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What's On In Barcelona In October

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Updated: 10 October 2016
The evenings become cooler, the days shorter, and the streets eventually fill with the smell of roast chestnuts and sweet potatoes. It’s October and autumn is in full swing here in Barcelona. This is one of the best times of the year to escape to the Catalan countryside, as the trees burst into a thousand shades of red and yellow and the farms are busy storing the summer’s harvest. But here in the city there will as always be plenty going on: the main art museums are inaugurating their main exhibitions for the winter season, and the street food scene is alive and kicking – this is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to be in Barcelona.

Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th OCT

DESIGN | Palo Alto Market In Poblenou
October 1st – 2nd

Once again Barcelona’s foodies, design geeks, and music lovers will be heading en masse to Poblenou for the October edition of the city’s most popular pop-up market: Palo Alto Market. The converted factory space will welcome the usual crowd of local artisans selling everything from unique piece furniture to vintage clothing and accessories, as well as all your favorite street food vans offering a fantastic selection of sweet and savory delights to keep you going all afternoon. Get there early to beat the queue as there can be quite a wait mid-afternoon and remember that Saturdays tend to be the quietest day.

📍Palo Alto Market, Carrer dels Pellaires, 30, Barcelona, +34 931 596 670

MUSIC | Red Hot Chili Peppers at Palau Sant Jordi
October 1st – 2nd

Following the release of their most recent album The Getaway, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be performing in Barcelona on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month as part of their current world-wide tour. The legendary kings of funk rock will be taking to the stage at one of the city’s largest venues, the former Olympic venue Palau Sant Jordi. The album is the latest studio album to be released since I’m With You (released in 2011) and is the first time they are working with a new producer since 1989 – RHCP fans are bound to be excited by this chance to see the band right here in Barna.

📍Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olímpic, 5-7, Barcelona, +93 426 2089

MUSIC | Pedro Javier González & Dance at the Palau de la Musica Catalana
📅 October 3rd and 18th

One of the most acclaimed flamenco guitarists of the past decade, Pedro Javier González, will be performing at the iconic Palau de la Música Catalana on two occasions in October, the 3rd and the 18th. Accompanied by three other musicians – a bassist, a drummer, and a guitarist – the music will brought to life through the performance of dancers Carolina Morgado and José Manuel Álvarez. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the most influential contemporary flamenco artists perform in one of the most prestigious venues in Barcelona.

📍Palau de la Música Catalana, C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, Barcelona, +93 295 7200

FILM | Sitges International Film Festival
October 7th – 16th

Taking place each year in the autumn, the Sitges International Film Festival is one of the most important cinematographic events to take place in Catalunya and one of the most unique festivals of its kind. Celebrating its 49th edition, the festival is Spain’s premier film festival dedicated to horror and fantasy films – think zombies, ghouls, and witches. In addition to a full program of film screenings, the festival also organizes a number of events in parallel, such as the cult ‘Sitges Zombie Walk’, which sees dozens of ghastly zombies take to the streets in a spectacularly gruesome procession.

📍See website for full details of venues


FOOD | Mushroom Season Across Catalunya
📅 Throughout October

For the city’s foodies, October is one of the best months of the year for one simple reason: mushroom season. Come the end of the summer, when the September showers have left the earth just moist enough, the Catalan countryside is bursting with fresh, juicy mushrooms – especially the local favorites, rovellons and fredolics. If you’re not familiar with the practice of mushroom foraging, the best option is to sign up for a foraging tour with one of the many organized tours, so you can stay safe and learn how to organize your own itinerary next year. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the Catalan countryside and source your own ingredients.

📍Fields and forest across Catalunya

MUSIC | Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
📅 October 7th – 23rd (not every day)

Premiered in Italian in 1847, Verdi’s Macbeth is one of the great classics of the operatic genre and this performance, directed by Giampaolo Bisanti, will be a fine opportunity to hear the piece at the Gran Teatre del Liceu for the first time since 2004. The part of Macbeth will be sung by Ludovic Tézier and Luca Salsi (on alternate nights) while Lady Macbeth will be performed by Martina Serafin and Tatiana Serjan. The Liceu is one of the most spectacular venues in Barcelona and is located right on la Rambla, in the heart of the city. Tickets range from €15 to €300 so be sure to book early to guarantee you get the seat you want.

📍Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Rambla, 51-59, Barcelona, +93 485 9900

FOOD | Oktoberfest Barcelona by the Fira de Montjuïc
October 12th – 23rd

Calling all beer lovers! For those of you not planning a trip to Germany’s beer capital Munich for this year’s Oktoberfest, Barcelona has the next best thing: Oktoberfest Barcelona. Sponsored by major german brewery Paulaner, the event will be taking place just outside the Museu Nacional de Catalunya (MNAC) by the side of Plaça d’Espanya. Expect to find the traditional beer tents and large wooden tables that seem to go on for miles – and of course, the ginormous beer glasses! There is limited seating so it’s advisable to book online if you want to secure a spot – it’s free!

📍Plaça de l’Univers, Barcelona

MUSIC | Katatonia at Sala Razzzmatazz
October 12th

One of the most successful heavy-metal bands to emerge from Europe in recent years, Swedish-based Katatonia will be performing for one night only at Sala Razzmatazz this October, part of only three dates in Spain. On the go since the 1990s, the band has reformed a number of times, with new members joining founding members Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse on and off. Razzmatazz is one of the city’s most popular music venues and the sound system will be more than capable of pushing the decibels for this performance.

📍Sala Razzmatazz, Carrer de Pamplona, 88, Barcelona, +93 320 8200


SPORT | FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium
📅 October 19th

This one of the most highly anticipated matches of the season, as super-star teams Barcelona FC and Manchester City go head to head at the Camp Nou stadium here in Barcelona. To add to the tension, City is now managed by former FC Barcelona star player and La Masia prodigy who was a vital part of Johan Cruyff’s iconic Dream Team, Pep Guardiola. The match, set for Wednesday the 19th, with kick-off at 8:45pm local time. Be sure to get your tickets early as this will be a popular match with supporters travelling from across Europe to cheer their favorite teams on. If this is your first time to a match at Camp Nou, check out our guide to making the most of your day.

📍Camp Nou stadium, C. Aristides Maillol, 12, Barcelona, +90 218 9900

ART | Miralda. Madeinusa at MACBA
📅 October 21st – April 9th

Spanning over five decades, the career of Spanish-born artist Antoni Miralda has sought to understand human behavior through the lense of ritual and process, with a special emphasis on the human relation to eating and food. This gastronomic theme has followed him throughout the decades and across the continents. This Miralda. Madeinusa retrospective opening at MACBA this October reflects on some his most significant works from his time in the USA, including ‘Breadline’ (1977), ‘Wheat & Steak’ (1981), and ‘El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant’ (1984–86).

📍MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 120 810

ARCHITECTURE | 48h Open House Barcelona
📅 October 22nd – 23rd

Launched in Barcelona back in 2010, the 48h Open House was born in London in 1992 as a way of sharing with the public some of the city’s best kept architectural secrets. Private houses across the city will be open for visitors to admire and speak directly to those who designed them, live in them, or manage them. The event attracted over 50,000 participants in recent editions and there are over 150 houses taking part, covering everything from Catalan Modernism to post-Olympic renewal. In addition to the tours there will be a number of talks organized throughout the weekend as well as visits to parks and green spaces.

📍See website for full list of participating houses

MUSIC | Barcelona International Jazz Festival
📅 October 24th – December 21st

Returning for its 48th edition, the Barcelona International Jazz Festival – currently known as the Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Barcelona – is one of the most highly anticipated events of the musical calendar in the Catalan capital. Throughout the years the event has attracted the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Jimmy Smith and continues to feature some of the most influential jazz musicians of the times. Highlights from this year include Asaf Avidan, Sly & Robbie, and Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, among others who will be performing at a number of high-profile venues throughout the city.

📍See individual listings on website for venue details


MUSIC | 65daysofstatic at Sala Razzmatazz
📅 October 24th

Hailing from the northern English city of Sheffield, 65daysofstatic have made a name for themselves in regards to their eclectic post-rock sound. The band formed in 2001 and their debut album ‘Fall of Math’ (2004) received widespread critical acclaim, catapulting them onto the UK music stage. Big fans of live performances, the band are renowned for their lively on-stage presence and their commitment to the personal experience of their music. Performing at Sala Razzmatazz this October, the band recently recorded a soundtrack to the latest PlayStation game No Man’s Sky.

📍Sala Razzmatazz, Carrer de Pamplona, 88, Barcelona, +93 320 8200

ART | 1000m2 Of Desire At The CCCB
📅 October 25th – March 19th

What is the relation between space and sexuality? How do the shapes around us enable or restrict our most primal instincts? These are some of the questions that the CCCB’s upcoming exhibition ‘1,000 m2 of desire seeks to address, looking at how architecture has influenced our sexuality over the past few centuries, from 1960s radical architecture to the PlayBoy mansions. While some spaces may liberate our sexuality, others may constrict our conceptions of the possible and desirable. This promises to be one of the most thought-provoking exhibitions in Barcelona this season.

📍CCCB, Carrer de Montalegre, 5, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 064 100

MUSIC | The Chemical Brothers at the Poble Espanyol
📅 October 27th

Yes, that’s right, the one and only The Chemical Brothers will be performing at the Poble Espanyol at the end of the month. Their unique mix of house, techno, trip-hop, and alternative dance music has supported their career spanning over 25 years and made them one of the most recognizable groups to emerge from the UK in recent years. The Poble Espanyol concert will be a night to remember, given the intimate feel and unique setting of the venue (the Poble Espanyol is a model village constructed for the International Exhibition of 1929). Tickets are on sale for €55 but will seem well worth it to the die-hard Chemical Brothers fans who will be grateful for the chance to see the group right here in Barcelona.

📍El Poble Espanyol, Av Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13, Barcelona, +93 508 6300

SPORT | Firemen’s Run 2016 around Barcelona
📅 October 30th

Part of the Challenge BCN 10km, a league of 10 kilometer circuits around the city, the Firemen’s Run or Cursa de Bombers Barcelona will be taking place on October 30th. The race is open to the public but this year’s special guests will be the city’s firemen, who will be running alongside other participants in this challenging run. The race will take place around the city center, covering some of the city’s major axes such as the Av. Parallel and the Via Laietana before finishing at the bottom of the Born outside the Estación de Francia. Check out the website to sign up and download a specialized training plan depending on your own personal goal.

📍See website for full route details