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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.


Festa Major de Sarrià

Tradition, music, fire and dance in one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Sarrià was a separate town until it was taken in by the Catalan capital. This makes the festivals more authentic. Look at everything you can find here.  

Festa Major del Eixample Esquerre

One of the most characteristic neighbourhoods in Barcelona is having a celebration this month. The left part of Ensanche designed by Ildefonso Cerdá also holds festivals. See here what you need to know.  

Festa Major de Les Corts

Les Corts, another district that joined Barcelona when it was still a town as its own entity. These old districts have their own traditions, therefore the festivities are all authentic. Check out the programme:

Halloween! Sorry, Castanyada

Naturally, Catalonia also celebrates the night of witches, or the day of the dead on 31 October and 1 November. Here it is known as Castanyada. You will find thousands of costume parties at various nightclubs and bars around the city. Do you want to know how it is celebrated and the history of this popular event? Do you want to know which activities are the most fun on Halloween? We have them here in this article!


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 2017 Oktoberfest 2017 Oct 11 - Oct 22 The popular German festival is also held in Barcelona each October!


Primavera Club

How? We still haven’t talked about a music festival? It’s okay, in Barcelona there are many concerts every month and in October it’s Primavera Club, which, as its name suggests, is related to the famous Primavera Sound. Therefore, you can enjoy emerging bands or Indie in famous concert halls around the city. You have lots of concerts to choose from!

  • Primavera Club 2017 Primavera Club 2017 Oct 21 - Oct 23 Primavera Club Music Festival returns to Barcelona with 39 concerts.

49th Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

If you want more music this October you’re in luck. Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival returns. Do you like Jazz? Then do not miss this festival!

Sitges Film Festival

Do you like fantasy and horror films? Then you have to know about this festival, the first fantasy film festival in the world which this year is celebrating its 49th edition. You can enjoy numerous fantasy and horror film showings from around the world, awards, exhibitions, meet the directors and famous interpretors and participate in the classic Zombie Walk in which you can dress up as the living dead and cause panic on the streets of Sitges!

  • Sitges Film Festival 2017 Sitges Film Festival 2017 Oct 05 - Oct 15 If you love horror and fantasy cinema, then you cannot miss out on attending the Sitges Film Festival 2017.


The Colour Run Barcelona 2017

Ready to participate in the most fun run on the planet? On 1 October the third edition of the Color Run comes to Barcelona. A timed race where its important not to run, but to have a great time!

Barcelona Triathlon

This run is more serious then the Color Run but equally appealing. If your thing is to get up on Sundays and run, if you have a runners spirit, if you are prepared, go hard! Run!


Barcelona Erotic Show 2017

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?

  • Salón Erótico de Barcelona 2017 Barcelona Erotic Show 2017 oct 05 - oct 08 Eroticism and sexuality only for adults in the most prestigious erotic festival in the world!

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 Tattoo Expo 2017 Barcelona Tattoo Expo 2017 sep 29 - oct 01 Skin-deep art at the Barcelona Tattoo Expo, Fira de Montjuïc from 29 September - 1 October 2017

Barcelona Games World 2017

Do not miss any event this month! Barcelona will have its own big event called Barcelona Games World 2017. Get ready for huge gaming competitions and the chance to try all the latest and upcoming releases in the industry! From 5 - 8 October with Games Party, Games Pro, Games Expo and Games Arena.

  • Barcelona Games World 2017 Barcelona Games World 2017 oct 05 - oct 08 Barcelona World Games returns for another edition of its videogames 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 2017 Barcelona Meeting Point 2017 Oct 18 - Oct 22 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!

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 11 - Oct 15 Set sail for Barcelona and visit the Salon Náutico in Port Vell

Climate in October

Average temperatures

Barcelona benefits from excellent weather in October with the probability of sunny days being 81%. The average temperatures fluctuate between 19ºC at night and 25ºC at midday. With 7 hours of sun during the day and sea temperature of 22ºC, its the perfect climate for sunbathing and enjoying the sun.

Average temperature: 20°C.

Maximum temperature: 24°C.

Minimum temperature: 16°C.

Sunrise: 7:49h - 8:20h

Sunset: 19:32h - 17:49h (halfway through the month the clocks change)

Benefits and drawbacks of travelling in October

October is a good month to visit Barcelona. The temperature has dropped and autumn has just begun. Here you hace our comments:


The high temperatures of summer have gone and everything is more calm. But you can still take advantage of the beaches, although only to walk along. The city has returned to normal life and the centre is less busy than during the summer. Also, there are still parties and festivals celebrated in various neighbourhoods and many events that mean you won’t have to stay at home.


There is routine, people are at work, and you can’t bathe on the beach. But we still couldn’t find many drawbacks to coming to Barcelona. It’s a city that never stops and there’s always things to do. So enjoy. ;)

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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