Things to do in Barcelona 2012
Thinking of you we have designed this little calendar of special events in Catalonia for this year, this way you can plan your trip and enjoy the main festivals of the province. Check our 2012 Calendar!
Agenda Barcelona in February
February 16- 22 2012
Sitges Carnival is an amazing spectacle. This parades is a true display of aesthetic and artistic creativity. Wealth of costumes, makeup, feathers, sequins, bold fantasy models, improbable scenarios over mobile platforms theater.
There are several parades for all ages during carnaval week in Sitges. The biggest parades are the evening parades called "Rua de la Disbauxa" – the Debauchery Parade and the "Rua de l’Extermini" – Extermination parade. Both feature around 50 floats and thousand dancing participants.
-Sunday the 19th February 2012Rua de la Disbauxa, or the Debauchery Parade
-Tuesday the 21st of February 2012 'Rua de lExterminior Extermination Parade
Agenda Barcelona in April
Sant Jordi’s day
La Diada de Sant Jordi, where Chivalry and Princesses Live Forever
Sant Jordi Day is the most romantic day of the year in Barcelona, a special date similar to Valentines´s day.
St. George is the patron saint of Catalonia and he is celebrated on 23rd April every year to commerate his death on that day in the year 303.
All people go out to the streets and celebrate with roses and books, that why this day is also known as El dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book). Men gave women beautiful roses and women gave men a good book to celebrate de occasion.
Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition originating in 1923, when a bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantesand William Shakespeareon 23 April 1616.
Agenda Barcelona in May
Pirmavera sound festival
May 30-31 and 1-2-3 June
This festival is a true recommendation for the music lover and it might be worth to combine this event with a city trip. Every year about a hundred artists from all over the world turn up at this event. Most of them are quite unknown and the real famous bands will not show up here, but Spanish rock is very refreshing and fun. It´s a different sound from any known festival in the world.
Agenda Barcelona in June
The International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia held. For anyone interested in electronic music, urban contemporary art and the world of multimedia, Don´t mis this!
Sonaris a big dance festival every summerin Barcelona. The festival is during three days and focuses on electronic music: techno, house, electro, hip hop, etc. The festival is split into Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. The daily program consists of concerts, showcases and exhibitions. Sonar by Night is the big party where everyone comes off and it takes place in different nightclubs. Go wild at the Sonar festival in Barcelona 2011!
Feast of Sant Joan
June 23th – 24th 2012
Sant Joan in Spain marks the start of the summer. This is is the midsummer solstice celebration, which is the day that has the longest period of daylight in the year. The Nit de Sant Joan celebrations in Spain and Barcelona are on the evening of the 23rd June.
The next day is 24th June which is Saint John's day and a public holiday in Catalonia and Spain. The Sant Joan festivals and fiestas are from sunset on 23/6 to sunrise on 24/6 on the eve of Saint John's day.
Agenda Barcelona in August
Gracias Festivities (Festa Major de Gracia)
Gracia fiesta always takes place towards the end of August.
On an average day, Gracia is a peaceful, residential neighbourhood north of the city centre of Barcelona, with narrow streets lined with elegant old balconied buildings and shady squares with historic churches and cafe terraces.
But for one week in August, everything changes. When the week-long ”Fiesta Major” (Gracia Festivities) takes over Gracia. Tranquillity goes out of the window and is replaced by the Catalans' typical exuberant taste in music and mass celebration in the streets. The Gracia festival is a street festival on streets and plazas of Gracia every year from 15th to 21st of August. The Fiesta Major de Gracia is the biggest of Barcelona's neighbourhood festivals with around half a million people visiting and participating. The 2012 celebration will be the 196th edition.
Agenda Barcelona in September
La Mercé Festival (Les Festes de la Mercé)
September 24th – 27th 2012 (dates to be confirmed)
The most important festival of Barcelona, “Festes de la Mercé”, will be held from 22nd to 25th of September, this time Sant Petesburg, Russia will be the guest city. The county town is full of celebrations that bring together Catalan traditions with dances, music, street art, fireworks and sporting events.
La Mercé 2012 will take place around 24 September however exact dates of celebrations are not yet announced.