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What's On In Barcelona In September

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Updated: 12 August 2016
Here we go, back to school, back to work, back to the city. As the summer winds to an end and locals return from their holidays, the city’s cultural scene bursts back into action with fresh energy. Of course the highlight of September is the week-long celebrations in the run up to the city’s proudest holiday, la Mercè. But there’s plenty else on this month to make sure you enjoy a great start to the new cultural season.


DESIGN   |   Palo Alto Market
📅   Saturday 3rd – Sunday, September 4th 

Returning after its summer break, the Palo Alto Market is back in business with the usual combination of vintage clothes, designer furniture, handcrafted goodies and of course all the mouth-watering street food you could hope for. There will be live music throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, as crowds gather for one of the hottest events in Barcelona. This edition will be dedicated to the world of design, featuring original work by many of the participants of the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week, and designers such as Carlota Oms, Krizia Robustella or Martin Across. This will be the perfect opportunity to give your home a little makeover for the arrival of the new season.

Tickets: €3

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


LITERATURE   |   Hogsmeade Vintage Market
📅   Sunday, September 4th

Calling all Harry Potter fans: the Hogsmeade Vintage Market is one event you will not want to miss this season. Organised by Barcelona’s very own Potter convention, the BCN Potter Con, this one day event is modelled on the mood of the mythical all-wizard village of Hogsmeade. This magical hamlet is where Harry and his friends at Hogwarts would escape for day trips to visit the many weird and wonderful shops such as Zonko’s Joke Shop or Honeydukes sweet shop. The Hogsmeade Market will have everything on offer for those returning to school in September, from potions to wands and, of course, the opportunity to sample a refreshing goblet of buttermilk.

Tickets: €3

📍  Espai Jove de la Fontana, Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 190-192, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 681 004


FESTIVAL   |   Day of Brazil
📅   Sunday, September 4th

Celebrate the home of samba, caipirinhas and saudade on September 4th as Barcelona hosts the eighth edition of its very own Day of Brazil. Throughout the day there will be concerts, activities and artistic performances promoting the best of Brazilian culture, including a performance by Brazilian rock artist Lenine and capoeira workshops for adults and children. Taking place shortly after Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, this edition is sure to attract those curious to discover this unique South American country and its bold, beautiful culture.

Tickets: €10 – €17

📍  Parc del Fòrum, Muelle de la Marina Seca, C/ De la Pau, 12, San Adrian del Besós, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 560 612


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MUSIC   |   Eagles of Death Metal at Sala Apolo
📅   Friday, September 9th

This is no regular Eagles Of Death Metal tour. On November 13th last year, the band were on stage at le Bataclan in Paris when terrorists launched an attack which killed 89 people. Though the band members managed to escape unharmed, they did not go unshaken by the event, yet have defiantly returned to stage, renaming the tour the ‘Nos Amis Tour’ – ‘Our Friends’ in French – in homage to those who lost their lives that night. The band, whose song ‘I Love You All The Time’ was covered by various artists to raise funds in aid of victims of the attack, will be performing in Barcelona at the Sala Apolo in what promises to an electrifying night to remember.

Tickets: €23

📍  Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 441 40 01


FESTIVAL   |   The Day of Catalonia
Sunday, September 11th

Celebrated on September 11th each year, the Day of Catalonia – or ‘La Diada‘ – marks the defeat of Catalonia during the Spanish War of Succession. The local Catalan troupes opposed those of the Bourbon King Philip V of Spain and held out for 14 months during the gruelling siege of Barcelona before surrendering on September 11th, 1714. Following the defeat, Catalonia was brought under control of the centralised Spanish monarchy and the Catalan constitution and political autonomy were lost. To this day, the date carries an important political significance for the local independentist movement who organise protests and processions throughout the city to mark their hopes for a future independent Catalonia.

Tickets: free

📍 Procession throughout the city


MUSIC   |   Brunch In The Park
📅   Sunday, September 11th

Don’t miss the last edition of Brunch in the Park to take place this year, featuring some of the biggest names from the electronic music scene, including the Iranian-American house and techno DJ Dubfire, and Brit Matthew Edwards – aka Radio Slave, best known for his mix of Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and New Order’s Blue Monday (yeah, he went there – and it worked).  The event takes place in its usual summer location, the Joan Brossa gardens on Montjuïc hill, and you can access the venue from the road at the Plaça de la Sardana. As always there will be street food stalls on hand serving a variety of finger licking good snacks to keep you going throughout the evening.

Tickets: €13 – €15

📍  Jardins de Joan Brossa, Plaça de la Sardana, Barcelona, Spain


FESTIVAL      |    Festa Major of Poblenou
Until Sunday, September 18th

The last of Barcelona’s neighborhood celebrations, the Poblenou Festa Major is rapidly becoming one of the city’s most popular. Expect all the regular displays of Catalan tradition and folklore, including castellers (human pyramids recognised by UNESCO as an important part of world heritage), corefocs (spectacular fire-runs) and sardanes (a traditional dance).  But what makes Poblenou Festa Major really stand out is the influence of the many arts and design centers which call the neighborhood home. Expect open door events at some of the city’s edgiest galleries and workshops, performances and exhibitions by local artists, and an eclectic mix of the traditional and the avant-garde. 

Tickets: free

📍 Various locations across Poblenou, Barcelona, Spain


SPORTS   |   Skate Love Barcelona
📅   Friday 16th – Sunday, September 18th

This one-of-a-kind event is a fun-filled combination of skating (think old-school roller skates) and live music, organised by BCN Roller Dance (the clue is in the name). Last year they successfully organised a festival weekend which saw over 500 people travel to Barcelona for the event. This year they’re hoping to be even bigger and bolder and attract nearly twice the number of participants to Skate Love Barcelona. Throughout the weekend some of the most talented roller dancers will confront each other in dance-offs, while the roller disco is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and have a boogie.

Tickets: €20 – €60

📍 Water front, Paseo de Cervantes 1, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain




SPORTS   |   CSIO Barcelona Jumping Final
📅   Thursday 22nd – Sunday, September 25th 

For the fourth time this year, Barcelona will become the focus of the equestrian world’s eye as it hosts the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final as part of the 105th edition of the international jumping competition. A total of 18 teams from across the world will compete across four days in three final competitions. The event is taking place at the Olympic arena of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, and visitors can expect to see some of the biggest names in professional equestrian sport today. There will be refreshments on site at the Panoramic Restaurant, as well as the Foodie Fest food stalls serving a range of light meals, snacks and fresh juices.

Tickets: free on Thursday, up to €40 for a four-day ticket

📍 Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, Avinguda del Doctor Marañón, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 480 400


MUSIC   |   BAM Festival
📅   Thursday 22nd – Sunday, September 25th 

Each year since 1993 the city of Barcelona celebrates the diversity of its local musical talent with BAM Festival (Barcelona Acció Musical). Bringing together the best of up-and-coming local artists from the rock, pop, dance and electronica music world, the festival is a unique opportunity to hear some of the most popular local acts and the stars of tomorrow. There are a number of stages throughout the city hosting the free concerts, so be sure to consult the website for full details of artists and schedules.

Tickets: free

📍 Various locations across the city


SPORTS   |   La Liga Barcelona vs. Atlético de Madrid
📅  Wednesday, September 21st

One of the most hotly anticipated sporting events of the year, La Ligua is Spain’s first division of professional football players opposing the country’s 20 best teams. Founded in 1929, FC Barcelona have won the competition a total of 24 times, making it overall second to its historic rival, Real Madrid. However, in third, Atlético Madrid is sure to be a worthy opponent to the team as they meet on the pitch on September 21st at the iconic Camp Nou stadium, Barna’s spiritual home and the largest football stadium in Europe.

Tickets: €88 – €350

📍Camp Nou, C. Aristides Maillol, 12, Barcelona, Spain, +34 902 189 900


FESTIVAL   |   Dia de la Mercè
📅   Saturday, September 24th

This is by far the most important day of the week-long celebration of La Mercè and is marked by a special bank holiday which only holds in the city of Barcelona. Expect the usual parades, dances and performances but with the special addition of the closing ceremony, an awe-inspiring pyro-technical display which takes place on Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina and incorporates one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks: the Magic Fountain. Get there early to make sure you have a clear view of this unforgettable show.

Tickets: free

📍Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, Barcelona, Spain


ART   |   Punk: Its traces in contemporary art at MACBA
📅  Until Sunday, September 25th

Don’t miss your last chance to see Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, MACBA, pay homage to the punk movement with its ongoing exhibition Punk: Its traces in contemporary art. The show features over 60 artists both national and international, and retraces the journey of the punk movement’s legacy on contemporary art through a series of photographs, videos, documentaries and original artworks. The exhibition aims to present the more ostentatious representations of punk in art, with clear references to the movement’s icons and aesthetic, as well as those for whom punk was an experience and an attitude towards art – one of denial, opposition and destruction.

Tickets: €10

📍 MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Barcelona, Spain, + 34 934 813 368



DESIGN   |   BAU Design Forum
📅  Thursday 29th – Friday, September 30th 

Returning for its second edition, the BAU Design Forum is an interdisciplinary workshop for professionals, students and aficionados of design and communication. The project’s aim is to create an open space for discussion around the state of contemporary design, exploring its social, ethical and political dimensions so as to further new ways of thinking and foster exchange and collaboration. Housed in the BAU Centro Universitario de Diseño de Barcelona, one of the city’s leading design schools, the event promises to be a great platform for those to get a better understanding of the creative landscape, and to hear from those at the heart of design in Barcelona.

Tickets: €5 – €12

📍 BAU Design School, Carrer de Pujades, 118, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 153 474


PHILOSOPHY   |   Nietzsche In 3 Sessions at La Central
📅  Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th September

Every wanted to dabble in philosophy and confront head on those questions that are still leaving you perplexed? Now’s your chance. This three-day session hosted by La Central bookshop offers a unique opportunity to discover the life and works of one of Europe’s most influential thinkers of all time. Nietzsche is highly regarded for his contributions to the philosophical notion of ‘nihilism’ – roughly the belief that life lacks any objective meaning – which continues to be one of the most important challenges of the postmodern era. If God is dead, as Nietzsche suggests, how do we replace Him?

Tickets: €80

📍La Central, Carrer de Mallorca, 237, Barcelona, Spain, +34 900 802 109