Summer in Barcelona means attending more parties than you can shake a stick at, but no doubt one of the biggest and most impressive is the Fiesta Major de Gracia. Every Barcelona barrio has a street party to celebrate the local culture and businesses and provide an opportunity to get smashed, but the Gracia festival from the 15th – 21st of August every year is an eagerly anticipated event that will see 1.5 million people heading up to the spectacular streets. Already well-known for its artistic displays and bohemian style, many of the district’s streets themselves are transformed by locals and local businesses into creative and original displays and themes, with a prize awarded on Wednesday evening for the most impressive.
Most of the placas in the neighbourhood have built stages ready for musical performances, with local artists and dancers showing off their stuff into the small hours of the morning. The old traditions of the region are preserved here too, with performances of castellers (human pyramids), drum parades and corre focs (fire runs). This is a family friendly event too, with events also being held to get the kids involved. This year will be a particular treat as it marks the 200th anniversary of the fiesta, and 120 years since Gracia was incorporated into the city of Barcelona itself, so be sure not to miss it.
Programmes with full details of the events of the week are available around the district for a €1 that include a map of the hotspots and events that will surely be an unforgettable experience like no other. A map of the barrio can be found here.