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August in Barcelona

What to do in 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. 

Activities and events in August in Barcelona

Bank holidays

Assumption of Mary

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.

August in Barcelona: events

Outdoor film festivals

During the summer months, Barcelona hosts several open-air cinema festivals and it’s the perfect way to spend more time outdoors with your friends and family. In some of the most beautiful locations across Barcelona, such as the gardens of Montjuïc Castle (Sala Montjuïc) and Park Güell, you can watch up-and-coming films from around the world. Check out some of the best open-air film festivals in Barcelona via the link below! 

Circuit festival

August in Barcelona: Festa Major

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.

Trofeu Joan Gamper

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. 

Other activities in August in Barcelona

Pool day at Montjuïc

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.

Beach Days

During the hot months of August in Barcelona, there is only one place to be.  Barcelona is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. Whether you decide to take a short road trip to Sitges or Costa Brava or stay right in the city to spend the day at Barceloneta, you will find beautiful beaches all across the coast of Catalonia. 


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