The Barcelona event calendar in September is jam-packed full of fun, from festivals and fairs to parties and all kinds of cultural activities. There’s so much going on, so we asked our local insider’s to source the very best events which will give you a real a Barcelona experience. Here are our top picks of what’s happening in Barcelona this September.
Barcelona is a bohemian city, with evidence of artistry visible everywhere you look, from street art to sculptures. Every September since 1981, people from all over gather to celebrate this creative culture at the FiraTàrrega. An international performing arts market showcasing the very best and unique expressions of creativity, from street to live performing arts. The aim is to give recognition to the various art forms of the BCN creative ecosystem, recognise emerging artists, spark conversation, ideation and debate. So if you’re a lover of the arts and in Barcelona this September, join in the fun at FiraTàrrega, it’s a unique experience that cannot be missed.
When: 5th September – 8th September 2019 | Where: FiraTàrrega
Día de Cataluña
Barcelona, the capital city of Cataluña has a rich history and culture which it’s inhabitants have a strong connection and pride in. No time is it more evident than the 11th September, the Day of Cataluña. This public holiday is held in memory of the those who perished in the 1714 war of Spanish succession, where Cataluña was besieged by the French Bourbons. It was first held in 1980 when the Autonomous Government of Cataluña regained power and symbolises the resistance to oppression and the hope of recovery. Everything in the city is pretty much closed, with marches, festivities and parties celebrating this historic day. So if you want to experience and learn about the Catalan history and culture, there’s no better time than the Day of Cataluña.
When: 11th September 2019 | Where: Various Locations
Music festivals have become a staple of summers, but have you ever heard of a music festival on wheels. No? Well, Skate Love is a one of a kind unique festival held in Barcelona every year. This event combines roller skating and raving, two activities embedded in the cultural fabrics of fun in Barcelona. For four days, the city will welcome the very best artists and skaters from across the globe for one helluva a party. There will be skate workshops, showcases, live music, good food and drink. This is quite the spectacle, so get your skates on and book now, good times and vibes await.
When: 12th September – 15th September 2019 | Where: Various Locations
Game Beat Weekend
If house or electro music isn’t up your street, and you’d rather move your feet to a rock’n’roll beat. Then Game Beat Weekend BCN has to be on your Barcelona bucket list for sure. This rock’n’roll festival brings the best emerging talent in the scene to Barcelona for three days of headbanging fun, you’ll bloody love. Taking the stage at the iconic Sala Upload concert hall will be musicians from USA, Spain, Netherlands and Ireland. So get ready to rock out till you knock out, it’s the Game Beat Weekender baby.
When: 13th September – 15th September 2019 | Where: Sala Upload
Barcelona Wine Festival
Few things come close to a nice wine, whether it’s with food or just a glass to relax. If you agree with this, then you’ll feel right at home here in Barcelona. The city and larger region have a very rich wine history, from it’s introduction by the Greeks and Romans to the winemakers who operate today. At this event, you’ll be able to sample the very fine wine of Cataluña, as the best producers of the grape goodness descend to the city for the annual Barcelona Wine Festival. From white, red to cava, there will be so much on offer for you to try. Cheers.
When: 20th September – 24th September 2019 | Where: Ronda de Sant Antoni
La Mercè Festival
The blistering Barcelona summer is coming to a close, as the cooler Autumn months creep in. Nothing quite marks this shift than the iconic La Mercè Festival. First held in 1902, this annual festival is an ode to the changing season and the city’s Patron Saint, Mare de Deu de la Mercè. It’s one of the most important cultural events of the year, where the streets of Barcelona are transformed for four days of festivities, both weird and wonderful. These include fire runs, human towers, a parade of giants, food, drink, art, music and stunning projection show at the Plaça Sant Jaume. So if you want see the real Barcelona, look no further than La Mercè.
When: 20th September – 24th September 2019 | Where: Various Locations
SWAB Contemporary Art Fair
The creative arts culture in Barcelona is booming, with so many mediums and forms found all around. Contemporary art is one of these styles that is soaring in popularity, and the SWAB art fair is an event that champions this rise. Every year, SWAB brings together galleries and creative from all across the globe to collaborate and display awesome artwork. Over 5 days, there we will be exhibitions, discussions and talks about all things artistic, and challenging the boundaries of creative expression. If you’re an art lover, then this is the dream.
When: 26th September – 30th September 2019 | Where: Italian Pavilion
Poetry & Storytelling – Open Mic
Barcelona is a diverse city, and the beauty of the different cultures and people that co-exist are the unique conversations and stories you can hear. Poetry & Storytelling Barcelona is an event that will help you experience exactly that. This open mic night takes place every Thursday, giving all people the chance to share their story. Be it poetry, spoken word, readings or inspirational speeches, the aim is to provide a voice, build bridges, inspire and connect people from all walks of life and backgrounds. So if you’re in town, head down.
When: 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th September | Where: Pub Limerick
Born Street Food Mercè
If you’re a foodie in Barcelona, then you’re pretty much in heaven, as the city has some amazing grub that will hyperactivate your salivary glands. If you’re stuck for time and don’t want to go from restaurant to restaurant, then get yourself down to the Born Street Food Mercè. Organised by Barcelona Born Gourmet, this festival of gastronomy will give you the chance to try all different types of tasty, traditional food and drink in one place. From paella, escalivada, tapas to all kinds of gorgeous grub, to wine, vermouth and other delicious local drinks. Foodie heaven on earth no doubt.
When: 20th September – 22nd September 2019 | Where: Pla de Palau
This is the September edition of our “What’s Happening in Barcelona” series. Check it out and stay tuned for some awesome events coming up in our October edition. Not in town on any of these dates? Don’t worry, you can start exploring Barcelona off the beaten path as soon as you land, through the Like Locals App. Your personal guide to unlocking the secret sights, places and stories of the city. Download now for free, available on both iOS and Android devices.