Things to do: June in Barcelona

June in Barcelona

If you are looking for long days of sunny summer weather, buzzing streets, and plenty of festivities, June in Barcelona may be the time and place for you. Beyond the bustling Barceloneta Beach and heightened nightlife, there are many events to attend to ensure you’re a part of the fun this month.

Things to do: June in Barcelona

Events

To kick off the month of June, the ‘Tast a la Rambla’ festival is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the gastronomy of Barcelona. From June 2nd to 6th in the Santa Mònica section of La Rambla, this outdoor festival offers tastes of traditional and signature cuisine from some of the best restaurants and chefs in the city. In addition, activities like musical performances, culinary workshops and demonstrations, and cocktail pairings make this event hard to miss. Access to the event is free, but you can purchase tokens at the ticket offices to pay for tapas, pastries, and drinks. If you’re a foodie or trying to get to know the culture, ‘Tast a la Rambla’ is an easy way to explore the many flavors Barcelona has to offer. 

Exclusively offered during the summer months, Dinner with the Stars begins with a meal at dusk on the terrace of the Fabra Observatory. The menu is included in the ticket price when you book a date beforehand. An evening at this event includes a special viewpoint of Barcelona as well as access to the astronomical observatory museum, the noucentista hall, and the meridian telescope. In the dome of the Observatory, you can observe planets and star constellations in most of the Solar System through one of the oldest and largest telescopes in Europe.

June is the perfect month for evening activities. Another amazing activity is the magic night concert at Casa Batllo or La Pedrera; some of the most iconic architecture in the city. Whether you are with a friend or on a date, this will be an experience that you will never forget.  Read more about the yearly organised ‘Rooftop Week‘ in Barcelona!

The Jardins Pedralbes Festival is a series of concerts in June and July located in the Gardens of the Pedralbes Palace. From the 7th until the 30th of June, 17 famous musical artists will perform in the open air at one of the most beautiful and biodiverse gardens in Barcelona. This festival is an opportunity to listen, dance, eat, and drink amid a historical gem of Barcelona.

The Penedès region is easily accessible by public transport. Cordoniu and Freixenet are the two most famous Cava producers. They both offer tours of the wineries. But there are also some other really nice wineries around. We’ve listed 10 of our favourites:

One peaceful way to enjoy Catalonia in June is a day trip to the multi-peaked mountain range, Montserrat. A cogwheel train carries visitors up the scenic mountainside to a medieval monastery, the Benedictine Monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat. This day trip entails locally-led tours about the history of Montserrat Abbey, followed by optional wine tastings, tapas, and lunch at a winery. Those looking to relax or deepen their understanding of Catalonian tradition will enjoy their experience at Montserrat

The Moco Museum, which coined its name from its collection of modern, contemporary, and street art, proudly welcomes a wide-ranging audience to visit and reflect on today’s society. This museum features international artists like Banksy, Guillermo Lorca, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and more. This June, the Moco Museum presents a mix of magic and realism through Esplendor de la Noche, the first European solo show from the Chilean artist Guillermo Lorca. Located between Museu Picasso and Santa Maria del Mar, the Moco Museum displays the globally influenced and diverse art scene in Barcelona.

Festivities

From the 23rd to the 26th of June, the Pride! Barcelona 2022 festival empowers the fight for the dignity, respect, and acceptance of LGBTQ rights. With a special focus on lesbian visibility, this year’s parade is a celebration of diversity with concerts, DJ performances, shows, markets, and other cultural events. The main parade on June 25th starts at la Plaza Universitat and ends at Passeig Lluís Company. The rest of the Pride! BCN celebration returns to its usual open-air venue on Avinguda Maria Cristina, next to the Montjuïc fountains. 

For fans of the genre in Barcelona, the festival has become an unmissable event. It brings together experienced artists with up-and-comers to promote the integration of different musical languages and artistic disciplines of flamenco.

Whit Monday is a deeply-rooted religious festival on June 6th. With many names (Cinquagesma, Pentecostès, Pasqua de Pentecosta, Segona Pasqua, Pasqua Granada, etc.) and many different forms of celebration in Catalunya, Whit Monday honors the Holy Ghost’s apparition before the disciples on the 50th day following Christ’s Resurrection. The festival begins on Saturday morning with a musical parade or a ‘cercavila,’ and lasts until Monday night. Throughout Whit Weekend, retired choir groups sing through the streets in decorative clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, and hats. Reflecting the cultural origins of sea trade in Barceloneta, the groups also carry wooden objects like oars, tridents, and harpoons.

One special weekend to spend in the city is the festival of Sant Joan. As a celebration of the start of summer, bonfires and fireworks light up the streets from the shortest night of the year, June 23rd, through the longest day of the year, June 24th. In Catalunya, this feast day symbolizes purity, healing, and renewed energy. To prepare for the festivities, many join in large dinners at local restaurants before heading to small parties with friends and family (known as ‘reveltes’). The lively ambiance extends beyond the neighborhoods and along Barceloneta beach, where you’ll find musicians, picnics, cava, and more. Nightclubs organize their own events and participate in the party until the sun rises.

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