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List of Barcelona events during May

List of Barcelona events during May

Things to do in May in Barcelona

The city of Barcelona is full of international events where professionals from around the world come to participate. Discover them in May, concerts, festivals and fairs are waiting for you. There is also the Night of the Museums, the perfect event for night owls wanting to visit Barcelona's museums after hours! If you're visiting Barcelona in May, don't miss any of the events by staying in a long term rental in Barcelona. The city centre is well connected with the entire city.

Welcome May!

Fairs and Exhibitions

Museums at Night Barcelona

Spring is the time of culture in Barcelona, and with it comes the 14th edition of the European Museums at Night initiative. It takes place on 19 and 20 May. Now that you know, you have no excuse not to go to the museum; this night is only organized once a year. Most of the museums in Barcelona participate.

  • Museums at Night Barcelona Museums at Night Barcelona May 19 - May 20 On 20 May 2018, Museums at Night takes place around 120 countries. In Barcelona it's known as La Nit de les Mu...

Girona Temps de Flors

Explore the streets of Girona between 12-20 May, where the streets are adorned with beautiful floral decorations. You can get to Girona from Barcelona by car, train or bus. Don't miss this colourful festival.

  • Temps de Flors in Girona Temps de Flors in Girona May 12 - May 20 You will never see Girona as beautiful as during the floral festival, which takes place in May.

Docs Barcelona

The 21th DocsBarcelona festival takes place from 16-27 May in different theatres around Barcelona. It features the best documentaries of the year. You'll also find numerous conferences throughout the festival to learn more in depth about the field.

Handmade Festival

After the success of the last editions, the Barcelona Handmade Festival returns to the Fira de Montjuïc on 11-13 of May. If you like to make little treats yourself, from baking to sewing, or you're simply a fan of handicrafts and you want to get some fantastic creations for yourself, then this is your place.

  • Handmade festival Handmade festival May 11 - May 13 Sew you like handicrafts? Then it seams you'll love Handmade Festival.

Biz Barcelona

Let's move on to something more serious. On 30-31 May will take place the sixth edition of the exhibition dedicated to the old and new entrepreneurs of the Catalan capital. Biz Barcelona ​​intends to give support to the creation of new companies and start-ups.

  • Biz Barcelona 2018 Biz Barcelona 2018 May 30 - May 31 Sixth edition of the fair intended for future entrepreneurs


Suite Festival in Barcelona

Suite Festival Barcelona is held from 16 January to 29 June. The most important feature of the Suite festival is undoubtedly its surroundings: The historic and majestic Gran Teatro del Liceo, on Las Ramblas.

Primavera sound

Perhaps it's the most important of the events scheduled for the spring season in Barcelona, and it begins on 30 May. Of course, we're talking about the most emblematic underground music festival in Barcelona, Primavera Sound. For four days you can enjoy — without stopping — concerts in a wonderful setting overlooking the sea. Let's rock!

  • Primavera Sound 2018 Primavera Sound 2018 May 30 - Jun 03 Primavera sound returns to Barcelona with an incredible lineup of artists! Don't miss the biggest music festiv...

Guitar Festival in Barcelona

From 27 January to 29 June, the guitar festival pays a true tribute to this instrument. It's a festival that has taken root in Barcelona. It lasts four months and annuall y hosts big names in the world music scene. The concerts take place in different parts of Barcelona, with venues like Razzmatazz, Sala Apolo and l'Auditorium.

  • Barcelona Guitar Festival 2018 Barcelona Guitar Festival 2018 Jan 27 - Jun 29 From pop and rock to folk, it doesn't matter as long as there is a guitar. This is the 29th Guitar Festival Ba...

Brunch in the City

This event is a meeting point for music, food, art, design and families. It offers an attractive program with activities and workshops for the whole family (crafts, arts, cooking, sports, games, makeup, etc.), a brunch menu to gather energy, second-hand markets, wine fairs and of course the best DJs of 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...


FC Barcelona - Real Madrid, El Clasico

If you're thinking about visiting Barcelona and you're a football fan, then stop thinking and start going! Take advantage of the fact that the weekend of the 6 May, which coincides with the Barça vs Real Madrid football match!

Other Spring Activities

Discover all the activities you can do in Barcelona during Spring! Don't miss the opportunity to discover new ways of enjoying the city by reading this article:

The Climate in May

Spring is coming to Barcelona! May is the month that brings the good weather and higher temperatures in the Catalan capital. The trees and flowers bloom and the city wakes up. The average temperature is generally 16ºC and never goes below 12ºC. In fact, you will see the whole city full of colours and always under the sun.

Here is the climatological data for the month of May in Barcelona:

  • Average temperature: 16ºC
  • Maximum temperature: 20.5ºC
  • Minimum temperature: 12ºC
  • Sunrise: between 6:49am and 6:20am
  • Sunset: between 8:49pm and 9:18pm

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

Together with March and April, May is one of the best months to enjoy your stay in Barcelona. Spring transforms the city: the festivals, music events and runs start. Here is our opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of travelling to Barcelona this month!


Arrival of Spring: In Barcelona, the climate is always fantastic for doing everything, but we know that walking in the parks, sunbathing or taking an excursion to Park de Collserola is different in Spring. Enjoy this month and discover the best part of the city. If you want a guide for the best parks in Barcelona, you can read this interesting article.

Less tourists: In the month of May, Barcelona has tourists in the streets, but they are still not full of people. The months of summer are more chaotic, so Spring seems like the best month to travel to this destination stress free.

Although in May it’s not guaranteed that you will be able to swim at Barceloneta, if you are lucky there will be good days to enjoy the beaches of Barcelona… without tourists!


The only inconvenience of travelling in May is that it will be too cold to swim in the sea. It’s the only month with high temperatures where it’s almost impossible to enjoy this part of the city. Even so, you can go to Barceloneta or to your preferred beach to sunbathe or time spend time with your friends.

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Morgane Le Lan
Morgane Le Lan
French student at business school. Passionate about travelling, I write articles to spread my new experiences around the world!

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