Barcelona’s cultural charms and social calendar have helped make it one of the world’s most popular destinations for both tourists and expats looking for a new life. Whether you’re a hedonist on the prowl for all-night clubbing or a fine art connoisseur searching for gallery openings, every day of the week there’s something on offer to suit your tastes. But with two foreign languages to contend with and a plethora of information sources, it can be a struggle to discover exactly just what’s going. We’ll discuss the best places to find out what to do with your week here.
Time Out has grown into one of the world’s leading listings magazines since its launch in London in 1968. It expanded to Barcelona to 2008 and its website provides an up-to-the-minute and highly readable guide to everything that’s going on in the city. Miniguide Barcelona also provides an extensive guide to events in the Catalan capital, categorised into music, film, books, stage, art, fashion, beauty, wellness, food, drink, clubbing and romance. Their service includes a weekly events calendar and email newsletter. Their Twitter account is also worth following for the latest updates. The City Council’s Barcelona guide is another good place to find current cultural events taking place in Barcelona, helpfully displayed on a city map.
For those looking for a good time without having to break the bank, forfree.cat is a great resource for budget events. They display today’s highlights and also provide a weekly calendar of events. Their search function allows events to be found by type and geographical area. If you’re confident in your Spanish, the Facebook group Barcelona por 4 euros publicises countless affordable events in Castellano. It’s regularly updated throughout the day and highlights events that are often concealed from foreign eyes in Barcelona. For homesick Brits, Angloinfo provides a detailed events schedule targeted at the expat community. Barcelona Metropolitan, the city’s leading free English language magazine, offers a good mix of coverage for both homesick ex-pats and local culture enthusiasts, all available online.
The agenda available at Barcelona Turisme goes beyond tourist activities and ranges festivals to sports activities. They provide a list of upcoming highlights and a day-by-day agenda, as well as the facility to purchase tickets for events for some of them. For a wide variety of the major upcoming events, such as FC Barcelona games and arena concerts, try the Barcelona Yellow events calendar.
Clubbers in Barcelona are spoilt for choice. The listings page of Resident Advisor highlights the best nights in the city’s upcoming schedule. Songkick, lists the many major concerts coming soon, and also offer ticket sales for them. If art galleries are more your thing, MutualArt provides listings covering many of the current exhibitions in the city. PartyEarth is another good resource for entertainment after dark in Barcelona.
There are many websites for buying tickets online where you can also find major upcoming events, including eventful and viagogo. If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re attending some of these events, ShBarcelona can provide you with both Barcelona vacation rentals and long term rentals in Barcelona whatever your tastes and requirements.