What to do in July in Barcelona ?
The warm days of July in Barcelona are here. It’s time to spend long days at the beach, watch movies outdoors, and go to festivals. We’ve put some of the nicest activities together that you can do at different times of the day, so you can get the most out of your summer in the city!
Events and activities in July in Barcelona
Festivities in July in Barcelona
Festa Major del Raval
If you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself in Catalan culture, then visit Festa Major del Raval. The whole neighbourhood participates in a multitude of cultural activities that are meant for not only adults but also children.
Experimental Photo Festival
Are you an art and photography fan looking for something to do in July in Barcelona? Experimental Photo Festival is the perfect event for you. Experimental Photo Festival is a nonprofit organization that promotes creativity, freedom, and equality in the form of experimental photography. The festival is open to people of all levels of photography. The festival consists of workshops, exhibition, conferences, and more. The goal is to create a safe space where everyone can show their artwork and photography. The festival runs from July 18th to July 23rd. For more information see the programme.
The Jardins Pedralbes Festival
The Jardins Pedralbes Festival is a series of concerts in June and July in Barcelona located in the Gardens of the Pedralbes Palace. From the 11th until the 27th of July, 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.
Barcelona Beach Festival
In light of the amazing beach weather in July in Barcelona, there is a one-day DJ festival held right on Platja de la Pau Beach on July 2nd. Barcelona Beach Festival hosts some of the biggest electronic music artists in the world including Marshmallow, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Vini Vici, Armin Van Buurden, and more.
The 14th and 15th of July in Barcelona, the Pride! Barcelona 2023 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.
Festival de Grec
For those interested in cultural activities, Festival de Grec is the festival to attend. Its name stems from the Greek amphitheater (Teatre Grec) which is considered the base of the festival. This festival’s purpose is to show that everyone is connected with one another, and so is every country. It showcases how art broadens our perspectives of the world around us. Diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront of this festival. The mix of different genres, different people, and different cultures makes this festival a very special one.
Festival Cruïlla Barcelona
Another festival that is perfect to attend with a group of friends is Festival Cruïlla Barcelona. This festival includes a wide range of genres from pop and rock to African and Jamaican music. Artists such as Kylie Minogue, Ben Howard, and The Lumineers have played at the festival in previous editions. The festival’s location is one of its main perks; outdoors and facing the sea!
Events in July in Barcelona
During the summer months, Barcelona hosts several open-air cinema festivals. You’ll definitely appreciate spending more time outdoors with friends without being stuck inside museums or shopping centres. So, why not take advantage of the many outdoor cinemas that Barcelona has to offer? For most nights through July and August, films are screened on the beach, in the gardens of Montjuïc castle and various other locations around the city.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, but entertaining way to spend your night, then consider going to one of the free concerts taking place in the parks of Barcelona. There are people playing jazz music on Wednesdays and Fridays at 22.00 in Ciutadella and from Thursday to Saturday young musicians play a variety of classical music in various parks around the city.
Mornings in the park
Since the temperatures rise a lot already in July in Barcelona, most people spend the majority of their days at the beach. However, mornings spent in the park can also be really lovely. Grab a blanket, some coffee, and a picnic basket and enjoy the softness of the mornings in parks such as Turó Park, Jardins de Joan Brossa, Montjuïc, Laribal Gardens, and Poblenou Central Park.