Summertime is the best time of the year to be outside and enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer. While there are dozens of festivals scheduled to take place this summer in and around the city, there is a handful that are free to enjoy and won’t cost you a penny to enter. Read on to discover some of the best and cheapest festivals that ShBarcelona thinks will sure please both you and your wallet!
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Festa Major del Raval
On July 13 and 14, the Festa Major del Raval features music, dancing, and customary Catalan traditions to be enjoyed by all. The party kicks off on the first evening at 8 PM in Plaça Vicenç Martorell, right off of La Rambla. Throughout the weekend you can catch free concerts and dance traditional sardanes like a real Catalan. Free workshops are offered as well for arts and crafts like henna and Moroccan art. For the sporty crowd, there are organized basketball matches and running races to take part in and challenge yourself. And, of course, no Catalan festival is complete without gegants and correfoc! See the giants take the streets and then later on taken over by people disguised as devils with fireworks to illuminate the streets. This festival has something for everyone so it’s sure not to be missed!
Música als Parcs
For more than 15 years, the city of Barcelona has been sponsoring Música als Parcs, an ongoing concert series that features free music in parks across the city. Entrance to all the parks is free, so you can enjoy music all summer long in different venues. The concerts vary in musical styles so that you can experience something new at each concert. Concerts run weekly until the end of August so there are still many dates left in which you can catch a show. Scheduled for this summer are concerts of jazz, blues, and choir, among others, spreading across 27 different public parks and gardens. You can check out the website to consult the lineup as to who is playing where and on which day. As an extra bonus, the city council is sponsoring guided tours on some of the parks and gardens on selected dates. Not bad for being free!
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Festa Major de Poblenou
The Festa Major de Poblenou is in early September, which is still late summer in Barcelona! This festival is also another traditional Catalan party, a celebration of the neighborhood stretching from Avinguda Diagonal to the beach. Past festivals have included many of the party essentials like music and concerts but you can also participate in Bingo games and organized sports contests either with friends or to meet new people. You can also enjoy cool workshops like Zumba and dance, and enjoy a Catalan barbecue, or botifarrada, to get a taste of traditional cuisine. The calendar is jam-packed with activities across the nine days of festivities for the public to enjoy and take advantage of.
What do you think of the Festa Major in Barcelona?