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October events

A look at the events during October in Barcelona

A look at the events during October in Barcelona

Have a terrific October in Barcelona

It's time to discover the best events in Barcelona during October. The green leaves of trees have turned gold, red, and brown; sandals and summer clothes give way to the boots and jackets, and the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the streets across the whole city. If you think this means staying at home avoiding the changes, you were wrong! Barcelona in October offers a lot of great deal of events for all ages to coax you back outside, and there are many cultural events as Halloween and the Castanyada approaches. Pack your bags, find an apartment in Barcelona and have a terrifyingly good time in the Catalan capital with these fun October activities.

Are you ready? Fairs and conventions of all kinds, activities for the whole family, events for the geeks, races, concerts... it just doesn't end! With these events you'll find it easy to have a great time in Autumn in the Catalan capital.


Do you want to experience in person the Oktoberfest - German beer festival par excellence - but you can't go to Munich? Don't worry! Over the past few years Barcelona has had its own version of this event at Fira Montjuïc, which returns once again! Sample the finest German beers and tradition dishes. If you're going as a group remember to book a table!

  • Oktoberfest 2016 Oktoberfest 2016 Oct 12 - Oct 23 The popular German festival is also held in Barcelona each October!

Barcelona Erotic Show 2016

To make those chilly October nights turn hot there's only one event. Are you ready for the Barcelona Erotic Show? This convention is dedicated to all things sexual, erotic, and adult. Do you dare to attend?

  • Barcelona Erotic Show 2016 Barcelona Erotic Show 2016 Oct 06 - Oct 09 A celebration of erotica and sexuality. Not for the faint-hearted and strictly 18 + adults!

Tattoo Expo

Skin is the canvas and Barcelona is the art gallery! Another of the most anticipated alternative events is the Tattoo Expo, in which hundreds of artists gather to show all their tattoo art. Workshops, live tattoo demonstrations, and endless surprises!

Barcelona Games World 2016

Do not miss any event this month! Barcelona will have its own big event called Barcelona Games World 2016. Get ready for huge gaming competitions and the chance to try all the latest and upcoming releases in the industry! From 6 - 9 October with Games Party, Games Pro, Games Expo and Games Arena.

  • Barcelona Games World 2016 Barcelona Games World 2016 Oct 06 - Oct 09 Barcelona World Games 2016 is back for another edition of its video games expo, the biggest in Spain.

Barcelona Meeting Point

Do you want to know the latest trends in the real estate industry? Barcelona Meeting Point (BMP) is your must-see!

  • Barcelona Meeting Point 2016 Barcelona Meeting Point 2016 Oct 19 - Oct 23 Barcelona Meeting Point is the only professional and international real estate exhibition in Spain.

Eurosteamcon Barcelona

Yes, October is full of curious events and this is one of our favourites! If you're a sucker for stories about time travel and Victorian era sci-fi, and are up for a spot of tea, ol' chap; then stop by the international Steampunk Convention! Steam-what? If you want to learn more click here or go directly to the convention... It's just 3 euros!

Barcelona Manga Convention

Geeks unite! The Salón del Manga (or Barcelona Manga Convention) is the event of the month for fans of Japanese culture. Dedicated to comics, mangas, animes, videogames, and more. You can also have fun watching people cosplay as your favourite characters, discover the latest hits, meet famous authors and illustrators, and sing Karaoke!! It's the best culture from the land of the rising sun!

Salón Náutico

All aboard! Barcelona's Salon Náutico sets sail, full of treasures including expositions, workshops, amazing water-sports (Flyboarding, surfing, wakeboard...), and the change to drive boats moored at the dock. Are you ready, matey?

  • Salón Náutico Salón Náutico Oct 12 - Oct 16 Set sail for Barcelona and visit the Salon Náutico in Port Vell

Primavera Club

What? We've not mentioned any music festival yet? But there's always a music festival! October is no different with Primavera Club, which as the name suggests is related to the internationally famous Primavera Sound festival. You can enjoy emerging groups and indie acts in famous venues across the city. There are 37 concerts to choose from!

  • Primavera Club 2016 Primavera Club 2016 Oct 21 - Oct 23 Primavera Club Music Festival returns to Barcelona with 39 concerts.

Brunch In The City

Piknic Electronik is over, but don't worry - you won't be left without your "Electronik Sunday". In autumn you can find Brunch in the City at Poble Espanyol. The formula is the same: music, food, flea markets, clubbers, activities and workshops for the whole family, plus the best DJs from the national and international scene.

  • Brunch in the city Brunch in the city Sep 25 - Oct 30 Imagine a nomadic brunch on Sundays able to make it your new favorite day of the week. Emerging designers, act...

48º Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

If you want more music, then October going to give you everything. The 48th Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival makes its return. Like Jazz? Then you can not miss this Festival. Daymé Arocena, Barbara Hendricks, Andrea Motis, Michael Nyman, Christian Scott and Los Van Van are among the big names of this edition.

Festival Orgànic 2016

October is the ideal month to start your journey to wellness... How? Come visit Festival Orgànic 2016. At Festival Orgànic you'll find activities such as meditation, yoga, discussions, dance sessions, showrooms of natural products and show-cooking. It's important to take care of yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle! The event is being held on the 15th and 16th of this month.

  • Festival Orgànic 2016 Festival Orgànic 2016 Oct 15 - Oct 16 Barcelona hosts the 2016 Festival Orgànic! Two days of lectures, activities and space to share ideas and lear...

Festival de Cine de Sietges

Like fantasy and horror movies? Then surely you'll know this festival - the first fantasy film festival in the world - which this year reaches its 49th edition. You can enjoy numerous fantasy and horror film screenings from around the world in addition to award ceremonies, exhibitions, meetings with famous directors and actors, and participate in the classic Zombie Walk where you can act as an undead to unleash panic across the streets of Sitges! The Sitges Film Festival awaits you from the 7 - 16 October in Sitges.

  • Sitges Film Festival 2016 Sitges Film Festival 2016 Oct 07 - Oct 16 If you love horror and fantasy cinema, then you cannot miss out on attending the Sitges Film Festival 2016.

Annual Neighbourhood Festivals

Not a month goes by without a major annual festival going on in one of Barcelona's many neighbourhoods. During October, the major annual neighbourhood celebrations take place in Barceloneta, Les Rambles, Les Corts, Hostafrancs, and Eixample Esquerre. Take a look at our guide to the "Festes Majors" and never miss one again!

Halloween! I mean... La Castanyada!

Catalan culture celebrates the night of the witches and day of the dead on the 31st October and 1st November. Here it's known as the Castanyada and to be honest has very little to do with Halloween at at all. Although you can still see Halloween being celebrated amongst the costumes in various clubs and bars around the city, it's not part of the local culture and people at home are usually celebrating something else! Maybe you'd like to learn what goes on behind closed doors in Catalonia on this special day and why? Or perhaps you still want to celebrate Halloween in Barcelona, in which case you can find some activities too. It's all in this article!

How about that? Isn't October a really cool time to go out and have fun in Barcelona instead of staying at home? No need to delay, you can already start planning your month with all this info! If you want to stay up to date with what's going on in the city then you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Instagram!

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