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Traditional festivals

There’s a party right on your doorstep

There’s a party right on your doorstep
Written by Karen

Festa Major de Gracia streetsBarcelona sure knows how to throw a rockin’ party. It’s a city of celebration with major festivals in Barcelona held annually such as the city-wide La Mercè festival and international music festival Primavera Sound, just to name few. But it also hosts some great community-based celebrations in each of the city’s neighborhoods, which are an ideal way for you to meet people in your local community, learn about the history of your neighborhood as well as celebrate the creativity and culture within your local area. Coming up over the next six months are festivals in the Barcelona neighborhoods of Poble-Sec, Sant Roc, Gracia and Sants.

Festa Major del Poble-Sec

In the second half of July, the annual Festa Major del Poble-Sec gives you a glimpse into the architecture and history behind this neighborhood located at the edge of Mont Juic. With art displays and music performances, people of all ages will embrace its celebratory atmosphere. Past years has seen a fun run take place as well as displays of the Poble-Sec ‘casteller’, the human towers. As with most neighborhood festivals, there’s a strong focus on culinary delights with food stands and street barbeque galore.

Festes de Sant Roc

In the middle of August is the Festes de Sant Roc, a celebration in one of the oldest parts of the city within the Gotic neighborhood in Barcelona’s historical center. Held around the Barcelona Cathedral, this street celebration is full of parades, performances by local artists, delicious cuisines and unique crafts, as well as music shows and dancing.

Related article: Biggest celebrations in Barcelona

Festa Major de Gracia

Festa Major de Gracia lightsThe Festa Major de Gracia is one of the city’s most popular street festivals in August and a gathering of Barcelona’s young, hip and happening crowd. It’s worth a visit just to see the many extravagantly decorated streets, which are all competing for the title of best decorated. There’s an abundance of activity taking place, from parades, concerts, arts and crafts as well as dancing, fireworks and great food and drink. The neighborhood of Gracia is in the north of the city.

Festa Major de Sants

In late August and just a few days following the festival in Gracia, the Festa Major de Sants gets going with days of fun-filled celebrations, including fireworks and parades, streets lined with decorations, children’s games and shows, art and craft displays as well as plenty of delicious food and live music. The Sants neighborhood is situated near one of the city’s major railway stations, Sants Estacion.

About the author


Karen is a writer with a love for music, travel and vermouth on Sundays, who lives and works in Barcelona.

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