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July in Barcelona 2024

What to do in July in Barcelona ?

The hot summer months are finally here and if you’re spending July in Barcelona, you’ll not be short of things to do. It’s time to spend long days at the beach, take to the street terraces to enjoy an aperitif in the sun, and even watch your favourite movies outdoors. By the time July rolls around, every day feels like a holiday in Barcelona – We’ll talk you through some of the best events and make some suggestions to help you make the most of this time of year.

Events and activities in July in Barcelona

July 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! 

Food festivals in Barcelona

One of the biggest parts of Catalonian culture is the food! From Calçots to Cava and Vermut (Vermouth), to all of the other wonderful foods Barcelona has to offer. We’ve detailed all the food markets and festivals going on in July in Barcelona, if you want to get your hands on the local produce and dishes – trust us, you don’t want to miss them!

Music festivals

One of the biggest parts of Spanish and Catalonian culture is the importance of music! From traditional folk and jazz and classical music to more current genres like EDM, reggaeton and mainstream pop, music festivals in Barcelona host a plethora of options for music-lovers of all tastes and preferences. We’ve listed all of the most prominent music festivals in Barcelona, such as ‘Sonar Festival’ and ‘Primavera Sound’, including their dates and locations. 

Festa Major

Adding to the vacation vibe are several great street festivals, like the Festa Major. From human towers to giants, to traditional Catalan and Spanish music, the street and neighbourhood festivals in Barcelona are no exception. Most taking place in late summer and fall, a signature Festa Major in Barcelona is hosted by each neighbourhood for its residents. Each Festa Major in Barcelona is unique and definitely worth experiencing. 

Pride month

Pride and LGBTI celebration is very important in Barcelona, with the local town of Sitges being one of the gay capitals of Europe, so there are many events that take place in both June and July in Barcelona to honour the community. There are an array of events known as “Neighbourhood Pride”, organised by Barcelona’s LGBTI Centre and the Catalan Platform of LGBTI Organisations. The events consist of over 100 art-related events and activities including concerts, storytelling exhibitions, guided walks, drag workshops, and more. See the full programme of events here

Festival Grec 2024

The 48th Barcelona Grec Festival, one of Europe’s leading festivals of music, circus, dance and theatre, is back on 26th June – 4th August. The festival will take place predominantly at the infamous ‘Teatre Grec’, but you can catch performances at a multitude of venues across the city. Featuring the very best of Barcelona’s local talent and also a strong international lineup with a dominant female presence, the variety is endless.

More events & activities in Barcelona

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. 

Flea Markets

With the summer months comes outdoor flea market season. The largest second-hand and vintage market in Barcelona, ‘El Flea’ takes place in July every Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 in front of the Museu Marítim. There is also ‘Fleadonia’, another large flea market that takes place in July in Barcelona.

Visit the Costa Brava

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Catalonia, it stretches from the French border all the way to the ‘Costa Brava gateway’ of Blanes. The area is quite hard to visit without a car, but it is fairly inexpensive to hire a car or there’s the option to book an organised tour. With a treasure trove of fishing villages and lively seaside towns, the Costa Brava, aka the ‘Wild Coast’, has so much to offer. 

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