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.
Note: unfortunately due to COVID 19 a lot of the city’s most iconic 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.
Again, while most major events are not running do keep scrolling because I’ve added some new events toward the bottom of the page.
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.
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.
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:
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 2021
Note: Primavera Sound 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Dates: 2022 dates TBA.
Note: Sonar 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Dates: 2022 dates TBA.
Note: Off Sonar 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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 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).
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.
Dates: 2022 dates TBA.
Brunch in the Park/City
Note: Brunch in the Park 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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: 2022 dates TBA.
Barcelona Gay Pride 2021
Note: Barcelona Pride 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
One’s of Europe’s most liberal cities wouldn’t skip out on all the fun, would it?
In 2019 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: 2022 dates TBA.
For more information on gay clubs see my article here.
The Festival of San Juan 2021
Note: the Festival of San Juan will go down in 2021 but with limited events – those ‘partying’ on the beach will need to use masks and practice social distancing. A patrol of 90+ police officers will also be instructed to break up gatherings where alcohol is prominent.
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 will be held on the night of June 23rd 2021.
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 normally a free electronic music party at Parc del Fòrum that has free entry till 3 am that has been postponed until 2022.
You’ll be happy to know the metro runs all night.
The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya 2021
Motorsport lovers! June in Barcelona is home to a classic MotoGP event at Montmelò.
2021’s version runs from June 4th to June 6th 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 2021 Catalunya MotoGP ticket information check out the official MotoGP website.
Magic Nights at 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 their website for 2021 Magic Night information.
Concerts in Barcelona in June 2021
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.
Unlike previous years the 2021 version hosts a variety of Spanish acts with no international performers slated.
Prices: €18.00 – €118.00.
For Festival Jardins Pedralbes tickets click here.
Other June 2021 Concerts
Due to the COVID-19 crisis there are currently no concerts of major interest.
For more Barcelona concert information click here.
More Barcelona June Events
Feeling a bit down by the lack of 2021 events?
Don’t despair: 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.
Stay on point with art there’s also an exhibition on the epic Dutch artist Eschers – you can see it in the Sala Grande in the big gothic building the Drassanes Reials de Barcelona, right at the end of La Rambla de Barcelona near the Coumbus statue.
You can book tickets on the official Eschers exhibition website.
Among other major events 2021 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.
Things kick off on the 5th and 6th of June with the Festival Say it Loud al Castell; due two days dedicated to concerts and circus events for both adults and kids. On the 19th of June from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm you can catch another circus show.
More information can be found here (browser translator needed for English).
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 2020 the Festa Major Casc Antic ran on June 29th but as of June 14th 2021 there is still no announcement on this year’s version.
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 2021 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 😉