Published on April 18, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


Summer Events in Barcelona

Barcelona has become a prime destination for tourists in Spain, because of its ability to fulfill the expectations of any sort of people. Barcelona is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Well, in addition to visiting the great landmarks of the city – The Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Casa Batlló, The Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell – don’t miss the many events that increase even further the merrymaker character of this wonderful city.

Several events take place in Barcelona throughout the year, though summer time is the acme for culture, encouraged by the wealth of public spaces and the nice weather.

Check out the events that might be taking place during your stay in Barcelona. In this regard, we have put together for you the most popular festivals scheduled this summer 2011.

Sònar Music Festival: 16th – 18th June, 2011. This annual three day music festival features the most relevant national and international artists, and is at its 18th edition this year. Officially described as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art, Sònar represents a meeting point for a prepared public, cutting-edge artists and professionals from the sectors of music and modern arts.

St John’s Eve (Sant Joan): June 23rd. Summer solstice in Barcelona is celebrated with evocative fireworks shows! Each district stages its own fireworks, there are dances and parties in the squares and entertainment throughout the city. Locals prepare a traditional cake called ‘Coca’, to be enjoyed along with sparkling wine.

Festival Grec de Barcelona 2011: June – August 2011. The Grec Festival of Barcelona is an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival. At its 35th edition this year and promoted by the City Council, this is considered the most important cultural event in Barcelona. The major venues of the city, including Teatre Grec and the Fundació Joan Miró, host theatre, dance and music performances.

Summer Nights at CaixaForum 2011: 1st – 31st July, 2011. On selected evenings in this period, Barcelona’s CaixaForum will host gospel choirs, theatre, electronic DJs, poetry readings and much more, with three scheduled events per evening to choose from, which are staged in different parts of the building.

Catalan Wine and Cava Show: 1st – 30th September, 2011. This event celebrates the proud tradition of Cataluña viticulture and is a must for wine lovers. Catalonian vintners present their finest cavas and wines in an exclusive location in the port area of Barcelona, overlooking the Maremagnum building. You will enjoy wine tastings coupled with cheeses and fruits.

La Mercè 2011: 24th September. La Mercè is dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, the Virgin of Mercy. The festival mixes the latest events with deep-rooted traditions, including gunpowder and Mediterranean fireworks, street music and dancing, fairs, theatre, concerts and parades which take place in various squares and open places around the city. Only those visitors who have been in Barcelona during La Mercè can claim to know this city inside-out.

All these parties and celebrations are good opportunity to make new friends and enjoy your holidays in a pleasurable way. However, although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, there may be some changes in the provided information which we couldn’t foresee at the present time. So be sure to check the details by calling or visiting the dedicated websites before getting to Barcelona.

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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