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Barcelona in June 2020 Guide: Events, Festivals + More

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By the time we get to June in Barcelona the first beach swim is already in the rear view mirror.

The lazy days of ice cold beer and scolding hot sun are in full swing for us locals; but what about you travelers with pre-departure nerves and incomplete itineraries?

The good news is it’s a great month to visit; the even better news is that I’ve created the ultimate guide to get you through a sassy sojourn in one of Europe’s classic holiday destinations.

Welcome to Barcelona in June.

Why Barcelona in June?

It goes without saying that there’s year-round fun in Barcelona.

Putting tourist crowds aside though, I’m not sure there’s anything 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 the energy in the city: the squares filled with locals laughing over olives and vermouth, the high-elevation picnics with a view, and the club nights risen to a different level of epic.

Then throw in Spain’s biggest party and some of the year’s biggest music festivals and arguably the best time for day trips outside the city.

You couldn’t have picked a better month.

Advice Before You Go

Remember that June is high season – and in Barcelona that means really high.

Lines for some of Barcelona’s biggest attractions are huge: make sure you buy your tickets in advance online so you skip the lines and also get up to a 15% discount on tickets.

For a great June holiday make sure you find the best area to stay in Barcelona for your needs whether you’re looking for a hostel or holiday apartment.

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

Also make sure you get an all-inclusive discount transport pass to save money and time.

To maximize your sun time, see way more of the city, and burn off all those tapas calories you should also consider renting a bike.

The Most Popular Discount Card

For any half-decent itinerary people go for the Barcelona City Pass.

First off, it allows you to book everything online. It’s also a god-send letting you skip the long and sweltering June lines at La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, get the best airport transport (with WiFi!) at Aerobus, and have 20% discount codes to pretty much everything.

More info clicking the banner below:

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Saving 20% on attractions is just the beginning!

Packing for the Weather

Weather in Barcelona in June is about warm weather and sun.

The beginning of June starts with temperature averages 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 the city’s best restaurants.

Festivals in Barcelona in June 2020

Primavera Sound

Spain’s most famous indie rock festival naturally finds itself in Barcelona.

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 last year.

Check out a great mix of emerging artists and already established bands over multiple stages. Previous guests include: Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, The White Stripes, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, and Public Enemy.

Primavera Sound 2020 includes: Massive Attack, Beck, The National, The Strokes, Pavement, Tyler The Creator, Little Simz, Lana del Rey, Young Thug, Mavis Staples, Bad Bunny, Iggy Pop, Bad Gyal, Kacey Musgraves, and more.

Prices: full tickets are €215.00 from January 29th (single days to be sold later).

Dates: June 3rd to 7th.

More Primavera Sound 2020 information

Sonar

Fans of electronic music should already know about this behemoth festival.

It was started in 1994 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. Previous guests: Paul Kalkbrenner, M.I.A., Massive Attack, Plastikman, Björk, 2ManyDjs, Richie Hawtin, Jurassic 5, Chemical Brothers, Boys Noize, and Pet Shop Boys.

Sonar 2020 is the 27th anniversary of the festival and some artists on the bill include: 2manydjs, Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, and more.

Prices: €185.00 (2 nights) – €290.00 (VIP pass).

Dates: June 18th, 19th, 20th.

More Sonar information

Off Sonar

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 (June 18-20) – 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 2020 keep an eye out for one the parties organized at the Monasterio/Poble Espanyol called Detroit Love (July 19th from 4:00 pm to 1:00 am).

There are seven parties in total (some TBA) which can be found here.

Barcelona’s biggest club, the famous Razzmatazz, is one of the best host venues up to the task and their 2016 offering of Boys Noize and Nic Fanciulli went down as the club night of the year.

Also check out the schedule at Terrrazza for more club options.

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.

2020 also brings the first Brunch on the Beach! It goes down June 17th.

Prices: €15.00 (early bird) – €20.00 (walk-up).

Dates: June 9th and 16th (Poble Espanyol) and June 30th (Montjuic).

More Brunch in the Park information.

Barcelona Gay Pride 2020

One’s of Europe’s most liberal cities wouldn’t skip out on all the fun, would it?

Last year 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.

Dates: June 26th – June 27th.

More Barcelona Gay Pride 2020 information.

For more information on gay clubs see my article here.

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Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

The Festival of San Juan 2020

Still don’t know what to do in Barcelona in June? You’re probably beyond hope if you don’t like this:

Spain’s biggest outdoor party is held on the night of June 23rd 2020.

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! Don’t leave bags unattended on the beach because pickpockets have a field day during San Juan.

There’s also a free electronic music party at Parc del Fòrum that has free entry till 3 am.

You’ll be happy to know the metro runs all night.

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya 2020

Motorsport lovers! June in Barcelona is home to a classic MotoGP event at Montmelò.

This year’s version runs from June 5th to June 7th and tickets start at €29.50 each. The track itself is found about 25 km northeast from the city but you can easily get there via car, train, or bus.

Sagalés runs a convenient shuttle bus from l’Estació del Nord.

The best vistas for the race are found in the Stadium Area; for more 2020 Catalunya MotoGP ticket information check out the official MotoGP website.

Magic Nights at Casa Batllo

For those looking for something romantic during their Barcelona holiday I suggest checking out the Magic Nights concert series on the dragon-back roof of the epic Casa Batllo.

With entrance you’ll get art, live music from any of a number of eclectic bands, and two drinks.

Price: €39.00.

Make sure you keep checking their website for 2020 Magic Night information.

Concerts in Barcelona in June 2020

Festival Jardins Pedralbes

You can’t really go wrong with the classic Festival Jardins Pedralbes. This multi-night festival of individual concerts at the gorgeous Palau Reial has been running strong for 6 years.

Some highlights for June 2020 include James Blunt, Madness, Patti Smith, and more.

Prices: €18.00  – €118.00.

For Festival Jardins Pedralbes tickets click here.

Other June 2020 Concerts

It’s still early! Keep your eyes peeled here for a more comprehensive list here.

For more Barcelona concert information click here.

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Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

More Barcelona June Events

Festes Populars

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.

The Festa Major Casc Antic is the place to go and runs June 21st to July 1st.

More info here.

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 2020 version is TBA.

Prices: €10.00  – €21.00

Harass Me in the Comments Below

I plan on adding to this list of events in Barcelona in June 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.

And as always, if you’re having troubles planning make sure you ask me about Barcelona holiday! No question too dumb 😉

19 comments
  • June 21, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    CLAUDIA
    Hi! Anything special on June 25th, anniversary of Gaudí's birth? Thanks for the useful post, anyways! Besos, Claudia Y VÍ
    • June 22, 2019 at 11:59 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 pm
    Ali iftikhar
    Your 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 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 pm
    Jenny
    Hello 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 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 pm
    Rachael Halliwell
    This 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 am
    Amy
    Hi, 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 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 am
    Pete Cannon
    Hi 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 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 am
        Pete Cannon
        Awesome 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 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi 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 pm
    Lars Ivar Dahl
    Hi, 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 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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 pm
        Lars Ivar Dahl
        Hi, Thank you for the tips - I will try to get tickets for Ed Sheeran #fingerscrossed /Lars
        • April 15, 2019 at 11:12 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          OK, let me know how it goes Lars, good luck ;)
  • May 30, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    Kristin
    A 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 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi 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
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