Spring is always an exciting time to be living or visiting Barcelona. The city is showcased at its best thanks to a plethora of fun events, festivals and activities, to suit all tastes.
Below BCNA Advisors lists a few of our favourites.
Guitar BCN 2019 (now until 10 July)
Some of the world`s top guitarists regularly attend this annual event that spans half the year at various venues across the city. Rosario and Toto are included in this year’s line up as well as a number of musicians new to the scene. All styles are covered, from flamenco to Latin and classical and gypsy jazz.
Where: various venues; Palau de la Música Catalana, Liceu, Sala Apolo, … etc.
Contact: 93 481 70 40 / www.guitarbcn.com
Semana Santa (Holy Week) (14 – 22 April)
Easter starts with Palm Sunday (‘Diumenge de Rams’) on 14 April, a day when palm fronds (to bring luck for the year ahead) can be bought from stalls around the city. Processions along Barcelona’s main streets also take place on Good Friday whilst Easter Sunday is generally a family affair with long lunches and godparents gifting elaborate chocolate ‘mones’ to children.
Where: various venues
Món Llibre 2019 (6 & 7 April)
This two-day ‘World of Books’ festival is aimed at younger readers and is now in its 15th year. There are loads of fun activities and readings to introduce children to the world of books.
Where: various venues
Sant Jordi (23 April)
The Catalan versión of Valentine’s Day.Sant Jordi (St George) is the patron saint of Catalonia. It’s said that the drops of the dragon’s blood slayed by George turned into red flowers as they fell, which is why the city is awash with red roses throughout the day. This is also the ‘Day of the Book’ which is why men are gifted with books in return for roses handed to their loved one.
Where: CCCB (Plaça Joan Coromines) y MACBA (Plaça dels Àngels) from 11 a 7.30h.
Fira per el Dia de la Terra (13 & 14 April)
A two-day eco-festival to celebrate Earth Day. There are food stalls and performances, along with environmental talks, although most of the activities are aimed at children.
Where: Parc Central de Nou Barris
Feria de Abril de Catalunya 2019 (27 April – 6 May)
This regular week-long event is always a lot of fun. Individual marquees host endless Sevillanas dances, paella and candy floss in equal measure. It’s great for kids as there is also a large funfair.
Where? El Parc del Fòrum
BioCultura Barcelona (9 – 12 May)
BioCultura Barcelona hosts hundreds of exhibitors, welcomes tens of thousands of attendees and offers thousands of organic products including cosmetics with certified ingredients, organic materials, home decor, therapies, rural tourism, toys; arts, music and books. Not to be missed!
Where: Palau Sant Jordi
La Nit dels Museus (17 May)
An initiative promoted by the Council of Europe, more than 3,000 participate, all aiming to raise public awareness about the role of museums in the transformation of society.
Where: all over Barcelona , from 7pm -1
Ciutat Flamenco (16 – 31 May)
Organised jointly by Mercat de les Flors and Taller de Músics, the 26th version of this annual event presents an innovative face of flamenco, bringing new interpretations while maintaining the traditions of a musical culture rooted in the city.
Where: Mercat de les Flors
Santander 2019 Spanish Grand Prix (10 – 12 May)
The Santander 2019 Spanish Grand Prix takes places at the Circuit de Catalunya, 20km north east of Barcelona city centre in a small town called Montmeló.
Primavera Sound 2019 (30 May – 1 June)
More female acts will be taking part in this three-day music festival than ever before, which takes place at the Parc del Fòrum and is now recognised as one of the best in Spain. Robyn, HAIM, Cardi B and Rosalía all feature as main acts rather than being relegated below the male artists, who have traditionally dominated this festival. In a press release, the festival stated: “Equality in the lineup between men and women, a stylistic eclecticism that is patently obvious and the drive to constantly take risks to connect to the times we live in are central concepts of the Primavera Sound 2019 lineup. All of this without abandoning the presentation of a lineup that is absolutely unique in the world, risky and convincing, as it is every year.”
Where: El Parc del Fòrum