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What’s On In Barcelona In August
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What’s On In Barcelona In August

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Updated: 4 August 2016
Ah, August… that month when it feels like the whole of Barcelona has packed their bags and gone on holiday. But when the cat’s away, the mice will come out to play. Left to their own devices, here’s what the die-hard Barcelona summer residents will be getting up to this month:


MUSIC | Beyoncé At The Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium
August 3rd

One of the most celebrated female artists – scrap that – one of the most celebrated artists of our times takes to the stage at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium on Montjuïc this month. Performing as part of her The Formation World Tour, Beyoncé’s show will include hits from her hotly debated visual album Lemonade and promises to be one to remember.

📍Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium

MUSIC | Music In The Park With Brox Quartet
📅 August 4th

Each year, the public gardens and parks of Barcelona burst into song with Música als Parcs, a special program of (mostly free) open-air concerts taking place across the city. This week, the Brox Quartet (piano, flute, drums and bass) will be taking to the stage at Parc de la Ciutadella for an evening of wonderfully melodious live jazz.

📍 Ciutadella Park

CINEMA | Sala Montjuïc Open-Air Cinema
📅 August 5th

One of the highlights of the summer season in Barcelona is being able to enjoy open-air cinema with a warm, maritime breeze. For the closing session of Sala Montjuïc, the open-air cinema in the grounds of the castle on the top of Montjuïc hill, the organizers have planned a surprise screening which they are revealing clue by clue on social media. Buy your ticket early as this promises to be a sellout.

📍Montjuïc Castle

DESIGN | A Night At La Pedrera
📅 August 6th

Discover La Pedrera like never before with a magical night of surprises at one of Antoni Gaudí’s most emblematic buildings. As darkness sets in, La Pedrera comes alive thanks to La Pedrera: The Origins, a special light show which highlights the structure’s intricate architectural elements, emphasizing Gaudí’s imaginative vision.

📍La Pedrera


DESIGN | Magic Night At Casa Batlló
August 10th

Ever fancied getting up close and personal with one of Antoni Gaudí’s famous masterpieces? Now’s your chance. On selected evenings this summer, Casa Batlló, also known as the ‘Dragon House’ owing to its scale-like exterior, is hosting a series of special events on the rooftop. There will be live music and food throughout the evening while you enjoy this unique opportunity to enjoy one of Barcelona’s most iconic architectural jewels.

📍Casa Battló

MUSIC | The Sey Sisters
📅 August 13th

Discover the powerful voice of Edna, Yolanda and Kathy Sey, aka The Sey Sisters, as they take to the stage at the Born Cultural Centre as part of the Mas I Mas Festival. Inspired by gospel and their African-American heritage, they sing a message of freedom, peace, and equality under the banner ‘Let freedom ring.’ This promises to be a touching concert.

📍El Born Cultural Centre

MUSIC | Circuit Festival Closing Party
📅 August 14th

Want to really, really have a good time? Check out the closing party of Circuit Festival, one of Barcelona’s biggest and boldest gay festivals, running from the 2nd to the 14th of August. The party will be kicking off at 11 pm inside the Sports Complex in Hospitalet de Llobregat, just a short train ride from the city center, and will carry on until the early hours of the morning.

📍Complex Esportiu Hospitalet Nord Eucagest


MUSIC | Benny Benassi At Sala Razzmatazz
August 15th

‘Push me, and then just touch me, til I can get my…” – yes, that’s the one. Rewind to the summer of 2002 and you can probably remember yourself dancing along to Benny Benassi’s electro house classic ‘Satisfaction.’ The Italian DJ, whose recent collaborations include Madonna and Chris Brown, will be playing at Sala Razzmatazz on the 15th of August.


MUSIC | The Corrs At Cap Roig Festival
📅 August 15th

The world-famous Irish folk-rock band – who brought you the 90s and noughties pop classics ‘Breathless’ and ‘Runaway’ to name just a few – are back, and it’s like they’ve never been away. Don’t miss The Corrs playing at the Cap Roig Festival in the charming seaside town of Calella de Palafrugell, just north of Barcelona.

📍Jardí Botànic de Cap Roig

FESTIVAL | Festa Major De Gràcia
August 15th-21st

If there’s one celebration not to miss in Barcelona, it has to be the Festa Major de Gràcia. This week-long neighborhood festival is the most popular in the city and attracts hundreds of visitors each year from Barcelona and beyond. Come see which street will have the best decorations and enjoy a grilled botifara (local sausage) and a cold beer at one of the free concerts.


📅 August 19th

The mood is hot, hot, hot this weekend at the Poble Espanyol, as MECAL Air has an Especial Sexo edition lined up for us. Throughout the summer, MECAL is organizing open-air screenings of the best entries in their internationally acclaimed MECAL Short Film Festival. Turn up with a flyer and get 50 percent off your entrance fee.

📍Poble Espanyol


CINEMA | Don’t Look Now At The CCCB
August 24th

One of the most harrowing films of the 70s, Don’t Look Now addresses the touching theme of sorrow and grief through the story of two parents coping with the loss of their daughter. This Italian-British classic will be shown in the original version with Catalan subtitles.


FESTIVAL | Festa Major De Sants
August 2oth-28th

Just when you thought the party was over… As the Festa Major de Gràcia winds to an end, across town, the Festa Major de Sants is just getting started. Taking the relay with a whole program of live music, free shows and activities – everything from castellers to corre foc – the festival in Sants might not be as famous as its counterpart in Gràcia, but it has a solid reputation for putting up a good fight.


ART | Making Africa At The CCCB
Until August 28th

Don’t miss your last chance to see the Making Africa exhibition at Barcelona’s Contemporary Culture Centre, the CCCB. The exhibition explores the questions of the cultural future of the African continent through mixed media, featuring original pieces by emerging African artists. A brilliant synthesis of contemporary Africa’s cultural backbone.


SPLASH | Outdoor Swimming
📅 Until the end of August

Make the most of the last week of August to enjoy Barcelona’s outdoor swimming pools. With some open just two months of the year, this is a precious opportunity to enjoy some of the best swimming areas in the city. Walk up to the Montjuïc Municipal swimming pool (the former diving pool for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics) or explore the 2,960-square-meter artificial lake ‘Can Dragó’ before September 4th, or you’ll have to wait until next year.


ART | Andrea Fraser ‘L’1% c’est moi’ at MACBA
Until September 4th

These are the last days to catch Andrea Fraser’s provocative exhibition ‘L’1% c’est moi’ (I am the 1%) at Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). Drawing on theories of sociology and psychology, her show raises important questions about the underbelly of the art world and the relations that underpin it: economic, social, and political.


MUSIC | Jesper Thilo’ Sax Meeting
August 31st

If you had to associate one instrument with the sound of jazz, what would it be? Chances are you’re thinking of the saxophone (we were too). Danish musician Jesper Thilo pays homage to the queen of copper instruments at the iconic Jamboree Jazz Club on Plaça Reial, drawing on his career spanning over 50 years, during which time he’s played alongside jazz legends Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, and Harry Edison.

📍 Jamboree Jazz Club