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Fair and Markets
There are a number of fairs and markets that take place during the year, where you can find a variety of second-hand items, designer pieces, and yummy food.
Founded in 2012, El Rastro de la Vigen is Barcelona’s first recycled art, second-hand clothing and books outdoors market. The event was created so that people could get rid of items they no longer had any use for and for artists to showcase their works of recycled art.
The Palo Alto Market, which happens at least once a month, is a new and trendy kind of street market where you can buy unique design, decoration and clothing items. After you finished shopping, you can grab a bite in one of the various food stands, choosing between Italian, organic, gourmet or street food.
One of the oldest markets in Europe, Encants de Barcelona is a place where you can find a variety of new and old products sold by hundreds of sellers. There are even public auctions held thrice a week, attracting people from all over the city. At Encants Barcelona you can purchase handcrafted items, electrical appliances, books, clothing, antiques, furniture and more.
Free arts and culture
Barcelona is a city that loves arts and culture, which is why it is always promoting it by organizing cool events where people can have access to it for free.
La nit dels museus is an event that usually takes place in the middle of May, where over 50 museums open from 7 pm to 1 am, offering free admission. There are some museums that offer free entrance on Sundays after 3 pm all year long, but this night is an opportunity to visit some of the most exclusive museums in the city that always charge an entry fee.
Cinema Lliure a la Platja is a festival that takes place during the summer, where movies from various countries in the world are exhibited at the beach. The festival usually takes place at Sant Sebastià beach, showing movies twice a week.
In October of 2015, the city held its first Barcelona Gallery Weekend. The event was created with the aim of celebrating art and inviting people to discover some of the most interesting art galleries in the city.
The latest trends
If there is a trend that has just started, you will find it in Barcelona. The city is quick in importing ideas that have proved successful in other countries, offering a variety of services and products that generate buzz. Some examples of that are the bubble tea, the Flyboard, the Solowheel, and escape rooms.
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Fira Barcelona is Barcelona’s trade fair institution and one of the most important in Europe. Each year it receives a number of congresses, trade shows and events from different sectors, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Some of the biggest events to take place each year at Fira de Barcelona are Salón de Manga de Barcelona, Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona, Barcelona Tattoo Expo, Mobile World Congress, and Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week.