August in Barcelona
Only one month left to enjoy the hot summer days. Barcelona is THE city that allows us all to have the summer we have all always dreamed of; long days at the beach, celebrating local festivities, evening walks, picnics, movies outdoors and lots of time spent with friends drinking the nicest wine and eating the most exquisite tapas.
Things to do: August in Barcelona
August in Barcelona is the month of celebrating love. At the Circuit Festival, the whole city comes together to celebrate pride, love and individuality.
Since August is Barcelona’s warmest month of the year, it is the perfect time to spend days by the pool. Many Spanish families and friend groups go to the ‘Piscines Municipals Montjuïc’ to cool off. You can buy tickets at the entrance of the pool.
Music in the city
As mentioned in the article ‘Barcelona in July’, there are many music festivals and activities in the summer all throughout the city. There are free concerts in the parks of Barcelona, there is the ‘Mas i Mas festival’ and the ‘Festival de Grec’ in August. The festivals include a wide range of music genres from pop to jazz, and African and Jamaican music.
Before the start of Barcelona’s La Liga season, in August, top level clubs from throughout Europe play in an exhibition game known as the Trofeu Joan Gamper or Joan Gamper Cup. In honor of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player, and subsequently president of the club, the event is held by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium.
The celebration of the assumption of Mary takes place from the 11th until the 15th of August. Throughout the city, you will find parades, fairs, parties, costume contests, and other family events. The holiday celebrates Mary and the reunion of her body with her soul in heaven. It is thought that Mary’s body did not decay but immediately reunited with her soul. It has been widely celebrated around Spain, since the 1700s.
Gràcia’s festa major is regarded as the ultimate representation of the neighborhood’s identity. The festival consists of a number of events that bring together traditional and popular culture. A portion of the celebration is organized by residents’ groups, each of which is in charge of a particular street or plaza. Due to the involvement of the people of Gràcia, there are now a week’s worth of events taking place in every nook and cranny of the ancient town.
In Spain, there’s never not a celebration taking place. Festa Major de Sants takes place right after Festa Major de Gràcia. The celebration is similar to the one in Gràcia, with residents decorating the streets and organizing activities. Festa de Sants celebrates the feast of the patron of the district, San Bartolomé (August 24th). Activities include: bastoners, butifarradas, concerts, habanaras, workshops, dances and games.