Barcelona in June 2023: Things to Do, Events, Festivals + More
By the time we get to June in Barcelona, the first beach swim is already in the rear view mirror.
The lazy days of cold beer and hot sun are in full swing for us locals; but what about travellers looking to visit Barcelona with pre-departure nerves and incomplete itineraries?
The good news is I’ve created the ultimate guide to things to do in Barcelona in June to get you through it.
What to Do in Barcelona in June
For starters, there’s little better than sipping an ice-cold beer while the sun caresses you two shades darker with a view of the Med at one of Barcelona’s best beaches.
It’s also that summer season energy in the city:
- The squares filled with locals laughing over olives and vermouth
- Watching sunsets at Barcelona’s rooftop bars
- The high-elevation picnics at The Bunkers and Montjuic
- Nights at Barcelona’s best clubs that rise to a different level of epic
Then throw in Spain’s biggest party, some of the year’s biggest music festivals, and arguably the best time of year for day trips from Barcelona and we’ve got the full meal deal.
Let’s take a deeper look so we can navigate a Barcelona June properly.
What’s On in Barcelona in June 2023
Primavera Sound is Spain’s most famous indie rock festival.
The first edition played to 8,000 people in 2001 at the famous Poble Espanyol but it quickly outgrew its old home and now finds itself by the sea at the Parc del Fòrum. Over 190,000 people attended the last version.
This year’s version features Pet Shop Boys, Blur, Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, Calvin Harris, and more.
You can also expect some of the artists on the bill to play small, intimate gigs at the best bars in Barcelona.
Dates: June 1st to 4th, 2023.
For more info visit the Primavera Sound website.
Related: Barcelona events
Sailboat Cruises of the Mediterranean
With the weather being caressingly warm without being too hot, there’s no better time to take this new sailboat trip out of Barcelona than in June.
With this 90 minute small group boat trip, you’ll get a guided tour of the Barcelona coastline sailing past famous Barcelona monuments like Montjuic Castle, the Columbus Monument, and Barceloneta beach.
Even better: you’ll be given all sorts of local Spanish snacks as well as wine, cava, sangria, beer, soft drinks and the local tipple: vermouth.
You even get a mini sailing lesson and can take the wheel yourself!
Sopar Amb Estrellas (Dinner with the Stars)
This is one of the best events in June in Barcelona because it allows people the most unique way to eat dinner.
I mean, how many times are you served a gourmet dinner in a space observatory? Here, under the dome you’ll be able to observe far away celestial bodies through one of the largest telescopes in Europe.
The dinners run daily and set menus start at €78.00.
For more information check out the Sopar Amb Estrellas website.
Corpus Christi and the Dancing Egg
One of the more peculiar Barcelona June traditions takes place exactly 40 days after Easter – in 2023 that means June 8th.
While it isn’t an official bank holiday in Catalonia, you’ll find lots of spaces in the Gothic Quarter and El Raval celebrating the L’Ou com Balla (Dancing Egg).
Essentially, an egg (carefully removed of its yolk and sealed with wax) is put on top of a water jet which keeps it afloat and gives the illusion of dance. It’s meant to symbolize the holy bread and wine.
Best place to see it? At the Barcelona Cathedral or Poble Espanyol.
Gaudi Highlights eBike Tour
Even in the cold of winter the works of local architect Antoni Gaudi are a must see in our city. Add the warm summer air though, and we unveil the best way to discover these buildings – with a guided e-bike tour.
This three hour bike tour using Barcelona’s world famous bike paths weaves in and out of Gaudi genuis – with a knowledgable local guide to brush you up on the history in no time.
The tour goes through the famous Gothic Quarter, Ciutadella Park, and Eixample – and ticks off titans of world architecture like Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and the Sagrada Familia.
Fans of electronic music probably know all about this, one of the best June festivals in Barcelona dating back to 1994.
It started as a three-day electronic and advanced music festival and has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings: with 115,000 attendees from 101 countries in 2016.
From its 15,000 capacity SonarClub to its multiple open-air venues and cosy electro-tents you’re simply spoiled for choice.
After a two year hiatus for COVID-19, Sonar is now one of the top things to do in Barcelona in June 2023 with a cracking lineup including Aphex Twin, Bad Gyal, Eric Prydz, Black Coffee, and more.
Full festival passes cost €195.00 while single nights cost €72.00.
Dates: June 15th to 17th, 2023.
For more info visit the Sonar website.
Take a Food Market Tour and Discover Local Delicacies
If you’re into the fine flavours of market fresh summer food then there’s no better way to discover Barcelona culinarily than here.
The site? One of Barcelona’s best markets: Mercat del Ninot. The objective? Try as many of Barcelona’s local delicacies in two hours as you can – with local Spanish champagne (cava) and dessert.
In total you’ll get 10 different tapas, making this a great value play.
Related: Barcelona Bike Rental.
A classic refuge for those not looking to spend a ton but want to dance all the same.
You’ll find Off Sonar events running over the duration of Sonar – a lot of the DJ’s playing major bills during the festival end up playing small clubs and after parties often announced on short notice.
Among the Off Sonar events for 2023 keep an eye out for:
- Lost in a Moment El Monasterio June 15th
- Brunch Electronic Plaça Mayor del Poble Espanyol on June 16th
- Diynamic Plaça Mayor del Poble Espanyol on June 17th
Barcelona’s biggest club, the famous Razzmatazz, is one of the best host venues up to the task.
Also check out the summer season schedule at Terrrazza for more club options.
For more info visit the Off Sonar website.
June Tours to the Costa Brava
Part of visiting a city is living the lives of locals – and in Barcelona in June the locals love to leave the city and head up to the Costa Brava, home to some of the most stunning beaches in Europe.
Isolated coves with crystal clear waters giving way to quaint seafood restaurants and rural silence (waves aside) are the name of the game here.
Don’t have a car? You can get a small group tour with English speaking guide that includes lunch for €105.00.
Brunch in the Park/City
What to do in Barcelona in June? Locals swear by this Sunday afternoon electro-party picnic.
Take a quiet weekend afternoon in the sun on Barcelona’s historic Montjuic Hill, set up some speakers and beer tents, and get at it. This outdoor party hosts international DJ’s, great gastronomy, and a large picnic area.
The whole idea? Dance from 4:00 pm till 10:00 pm without staying out all night!
The festival goes at the famous Poble Espanyol: you can arrive using the funicular at Paral-lel metro station or by taking bus 150 from Plaça Espanya.
Prices: €15.00 (early bird) – €20.00 (walk-up).
Dates: 2023 dates TBA.
More info at the Brunch in the Park website.
Barcelona Pride 2023
The Barcelona city center is one of the most LGBT-friendly areas in the world, so this is only natural.
In 2022 over 200,000 people both gay and straight attended the many festivities: funfairs, an open-air foam party, concerts with international DJs, drag queen galas and more.
If you’re looking to keep the parade going, make sure you check out our list of LGBT-friendly bars.
More info at the Barcelona Gay Pride 2023 website.
The Festival of San Juan 2023
Still don’t know what to do in Barcelona in June? You’re probably beyond hope if you don’t like this:
La Nit de Sant Joan is Spain’s biggest outdoor party and will be held on the night of June 23rd 2023.
The Bonfires of Saint John (Las Hogueras de San Juan) have their roots in summer solstice traditions of ancient times – fires were lit to defend against evil spirits believed to roam freely as the sun turned southward again.
Today these bonfires have found their way to the beach and transformed into all sorts of firecrackers and mischievousness. Hundreds of thousands end up on Barcelona’s beaches and it’s not uncommon to party all night.
People young and old hold some version of a botellon: a type of street drinking party where everybody brings bottles of spirits, ice, mixers, plastic cups, and lemon to drink the summer in!
From the beach you’ll see firework displays until sunrise, the chiringuitos (beach bars) stay open forever, and you’ll be sure to meet a ton of people and maybe even take a night swim.
Careful! Make sure you’re avoiding Barcelona pickpockets because they can have a field day during San Juan.
There’s also a normally a free electronic music party at Parc del Fòrum that has free entry till 3 AM.
You’ll be happy to know the Barcelona metro runs all night.
Magic Nights at Casa Batllo
For those looking for romantic things to do in Barcelona during their Barcelona holiday I suggest checking out the Magic Nights concert series on the dragon-back rooftop of the epic Casa Batllo.
With entrance you’ll get art, live music from any of a number of eclectic bands, and a glass of cava wine.
Make sure you keep checking the Casa Batllo Magic Nights website for 2023 Magic Night information.
Concerts in Barcelona in June 2023
- Joe Satriani, Paral-lel 62 – June 1st
- Diplo, Parc del Forum June 4th
- Beyonce, Estadi Olimpic, June 8th
- Shawn Mendes, Palau Sant Jordi – June 9th
- The Who, Palau Sant Jordi – June 14th
- Maroon 5, Palau Sant Jordi – June 16th
Ticket information as well as full Barcelona concert listings for June 2023 can be found with Ticketmaster España.
More Barcelona June Events
World of Banksy
The World of Banksy is an exhibition dedicated to the world’s most well known street artists. You can find it at the Espacio Trafalgar near Urquinaona metro station (yellow line L4).
Tickets cost €12.00.
You can read reviews of the show and make your booking using the button below.
Nits al Castell del Montjuic
Among other major events 2023 also marks the return of the Nits al Castell del Montjuic, one of the Barcelona’s most lively summer events. The castle transforms itself into a space for dance, poetry, art, and all sorts of children’s activities.
2023 information has yet to be announced.
More information can be found here (browser translator needed for English).
Guitar BCN Festival
This self-explanatory festival books both local and touring musicians who are, well, proficient at the guitar.
While this is an event spanning many months, a strong lineup comes to Barcelona in June 2023 including:
- Joe Satriani (June 1st)
- Andres Calamaro (June 3rd)
- Andres Suarez (June 17th)
- India Martinez (June 29th)
For a full list of performers and tickets visit the Guitar BCN Festival website.
Summer in Barcelona means the inevitable arrival of the festes populars (‘neighbourhood parties’).
In June you’ll find the festivities kicked off in the picturesque Born neighbourhood; here you can see many Catalan culture staples like the correfoc (a type of parade with fire-breathing dragons), the dancing giants, and a whole bunch of concerts in the area’s beautiful squares.
In 2023 the Festa Major Casc Antic ran on June 29th but as of April 13th 2023 there is still no announcement on this year’s version.
That said, we have some social media movement! Look for an announcement soon on the Festa Major Del Casc Antic De Barcelona website.
Football Legends Charity Match
As far as what to do in Barcelona in June what’s more summery than a good old football match?
Sports fans looking to take in a match at the legendary Camp Nou football stadium have found their event: usually during June Barcelona hosts an epic charity match with ex players from another European team.
The 2023 version is TBA.
Prices: €10.00 – €21.00
Advice Before Visiting Barcelona in June
- Lines for some of Barcelona’s biggest attractions are huge so buy your tickets in advance online
- For a great June holiday make sure you find the best area to stay in Barcelona before booking
- Then grab yourself Barcelona’s best hotels, hostels or holiday apartments
- Take the Secrets of the Old City walking tour on day one to enhance your later endeavors
- Get yourself a discount pass for travellers to save time and money
- Burn off all those Barcelona tapas calories by renting a bike.
- It’s tourist season so embrace the chaos!
Packing for Barcelona Weather in June
Weather in Barcelona in June is about warm weather and sun.
The beginning of June starts with an average temperature between 20-22 °C (68-72 °F) with a steady increase toward 23-25 °C (73-77 °F); the average high for the month is 25 °C (77 °F).
I suggest you pack light: flip flops, t-shirts, shorts, a light jacket, and one nice outfit if you’re looking to hit one of Barcelona’s best clubs or have a classy dinner at any of Barcelona’s best restaurants.
Barcelona in June FAQ
What to do in Barcelona in June?
June in Barcelona is a time when the city really comes alive. Outdoor activities and festivals dominate. You should visit Barceloneta beach, party on Bonfire Night, take in a music festival like Sonar or Primavera Sound, go sailing, celebrate Barcelona Pride, see a concert on the rooftop of Casa Batllo, or visit the World of Banksy exhibition.
What to wear in Barcelona in June?
Expect warm to hot temperatures with an average high of about 25 °C (77 °F). There is not a lot of rain either so this is generally t-shirt and shorts weather, though a light jacket could be necessary in the evenings.
How hot is Barcelona in June?
The average high temperature in Barcelona in June is 25 °C (77 °F) though temperatures can rise as high as 32 °C (89.6 °F) or even slightly higher during heat waves. That said, being a coastal city it can be quite breezy so it’s rarely unbearably hot in June.
Can you swim in Barcelona in June?
Certainly! The weather and water temperatures are more than acceptable to swim in Barcelona. In fact, the beaches are crowded with sunbathers, swimmers, and water sports enthusiasts starting in late May.
Visiting Barcelona in June 2023?
I plan on adding to this list of events in Barcelona in June 2023 as we get closer to the time – if I’ve missed anything though make sure to keep me in check by writing in the comments below.
Also, don’t be shy! If you’re still unsure what to do in Barcelona in June we’ve got almost 8000 Barcelona travellers conversing in our group I’m Off to Barcelona, where virtually no question will go unanswered.
June 21, 2019 at 5:47 pmHi! Anything special on June 25th, anniversary of Gaudí's birth? Thanks for the useful post, anyways! Besos, Claudia Y VÍ
June 14, 2022 at 11:14 pmHi my birthday is on the 28th of june and i will be in bbarcelona alone, what can i do
June 19, 2022 at 7:27 pmHello Alma, It really depends what you're looking for. In your shoes I would probably join a food tour like Devour or Wanderbeak. You could also check out Meetup.com to see what events and parties there are, many are organized for travellers coming and are in English.
June 22, 2019 at 11:59 amHi Claudia, Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be much going on on the exact day... the only thing I could find was something going down in the city of Leon :( I will however keep my eyes out, even though the time is ticking! Ash
June 16, 2019 at 6:29 pmYour site is inforamative and useful. Plz let us know list of festival with dates being held in between 21.june till 27.june.2019 in Barcelona. Thanks ali
June 17, 2019 at 10:55 amHi Ali, If it's a major festival it's listed above and I would pay attention specifically to the Sant Joan festival which will be on while you are visiting. Also, there is so much going on in Barcelona that aside from the major events of the year I simply cannot keep track of all of them on my blog (without being on it 24/7!)... but what I can do is run a search for you using the best Barcelona events site (made by the city itself) using your dates: https://guia.barcelona.cat/en/llistat?pg=search&cerca=*:*&tr=619&sort=proxdate,asc&af=code_prop&c=00619*&dt=2019-06-21,2019-06-27 Here you can sort them by 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 Meetup.com (with all sorts of organized events by locals, many in English) or Couchsurfing.com. Hope this gives you some great ideas! Cheers, Ash
June 12, 2019 at 9:46 pmHello there Great article and fantastic tips! We’re heading to Barcelona 13th June - 16th June, just wanted to make sure we didn’t miss anything special going on. Live music in restaurants/bars, festivals etc Any recommendations for this weekend would be much appreciated.
June 13, 2019 at 12:12 pmHi Jenny, Thank you so much for the kind words :) There is so much going on in Barcelona that aside from the major events of the year I simply cannot keep track of all of them on my blog (without being on it 24/7!)... but what I can do is run a search for you using the best Barcelona events site (made by the city itself) using your dates: https://guia.barcelona.cat/en/llistat?pg=search&cerca=*:*&tr=619&sort=proxdate,asc&af=code_prop&c=00619*&nr=10&d=cap Here you can sort them by type and should be able to find some live music type stuff. Yes, some may not be in English but the browser translations are pretty good these days. 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 Meetup.com (with all sorts of organized events by locals, many in English) or Couchsurfing.com. Hope this gives you some great ideas! Ash
June 4, 2019 at 6:47 pmThis is an awesome guide! I’ll be moving to Barca in June and needed and event list like this. Do you know of any towns just outside of Barca that will be cheaper to stay in during the 21-23rd weekend? Hostels are crazy expensive because of it
May 2, 2019 at 11:22 amHi, me and a friend will be travelling on the 3rd june-5th, do you know of any events on in the Barcelona area please during this time? Thanks!
May 2, 2019 at 11:30 amHi Amy, There is so much going on in Barcelona that aside from the major events of the year I simply cannot keep track of all of them on my blog (without being on it 24/7!) so what I recommend people do for finding events is the following... Check guia.barcelona.cat to sort events by date and type: https://guia.barcelona.cat/en/llistat?tipuscerca=agenda&districtstr=&dt=2019-04-23%2C2019-04-28 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 small little get together. Hope this gives you some great ideas :) Ash
April 28, 2019 at 9:10 amHi there- I am on Barcelona 21st June - 23rd June. Where on the beach/near the beach is best to go for the the Festival of san juan 2019? Also will there be any parties etc. on the Friday and Saturday beforehand? - Any advice on good restaurants with outdoor areas for 15 people? Thanks so much! Pete.
April 29, 2019 at 11:09 amHi Pete, For Sant Joan the beaches get so rammed with crowds that all of them are pretty much the same... most locals end up going for a walk up the coast and just checking out random chiringuitos (beachside bars) looking for one with the right vibe, even though they're all very similar ;) I would tend to do the same... though if you're looking for a big one you should head up the El Forum (which is right at the end of all the city beaches) because they always put on a free electronic music concert. As for outdoor restaurants the first that comes to mind is Xiringuito Escriba which is by the sea and serves amazing paella as well as other dishes. You may also find some nice terraces outside at Martinex (on Montjuic) and Restaurante Isabela (a bit more expensive and posh)... keep in mind though that in high season these places are super busy so 15 might be stretching it. I'd ensure I called ahead to make sure they can accomodate you. Ash
April 29, 2019 at 11:59 amAwesome Ash, thanks for being so helpful!! Do you think there will be street/beach parties going on the Friday and Saturday days/nights too or will it only get going on the Sunday? Your site is amazing by the way, the best resource by a mile to plan a Barca trip.
April 30, 2019 at 8:49 amHi Pete, Thanks for the kind words :) Usually there isn't much going on because everybody is setting up for the big one... the chiringuitos for example will not be operative. If you're looking for parties down by the beach you'll have to head to the Port Olimpic for the clubs like Shoko, Opium, and Pacha and the huge variety of bars down by the docks (to the north east of the two towers). Ash
April 13, 2019 at 8:05 pmHi, What's the best way of buying tickets (on re-sale privately) for concerts in Barcelona? Is there a safe website were people sell there tickets? /Lars :)
April 14, 2019 at 9:18 amHi Lars, Unfortunately there isn't a local one of any repute and so people usually go through the big international ones like Viagogo or Stubhub. You may also want to try the Spanish website and app Wallapop which is very popular for selling things. Ash
April 14, 2019 at 7:39 pmHi, Thank you for the tips - I will try to get tickets for Ed Sheeran #fingerscrossed /Lars
April 15, 2019 at 11:12 amOK, let me know how it goes Lars, good luck ;)
May 30, 2018 at 1:16 pmA lot of good suggestions on this site. I am going to Barcelona this weekend (Friday to Tuesday). I found both Primavera Sound and Casa Battlo interesting. Too bad Piknik in the Park is not this Sunday and that there are no Barcelona charity matches this weekend. Do you have any new suggestions for events this weekend now that it is Close by?
May 30, 2018 at 2:10 pmHi Kristin, Thanks so much for writing and the nice compliments on the site :) The events above are definitely the main ones and without knowing exactly what type of event you're looking for it would be tough... but you could check out the 1 euro market on Sunday or maybe a rooftop terrace party is more your thing? I suggest having a look at Facebook events and sorting them by date using Barcelona as the city. There are a ton of things to do even if small little get together. That said, the main events are definitely listed above. Hope that got you started on a wonderful trip... any more questions I am here! Ash