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Christmas is around the corner and, to be honest, we are not very happy about it. Therefore, as it cannot be any other way, the city that celebrates it by decorating its streets and throwing one of the most special Christmas events for Catalans… The Santa Llucia Fair in Barcelona!
The Santa Llucia Fair in Barcelona is a Christmas Market that is celebrated every year in the Plaza de la Seu, just in front of the Barcelona Cathedral, between the 29th November until the 23rd December. In this space, around 270 stalls and shops are situated, where you can find everything related with Christmas (decorations, gifts, manger figures and many more). Down to this, there is so much to see at the fair that it is divided into four areas depending on what they sell: Manger figures, vegetative decorations, handcrafted or zambomba drums. Likewise, in addition to what this space offers us, they also usually have activities for kids so they don´t get bored as the adults shop.
One of the things that makes the Santa Llucia Fair so special is the fact that it is a Christmas Market that is focused on the oldest manger figures in the world. The first accounts we have of them date back to 1786, although this is the say that they are probably a lot older. In the beginning this market was made up of some small shops for manger decorations that were on the plaza with the target of, people leaving mass, to get them to buy clay figures to put in their manger.
Without any doubt, this is the perfect site to go to if you want to completely immerse yourself in Catalan Christmas traditions like the manger, Uncle Christmas or the figurines and bring home an original memory of your stay in Barcelona.Find out more »
The Aussie hurricane returns to Barcelona! Damian Clark has become one of the hottest tickets in comedy clubs and festivals through Europe & the UK. You can see him at Shamrock Bar in central Barcelona on Friday 10th January. Follow Guiriness Comedy on Facebook for a chance to win tickets!
Clark has been featured in Comedy Channel’s Damo Does Edinburgh, Irish TV’s Republic of Telly, The Savage Eye, Katherine Lynch’s Wonder Women, Comedy Central’s Seann Walsh World, plus wrote & co-starred in RTE2’s I Dare Ya! which became the highest rating Irish comedy debut to date.
-Shamrock Bar Barcelona Show- Friday 10th January. C/Tallers 72, Metro Universitat.
Doors 20.30h. Show 21.30h. Please come early on the night for seats. Late-comers may be standing room only.
There are a limited number of earlybird tickets online (10€). After that it’s pay-at-door (12€).
Can’t make it to Friday’s Show? Then come down to the Saturday 11th Jan show at Wylie Brewery Sitges. If you’re coming in from Barcelona, there’s a Monbus back from Sitges at 23.52h.Find out more »
The time has come for the sales in Barcelona. The New Year means one thing-new clothes. If you like to go shopping this is one for you! Every year there are very popular sales in Barcelona where everybody enjoys going. The winter edition starts on the 7th January 2020 and last until the end of February so that means two whole months of sales in Barcelona! To be honest, everybody likes a sale, don´t they?
With the New Year on its way means that there will be lots of sales in Barcelona. Until the liberalization in 2012, they always started on 7th January but since that day, the start date has been prone to change depending on the store and place but the end date has always remained as 28th February, 2020. What will never change is the amazing offers in- store for shops like Zara and Mango, El Corte Inglés, H&M, Springfield and many more.
Sales in Barcelona
Stores put up their discount signage and are soon crowded with excited bargain hunters. The sale of Zara, Mango, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, Bershka and Oysho are the most popular among customers. Discounts of up to 70% are loved by everyone. Mango has started the sale already with 50% on the website and in the stores. The offers count until 1st March or when the stock is empty. For H&M are the discounts also 50% and if you are a member of H&M you can get a 10% extra discount. Asos was one of the first online web shops that had 70% discount on selected items. Zara has 40%-50% discount on all their clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. El Corte Inglés will start the sale one day before the Inditex but that will only be online and the next day the sale will start in the store itself. There will be 50% discount in all stores on the first days of the sale in the second days the discount will be 70% and will end on the last days with 90% when everything needs to go. So make sure that you won't miss out this amazing sales in Barcelona.
-Where to buy
If you want to go to the sales in Barcelona we recommend that you go to the centre of Barcelona and walk through the main highstreets: Passeig de Gràcia, Portal de l´Àngel i carrer Pelayo.
Another good option is to visit some of the best shopping centres of Barcelona, such as the Arenas, Maremagnum, Glorias or the illa DiagonalFind out more »
The festa major de Sant Antoni is the first annual festival which will see Sant Antoni taken over with music, theater, games, tradition, sport and other activities from 17th to 26th January. Ten action-packed days to go out and enjoy the neighborhood as never before.
The neighborhood of Sant Antoni belongs to the Eixample district and is connected by Gran Via, Ronda de Sant Pau and Avenida del Paral∙lel. The festival held by Sant Antoni Abat, begins the calendar of major festivals in Barcelona. This year’s edition of festa major de Sant Antoni will present the new neighbourhood fire beast, a pig, who will be the focal point for the festivities in the gardens of Alghero (18th January). The first anniversary of the LGBTI Center will be celebrated as well, with activities open to all members of public, and the 40th anniversary of the AEIG Pau Claris.
In addition to the traditional elements of a Barcelona Festival giant’s parade, correfoc, sardana dance, trabucaires, popular foods it also celebrates it owns activities, which link the celebration with the celebration of Sant Antoni. Such as, the riding of the three Tombs or the pig´s raffle, which was restarted a few years ago, are just a few examples. Other types of activities not to be missed for are sports, children´s events, concerts, charity fairs, theater, monologue, pet blessing, presentation of books, conferences.
- Festa Major de Sant Antoni important information:
• The amusement fair: from 10th-26th January, between Entença street and Rocafort street.
• The 42nd Moritz Sant Antoni Race: Sunday 19th at 09:30 am between Calabria and Floridablanca streets (price: from €16).
• The 95th Cavalcade of the Three Tombs: Saturday 25th at 10:30 am tour: Calabria with Parallel Avenue, Tamarit, Parliament, Ronda de Sant Pau, Urgell, Villarroel, Floriadablanca, Ronda Sant Antoni, Plaza Universidad, Pelai, Rambla, Hospital, San Antonio, Manso, Parallel Avenue.
• Festa major de Sant Antoni Exchange of cava plates: Saturday 25th from 09:30-14:00 in the Fossart of the Mercat de Sant Antoni.
• The craft beer fair: Saturday 25th from 10:00-11:00 on Urgell street with Tamarit (price €2).
• Classic Car Meeting: Sunday 26th at 11:00 at Ronda Sant Antoni.
• The classic infernal correfoc: Sunday 26th at 19:45 tour: Jardinets de Alghero, Calabria, Villarroel, Tamarit, Floridablanca
Barcelona Carnival is one of the most fun and entertaining festivals of the year. Carnival starts with the famous "Fat Thursday" (20 February) and finishes on Ash Wednesday (26 February). Lasting a week, it is one of the longest celebrations in the year. In Barcelona, there are many activities and events over these seven days of Carnival festivities.
“Arribo” means the “arrival”, is carnival's opening event and the moment when the Rei Carnestoltes (the carnival king) will pass by the crowds that await his arrival. The king is the main character of the festival across the whole Catalonia and is a figure that represents the spirit of joy. Aided by his seven ambassadors (one for each historic village of Barcelona, Gràcia, Horta, Les Corts, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí, and Sarrià). This will be part of the festivities on Fat Thursday, found at La Rambla on 20th February.
-Barcelona Carnival: Processions and Parades
Saturday afternoon is usually the day when the Carnival´s procession will take place. Thanks to people´s initiative, some areas of Barcelona organize many of these colorful and festive parades. One of the seven ambassadors for the Carnival king usually joins each of them. This will be on Carnival Saturday in different areas of Barcelona throughout 22nd February.
The Taronjada & the carnival king is one of the most important events in the festival and definitely one that attracts the most people. The Rei Carnestoltes reads out a satirical announcement where he comments on the most important events of the last year. This will be on Carnival Sunday in Passeig Picasso and on various streets in El Born.
L'enterro "the Burial" after several days the Rei Carnestoltes is judged and condemned to be burned to death on Carnival Tuesday. After his death on Ash Wednesday, the final event of the Barcelona Carnival is l´enterro, or the burial, which is also known as the burial of the sardine. The event includes a type of funeral procession with jokey and satirical notes that serve as a farewell to the Rei Carnestoltes and as the start of Lent. This will be on Ash Wednesday in a different place and time for each district on 26th February 2020.
Here are some popular events of the Barcelona Carnival: Els Encants de Carnival at Jardins Sociedad Recreativa, Xatonades at different areas, Arrossada popular at Àngel Vidal 17-23, Carnival bed race Jardins Casino Prado Suburense, Closing dinner at Hall Theatre Casino Prado Suburense and many more.
So make sure you won´t miss out this year’s carnival week in Barcelona to have a wonderful time here and lots of fun!Find out more »
Curious about the constantly evolving art world? This digital art festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy electronic music, participate in immersive activities, and watch life performances. Discover MUTEK!
MUTEK has been inspiring and harboring digital creativity since 2000 when it had its first festival. This non-for-profit organization strives to foster digital sound, music, and art. The annual festival is an international event that showcases original and diverse content.
This year's festival will take place March 4-7. You need to buy your ticket for this art festival in advance because they sell out quickly, don’t miss out! Tickets sold out? No problem! MUTEK does individual performances and presentations on various days and separate tickets are available.
Founded in 2009, MUTEK connects spanish artists internationally. This gives artists a space for them to present their work to a global audience while meeting other fellow artists who they can connect and collaborate with.
MUTEK is always expanding and has festivals all over the world. What originally started in Montreal has now spread to Buenes Aires, Mexico City, Dubai, Madrid, and Tokyo. The faster this organizations grows the more talent is is able to showcase!
MUTEK features 5 different sections for ticket holders to experiment with. The Digi Lab uses workshops, presentations, panels, and interviews to analyze the connection of sound with images and technology. The presentations are focused on the difference between professionals, emerging artists and observers. The A/Visions section displays audiovisual experiences that engulf the viewer in high levels of artistic quality. If you are looking for live music performances visit the Nocturne section where you will find artists and a dance floor. More interest in the emerging artists? The Play section features a space for you to interact with mechanical and 3D works. Lastly Experience section of the festival is a place for people of all ages with performances, music, and food.Find out more »
Enjoy 110 different tapas and 646 different beers at the Barcelona Beer Festival! From March 13-15 you can taste food and beers made by amateurs and professionals. Join over 30,000 participants in the celebration of good craft beers along with all your favorite tapas.
Every year the Centre d’activitats de la Farga de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat is filled for 3 days with eager beer lovers. Don’t miss this sensory experience right here in Barcelona! Immerse yourself in the different tastes and smells of Barcelona while you listen to live music and watch performances by local theatrical groups.
Come for 1 day or all 3, the various ticket options are available now! Each entry fee ticket comes with a glass to fill with beer and several coins or tokens that you can use to buy food or beer, but once inside you may quickly run out so more tokens can be purchased for 1 euro each.
Take advantage of the beer informers at this festival to ensure you grab something you will enjoy or take a risk and try something new.
Are you a brewer yourself? Join in on the Barcelona Beer Festival and meet other brewers or participate in the Barcelona Beer Challenge. Whether you are a professional brewer or just a professional drinker, everyone can enjoy this festival.
Ticket holders also have the option to register for various activities during the festival. These activities may include cooking demonstrations, meetings with professional brewers, and sensory experiments. The list and schedule of events will be available in February.
Another unique aspect of this beer festival is every year the festival features an exclusive beer from a brewery of their choice. Don't forget to try this years beer the Baltique Porter made by Les Trois Mousquetaires!
Put your glasses up and cheers to craft beers!Find out more »
It's that time of year again where we all have good food, music and Guinness on the mind. You don't need to travel to Ireland to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, we have all the traditional festivities right here in Barcelona!
Saint Patrick's Day celebrations take place in many Irish pubs throughout Barcelona. Pubs will be decorated with everything green and will hold various activities and specials. Be prepared to enjoy corned beef and live music or try a special green cocktail. The city of Barcelona will truly be painted green this March so join in on some of these traditions.
Some annual festivities include the street party which is organized by Kitty O 'Shea's pub. In years past, everyone was able to enjoy music from DJs and bands while kids were able to play Rugby, do make up, or participate in crafts such as painting in the children's area.
Flaherty's Irish Pub should also be on your go to list for this Irish holiday.This bar located right near the Rambla offers some of the best beers, whiskey, and traditional Irish dishes. On Saint Patrick's Day they offer special discounts on drinks and food along with games and prizes.
It is obvious that Temple bar in Barcelona will also be the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. Green will completely cover this bar and make you second guess whether you are in barcelona or Dublin.
Another option for your Saint Patrick's Day plans may include the Currach Regatta. Whether you want to enter a team or sit back and watch, the atmosphere of this event is unmatched. You can get a taste of the Irish culture in Spain while you eat food, drink guinness and enjoy the Barcelona sun. The regatta will be held on March 15 this year and team registration will be opening shortly.Find out more »
If you've been searching for an event perfect for children or families then look no further. Festes de Sant Josep Oriol is a great event in Barcelona that allows you to introduce your children to the Spanish culture. This event includes several acts performed by the Gegants del Pi, which are traditional catalan performances that go back centuries. Visitors can expect these performances as well as Catalan folk music in the Gothic quarter the weekend of March 21.
This festival is all in celebration of Sant Josep Oriol, who resided in Ciutat Vella. This saint was known for helping the sick and the poor and is greatly worshipped in Barcelona especially in the Gothic region.
A human towers display can also be expected during this celebration. Human towers is a catalan sport in which gymnasts use only their bodies to build a tower. These towers involve people of all ages including young children who crown the tower. These can be seen at many different festivals throughout Catalonia.
One of the most cherished events of the festival is the parade called Passejada dels Orioles. This parade features the Ciutat Vellas male giants. During the parade the giants give a floral offering to the saint while locals throw chocolate coins. These chocolate coins are very unique and show both the legend of St Josep Oriol and an image of the Pi giant.
During the morning parade you will be jolted awake by the joyous sounds of drummers and musicians. You will see the Giants and beasts participating in traditional dances across the streets as hundreds of spectators come to watch and enjoy.
Don't miss the gathering for the final dance! This is when all the giants, beasts, and heads come together in a celebratory dance to end to the festival.
This event is unlike any other and simply cannot be missed. However you would prefer to celebrate, whether it's eating, drinking, dancing, or listening there is something for people of all ages to enjoy.Find out more »
The Barcelona-Sitges rally is an event that everyone can enjoy. Whether you are a lover of cars or just a lover of parades, this rally is an exciting day for viewers and participants.
During this event features classic and vintage cars which are driven from Plaça Sant Jaume through La Rambla and Plaça Catalunya and finally to Sitges. This year it will take place March 21-23.
During this event you will see many vehicles dating back to pre 1924 and the participants all dressed in attire that goes along with the time period in which their vehicle was manufactured. During this event you are able to see vehicles you are not able to see on a daily basis. It allows you to take a step back in time and appreciate the beauty and wonders of old fashioned technology.
Choose your favorite vehicles and guess who you think will win the Barcelona-Sitges rally! The winner of this race is not the vehicle that crosses the finish line first but rather the one that is the most original and has the best costume.
If you are unable to make it to the Barcelona-Sitges rally you can still enjoy seeing where the participants are from the comfort of you home. The Rally features a live map which tracks all the vehicles and allows you to view where they are headed. This can also be helpful when it comes to traveling to the Rally, so you know when the vehicles are hitting each point of the journey. Check the live map.
Too excited for the rally to wait? Visit Sitges a couple of weeks leading up the Rally and you will find that some stores participate in a Rally themed initiative leading up to the event. You will be able to find treasures such as authentic motorcycle jewelry and more!Find out more »