4th April – 7th April 2019: Salón Internacional del Cómic
Many important authors visit each year this comic fair in Barcelona, but they are not alone, japanese rock stars and renowned cosplayers attend this event as well.
23rd April 2019: Diada de Sant Jordi
Roses and books are the main protagonists of this celebration of St. George in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia. Men offer roses to women and women give books to men. The whole city is filled with flowers, literature and other activities.
9th May – 12th May 2019: Spanish Grand Prix
Loud cars drive very fast around the Circuit de Catalunya. Who will be on the podium?
18th June – 20th June 2019: Sonár Festival
Sonár is possibly the world’s finest electronic music and arts festival. This is the gig that all the DJs and electronic musicians want.
23rd June 2019: Festa de Sant Joan
Not for the faint of heart, the preparations for Sant Joan see the streets rumble with the sound of firecrackers. On the day itself, there are bonfires and firework displays all over the city and the beach, running until dawn. Cava is the drink of choice, and is enjoyed in great amounts… so it’s a good thing that the 24th is a holiday.
July 2019 (TBC): European Balloon Festival
5,000 people visit one of Europe’s largest hot air balloon festivals in July. (www.ebf.cat
14th August – 18th August 2019: Festa de Sant Roc
Celebrated every year since 1589, the Barri Gòtic’s street party is centred on the Plaça Nova in front of the cathedral. Like the Festes de la Mercè, many Catalan traditions are on show including castellers and gegants. Celebrations take place in the days around the 16th.
15th August – 21st August 2019: Festa Major de Gràcia
The Gràcia neighbourhood’s annual festival involves a prize for the best decorated street, square and balcony. The planning takes months, so by the time the prizes are awarded, the neighbourhood looks truly spectacular.
21st September – 24th September 2019: Festes de la Mercè
(human castles) and gegants
(huge papier-mâché/fibreglass giants) take to the street in this enormous party to celebrate the patron saint of Barcelona. (merce.bcn.cat