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A Thorough Guide to Visiting Barcelona in August 2020

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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 2019 in Barcelona is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Here’s how to get the most of it.

Barcelona in August

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.

Check out the Fiesta de Gracia schedule but here I can only say that the dates run from August 15-21. Obviously the busiest days will be weekends, but I don’t think there’s any real quiet day.

The party finds itself in the Gracia district (metro Fontana, green line L3) and is known as Barcelona’s answer to Carnevale. This year is the 200th edition so you can imagine just how important this party is.

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 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.

Careful: drinking in the street is technically illegal so make sure your bottles are hidden.

During the Festa de Gracia 2020 the metro is open all night on the 16th and 17th of August.

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.

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Barcelona Festivals in August 2020

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 2019 version runs from August 24th to September 2st and you can find more info here.

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).

The Festa Major del Barri Gòtic 2019 goes August 13th to 17th.

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

DGTL Festival

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.

Dates: August 23rd and 24th 2019.

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 2020 website.

Brunch in the Park

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 2019 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 2019 version welcomes Katie Melua (August 3rd), The Vamps (August 8th), Eros Ramazzotti 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

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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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.

Dates: Every day from 8 pm.

Tickets: €39.00 with night time house visit (includes 2 drinks + a smart guide).

Children under 7 enter free.

More information and tickets here.

Summer Nights at La Pedrera

What could be more memorable than a jazz concert atop the legendary ‘garden of warriors’ rooftop at one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels?

Your Summer Nights tour at La Pedrera also includes a glass of cava and a visit to the Espai Gaudi, giving you a visual tour of the life and works of Barcelona’s most famous architect.

Either this or the Casa Batllo concert are a great option for couples in Barcelona.

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday in 2019.

Tickets: €35.00 (children under 3 free).

More info here.

Nits Amb Ritme at Casa de les Punxes

Look no further than the epic Casa de les Punxes for their concert series called Nits amb Ritme (Rhythm Nights).

From the 14th of June to the 30th of August you’ll get concerts on their modernist rooftop for €25.00  – including a visit to the house’s main floor, roof, and one drink.

More info here.

Other Things to Do in Barcelona in August 2020

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 2019 Gamper Cup guest is the legendary English club Arsenal on August 4th at 8:00 pm.

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

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!

Projections cost €6.00 (advance) or €6.50 walk up. You can rent a lounger for €3.00.

You can also combine the movie with a visit to Montjuic Castle for €11.00.

Shows begin at 20:30.

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.

34 comments
  • February 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    Elizabeth
    Why does the title of this say A Thorough Guide to Visiting Barcelona in August 2019, but it is all about 2018? Will you be updating this for August 2019?
    • February 21, 2019 at 5:13 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Elizabeth, I update all the titles on January 1st just for SEO purposes. In general the visiting info is correct but yes the specific events need to be updated... this usually happens about 4-5 months in advance, so basically very soon :) Apologies for misguiding you!
  • October 24, 2018 at 12:19 am
    renee owens
    Love this site going in 2 weeks Nov 6 thru 17th planning on going to magic fountain any other suggestions for November
    • October 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Renee, Unfortunately November is pretty dead as far as big/classic events go... in fact none come to me off the top of my head. While I don't have an article dedicated to visiting in this month I do suggest you filter the events section of Facebook using Barcelona and your dates. You might find some gem events there that are worth visiting. In November when it gets cold and cloudy I usually hit museums like the CCCB or MACBA. That said, there are just so many things to see for a visitor that you'll be busy with this! I would start with the best things to do in Barcelona and work your way around from there. Ash
  • August 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    E.T. Hernandez
    Could you share information on activities from August 6th-10th, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain? Thank you kindly, ETHdez
    • August 6, 2018 at 8:03 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi E.T., Other than the major events listed above, which I've hand-picked as the month's best, I'm going to suggest logging into Facebook, going under the events tab, selecting 'Barcelona'under 'city', and inserting your dates. Here you should get the master list of activities from parties, workshops, cinema nights, rooftops etc Unfortunately other than the ones above I can't personally vouch for any of them having not attended, but it should give you a good idea! Ash
  • June 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    Eric Evans
    Any Latin music, Hiphop, dancehall, or reggae parties in Barcelona or Ibiza in August?
    • June 26, 2018 at 11:53 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Eric, The big reggae night here in Barcelona is at a place called Boombastic. I've also got a list of all the Latin and hip hop parties in my club list here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-nightlife/ You can also sort through all the upcoming club nights and reserve tickets via the Xceed portal. Hope this gets you in the right direction. Ash
  • July 29, 2017 at 11:43 am
    Vivien
    Interesting article!
    • July 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thanks Vivien :) If you've got any questions make sure to let me know!
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