Barcelona’s Festes Majors: a calendar of unmissable neighbourhood festivals

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Free, popular, congenial, the Festes Majors are a way to have a great time while learning about Catalan culture!

festes majors City Hall
Where?

everywhere in the city

When?

all year depending on the area

How much?

free

Why?

to see another side of Barcelona

The Festes Majors are very dear to the people of Barcelona as they are a chance to celebrate neighbourhood life and Catalan traditions. If you come to Barcelona during one of the many Festes Majors, be sure to go along!

What are the Festes Majors?

Popular and friendly festivals

The Festes Majors are big neighbourhood festivals. They’re very popular and everyone gets involved as the residents are responsible for decorating the main streets. It’s a chance to spend time with neighbours, which adds to the spirit of the event.

Celebration of Catalan traditions

Human towers, correfocs, sardanas… Symbols of Catalan culture are central to the Festes Majors! There are also free performances which are a great chance to get to know the traditions of the region.

Concerts and free events

The Festes Majors have their fair share of open air concerts, and sometimes you can even be pleasantly surprised! A few years ago, Manu Chao got up on the stage at the Poble Sec Festa Major.  There are also lots of activities organised for young and old.

Calendar of Barcelona’s Festes Majors by district

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map barcelona illustrated: festas majors

 

MonthDateDistrictQuarter
JanuaryAround the 15thEixampleSant Antoni
MarchThe weekend closest to 23rd MarchCiutat VellaGòtic (Plaça del Pi)
AprilAround the 15thEixampleSagrada Familia
MaySecond fortnightEixampleDreta de l’Eixample
JuneFirst fortnightEixampleFort Pienc
Second fortnightSarrià – Sant GervasiSant Gervasi
End of JuneCiutat VellaLa Ribera – Born
JulyAround the 15thCiutat VellaRaval
Second fortnightSants – MontjuïcPoble Sec
AugustAround the 15thCiutat VellaGòtic
Second fortnightGràciaGràcia
Second fortnightSants – MontjuïcSants
SeptemberThroughout the monthGràciaPark Güell
End September / beginning OctoberCiutat VellaBarceloneta
OctoberFirst fortnightCiutat VellaLa Rambla
First fortnightEixampleEsquerra de l’Eixample
First fortnightLes CortsLes Corts
First fortnightSarrià – Sant GervasiSarrià
  • Gràcia’s Festa Major is the most spectacular, and we strongly advise you to attend. For more information read our article Gràcia’s Festa Major: a surrealist and picturesque carnival.

Barcelona’s festa major: la Mercè

If you like things on a bigger scale, don’t miss the Mercè festival! It’s the Festa Major of the whole city of Barcelona, and everything goes crazy: festive atmosphere, lots of activities, celebrations… find out more about what’s on offer in our article La Mercè: a gigantic and unmissable festival in Barcelona. Barcelona is really the perfect place to party!

The “other” festa major: Santa Eulàlia

Santa Eulàlia is the historic patron saint of Barcelona. In her honor, the week of the 12th of february there are lots of activities organized throughout the city. There are cultural activities such as castells (human towers) and sardanas (traditional dances) and shows of lights and music too!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?