Written by Ash

A Thorough Guide to Visiting Barcelona in August 2021


There’s nothing more natural than deciding to spend part of August in Barcelona.

It’s the month the city’s already lively street culture finds another gear. Sure, the parties and sunburns tend to send tourists to bed early – but we won’t be having any of that.

Yes, August 2021 in Barcelona is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Here’s how to get the most of it.

Note: unfortunately due to COVID 19 some of the city’s most iconic August events will not be running this year. We’ll try our best to keep you all updated on changes/additions but in the meantime if you have any doubts please drop a line below or give us a follow on Facebook for the latest news.

Why Barcelona in August?

It’s the ideal month to hit Barcelona’s best beaches and show off that bangin’ new swimsuit.

Another obvious one is that with amazing weather you’ll get to enjoy longer hours at Barcelona’s top attractions not to mention have unlimited drinks at the city’s top rooftop bars.

Throw in some top notch music festivals and Barcelona’s classic barrio parties and we’re all set.

Remember though that August is also the most visited month on the Barcelona tourist calendar and so you’re bound to encounter long lines and potentially sold out venues.

Advice Before You Go

Many main attractions sell out weeks in advance so don’t get caught without! Buy your tickets in advance online – this way you guarantee your spots and skip the lines.

Also make sure you get yourself a transport pass to save money and time.

Another underrated option for getting around the city is to rent a bike and take advantage of the fresh air – those beach side rides are a thing of legend.

Many businesses close in August for holidays so make sure you double check the opening times of your favourite shops and restaurants before going.

I also suggest the Secrets of the Old City walking tour on day one: the education will really enhance all your later endeavors.

If you’re visiting Barcelona in August be careful with pickpockets in top tourist areas.

Keep an eye out here because I’ll be adding more Barcelona events as they’re announced.

Barcelona Weather in August

Barcelona weather in August promises hot and humid temperatures with a lot of sun.

August has an average temperature of 28 °C (82 °F) with lows dropping down to 19°C (67°F) at the end of the month.

Expect 9 hours of daily sunshine and about 5 days of rainfall – those who are sensitive to heat may want to exercise caution as heat waves are common. The city can become a sauna with temperatures approaching the mid 30’s.

Those visiting Barcelona in August should pack light: t-shirts, shorts, flip flops, and a light jacket in case of rain. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.

A filled water bottle can also be a life-saver!

La Festa Major de Gràcia

The undisputed main event of things to do in August in Barcelona: La Fiesta de Gracia.

The party finds itself in the Gracia district (metro Fontana, green line L3) and is known as Barcelona’s answer to Carnevale.

During the festival the streets of Gracia are decorated with coloured banners, giant flowers, and papier mâché giants. A lot of the streets put up their own stages with ear-splitting sound systems and every one has a different genre: electronic, salsa, punk, hip hop and more.

You can spend hours wandering through the streets and catching a bit of live music in every square… and it’s all free! You’ll also find great prices on beer, tapas, kebabs and more.

During the festival bars are traditionally open late and they set up stands with beer kegs, wine, and sangria. The lines can get a bit ridiculous so of course you’re free to indulge in Spain’s favourite past time: botellon! Grab a bottle of liquor and a mixer and pour it into plastic cups. You won’t be alone.

At the end of the festival the most well decorated of the streets (which decorate according to a theme like Japan, the underworld, space etc.) wins a prize. This year there are plans to decorate the main gate into the neighbourhood.

Due to ‘COVID hesitation’ specific events have not yet been announced but do check the Fiesta de Gracia schedule closer to the date for more information.

The only certainty is that the 2021 version will run from August 15-21.

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Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

Barcelona Festivals in August 2021

In Barcelona in August you’ll find a different neighbourhood party practically every week. Keep in mind that all of them are free to attend so just get to the area, walk around, and enjoy the festivities.

La Festa Major de Sants

This neighbourhood festival honours Saint Bartomeu, the patron saint of Sants, who was martyred and even flayed (skinned) for his beliefs – morbidly becoming a major figure to all the leather-related professionals that inhabited the area.

Again, you’ll find no less than 22 streets in the neighbourhood decorated in particular themes. A recent winner of the competition was the King Kong/New York themed street – quite the sight!

The classic papier mâché giants, the fire-spitting dragons of the correfoc (‘fire run’), and human tower building are just some of the very Catalan highlights of this barrio party.

Also not to miss are the fireworks at the closing of the festival.

To get to the festival get off at Sants Estaciò metro (green line L3 or blue line L5).

The Festa Major de Sants 2021 version is running from August 24th to August 28th.

Please check the Festa Major de Sants website for more information.

La Festa Major del Barrio Gotico

If you’re looking for something authentic and traditional then look no further than the city’s oldest barrio party.

Held in honour of Saint Roc, who according to legend caught the plague upon visit to the city but was nursed back to health by a local baker’s dog, and protected the city against a later outbreak.

It’s a bit like stepping into a time machine as the costumes, songs, and dances are pretty much the same as they were for the first edition in 1589. In the streets and squares of this magical central neighbourhood you’ll find performances of the sardana (a traditional Catalan dance) and parades of papier mâché giants.

The highlight here is the chaotic correfoc, a sort of parade with adults and children dressed up as devils and lighting off firecrackers while a series of fire-spitting dragons fire off sparklers and fireworks in all directions – you may get burned!

Make sure you try the official food of the festival: panellets (a traditional marzipan dessert with pine nuts). Accompany them with a sweet wine and you’re set! Grab them at Dolceria De La Colmena (Placa de l’Angel 12).

To give you an idea of dates the Festa Major del Barri Gòtic 2019 went August 13th to 17th even though the 2021 dates are still TBA.

For information on all the Festa Majores check out this website.

DGTL Festival

Due to the COVID-19 crisis the 2021 version of DGTL has been pushed back to the 3rd and 4th of September – artists are still TBA.

With the success of years past we knew the Spanish version of this Dutch techno festival would be back.

DGTL dazzles with its modern fire-spitting machines and interactive, eco-friendly visual art installations. The festival maintains its vintage warehouse feel and gritty sounds that contrast the crashing waves on the beach at Barcelona’s famous Parc del Fòrum.

Last year fans were treated to a mixed lineup of underground and popular DJs like Maceo Plex, John Talabot, Nina Kravitz, Agoria, and more.

Top names for 2019 include Paco Osuna, Barnt & Roman Flugel, Marco Carola, and Ross From Friends.

Prices: €44.00 (one-day early bird) – €90.00 (two-day).

There’s also a €100.00+ ticket with backstage experience option.

Metro: El Maresme-Forum (yellow line L4).

For more information consult the official DGTL 2021 website.

Brunch in the Park

Note: Brunch in the Park 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The legendary outdoor techno party at the top of Barcelona’s tallest hill.

Every Sunday afternoon you’ll find this daytime dance doozy with a lineup of spectacular international DJs. People looking for fun but an early start on Monday are well served here – the festival runs from 12 pm to 10 pm.

You’ll find a great beer garden and some nice cool-off spots spraying you with water. Then add some food trucks and even a playground for children (who says parents can’t party?) and you’re set.

The August 2019 version of this epic festival includes artists like Deborah de Luca (August 4th), Boris Brejcha (August 11th), and Fatboy Slim (August 18th) – with more TBA.

Make sure you bring sunscreen and a hat!

Dates: Every Sunday from July 1st to September 16th.

Prices: €11.00 (first release) – €20.00 (walk-up).

Metro: Paral·lel (purple line L2, green line L3) then change for Montjuic Funicular

For more information on Brunch in the Park consult the official website.

Festival Mas i Mas

Over 200 concerts spanning six classic Barcelona venues make up this concert festival.

Whether you’re catching a flamenco show at Tarantos or some classical music at the Palau de la Musica there’s no better way to escape the summer heat than live music.

Check out a ton of local and international artists performing jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, gospel, funk, rock, and more.

Prices and venues vary but check out the here.

Cap Roig Festival

A concert series in a spectacular natural setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Head up the coast an hour or so to the Costa Brava and see one of the Med’s best botanical gardens before checking out great international artists across many genres.

The 2021 version welcomes Passengers, (August 3rd), Love of Lesbian (August 11th), David Bisbal (August 12th), and more.

Dates: various.

Tickets €20.00 – €375.00 depending on artist.

For more information on the Cap Roig festival click here.

August Concerts and Club Nights

Note: Barcelona clubs have still not re-opened due to the COVID-19 crisis, but any major announcement will be updated here if/when applicable.

I’ll add to this list of concerts and nights at Barcelona’s best clubs as the information becomes available – in the meantime as a base idea you can’t go wrong with a night at Sala Apolo or Razzmatazz.

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City Pass, Hola Bcn, or Barcelona Card?

Summer Nights at Classic Attractions

There’s gotta be somebody who doesn’t want to wake up with a headache, right? 😉

For those looking for something calm and cultural at Barcelona’s top attractions will have their fill.

Casa Batllo Magic Nights

Whether you’re visiting Barcelona in August or any other time there’s no better concert venue than the roof top at Gaudi‘s crazy Art Nouveau mansion.

Not only can you get rare nighttime access to one of the most mind-blowing sights in Barcelona but a concert on the Dragon Roof Terrace as well.

Concerts include rock and roll, jazz, opera, soul, flamenco, and more.

2021 Dates: Tuesday to Saturday (6:00 pm and 8:00 pm).

Tickets: €49.00 with new Gaudi 10D visit, a cava sparkling white wine, and concert.

Children under 7 enter free.

Other Things to Do in Barcelona in August 2021

The Joan Gamper Cup

Football/soccer lovers will be happy that the sport comes back with a vengeance in August in Barcelona.

The first of Barça’s most important matches of the season is in honour of its founder and former president Hans Gamper. The match involves an invited team from anywhere in the world and the 2021 Gamper Cup guest is the legendary English club Manchester City – the date currently is TBA.

You may also want to take a tour of Camp Nou stadium to see some of the best sports memorabilia around including Champions League trophies, Messi’s Golden Boots and more.

The Magic Fountain

Note: The Magic Fountain has still not re-opened due to the COVID-19 crisis, but any major announcement will be updated here if/when applicable.

It’s an emblem of the city and a staple in any summer month.

Especially in August though you’ll find Barcelona’s Magic Fountain the optimal place to cool off.

Right by Plaça Espanya you’ll find this magical fountain show set to music that’s an explosion of colours and sounds – and refreshing water!

Shows run from Wednesday to Sunday from 21:30 to 22:30.

Outdoor Cinema

Fans of the silver screen and classic movies wont go wrong here.

Projected onto the walls of Montjuic Castle is this outdoor cinema series complete with short films, concerts and more. Bring your own beer and snacks and cosy up!

August 2021 films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mujercitas, and a surprise movie on the 6th of August.

Projections cost €7.50 (advance) or €10.50 with lounger.

Each show begins at 20:45 with a concert (movies start at 22:00).

More info here.

Sweat Me in the Comments Below

If for whatever reason you still feel you haven’t got enough things to do in Barcelona in August then you know what to do: harass me mercilessly.

Any questions you have about your Barcelona holiday will be answer promptly and in earnest.

Also, any comments you have would be greatly appreciated.

  • July 20, 2021 at 3:12 pm
    Hello, we are planning to come for a "mini-moon" from 8/27 to 9/3. Can you give us a sense of what will be "closed" at that time of the month and the main things we should ticket in advance of the visit?
    • July 27, 2021 at 3:35 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Stephanie, As of right now all of the main attractions are open with slight restrictions to hours etc. I advise you to check my post on visiting Barcelona during COVID-19 for more up to date information. At the moment the only thing that's forced on the populace is a 1:00 am to 6:00 am curfew so if you're looking to have a long night out at the disco this won't be possible, but other than this things are fairly normal. For efficiency/budget/sanitation purposes pretty much all of these attractions are advising to buy tickets in advance online. It's actually much faster, has the cheapest possible rates, and gives you your tickets right on your phone. I've got booking links in all the articles for your convenience. Cheers,
  • June 26, 2021 at 5:59 pm
    Hiii im Bri, me and my husband are planning our honeymoon in Barcelona in August this 2021 and I wanted to know what free activities there were. Thank you!
    • June 28, 2021 at 6:17 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Bri, Thanks for writing :) With any luck the Magic Fountain will be back and running at full capacity (currently it's only the fountains without the lights and colour) so that's objectively the best free thing to do in the city. That said, you may also want to check out my list of top free things to do in Barcelona for some more inspiration. Many of these are great to do no matter what time of year. Also, I would try to schedule the visit to coincide with the Festa Major de Gracia as it is one of the biggest spectacles in the city - and free! Enjoy :) Cheers,
  • August 22, 2019 at 5:43 am
    Julie Fry
    Hi Ash I am flying with Vueling from Madrid to Barcelona and having read some reviews am now worried to their reliability Not sure what terminal it will fly into but I then need to get from there to the Pullman Barcelona Skipper - what mode of transport would you suggest and can you give me an estimated costing please
    • August 22, 2019 at 8:58 am
      Team Member
      Hi Julie, I've flied with Vueling 10-15 times and have never had any big issue... they're obviously like most other low costs in that the service isn't amazing, but it gets you from A to B. Totally reliable. To get to your hotel I would take the Aerobus (around €6.00) to Plaça Catalunya and then walk over to Urquinaona metro station and take the yellow line down to Ciutadella Vila Olimpica (around €1.10) then from here it's a short walk. Cheers, Ash
  • July 29, 2019 at 10:14 am
    Hi, I come to Barcelona on 22.8.2019 in the morning, do you think that I can still look at the decoration of la Festa de Gracia?THANK YOU.Lubica
    • July 29, 2019 at 11:36 am
      Team Member
      Hi Lubica, I imagine it won't have all been taken down at that point... but it probably won't be the same as the day before! Unfortunately that's all I can tell you at this point :( At any rate, a walk through Gracia is always worth it so if you don't get to see the Festa in all its glory, at least you'll have a back up plan! Ash
  • July 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    Can you recommend some fun activities for a bachelorette party of 9? THANKS!! Aug-2-6
  • July 25, 2019 at 9:08 pm
    Can you recommend some fun activities for a bachelorette party of 9? Thanks!!
    • July 26, 2019 at 9:57 am
      Team Member
      Hi Suzanna, It may not be my area of expertise but I have put together a post on how to run a stag do in Barcelona - don't think I'm being sexist on this because I'm simply catering it to the keywords which Google gives me! ;) I imagine a lot of the activities here will apply for you guys too. You may also want to consider something a bit more tame like a flamenco show or maybe even the Casa Batllo Magic Nights rooftop series. Cheers, Ash
  • July 23, 2019 at 12:03 am
    Can you recommend anywhere for a birthday celebration on Sat 10 Aug / Sun 11 Aug please? There’s 5 adults and a 14 year old. Thank you in advance
    • July 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Fiona, It's hard for me to say without knowing what you guys are into, how you would organize such a thing back home etc... but I'll suggest maybe going to one of the city's amazing rooftop bars and having food and drinks. You could also look at the Xcape Room near Sagrada Familia which is a lot of fun, especially for teens. You could also get a sailboat tour (I recommend Barcelona Sailboats) of the harbour. I would also suggest taking in a flamenco show if you want some Spanish tinge to your unique birthday abroad. Please let me know if you have any more questions! :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 21, 2019 at 8:00 am
    Hi there Thanks for this, we arrive on the 4th of August, am time, till the 8th, could you advise what we should do? 6 of us are traveling together, Thanks!
    • July 21, 2019 at 10:41 am
      Team Member
      Hi Sinead, It's a bit hard for me to say without knowing you personally... but a great starting off point would be my list of top things to do in Barcelona. Also... there is so much going on in Barcelona that aside from the major August events above I simply cannot keep track of all of them on my blog (without being on it 24/7!)... but what I can do is direct you to the best events site here: Here you can sort them by date and type. Yes, some may not be in English but the browser translations are pretty good :) Also, take a look at Facebook events by sorting them by date using Barcelona as the city. There are a ton of things to do even if just small little get togethers. Other options would be (with all sorts of organized events by locals, many in English) or Hope this gives you some great ideas! Cheers, Ash
  • July 19, 2019 at 5:38 am
    Phil Reis
    Hi Jan, I'd be interested in watching the Espanyol Barcelona - Sevilla match. Do you know what date this is on. If you have any info you can share....that would be awesome mate. Seems like its going to be real busy and festive in Barcelona...lucky us!! Enjoy your stay too. Phil
    • July 19, 2019 at 11:07 am
      Team Member
      Hi Phil, It looks like this match falls on the 18th of August. You can check the entire Espanyol schedule here. Love the stadium! Really new and much more intimate than the mammoth Camp Nou in my opinon. Cheers, Ash
      • July 23, 2019 at 4:31 am
        Hi Ash, Thanks so much for your reply and suggestion. Agree, "El Prat" looks like an amazing stadium. Saw in a video during construction phase, the then Manager of RCD Espanyol (Mauricio Ponchettino, Spurs) overseeing proceedings. Your site and blog is awesome....lots of information and tips. Much appreciated mate. Regards, Phil
        • July 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm
          Team Member
          Yes indeed Phil and I hope you get the opportunity to experience it all up close and make your own videos! I was lucky that in my English teaching days I ended up teaching somebody who worked marketing for Espanyol... I could call her and she'd put me in the sponsors section, which just happened to be centre pitch and right behind the benches, almost close enough to hear what was being yelled! Honestly it completely changed the way I thought about football. Cheers for the compliments, if you need any more help I am here. Ash
  • July 18, 2019 at 10:06 pm
    Hi! Thanks for the great deal of useful info here, I love your blog!! We are visiting Barcelona 14th - 16th August this year. I read that 15th August is public holiday. What should we expect on a public holiday in Barcelona? Will all the shops be closed? I guess the attractions do not close... Will it be extended to a long weekend bank holiday Thu- Sun (just like in other countries sometimes)? If we want to do some shopping, shall we do it on the Wednesday, before the bank holiday? Thanks for your suggestions! Kata
    • July 19, 2019 at 10:25 am
      Team Member
      Hello Kata, Thanks so much for the kind words :) On public holidays expect the attractions to be open while most of the major shops will be closed (aside from Maremagnum shopping centre, down at the bottom of La Rambla and a few other select supermarkets and tourist shops in the very center). I have never heard of them extending holidays, in fact for most Spaniards they're probably already on holiday anyway in August haha. I would do all the shopping on the Wednesday if possible, though you should be able to do a little bit over the holiday and weekend as long as you go to Maremagnum! Cheers, Ash
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