Barcelona celebrates a unique cultural and literary event on the day of Sant Jordi, or Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia, as it coincides with World Book Day.
May - June
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.
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.
Lovers of music in general will always find interesting bands at this diverse festival.
The Grec is an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival that has a long tradition in Barcelona.
Festa Major de Gràcia
The raison d'être of the Gràcia Festa Major, the district’s main festival, is the competition between the neighbouring streets. Around twenty of them spend all year preparing for this momentous occasion.
Festa Major de Sants
The most popular main festival, after Gràcia's Festa Major, is the one in the Sants neighbourhood.
For ten days in August, Barcelona becomes the gay capital of the world.
Festes de la Mercè
Every year, on and around La Mercè, on 24 September, Barcelona celebrates its Festa Major, or main festival.
48H Open House Barcelona
This is the city's main architectural event; an open-doors weekend featuring over 150 buildings of all kinds, shapes and sizes.
The Barcelona fair is the key event for Manga enthusiasts and fans of Japanese culture in Spain
Festa Major de Sant Andreu
This old town, which was annexed to Barcelona in 1897, celebrates its traditional Festa Major, the main festival, in honour of its patron saint, Sant Andreu.
Fira de Santa Llúcia
Founded in 1786, the city's oldest Christmas market is a must for both Barcelona residents and visitors to the city.
Cavalcada dels Reis
In Catalonia, the Christmas festivities end with an event that is eagerly awaited by both young and old: the Three Kings' Parade.
080 Barcelona Fashion
The 080 fashion parade is Barcelona fashion's big event. It takes place in January and July.
The Santa Eulàlia Festival
Barcelona's winter Festa Major, or Big Festival, is held in January in honour of the city's co-patron saint, St. Eulàlia.
February - March
GSMA Mobile World Congress
Since 2006, the most important mobile telephony fair in the world has been taking place in Barcelona .
Zurich Marató de Barcelona
The Barcelona Marathon has become established as one of the big European marathons, together with the ones held in London, Paris and Berlin.
BCN Guitar Festival
This is a classic among European music festivals, with an imaginative programme that is rich in contrasts.