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Eixample Modernism Festival: a long weekend with Gaudí


Article updated 23 March, 2020. 0 comments

Calling all vintage fans: the Eixample Dret quarter will play host to its annual Modernism Festival on the first weekend in June 2019, with activities for all the family!

Modernism Festival Barcelona

Carrer Girona
metro: Girona (L4)


Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June 2019

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to discover Barcelona's artistic heritage

For the 15th year running, the Eixample Dret quarter of Barcelona will play host to the Modernism Festival (fira del modernisme, in Catalan) over the weekend of 31st May – 2nd June. It’s a three-day celebration with a touch of festive nostalgia, period costumes and a whole range of exciting activities, held in the area around the mercat de la Conception.

Modernism Festival 2019: surprises in store!

Art nouveau (or Catalan modernism) was responsible for shaping much of Barcelona’s artistic and cultural landscape. This year, the  fira del modernisme pais tribute to the celebrated local painter Lluïsa Vidal, celebrating the 100th anniversary of her death. There are sure to be some exciting surprises in store!

Modernism Festival 2019: key events

Dates and times:

Friday 31st May – Saturday 2nd June, 10.30am  – midnight; Sunday 3rd June, 11am – 2pm

  • Craft market: held on Carrer Girona between Valencia, Mallorca and avigunda Diagonal. Friday and Saturday, 11am – 9pm; Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
  • Costumed pianist: Saturday, 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 8pm
  • Dancing: organised by a cultural association with public participation. Saturday, 12.30pm – 1pm and 6.30pm – 7pm.
  • Vintage car show: Vehicles on display Saturday from 10.30am – noon, followed by a parade through the quarter from noon – 1pm and again from 5pm – 6pm.

Modernism festival costume

Many local inhabitants make the most of the event to dress up in period costume. Participants can have their picture taken against a vintage backdrop on the corner of Carrer Girona and Mallorca as a souvenir of the event.

Take a stroll through the streets to see what’s going on and to discover a whole host of other fun and fascinating activities!

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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!