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Catalonia Festivals Calendar

If there’s anywhere that knows how to put on a Spanish festival, it’s Catalonia. Throughout the year, there are hundreds of events ranging from small-and-local to city-wide and weeks long. The following guide details a number of festivals along with various links to more information. If we’re missing THE festival, please contact us and we’ll add it to this guide.

Recently updated:
MAY – 2014: Lleida Snail Festival
JULY – 2014: Girona Film Festival
SEPT – 2014: Festival of La Mercè in Barcelona

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APRIL - 2014

When Where What

Easter
(maundy Thursday evening)

Verges
(25 KM SW of Figueres)

Re-enactment in the streets of the Passion of Christ. A procession moves and sways to the rhythm of drums and participants bear scythes, ashes and clocks. This Dance of Death (Dansa de la mort) is acted out by performers wearing skeleton costumes or robes to symbolise the final judgement after death when it is decided if the soul ascends to heaven, to purgatory, or descends to hell. It gets pretty busy, so better to arrive early. Click for more information.

Easter

Bellcaire
(30 km NE of Girona)

Roman pageant

11-13 April

Barcelona

Barcelona Beer Festival. Speaks for itself. Many local and international beers, food and music. Great atmosphere to come and relax in. Click for more information.

23 April

Most villages, towns and cities

The Feast of Sant Jordi (Catalonia’s patron saint) is the Catalan equivalent to Valentines day. On this day friends and lovers give each other gifts of books and roses, and so the streets are stuffed with stalls selling books and flowers. Click for more information.

MAY - 2014

When Where What

1 May

Barcelona

Festa del Treball (Labour Day) ceremonies stem from the traditional centuries-old May Day traditions that are celebrated across the world. There are worker’s meetings and peaceful demonstrations on 1st May in Barcelona at the Arc de Triomf. Most shops close on 1st May, although attractions, museums, tours and restaurants located in the city centre generally remain open for business. Click for more information.

3-4 May

Arenys de Mar

Artisan Beer Festival (Festival de Cervesa Artisanal). Over 40 different beers to sample and the chance to meet micro-/home-brewers, and attend lectures and workshops. Click for more information.

10-18 May

Girona

Girona Flower Fair (Gerona En Temps De Flors) is a riot of colour with flower displays lining the streets and spilling over into normally unseen rooms of public buildings. It’s a wonderful sight. Click for more information.

23-25 May

Lleida

During the “Aplec del Caragol” (the Snail Festival), snail fans will consume 12 tonnes of snails. If is your thing, then Lleida is your town. Bon appetit. Click for more information.

26-May to 1-Jun

Barcelona

Primavera Sound – an internationally acclaimed electronic music, pop and rock festival. Click for more information.

JUNE - 2014

When Where What

4-8 Jun

L’Estartit
(Port)

Medes Island Image and Environment (MIMA) Festival (underwater images). This festival celebrates the beauty of the underwater image and showcases the best professional and amateur work in addition to running various competitions. Click for more information.

12-14 Jun

Barcelona

Sónar is a pioneering festival with an innovative format and incredible content. This festival is an inspiration for other international festivals by virtue of a carefully curated cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends. Click for more information.

15-16 Jun
(from 22.00)

L’Estartit
(Port)

Catalan music festival.

17-Jun
(from 13.00)

L’Estartit
(Placa de L’Esglesia)

Catalan folk dancing (sardanas) festival. Click for more information.

22-Jun
(all day event)

Sitges
(all over town)

Sitges Flower Carpet Festival. Residents of the town rise early and make 30 delightful, patterned street carpets using flower petals and seeds. These carpets – called “catifes de flors” in Catalan – they cover almost all of the narrow streets and some of the plazas. Click for more information.

23-24 Jun
(all day event)

Barcelona
(all over town)

Feast of Sant Joan. The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – is a public holiday famous for its electric atmosphere and its insane parties with fires in the streets, the constant crack of fireworks, and thousands of revellers having a great time. If you do not have a party invite, head to Sant Joan beach where they’ll be a party waiting for you!. Click for more information.

JULY - 2014

When Where What

23-Jun – 11-Sep

Sant Feliu de Guixols
(Monastery Sant Feliu)

The Porta Ferrada Festival, held in Sant Feliu de Guíxols since 1958, is Catalonia’s oldest summer festival. It showcases high quality music, dance and theatre performances in various venues including the Romanesque church of the monastery, the Municipal Theatre – Auditorium, the Casa Traschler and the courtyards and gardens of some prominent (public) buildings. Click for more information.

28-Jun – 10-Jul

Girona

Religious Music and Food of the World Festival. An amazing and tasty spread of cuisine from the remotest corners of the world is served outside the Catherdral. While away the afternoon listening to music and sampling the delights on offer. Click for more information.

1-31 Jul

Barcelona
(Montjuic)

Grec 2014. This is one of the most popular and well attended open air festivals in the Barcelona music, dance and theatre calendar. Click for more information.

11-12 Jul

Barcelona

Festival Cruilla. Different, surprising and always intriguing – a mix of different types of music to suit all tastes. Click for more information.

15-20 Jul

Girona

Girona Film Festival is a compact, little film festival that gives film-makers and film fans the chance to watch off-the-beaten-track cinema and enjoy the beautiful city of Girona.Click for more information.

AUGUST - 2014

When Where What

23-Jun – 11-Sep

Sant Feliu de Guixols
(Monastery Sant Feliu)

The Porta Ferrada Festival, held in Sant Feliu de Guíxols since 1958, is Catalonia’s oldest summer festival. It showcases high quality music, dance and theatre performances in various venues including the Romanesque church of the monastery, the Municipal Theatre – Auditorium, the Casa Traschler and the courtyards and gardens of some prominent (public) buildings. Click for more information.

15-20 Aug

Barcelona

Festa Major de Gràcia. The Gracia Festival is Barcelona’s greatest, most intense, most festive and welcoming street festival of the year. The Gràcia area of up-town Barcelona is famed for its chilled bohemian chic, busy squares and buzzing bar and cafe life. The Gràcia festival underpins a competition that sees each street in the neighbourhood ‘battle’ to win the prize of being the best decorated. Each street takes the competition very seriously, the standards are very high, and the results are stunning. Click for more information.

SEPTEMBER - 2014

When Where What

23-Jun – 11-Sep

Sant Feliu de Guixols
(Monastery Sant Feliu)

The Porta Ferrada Festival, held in Sant Feliu de Guíxols since 1958, is Catalonia’s oldest summer festival. It showcases high quality music, dance and theatre performances in various venues including the Romanesque church of the monastery, the Municipal Theatre – Auditorium, the Casa Traschler and the courtyards and gardens of some prominent (public) buildings. Click for more information.

When Where What

24-Sep

Barcelona

The festival La Mercè is held in honour of the patron saint la Mercè (the Virgin of Mercy) on September 24 each year. The “Fiesta Mayor” – the main festival – is the largest and most vibrant festival in Barcelona’s festival calendar. Click for more information.