August In Barcelona is the month of festivals so prepare yourself for experiencing some great Catalan traditions and some great parties!
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La Festa Catalana
Event date: Every Saturday from May to September 2014 at 7.30 pm
Event location: Avinguda de la Catedral at Barcelona Cathedral in gothic area
La Festa Catalana (The Catalan Festival) is a yearly festival that runs through the summer and each week showcases an exhibition of Catalan festival traditions including "sardanes" folk dancing, "castells" human tower building, "gegants" giants, mythical beasts, Catalan stick dancers and more. This weekly festival is loved by visitors to Barcelona and non locals as it gives them the chance to experience cultural traditions which they usually wouldn’t get a chance to see. La Festa Catalana in Barcelona is held on the Avinguda de la Catedral in front of Barcelona cathedral. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in these colorful and impressive traditions and get a taste of the rich Catalan culture.
Circuit Festival Barcelona
Event date: Wednesday 5th August 2015 to Sunday 16th August 2015
Event location: Various venues in Barcelona and Sitges
Circuit Festival Barcelona This year marks the 8th anniversary of Circuit Festival in Barcelona. Circuit Festival is a international week long Gay and Lesbian event in Barcelona with pre-parties, parties, music and many leisure, arts and sports activities. This Festival is the biggest European gay and lesbian event and each year it attracts more and more people with last year attracting around 70,000 visitors from all over the world and over 60 DJs and artists.
As well as many parties and other activities there is also the Circuit Festival Water Park Day at Illa Fantasia water park. The Illa Fantasia water park is north of Barcelona and is a great day out for everyone and attracts about 8000 people making it probably the world’s biggest water party. Circuit festival also features many other activities and exhibitions, a beach volleyball tournament at Mar Bella beach debates and special Circuit Shopping Day.
Festa Major de Gracia
Festa Major de Gràcia 2014 – Gracia Festival is the biggest street festival in Barcelona which is held every year in mid August. The Festa Major de Gracia dates are always the 15th August to 21st August. The festa is a street festival that takes place in the older part of the Gracia district in Barcelona. Around 17 streets are decorated by the residents. There are hundreds of activities mainly aimed at local residents, but tourists and visitors are welcome to the concerts and parades. The Festa de Gracia is all about Catalan traditions like parades, giant statues, castle building and fire runs, but above all it is a shining example of community spirit which welcomes visitors. It´s authentic, fun, joyous, colorful, festive and definitely worth a visit!
Opening times: Weekdays until 02.00 – Friday and Saturday until 03.30
Festa Gracia Dates: Saturday August 15 2015 – Sunday August 23 2015
Salvador Dali Museum
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If you fancy something a bit more relaxing than a festival then why not Book yourself on a guided tour around the Salvador Dali Museum in the quaint little town of Figueres – less than 1 hour from Barcelona. It is well worth paying a bit extra for a guide and means that you get to skip the queue which some days can be more than an hour long. There isn´t much else going on in Figueres so its best to get to the museum in the morning so as not to waste a whole day.
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