Since Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, it should come as no surprise that the Catalan capital hosts a plethora of festivals and events year round.
Spring in Barcelona is no exception.
With the sun gleaming, the beach waves appropriate enough for a good surf, and back to back concerts and activities, there’s no better place for a getaway than Barcelona this season.
So if you are thinking of coming to this wonderful city, check out these 7 events you don’t want to miss:
Keepin’ it Artsy
1. Primavera Sound Festival
This spring Barcelona has the honor of hosting the Primavera Sound Festival spectacular from May 28th to the 30th, inarguably the most rockin’ musical variety to take part in Europe. This music festival includes numbers from over one hundred artists, such as The Strokes, Albert Hammond, and alt-J. For more detailed information visit the website .
2. Barcelona International Film Festival
This year the Barcelona International Film Festival will screen over 60 independent films displaying some of the finest contemporary auteur cinema the world has to offer. Check out the various venues for this event and support up and coming cinematographers on April 23rd though May 3rd this spring in Barcelona.
3. Semana Santa
Considered the most important celebration of Christianity, Semana Santa, also known as Easter, is observed for eight days. Colorful parades and processions make their way down well-known streets such as Las Ramblas, around the Barcelona Cathedral and through some nearby towns.
4. La Diada de Sant Jordi
Sant Jordi’s Day, Catalonia’s own Valentine’s Day, takes place on April 23rd each year, celebrating the life of Sant Jordi (Saint George), patron saint of Catalonia. Rose and book stalls line the city’s streets as the tradition is for a boy to give his favorite girl a rose, and the girl to give her boy a book.
5. Eat Street Food Festival
What better way to explore the gastronomical goodness of traditional international eats than on a food truck? On April 18th Eat Street Food Festival’s culinary gods will be whipping up global dishes, awakening all senses. This festival is undoubtedly a gourmand’s dream, easy on the pockets and takes place during the warmth of spring in Barcelona, so bring the family, you don’t want to miss out.
6. Fira de la Terra
Earth Day falls on April 22nd every year, and it is a time when environmental groups coordinate events worldwide to demonstrate support for the nature of the world. This year Fira de la Terra will be held on April 25th and 26th in Barcelona in the Parc de la Ciutdella, showcasing environmentally friendly products, amongst other things. There will also be a host of activities and workshops for children.
Pump Up the Energy
7. El Corte Inglés 11k Run
Calling all runners, walkers, sprinters and joggers! The El Corte Inglés Run will be celebrating 37 years of competitive running this spring in Barcelona. On April 12th you can join thousands of people over a 10.76km stretch, passing notable sites such as the Olympic Stadium and Plaça Catalunya. For more information check out the race website.
Travel tip shared by Lindsay Newberry from Apartment Barcelona