Merce Barcelona 2018

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Merce Barcelona 2018

Do not miss this Friday the opening of La Merce Barcelona 2018, the most famous street festival of the year!

During four days, different cultural and artistic expressions of Catalonia and the Mediterranean take the streets and squares of the center of Barcelona with numerous acts like the Castellers (human castles), the parades of giants and big heads, the famous Correfoc with people dancing in the street with fires and flares and the independent music festival, BAM.

According to history, on August 1, 1218, the Virgin of Mercy appeared to three illustrious Barcelonese to ask for the redemption of captive Christians at the hands of the Muslims. Thanks to the redemption of the religious, devotion to the Virgin of Mercy spread very quickly through Catalonia and from there to the rest of Spain.

That is why La Fiesta de la Merce is celebrated every year around September 24th, the day of the Virgin, and its main focus is the popular culture of the Mediterranean with activities for all ages, from parades and concerts to folk dances and street shows of theater and dance.

If you are in Barcelona during September 21 and 24, check out the full program of La Merce Festival 2018, the most famous festival in the city. Whether you are passing through, on a work or vacation trip with friends or family , you will definetely find something of your taste!

Date and place of main activities

We leave you the dates of the most emblematic activities for Merce Barcelona 2018.

Poster de Sònia Pulido

Friday 21

Sardana Cultural Dancing.Opening event of the festival.
Location: Avenida de la Catedral / Plaça Nova.
Time: 19:00

Inaugural parade. Giants, dragons and other effigies roam the streets of Barcelona, followed by a procession of drums and percussion instruments. Route: La Rambla, Ferran Street, Plaça de Sant Miquel. Time: 18:45 – 21:00

Beasts of fire and ride of the dragon. Parade of the fire beasts, previous activities to the great Correfoc on Sunday. Route: Plaça Sant Jaume, Ferran Street, La Rambla, Plaça del Pi, Placa Nova and back to Plaça Sant Jaume. Time: 10:00

Saturday 22

Correfoc. Run behind the fire. Location: Via Laietana. Time: Children: 18:30 / Adults: 20:30

Sunday 23

Projection on the Main Façade of the City Hall. Location: Plaça St Jaume


Friday 21 from 22:15 to 23:45

Saturday 22 from 30:30 to 23:45

Sunday 23 from 22:30 to 23:45

Monday 24 from 20:45  to 22:00

Monday 24

Parade of giants. Route: La Rambla, Plaça St Jaume, Ferran Street, La Rambla. Time: 11:00

Castellers. Human Towers. Location: Plaça de Sant Jaume. Time: 12:30

End of fireworks. Location: Av. De Maria Cristina / Plaça d ‘Espanya. Time: 22:00

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Sara Barrio

Sara Barrio

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