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March 2019

Music in the Parks | Summer in Barcelona

March 31 - August 30
Unnamed Venue,
Barcelona, Spain
Music in the Parks

Every year, Barcelona council organises the ‘ Music in the Parks ’ festival, an event where the most important parks and green spaces in the city, are transformed into open air stages. On these, many talented groups perform free, the majority within the classical music genre, so that everyone can enjoy a relaxing evening accompanied by the stunning sounds of some of the best bands in Barcelona.

This event will take place every week between the 31st of March and the 30th of August, so if you don’t have any plans for June, July, or August, there’s no excuse not to go to these concerts! Also, as these performances will take place in more than 30 parks and green spaces all around Barcelona, it’s also a great opportunity to discover some of the most important parks in the city: Ciutadella Park, Park Güell, Joan Miró Park, Barceloneta Park, Estación del Norte Park, and many more…

Those performing will mostly be young people, between the ages of 16 to 35, who have been specially selected for their talent in performing arts and their many years of dedication to music. In total, more than 50 performances will take place, showcasing all types of music, amateur composers, orchestras from local schools, choirs, etc… playing a variety of musical genres such as classical, blues, jazz, among many more. Check out the ‘Music in the Park’ festival programme on their official website.

As well as the concerts organised by Barcelona council, there will also be a number of guided tours around the city’s most important parks (la ciutadella, el parc Güell, etc...) explaining the history of the park, its biodiversity, how it has changed through time, and many other unknown and interesting facts about the green space. If you are interested in going on one of these tours, don’t forget to reserve in advance as places are limited.

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July 2019

Blues Nights at Poble Espanyol

July 27 @ 9:00 pm - August 29 @ 9:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Barcelona, Spain
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Blues nights

All those that have visited Barcelona or live in this spectacular city know about Poble Espanyol, either in terms of its stunning architecture or as the place where some of the biggest parties of the year are held. And this year for the sixth year running, Blues Nights at Poble Espanyol, will return. Every Thursday at 21:00 from the 27th of July to the 29th of August, you can enjoy an incredible Blues concert, in the most “Barcelona” style. There will be 9 concerts in total, those taking to the stage including: Wax & Boogie, The Traitor, The Red & The Rotten, The Flat Pack, WOMBLUES (Big Mama Montse, Sister Marion, Sweet Marta), Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers, Chino & The Big Bet + Sax Attack, The Ramblers, and Room 69.
Below is the concert programme:

  • 27th of June: Wax & Boogie.
  • 4th of July: The Traitors (Inclosa dintre del XVIIè Festival de Blues de Barcelona).
  • 11th of July: The Red & The Rotten (Inclosa dintre delXVIIè Festival de Blues de Barcelona).
  • 25th of July: The Flat Pack.
  • 1st of August: WOMBLUES (Big Mama Montse, Sister Marion, Sweet Marta).
  • 8th of August: Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers.
  • 15th of August: Chino & The Big Bet + Sax Attack.
  • 22nd of August: The Ramblers.
  • 29th of August: Room 69.

The event takes place at: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13. The nearest metro stop is Plaza España.
Ticket prices range from 5.50€ to 11€ (depending on whether you only want to go to the concert, or whether you want to eat dinner and have a drink there as well). Don’t forget to check out some of the available discounts online on their webpage.

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August 2019

Fiestas de Gràcia | Summer in Barcelona

August 15 - August 21
Unnamed Venue,
Barcelona, Spain
Fiestas de Gràcia

This year like all years, the Fiestas de Gràcia return to the city to transport you to another world. This amazing fiesta, celebrated this year from the 15th to the 21st of August in the Gràcia neighbourhood, is one of the most anticipated events of the year and sees a week-long celebration of activities, concerts, and non-stop partying that has been going on ever since the start of the 19th century.

During this week, the neighbourhood will put on a large number of activities like live music performances, workshops, food stalls, traditional fire runs and other local celebrations, etc… Here are some of the most important events of this year’s festival:

  • The opening proclamation and official start of the festival
  • Live music concerts
  • Foam festival
  • Habanera concerts
  • Daily Casteller shows (traditional human towers)
  • Traditional fire runs
  • Parades
  • Food stalls
  • Children’s games
  • Open air cinema

But without doubt, the most anticipated event in the festival which encourages hundreds to make their way to the party, is the competition for best decorated street. During the Fiestas de Gràcia, the main streets of the neighbourhood are decorated by those that live there in spectacular themes that make the roads almost completely unrecognisable. These decorations are handmade throughout the year by neighbourhood locals, painstakingly dedicated to taking home the much sought after title for their very own avenue.

On top of all these amazing events and activities, the festival will also host incredible free music concerts around the neighbourhood: spectacular performances in genres such as rumba, rock, jazz, disco, etc… With so many types of music being performed, there will be something for everyone through the week.

  • Below is a brief summary of just some of the great performances on the weekend:
    Friday 17th: Joan Colomo, Rombo, Marilluïssa, Arrels de Gràcia
  • Saturday 18th: Melenas, Power Burkas, Mourn, Aliment, Dj Waterparties

You can also see the official festival programme here. If you find yourself in Barcelona this week, don’t miss out on this truly unforgettable fiesta!

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