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Scene from the Guitar Festival BCN

Guitar Festival BCN

This is a classic among European music festivals, with an imaginative programme that is rich in contrasts. 

Where
Various venues
When
From February to July
Festivals
Frame from the Mostra de Films de Dones (Women's Film Festival)

International Women's Film Festival

This festival held its first edition in 1993. It aims to promote the work of women filmmakers in particular and women's culture in general. 

Where
Various venues
When
May-June
Literature
Martín Caparrós and Jon Lee Anderson at the CCCB

Kosmopolis

Kosmopolis, the Amplified Literature Festival, is held every two years at the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB).

Where
CCCB
When
Biennial
Festivals
Poster for the Eme3 Architecture Festival

Eme3 Architecture Festival

This festival is free of charge, open to everyone and includes several disciplines. The aim is to let you discover and experience other ways of creating architecture.

Where
Various venues
When
June and November
Festivals
Attendees at A vista d'Hotel

A Hotel View

Hotel terraces are buzzing with cultural and leisure activities during Barcelona's Hotel Terrace Week. 

 

Where
Various venues
When
May-June
Music
Scene from Pedralbes Gardens Festival

Jardins de Pedralbes Festival

This music festival started in 2013 in a luxurious setting: the Palau de Pedralbes Gardens. 

Where
Palau Reial de Pedralbes Gardens
When
June-July
Fairs
Stands at the Commerce Festival on Carrer d'Horta

Shopping fairs on the streets in Horta

In May and June, shops in the neighbourhoods of the Horta-Guinardó district organise various days of street activities.

Where
Various venues
When
May and June
Festivals
Film screening at DocsBarcelona

Docs Barcelona

The Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival is an initiative that aims to disseminate and provide incentives for documentaries.

 

Where
Cinemes Aribau and the CCCB Theatre
When
May-June
Fairs
Catwalk at 080 Barcelona Fashion

080 Barcelona Fashion

The 080 fashion parade is Barcelona fashion's big event. It takes place in January and July. 

Where
Various venues
When
January and June-July
Festivals
Barcelona Design Week

Barcelona Design Week

This is an international event that brings together companies, designers, entrepreneurs and other players from the world of business, innovation and creative industries.

 

Where
Disseny Hub Barcelona
When
June
Festivals
Catwalk at FADfest

FADFest

This annual event is organised by the Foment de les Arts i del Disseny (FAD), an association that aims to promote design and architecture in the country's economic and cultural life. 

 

Where
Various venues
When
June-July
Festivals
The Sónar Festival

Sònar

Barcelona's International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is a must for anyone interested in electronic music, urban art and multimedia technologies. 

Where
Fira de Barcelona
When
June
Festivals
Screenings at the LOOP Festival

Loop Festival

This is the only festival that is exclusively dedicated to moving images. Short videos are shown in various places around the city.

 

Where
Various venues
When
June
Festivals
One of the Primavera Sound stages

Primavera Sound

Barcelona's music scene cannot be fully understood without this grand festival, one of the best of its kind in Spain, which now has a twin event in Portugal. 

Where
Fòrum Park
When
May-June
Nightlife
The Observatory Fabra , venue for the Sopars amb Estrelles (Suppers with Stars)

Dinner with the stars

The Observatory Fabra is the stage for this summertime activity, which combines scientific dissemination and food, at one of Barcelona's privileged viewpoints.

Where
Fabra Observatory
When
From June to September
Festivals
Barcelona Pride with the Palau Nacional in the background

Pride BCN

On either side of Gay Pride Day, Barcelona hosts the most important LGBT Pride events in the Mediterranean. 

Where
Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina
When
June-July
Music
Performance during Summer Nights at La Pedrera

Summer nights at La Pedrera

On summer nights, there are jazz concerts in an enchanting location, the terrace of Antoni Gaudí's last secular building.

Where
La Pedrera
When
From June to September