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

Pauline
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Article updated 14 November, 2018. 0 comments

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

 

Month Date District Quarter
January Around the 15th Eixample Sant Antoni
March The weekend closest to 23rd March Ciutat Vella Gòtic (Plaça del Pi)
April Around the 15th Eixample Sagrada Familia
May Second fortnight Eixample Dreta de l’Eixample
June First fortnight Eixample Fort Pienc
Second fortnight Sarrià – Sant Gervasi Sant Gervasi
End of June Ciutat Vella La Ribera – Born
July Around the 15th Ciutat Vella Raval
Second fortnight Sants – Montjuïc Poble Sec
August Around the 15th Ciutat Vella Gòtic
Second fortnight Gràcia Gràcia
Second fortnight Sants – Montjuïc Sants
September Throughout the month Gràcia Park Güell
End September / beginning October Ciutat Vella Barceloneta
October First fortnight Ciutat Vella La Rambla
First fortnight Eixample Esquerra de l’Eixample
First fortnight Les Corts Les Corts
First fortnight Sarrià – Sant Gervasi Sarrià
  • 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

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?