game at the Real Club de Tenis stadium just a quick metro ride from the main sites of Barcelona. Buy a ticket online and you’ll get to watch as many games as you’d like throughout the day, whether it’s on centre court or court one, just get there fast if you want a seat!

6 Barcelona v Roma Champions League

4th April

The Champions League Quarter Final will soon be kicking off with two of Europe’s top teams battling it out to get through to the next round, Barca v Roma at Camp Nou. In 2015, Barcelona took the win over Roma with 6-1 goals so hopes will be high for Barca fans. Try and get yourself some tickets or head to Belushi’s to watch the game on a big screen with fun, rowdy locals and cheap booze.

7 Loads of live music

You concert fiends will be happy to hear that the April line-up for Barcelona’s live music scene is looking pretty tempting. With the likes of Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Arcade Fire and Harry Styles taking to the city’s best venues, there’s a night out to suit anyone’s music taste.

Check out who else is playing in April here.

8 Comic Convention

12th - 15th April

Calling all comic fans. The Barcelona International Comic Fair will be hosted by the Montjuic Fira de Barcelona, where a huge list of top international authors will be making special appearances. The biggest publishing houses in the industry and specialised bookshops will have stalls set up for you to mooch around, and there will even be an award for the best fancy dress.

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9 Ping pong in the park

Who doesn’t love a game of ping pong? And on a lovely sunny day in Barcelona you won’t be short of an opportunity. Ping pong tables are dotted about all over the place. Even in the smallest green areas in the middle of the city you’ll more than likely be able to challenge your friends to a game. If you don’t happen to have your own bats and balls handy, you can pop into a local corner shop and pick them up for mega cheap.

Check out these 13 Free Things to do in Barcelona

10 Go on a bar crawl

Barcelona’s beer scene is buzzing. With pubs and bars around every corner, you’re spoilt for choice on where to head to for a pint under the Catalonian sun. Check out our guide on where to get the best beer in the city, but why not turn it into a bar crawl? Barcelona’s weather is just calling for it...

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March 2018

1 Barcelona Beer Festival 2018

16th - 18th March

Beer lovers! There’s a Beer Festival taking place in Barcelona this March. Over 450 national and international beers will be served up at La Farga de L’Hospitalet, and for just €7, you could be part of the action. You’ll be given a glass, a festival guide and 2 festival coins on entry. Each beer will cost between 2 to 4 coins (each coin being worth €1) and you’ll be seriously spoilt for choice! We are talking wheat beer, fruit beer, smoked beer, IPA or even the infamous Russian Imperial Stout (16% alcohol!). Beer lovers, this is the event of the year so don’t miss out!

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2 Sant Medir Festival

3rd March

Otherwise known as the “sweetest festival” in Barcelona, the Sant Medir Festival means candy galore! Over 6 tons of sweets are thrown into the crowds during the annual musical procession of horse-drawn carts, floats and lorries that take over the streets and squares of the Gràcia district as a tribute to the Sant Medir. People show up with bags, buckets and umbrellas to catch the sugary showers - make sure you bring your sweet tooth!

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3 St Patrick’s Day

17th March

Wherever you are in Europe, you will almost always be able to find an Irish party and sea of green on St Patrick’s Day, and Barcelona is no exception. As always, an Irish parade, hoards of leprechaun hats and plenty of Guinness and whisky is the plan for this year, so Irish or not, get your River Dancing shoes on and get down to one of Barcelona’s Irish pubs to celebrate! We recommend Kitty’s pub, Flaherty’s Irish Bar or Molly’s Fair City.

Check out the Best Bars in Europe for St Patrick's Day

4 Barcelona Marathon 2018

11th March

Running along the beach, around Camp Nou and right past La Sagrada Familia beneath Barcelona’s springtime sunshine sounds like the perfect way to run a marathon to us. The Barcelona marathon will start and end in Avinguda María Cristina and the route will pass right by the beach so you can get a great spot with a sea breeze to cheer on the runners.

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5 Festival of St Josep Oriol

March 23rd to 25th

Witness some true Catalan traditions during the Festival of St Josep Oriol for 3 days at the end of March. Some of Catalonia’s oldest ‘giants’, a few dating all the way back to 1601, will parade the streets surrounding the local church, Santa Maria del Pi, in honour of the Sant Josep Oriol and his devotion to the sick and the poor. Traditional folk music, parades and  reenactments of old legends will take over the Pi neighbourhood, brought to a close by a big final dance by the giants.

6 Sitges Vintage Car Rally

3rd - 4th March

Vintage car enthusiasts will be in awe at the Sitges Rally. This special, annual event only features privately owned vehicles manufactured before 1924. They might be old, but they are all absolutely pristine to be in with a chance of winning a prize! Entry to the event is totally free so car devotees come from all over to marvel at the cars up for judging and to witness the big race. 70 seriously old-school, polished cars race 40km through the city from the Plaza Sant Jaume and along the coast with period-dressed drivers in the front seat - it really is a spectacle!

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7 Watch a Barcelona FC game

Go check out the home of Barcelona FC on a trip to their Camp Nou stadium, and while you’re at it, why not watch a game? Barca has a few big games lined up for March so there are plenty of opportunities for you footy fans to grab a ticket. They’ll be playing against Chelsea on the 14th and Atletico Madrid on the 4th.

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8 Treat your mum for Mother’s Day

11th March

Put a big smile on your mum’s face and whisk her away to sunny Barcelona for a weekend getaway. With loads of exciting sights, quaint, local restaurants and a gorgeous sandy beach to stroll along, there’s no doubt your mum will be impressed with your choice of destination, and it doesn’t even have to be expensive!

Check out our 13 Free Things to do in Barcelona

9 Game of Thrones Exhibition

Ends 11th March

Step into the centre of the Seven Kingdoms where original Game of Thrones props, costumes and sets will be waiting for you marvel at for just a few more weeks. Full of interactive spaces and multimedia exhibits, you’ll feel as though you really could be part of the land of Essos or Westeros. Set foot in the snowy hills of the North, the castle at the King’s Landing or brave the lands Beyond the Wall… Game of Throne fans, make sure you don’t miss this!

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10 Easter in Barcelona: Semana Santa

25th March - 2nd April

Expect plenty of parades and processions during the Catalan Easter festivities, especially on Palm Sunday (25th March) and Good Friday (30th March). Easter is a great time of year to be in Barcelona - everyone is in a better mood having a long weekend off work, and the spring sun will (hopefully) be shining. Be warned, most shops and many restaurants will be closed during this period.

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February 2018

1 Barcelona Carnival 2018 (pictured)

8th - 14th February

Barcelona Carnival is coming to town for another February, and if you’re lucky enough to be in the city at this time of year you’re in for a real treat. Other parts of the world spend the day before Lent begins by clearing out their cupboards and making tasty pancakes, but in Barcelona they have one big blowout street party that lasts for days. Dancers, over-the-top parades and countless crazy and fun traditions (omelette competitions, for example) are just a taster of what you’ll find this month in Barcelona...

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2 Festes de Santa Eulalia 2018

10th - 12th February

Barcelona’s Carnival is also an opportunity to celebrate Santa Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona. A huge parade with fire-breathing dragons, constant music, folk dancing and fire-runs are all part of the festivities which begin once the flag has been raised on the City Hall balcony on Plaça de Sant Jaume.

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3 Valentines Day

14th February

Although Valentine’s Day itself isn’t quite as celebrated here as it is in other parts of the world, Barcelona can make for a perfect romantic getaway for you and your partner. With some of the best sunsets in Europe and incredible scenic spots for an al fresco champagne picnic, we can’t think of many better cities to spend a few days with your Valentine.

4 Art Exhibitions: Final Chances

‘Brossa Poetry’ until 25th February

The ‘Brossa Poetry’ exhibition in Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) consists of cinematic, theatrical, musical and artistic visualisations of the poet’s late works. Brossa frequently collaborated with other artistic forms which is what this exhibition highlights the most.

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5 Watch the Groves V Eubank Jr Fight at Belushi’s

17th February

Head down to Belushi’s, the party bar underneath our Barcelona hostel, to watch George Groves defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Chris Eubank Junior. The atmosphere will be buzzing and 25% off food and drink when you stay at St Christopher’s makes it even better.

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6 Barcelona Football game at Camp Nou Premier League

Is there anywhere better to see a Premier League game than at the home of Barcelona FC and the largest stadium in Europe? Our Barca hostel is only a 15 minute cycle from Camp Nou so football fans would be crazy not to head to a game whilst there.

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7 Park Guell minus the crowds

Aside from all the great events on this month in Barcelona, February is the perfect time of year to take a trip to the usually packed out Park Guell. Gaudi’s world-famous park is a classic tourist spot, and for good reason because it is stunning, however with this comes enormous crowds. February is low season for Barcelona, leaving Park Guell even more picture-perfect than usual.

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8 Llum Festival 2018

16th - 18th February

See the city glow when the sun goes down during Barcelona’s Llum Festival. The mesmerising light installations come as part of the Santa Eulalia festivities and are totally free to go and see around the city. Artists’ light creations will transform the look of buildings, patios and spaces around Barcelona by projecting displays of colour over their facades.

9 Half Marathon 2018

11th February

It may be too late now to actually take part, however it’s not too late to join in with the crowds in cheering on the runners from the sideline. The 20km run goes right along the beachfront so grab a nice spot and get involved!

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10 Visiting on a budget? We’ve got you covered...

If you’ve planned a trip to Barcelona in February but would rather splurge more on tapas and save more on ‘doing stuff’, check out our 13 free things to do in Barcelona. You’ll be surprised at just how many of the must-dos you can tick off that actually won’t cost you anything to do!

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Article by Darcy King

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