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August events

Outline of the best events in Barcelona in August

Outline of the best events in Barcelona in August

Make your August more entertaining than ever

August in Barcelona - the city fills with tourists and the locals leave for their holidays elsewhere. Many say the city can get pretty boring for this month, but that's really far from the truth! August is full of events across the city, from concerts to some of the greatest "Festas Majors" — public festivals — that the city has to offer. If you still don't believe it though? You'll see. All the while you can take a look at our list of holiday apartments in Barcelona

Neighbourhood Festivals in Barcelona

Festa Major de Gràcia

The "Festas Majors" are some of the strongest representations of local traditional culture. The most charming is probably the Festa Major de Gràcia. Neighbours compete by transforming their streets into completely new worlds, like Jurassic park, an underwater land, or whatever the collective imagination of the locals can come up with. All with recyclable materials. Not just that though, there are concerts every night and children's activities during the day.

  • Festival of Gracia 2018 Festival of Gracia 2018 Aug 15 - Aug 21 Concerts, shows, workshops, and much more amongst the fantastic street decorations this August during the Fest...

Festa Major de Sants

If you miss the Festa Major de Gracia or want to relive it again, there is always the equivalent from the Sants neighbourhood. This takes place towards the end of August. With fun decorations, public food, music, dances, theatre and endless entertainment for friends and family. Without a doubt, either festival is a great plan for the kids.

  • Festa Major de Sants 2018 Festa Major de Sants 2018 Aug 18 - Aug 26 Concerts, performances, workshops, castellers and much more under the fantastic decorations of the Festa Major...

Festa Major de Sant Roc - Gothic Quarter

The Festival of the Gothic Quarter, known as the 'Festes de Sant Roc' (Saint Roch) has been declared as a Heritage Festival of National Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya. This is because they are the oldest festivals in the city, dating back to the year 1589.

Music in Barcelona

Mas i Mas

From 31 July to 31 August this festival will be taking place in many rooms in the centre of Barcelona.You can enjoy fantastic concerts at iconic venues like Born Cultural Centre and Jamboree. Many talented artists will be attending, such as Uri Cane and Imany. There are a variety genres like Jazz, blues, techno, flamenco, classical and more. You can get more information and how to get tickets on the event page below.

  • Mas i Mas Festival 2018 Mas i Mas Festival 2018 Jul 31 - Aug 31 Mas i Mas Festival comes to Barcelona this summer with jazz, flamenco, classical, techno, and more.

DGTL - Festival Barcelona

Music festivals in Barcelona are spreading faster than mushrooms. A few years ago a new one came along — DGTL Festival — to improve the Catalan summer music scene. Come and have a great time with good music and meet people that are there for the same reason.

  • DGTL Barcelona 2018 DGTL Barcelona 2018 Aug 10 - Aug 11 On 10 and 11 August 2018, the DGTL Festival will make Barcelona dance to the rhythm of house and techno music.

Música als Parcs

This year, 2018, the programme includes 49 concerts, all for free. From June until the end of August you can listen to free music in the many parks if Barcelona. This event has been going strong for 15 years and includes great quality performances. Not only this, it's also great to sit in a nice place at night with good music, friends and family

Brunch in the Park: Electronic Music

'Brunch in the Park' Barcelona is a fantastic initiative for young people and families to spend an ecological Sunday strolling through nature, eating homecooked food and with music. This is an innovative project that combines the world of music with something traditional such as brunch in a park with friends or family. 

Music Festivals close to Barcelona

Okay, if you can't beat them, join them. If there is nothing for you in Barcelona this August, why not search other parts of Catalonia? The Costa Brava isn't just home to one of the most unique and magical music festivals in the country; it's home to three in August! So you can make a trip out of Barcelona and get to know this neighbouring region. Mark on your calendars the following:

Castell de Peralada Festival

The first event is celebrated at the fabulous Peralada Castle. It's a multidisciplinary festival that brings together big names in music from opera to pop, to dance and theatre. There's even a musical for kids based on the tales of Geronimo Stilton. A magical ambience with the best performers.

Cap Roig Festival

The most important summer music festival returns and, as always, brings international artists. The concerts will take place in the outdoor Jardines Botánicos de Cap Roig. In this edition, important international names like Juanes, Mag Lari, James Blunt, Sting and Shaggy stand out, as well as many exponents of Spanish music such as Manolo García and the Mexican group Maná.

BioRitme Festival

Can you imagine a music festival that's 100% ecological, surrounded by nature and an unforgettable environment? Well that's what the BioRitmo Festival is all about that will be celebrated in the gorgeous Pantano de Sau (Sau Reservoir). There will be DJs, children's play zones, pools, arts and crafts, therapies, fashion, an adventure park, and much more. If you don't want to drive there for whatever reason, there is an official bus that will leave from Plaça Catalunya.

  • BioRitme Festival 2018 BioRitme Festival 2018 Aug 23 - Aug 26 From the 23–26 August, the latest edition of the BioRitme Festival awaits you!

Open-air cinemas in Barcelona

Mecal air — Open-air short film cinema at Poble Espanyol

During the summer, we all want to spend a lot of time outdoors. What better way to do it than watching short films with friends while enjoying a glass of wine. Mecal air is a summer alternative to the classic indoor cinemas. The good thing here is that there is a combination of short films and barbecue food. It is free to attend.

Sala Montjuïc — Cinema a la Fresca

If you're into cinema and fancy a picnic, then the perfect event for you is Cinema a la Fresca (Open-air cinema), which takes place on summer nights in the gardens of Montjuïc castle. You can see classics and modern box-office hits all in their original language and subtitled in Spanish, out in the open-air. You can also enjoy concerts and masterclasses.

Cinema on the Beach

Prefer the beach? Well, there is also a special cinema for you: El Cinema Lluire. Head to Sant Sebastia beach any Thursday or Sunday night during the summer for Cinema Lluire. Did we mention that it's completely free? Well, it is, so... No reason not to go now, huh?

Other events

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

This famous fountain offers musical spectacles that are full of colour throughout the year. During August, there are two shows daily from Wednesday to Sunday — one at 9:30PM and the other at 10PM.

Circuit Festival

The month of June is the month of the Pride in the whole world, and naturally also in Barcelona, August is once again a month dedicated to the LGBT public. Barcelona hosts a new edition of the Circuit, one of the most multitudinous international meetings in Europe that offers parties, cultural activities, sports, artistic and leisure activities that attract up to 70,000 visitors from all over the world.

FC Barcelona Joan Gamper Trophy 

FC Barcelona returns to the fray to participate in the Joan Gamper Trophy match that will put a close to the pre-season after the team return home from playing in the friendly International Champions Cup.

The climate in August

Summer is coming to Barcelona. August is a month in which you can enjoy the sun and beach, but be careful: the sun is very strong so its a good idea to have an umbrella or suncream. Generally, the average temperature is 28ºC and it never dips below 27ºC. In fact, you will see the whole city full of colour and always under the sun.

These are the climatological data for the month of August in Barcelona:

  • Average temperature: 28ºC
  • Maximum temperature: 31ºC
  • Minimum temperature: 27ºC
  • Sunrise: between 6:46am and 7:16am
  • Sunset: between 9:09pm and 9:27pm

If you would like more up-to-date information, here is a good page with meteorological information.

Travel to Barcelona in August

What? You still think that Barcelona is just sun and beaches? The month of August awaits you with lots of music festivals, concerts and joy. We advise you to start organising your trip to the Catalan capital and decide which events to attend and what excursions to do.

Advantages

Midsummer: In Barcelona, the climate in August is fantastic for doing anything you want to, but we all know that besides swimming, sunbathing and enjoying life you can’t miss the best events in Barcelona in summer. Enjoy this month by discovering the best part of the city. If you would like a guide for the best parks in Barcelona, you can read this interesting article:

The beach: In August you can swim at any of the city’s beaches. The sea is warm and is perfect for everyone to swim in. Also, you can play volleyball or football, as there are lots of people on the beach and it’s easy to organise activities. Enjoy the sea and your new tan :)

Sales: August is a month when the shops sell clothes at attractive discounts. Read this article about outlets in Barcelona and don’t miss the sales!

Inconveniences

The tourists: The summer months are more chaotic. The number of tourists in Barcelona increase significantly. Therefore, it will be more difficult to mix with the locals and buy things in clothes shops and supermarkets.

Too hot: In August, the temperatures are very high so don’t forget to use suncream and take care if you’re going to the beach between 12pm and 4pm.

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