Best of Barcelona’s Summer Street Parties

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Best of Barcelona’s Summer Street Parties

August is already here and many locals leave Barcelona and head out on vacation, but the city also takes on a much more relaxed summer vibe. Are you planning to visit Barcelona this month? We have exciting news for you! August is not only great for a dream sunny and beach vibes holidays, but also a month full of exciting events around the city and surroundings: Barcelona’s Festes Majors, or the most authentic parties in town, and completely free to attend!

Keep reading and don’t miss our selection of the best of Barcelona’s Street Parties in August, and remember that you can enjoy the city summer street parties from the comfort of one of our modern Apartments in the heart of Barcelona.

Festes de Sant Roc a la plaça Nova

Dates: From 14th to 17th of August 2019


The festivities for Sant Roc de la Plaça Nova, constitute the oldest and most unique celebrations held in Barcelona. They first started in 1589 and therefore date back 430 years.  A lot of the traditions are still kept up today, like the ‘gegants’ (giants), street games, sardana dances, and ‘correfoc’ fire runs, whilst the celebration also has unique traditions that are bound to amuse most travellers, such as the cucanya slippery beam, the porró llarg drinking pitcher and the panellet sweet bites.

You will find the centre of the festivities is Placa Nova, which is right in front of Barcelona’s cathedral. Don’t miss the last night correfoc and fireworks in the square and merge with the locals in one of the most traditional Barcelona festivities.

Festa Major de Gràcia

Dates: From 15th to 21st of August 2019

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Gràcia’s Festa Major is regarded as the maximum expression of the neighbourhood’s identity and consists of a whole series of celebrations that combine public participation with traditional and popular culture. Residents’ associations, split into areas, organise part of the festival, with each one responsible for its own street or square. The result is almost a week of activities in every corner of the old town, thanks to the contribution of the many Gràcia men and women who are involved.

The event’s major claim to fame is its street-decorating contest, which transforms the charming streets of Gracia neighbourhood into colourful, magical wonderlands. If that’s not enough, you can also enjoy plenty of concerts, parades (featuring Barcelona’s famous giants), workshops and local bites.

Festa Major de Sitges

Dates: From 17th to 26th of August 2019

Parròquia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, Sitges

Sitges main Festa Major is held in honour of Sant Bartomeu, the patron of the city. Welcome to a celebration full of colour parades and great activities for all the family, including the little ones. The festival is worth experiencing as it shows the best of Catalan culture in an incredible party atmosphere. Children will love the stunning fancy-dress parades, which include dancing dragons and giants. You will be amazed by the more than spectacular human towers or Castellers in the streets, typical of Catalonia. There will be concerts and fantastic fireworks above the palm trees in the evening.

In short, this is a really interesting alternative if you prefer to enjoy your summer holidays away from the big city.

If you want to learn more about What to do in Sitges this summer, don’t miss our previous article.

Festa Major de Sants

Dates: From 24th to 1st of September 2019

Photo Credit: Pere López [CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpscreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0)]

Gracia may get all the international recognition for its famous summer street party, but surely you shouldn’t forget about Sants’ Festa Major, which takes place right after the Gracia festival in the final week of August. In a similar vein to the Gracia event, you’ll find more than sixteen decorated streets around the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, all dressed for the occasion, loads of live music, and great street food, among others.

It is also a great opportunity to enjoy the Castellers for the first time during the “Diada Castellera”, which showcases the best groups in Catalonia. And it’s the ideal way to immerse yourself in Catalan culture and feel like one of the locals.


Would you like to know more about how to spend the perfect summer in Barcelona? No problem at all, keep reading our previous blog post to find out Top 5 things to do in Barcelona in summer.

Sara Barrio

Sara Barrio

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