Monthly calendar of free and paid events in Barcelona: concerts, shows, exhibitions, popular festivals, football and more events.
What to do and see in Barcelona in this year 2017.
5 January. The Kings Parade Barcelona
The Kings Parade Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most awaited events by children (and not only children! We love it too!!) When Christmas finishes, Three Magic Kings come to bring gifts to people in Barcelona. On the evening of January 5th, the Three Kings arrive at 4.30 PM. To Moll de la Fusta (next to Port Vell) aboard Santa Eulalia’s boat. There the citizens and the Mayoress of Barcelona, Ada Colau, will be waiting for Three Magic Kings. At this moment, The Kings Parade Barcelona 2017 will start.
6 – 8 January. 69è Torneig Internacional d’Hoquei Reis
The unmissable date with the world of hockey is back in Barcelona. The top Spanish and international teams will be competing in over 20 matches this January at this major celebration of hockey at the Reial Club de Polo. Once again, the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona will be kicking off the sporting year when it hosts the Torneig Internacional d’Hoquei Reis.
Last week of January. Gaudí Awards
The Red Carpet of the Gaudí Awards is filled with actors, directors and producers at the end of January. The prizes of the most important Catalan Cinema meet every year in Barcelona.
5 February. Trial indoor Barcelona
Feel the adrenaline rush of a unique sporting spectacle with the world’s top riders at this indoor trial competition. The amazing balancing acts and impossible jumps and turns are coming this February to Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi. The 40th Trial Indoor Internacional makes Barcelona the world off-road racing capital. The competition is one of the scoring rounds for the FIM X-Trial World Championships and eight riders will be taking part.
Guitar Bcn – From February to June
It is an event that attracts guitar professionals of the full range of styles, from classical guitar to jazz and Latin beat. Key figures from the guitar world perform at the various venues prepared for this event. An event with an approximate duration of five months, which is held in different rooms of the city such as the BARTS Room, the Palau de la Música Catalana or the Auditori de Barcelona.
27 february-2 march. Mobile World Congress
Barcelona is set to welcome over 50,000 professionals from the mobile communications industry to this world congress, which focuses on the latest new developments and cutting-edge trends in this field. The Mobile World Congress combines the largest international exhibition for the mobile communications industry with a convention on the latest developments in the sector. Representatives from network operators, salespeople and telecommunications professionals will look at the future of markets and the best strategy to follow. This is also an excellent opportunity to set up commercial relations with other agents in the sector and to share experience and knowledge with specialists.
12 March. Zurich marató de Barcelona
Culture and sport come together at the city’s biggest athletics party. Get ready to beat your personal best in Barcelona: a 100% urban race that takes in Barcelona’s major landmarks so you can enjoy the city from its most sporting angle.
24-27 March. Feria Alimentaria
The most important gastronomic event is celebrated at the Fira de Barcelona. This is the Food Fair, an International Food and Beverage Show that every year arrives in Barcelona between the months of March and April.
24-26 March. Barcelona Beer Festival
Sixth edition of the Barcelona Beer Festival is the event for lovers of craft beer. In this edition the activities are expanded and professional days are organized, and links are established with gastronomy, music and other artistic expressions. 350 craft beers, quality food, music and much more await you.
30 March -2 April. International Comic Fair
The 35th edition of the International Comic Fair is on at Fira de Barcelona from 30 March to 2 April. The Barcelona International Comic Fair presents its most ambitious edition to date. This year there is a special focus in aviation comics with the exhibition ‘Comics in flight’, as well as an anthological display dedicated to Will Eisner, the creator of the graphic novel, 2017 marking the hundredth anniversary of his birth. The fair includes a programme of workshops on comics, animation and 3D printers, as well as the presentation of authors such as Bruno Gazzotti, Gina Alyse Wynbrandt, Kim Jung Gi, José Muñoz, Juan Padrón and Mauricio Vicent.
1-2 April. Fia World Rallycross
600cv engines, petrol, dirt tracks and asphalt guarantee high-octane thrills. This is BarcelonaRX, one of the rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship which will be coming to Barcelona in April for the third year running. Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd April, petrol heads will be able to enjoy the first round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship. A sporting fixture featuring more than 80 different races on a track covering a distance of nearly 1 kilometre combining dirt and tarmac. All the spectators will be able to see the drivers and their cars up close, tour the paddock free of charge and get autographs and have their photos taken with the stars of the track. Famous drivers of the calibre of Petter Solberg, Mattias Ekström, Sébastien Loeb and Ken Block will be taking part in the BarcelonaRX 2017.
13-16 April. Easter
The itinerant Easter visits us this time in April, and I say itinerant because it is based on the lunar calendar. Therefore, it is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon of the spring equinox, which usually happens between March 22 and April 25.
22 – 30 April 2017
Barcelona open banc Sabadell – 65è Trofeu Conde de Godó
The tennis greats return to Barcelona’s clay courts in April for the 65th Open Banc Sabadell Trofeu Conde de Godó. Since 1953, the Real Club de Tennis de Barcelona has borne witness to a competition that combines top-level professional tennis with the warmth of the public and the active participation of the club’s members. The 65th ATP 500 tournament will again bring together top players of the stature of nine-time champion Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer and the Japanese player Kei Nishikori. During the nine-day competition the city will be hosting tennis-related events and outdoor activities associated with the tournament. Come and enjoy one of the world’s most historic tennis tournaments and experience the skills of elite players as they vie for this prestigious trophy.
23 April. Sant Jordi
Catalonia celebrates Sant Jordi and gives books and roses in equal parts. The city is dyed with the petals of the multitude of stalls that take the roses to the street and the many curious who are encouraged to give away books or to go to the signature of their favorite writers. It is a beautiful day in Barcelona and its streets are dressed in colors, flags and roses as a decoration.
24-30 April. Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
For anybody planning a wedding or working in the bridal industry, this is a must-visit event on Barcelona’s 2017 agenda. The city has a long tradition of creating dresses for those special days, thanks to local brands such as Pronovias and Rosa Clará, and this event attracts close to 300 labels from almost 90 different countries, making it one of the biggest shows in the world dedicated to this sector.
From 27 April 27 to 7 May. D’A International Film Festival d’Author
The month ends with the D’A International Film Festival d’Author. A festival that is distributed in several venues and that includes a Special Section, a Retrospective, the Tribute and Films section outside Contest, among others.
12 – 14 May. Fórmula 1 Gran Premio de España
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will be hosting the Fórmula 1 Gran Premio de España on 12th, 13th and 14th May. This is the fifth competition of the 2017 season of the Formula 1 World Championships. Non-stop entertainment is guaranteed: in addition to the practice rounds on Friday, the qualifying rounds on Saturday and the Grand Prix itself on the Sunday, the Catalan track will also be hosting the GP2 and GP3 series and Porsche Supercup competitions. Fans will also be able to enjoy a pit walk on the Thursday when they’ll have the opportunity to meet the Formula 1 drivers and explore the pit lane and garages. After the race, they’ll be able to go on to the track to cheer along the podium celebrations and feel the asphalt under their feet. The Circuit is located within easy reach of some of Catalonia’s main tourist sites and enjoys excellent transport links and top-quality services that spectators can enjoy to ensure the entire experience on the track cannot be matched.
12 – 14 i i 19-21 May 2017. 49è Torneig Internacional de Polo
In May, experience the excitement of one of the world’s classic sports at the 49th Torneig International de Polo, where speed and the connection between rider and horse play an essential role. The Real Club de Polo de Barcelona will be hosting the 49th Torneig International de Polo, Barcelona Polo Challenge – Negrita Cup. There will be three matches every day on two consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) which will pit six teams of international players with a medium handicap against one another. Polo involves two teams of four players whose aim is to score the most goals on a pitch combining technique and skill with the power and elegance of the horses. The Barcelona Polo Challenge – Negrita Cup is a wonderful opportunity to experience this spectacular sport up close. The panoramic grandstand overlooking the polo field, with its bar and restaurant, provides the public with comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy the competition.
20 May. The Night of the Museums
More than sixty museums of Barcelona and the Metropolitan Area open their doors, free of charge, until the early morning. Visit us on the occasion of this celebration!
31 May-4 June. Festival Primavera Sound en Barcelona
Primavera Sound is fast becoming one of Barcelona’s most popular music festivals. It has a growing reputation for offering one of the most innovative and forward-thinking line-ups in Europe. This is a festival for true music aficionados. It is located in a purpose built outdoor area called the Forum. This seaside site was originally built for an international convention – the Universal Forum of Cultures. It is a large outdoor space with concrete floors and large auditorium areas – perfect for a festival with no mud and clear views of the bands.
1 – 4 June. 44è Trofeu de Vela Conde de Godó
This June, Barcelona’s beaches will once again be the setting for a top-level yachting competition. It’s time for the 44th Trofeu de Vela Conde de Godó, one of the world’s most thrilling regattas! The finest cruising yachts will keep their traditional date when they vie for the 44th Trofeu de Vela Conde de Godó, a festival of the sea where the skills of the crew are the key to winning. Organised by the Reial Club Nàutic de Barcelona, this is an unmissable event for ORC vessels from Spain and abroad and brings all the excitement of a top-level yachting competition to our city. Before the boats set sail, you can wish them luck from the Rambla del Mar and Moll de la Fusta. Come down to the beach and see the trials. Prepare to be amazed at the sheer size of the yachts and the superb organization of the event!
9 – 11 June. Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Calling all motorcycle fans! This June, the MotoGP™ returns to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Those lucky enough to be there will have the chance to see top riders like Marc Márquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Viñales. The spectators will be on the edge of their seats as they watch the riders vie for pole position. The Catalan circuit will be the focus of attention for the world of motorcycle racing. It will also be hosting the Moto3™ and Moto2™ championships as well as the MotoGP™ competition. In addition to the action on the track, motorcycle fans will be able to enjoy the festival of motorcycle racing to the max with the different activities on offer and the pit-lane tour where they’ll be able to take a closer look at the pit stops used by the different teams, meet, get an autograph from and have their photo taken with the riders.
15-17 June. Sonar Music Festival Barcelona 2017
Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona has grown from strength to strength and is now established as one of Europe’s most well known music festivals. Each year, for one weekend in June, Barcelona is flooded by thousands of music fans from all over Europe. You can usually tell them by their over-sized sunglasses, on-trend flip flops and urgent march towards the festival site. There are two different sites for the festival in Barcelona – one for during the day (Sonar by Day) in the city centre and one for at night (Sonar by Night) that is further out of town.
17 – 18 June. Imagin extreme Barcelona
This June, the Parc del Fòrum will be hosting the 8th ’Imagin Extreme Barcelona, the world’s leading festival of action sports and urban trends. Action sports are back in Barcelona, with top riders from Spain and abroad from the most thrilling urban sports: skateboard, BMX, inline, longboard, streetboard and scooter. You’ll be able to see top-level sporting competitions featuring the top names at a park that has been purpose built for the occasion. You’ll also be able to try your hand at some of the sports at the open practice areas. And if you still want more, you’ll be able to enjoy the urban festival with music, the market where you’ll find the latest urban fashion trends, food trucks, etc. Come to the Parc del Fòrum and experience every aspect of extreme urban sports at Imagin Extreme Barcelona 2017!
23 June. St. John’s Night
The night of San Juan is a Christian holiday of pagan origin with bonfires, fireworks and firecrackers. Although celebrated the night of 23rd to 24th of June, it is associated with the summer solstice (June 21) and pagan rites, with bonfires, sought to increase the power of the sun on its way to the winter solstice. The fire, in turn, was serving as a purifying function in people who watched it. If you see a fire, stop and look at it. we celebrate it with a good bite of coca cakes de San Juan and a glass of cava (champagne), the typical food and drink in the shortest (or almost) night of the year.
July. The Greco festival in Barcelona
The Greco festival is Barcelona’s largest annual summer dance, theatre and music festival with a huge programmer of over 130 wonderful theatre, dance, circus and music performances in many venues in the city. The Greco festival name is inspired by the Theater Greco in Barcelona (Greek theatre) which is the main stage of the festival. Theater Greco is an open air theatre on Montjuïc hill built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition.
12 – 15 July. X 10th Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona
The coast of the Catalan capital will once again bear witness to the majestic classic and vintage boats that will be taking part in the 10th Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona, organized by the Reial Club Nautica de Barcelona. Now in its tenth year, this yachting competition has become a Mediterranean classic! More than 50 vintage vessels, that have sailed thousands of miles, will berth once again in Barcelona to compete in this unique regatta. Come down to Barcelona harbor and enjoy the elegance and majesty of boats steeped in history. A unique seaborne spectacle!
15-21 August. Festa Major de Gràcia
Festa Major de Gràcia 2017 – Gracia Festival. The biggest street festival in Barcelona is the Gracia festival every year in mid-august called the Festa Major de Gracia and also often called the Fiestas de Gracia. The Festa Major de Gracia dates are always the 15th August to 21st August. Basically it´s a street festival that takes place in the older part of the Gracia district in Barcelona. Around 17 streets are decorated by the residents. There are hundreds of activities most of which are for local residents, but tourists and visitors are welcome to the concerts and parades. The Festa de Gracia is about Catalan traditions like parades, giants, castle building and fireruns, but most of all it is a shining example of community spirit which also has welcomes visitors. It´s authentic, fun, joyous, colorful festive and definitely worth a visit! August 2017 – June 2018. 52è Trofeu Joan Gamper / season 2017-2018
Feel the magic of football you can only dream of. The world’s top players bring you the best footballing spectacle. Come and enjoy all the matches Barça has to offer this season: from the traditional Trofeu Joan Gamper to the thrilling Champions League and La Liga. The Camp Nou is a stadium where, from August to June, sporting spectacle knows no limits: La Copa, La Liga and the Champions League. Unique and unforgettable experiences shared with more than 98,000 people at Europe’s biggest football stadium.
August 2017 – June 2018. Football Championship first division. 2017-2018 season
The first-division football season kicks off in August and the RCD Espanyol renews its enthusiasm with the support of thousands of fans who follow their team’s progress, match after match, at the RCDE Stadium. The Trofeu Ciutat de Barcelona Memorial Fernando Lara presents the RCD Espanyol’s new signings of the season. Come along and support one of the Spanish Liga’s classic teams: RCD Espanyol, and experience the competition at the RCDE Stadium, which has been classified as a 4-star stadium by UEFA. The 40,000 Espanyol fans will get behind their team every week to push them to the top of the league table. Blue and whites, get down to the RCDE and cheer on your team!
September. La Mercè Festival in Barcelona
La Mercè is the annual festival of the city of Barcelona. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. Although the actual feast day is September 24, the festivities begin a few days beforehand. Some of the most important features of the festival were introduced in the year 1902, when parades included papier maché “giants” known as gegants i capgrossos and a popular dance the Sardana. Among more recently introduced traditions are the annual Catalan Wine Fair, a special correfoc, a 10 km race and the pyro-musical, a display featuring synchronized fireworks, water fountains and music conducted at the base of the Montjuïc Mountain.
28 September – 1 October. 106è CONCURS DE SALTS INTERNACIONAL DE BARCELONA
Barcelona becomes the world showjumping capital when it hosts nine top-class competitions featuring more than 20 nations and 200 horses. Entertainment is guaranteed at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona! For the fifth year running, the CSIO Barcelona will be hosting the world grand finale of the Nations Cup, the most important showjumping competition on the international sporting calendar and with the largest amount of prize money ever.
29 september-1 october. Barcelona Tattoo Expo
We arrived at the 20th edition of the Barcelona Tattoo Expo. A range of activities, among which we can find a tattoo contest novels, exhibitions, seminars for professionals, music and undoubtedly tattoo on his purest essence.
8 October. Barcelona Triathlon by Santander
On 8th October, the world’s foremost triathlon, Barcelona Triathlon by Santander, will make the city the focus of world triathlon events when it attracts triathletes from more than 40 countries around the world. Spain’s biggest triathlon offers a unique sporting experience in the best setting: Barcelona. Designed for all kinds of sportsmen and women, it will bring together many of the world’s finest triathletes and thousands of amateur runners. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the sensations of the world of triathlons, a discipline that has experienced spectacular growth in recent years.
11-15 October. International Boat Show
The show features the largest and most comprehensive commercial offering of sport and recreational vessels, exhibited both in and out of the water: sailing boats, yachts, catamarans, Menorquin boats, motorboats, inflatable craft, cruisers and recreational fishing boats, as well as all manner of nautical products and services ranging from electronics and engines to paint, sails, trailers, fishing equipment and small vessels, as well as charters and marinas.
29 october-1 november. Salón del Manga
Salón del Manga de Barcelona will be held at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc. In addition to visiting the stands of the exhibitors at the fair you can enjoy many activities, most related to Japan, the country in which the Manga was born, manga workshops, anime, cosplay, video games and youtubers; anime projections; and spaces for Japanese martial arts.
26 November. 94a Jean Bouin
This November, Barcelona will be hosting the 94th Jean Bouin, the city’s most historic and prestigious athletics competition that brings together all kinds of athletes with the same spirit: a passion for athletics. The event is deeply rooted in the local community and the city’s sporting culture and attracts athletes from all disciplines every year, including more than 2,000 girls and boys who take part in all the categories. The event also includes the open race which attracts over 11,000 participants and makes this competition into a thrilling event and great success every year.
November 2017-May 2018. The Mil·lenni Festival
The Mil·lenni Festival is characterized by its individual approach to concerts. All the concerts have a local, family feel, with small venues in which the audience has an excellent view of the stage as well as top quality sound systems. The program combines high-profile, established names alongside other more local and emerging talents, giving you the chance to discover up-and-coming artists with a great future ahead of them. The festival’s main concert halls include some of Barcelona’s most iconic venues, such as the Liceu Opera House, the Palau de la Música and the Auditorium, or Casino de l’Aliança del Poble Nou, Sala Apolo or El Molino. Over the course of 7 months, from November to May the Festival offers the people of Barcelona a huge range of cultural and musical events. The concert formats and venues depend on the artist and concert in question, adjusting them to the type of audience expected.
Christmas in Barcelona
The festive season in Barcelona is special for many reasons. Firstly there are the traditional elements, like the Christmas markets, particularly the Santa Llúcia one by the cathedral, which has been held since 1786 and is where local families go to buy pieces for their cribs. Talking of which, pessebres (which is what they’re called in Catalan) can be seen in places around the city including Plaça Sant Jaume, City Hall and the Reial Monestir de Pedralbes. And “pessebres vivents” feature real people (and animals) acting out the Christmas story – if the chance comes up to see one, for example at Poble Espanyol, don’t miss it. On a more modern note, Barcelona is conscious of the need to be environmentally aware at this time of year, and Plaça Catalunya hosts a fair promoting responsible consumption, as well as fun and games for all ages.
25 December. Christmas Day
Christmas Day is Public Holiday in all of Spain and Barcelona. Catalans tradition is to eat a big meal on Christmas Day typically Escudella i carn d’olla – Catalan soup and stew, and roast meats followed by desserts of torrons, candies, neules, wafers, panses, raisins, figues, figs with wine and cava sparkling wine followed by singing Christmas carols and poems.
31 December. The Chimes of New Year
The Chimes of New Year, the New Year Celebration, will be held at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. And why chimes? Because with each bell strike at midnight December 31 it is traditional in Spain to eat 12 grapes to the rhythm marked by 12 strokes; one for each month of the next year, and if you do so, then you will have good luck in the new year. The great celebration of New Year in Barcelona include, from 23:30h, a great show of pyrotechnics, music, light and water that will make the last night of the year in a very special experience for those who want to celebrate the arrival of 2018 in the street.