Written by Ash

Barcelona in July 2023: Things to Do, Events, Festivals + Concerts


Visit Barcelona in July and you just might find a summer romance in city form.

The incredible weather, beach breezes, and outdoor festivals make it an optimal time for music lovers, beach bums, and food tour fanatics to explore Barcelona’s peak season perfection.

Let’s take a look at the major events in Barcelona in July 2023, with a few off-the-beaten-path stops on the side.

What to Do in Barcelona in July 2023: July Events + Festivals

July in Barcelona isn’t complete without a visit to one of Barcelona’s best beaches.

Beach season is in full swing and hardly a day passes when you can’t lay out a towel and soak it all in.

With scorching temperatures the outdoor activities are endless whether you’re talking about the thrills at Mount Tibidabo Amusement Park, the awe-inspiring art of Park Guell, or a simple cold one at any of Barcelona’s rooftop bars.

A few other Barcelona July activities include:

And this is before we even get to things to do in Barcelona in July that really sizzle.

Let’s take a deeper look at Barcelona Spain in July.

What’s On in Barcelona in July 2023

tour guide pointing out details in the casa batllo on a barcelona ebike tour

Summer Sightseeing eBike Tours: Gaudi Version

Catalonian starchitect Antoni Gaudi has left behind some of the most wondrous buildings you’ll ever see, and it’s a tourist automatic even in the dead of winter.

Taking advantage of the amazing weather with a guided e-bike tour of the city’s top sights is the perfect thing to do in Barcelona in July .

This three hour bike tour, made super safe using Barcelona’s world famous bike paths, goes through the famous Gothic Quarter, Ciutadella Park, and Eixample.

Along the way you’ll stop at Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, and much more.

It’s such a quick, fun, fresh way to explore and the guide will have you a Barcelona expert in no time.

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Summer Nights at La Pedrera

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

Tickets to this La Pedrera event include a normal visit to the house, access to the house’s famous whale skeleton attic, as the projection show, and a glass of Spanish champagne – cava.

A great option for couples in Barcelona visiting in July.

Dates: Daily in July at 10:20 pm, 10:40 pm, and 11:00 pm.

Tickets: €35.00.

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Magic Nights Rooftop Series

Another fantastic option especially for couples visiting Barcelona is to check out the Magic Nights concert series on the roof of Barcelona’s most famous modernist mansion: Casa Batllo.

This is one of the top tourist attractions in the Barcelona regardless of season.

The type of music varies but tickets start at €49.00 for the concert, the new Gaudi 10D experience visit, and a glass of local cava sparkling white wine.

Dates in July 2023 run Tuesday to Saturday with two start times: 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Visit the Magic Nights webpage for more information.

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Sailboat Cruises of the Mediterranean

What’s the point of visiting the Mediterranean’s largest port without getting out on the water? With the weather in Barcelona in July being warm, it’s the perfect time for this 90 minute small group boat trip.

This guided tour of the Barcelona coastline with a professional skipper will take you past the Columbus Monument, Barceloneta beach, and Montjuic Castle.

Even better: local Spanish snacks are served with wine, cava, sangria, beer, soft drinks and the most common local tipple: vermouth.

You even get a mini sailing lesson and can take the wheel yourself!

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Street Festivals and Other July Events in Barcelona 2023

If you love street festivals then Barcelona in July is the city for you. The Spaniards (Catalans, sorry) are always looking for an excuse to put up a stage, have a drink, and dance.

They might even build a human tower or two – if you’re visiting Barcelona in July you won’t wanna miss that.

The street festivals in Barcelona are a great way to experience the local culture with a cheap price tag. In July obviously the best days to attend are Friday and Saturday.

  • The Festa Major de Raval celebrates multiculturalism in in Barcerlona’s Raval neighbourhood. World music and ethnic food stalls compete with Catalan classics like ‘els gigants’ (parading paper mache giants). Throw in a flea market and live music and this is one of the best street festivals around. The dates for 2023 are TBA.
  • The Festa Major del Poble Sec includes the incredible Castellers of Poble Sec (who build towers with… humans!) and the ever-dangerous correfoc (firerun). The festival lasts for a week and official opening date for July 2023 is TBA. I’ll add more information as it comes but the official site is here.

Sala Montjuic Outdoor Film Festival

There isn’t much better in Barcelona in July than a classic film projected onto the walls of a historic castle at Montjuic.

Grab some snacks, a blanket, and a couple drinks and get there early – there’s also a jazz band and local short films. With three showings a week you’re almost guaranteed to be around for one of them.

Film listings and times can be found at the official Cinema a la Fresca website – films on the list for 2023 are still TBA.

The 2023 version runs from July 1st to August 5th.

Take advantage of the free bus service leaving from Espanya metro station between 20:15-21:30.

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Local Events Off the Beaten Path

Here I’m going to jot down Barcelona July events that I come across, perhaps seeing fliers in the streets or talking to friends.

They might not be the biggest events in the world, but they’re certainly worth giving a look:

  • El Flea: The largest vintage and second hand market in Barcelona goes Sundays in July at 10:00 am.
  • Fleadonia: Another large flea market with July dates TBA.
  • Barcelona Experimental Photo Festival: The name says it all! Compelling festival over five days in July.
  • Wine Dinner Series: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel hosts a wine tasting evening with their head sommelier.
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Music Festivals in Barcelona in July 2023

Festival Cruilla 2023

Go if you’re up for an eclectic rock, blues, and reggae festival.

The Cruilla Festival (meaning ‘Cross Festival’ in Catalan) is one of the most important of the summer, popular for its aim of uniting music fans across genres. The festival generally features international artists from the last 20 years.

Over time it has welcomed artists like Lauren Hill, the Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Jack Johnson, Madness, Public Enemy, Pet Shop Boys, Skunk Anansie, and more.

In 2023 the 13th version of Cruilla features The Offspring, Placebo, Alt J, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Antonia Font, and more.

This is one of the top events in Barcelona in June 2023 for people around my age, who won’t necessarily understand artists who emerged after 2010!

Dates: July 5th to 8th

Prices: €35.00+ (one day headline show) to €125.00 (full 3 day pass).

For more information consult the official Cruilla website.

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BBF Barcelona Beach Festival 2023

Update (03/05/23): Due to licensing issues with the Sant Adrià de Besòs city council the July 2023 version of the BBF Barcelona Beach Festival has been cancelled.

After the great success of the last few years, this electro event continues calling on world-famous DJ’s. Go to this July festival if you want to dance on the beach until the Mediterranean sun comes up.

Typically, the BBF Barcelona Beach Festival just couldn’t resist putting out a call to some of the top DJ talent in the world. The 2022 lineup included Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Marshmello, Don Pablo and more.

Date: 2024 date TBA.

Prices: TBA.

For more information consult the official BBF Barcelona Beach Festival website.

Barcelona Rocks

Barcelona in July isn’t just for DJs and indie music – let’s add some shredding guitars and pounding drums.

Lovers of classic rock and metal will get a kick out of this three day festival. Previous artists include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Twisted Sister, Scorpions, WASP, Dream Theater and more.

The 2023 version features Scorpions and Saxon.

This festival is a bit in the outskirts but can be easily reached by getting to the Sagrera metro stop (red line L1) and changing for the orange line L9 to Can Zam.

Dates: June 30th to July 2nd.

Prices: €95.00

For more 2023 lineup information and tickets consult the official Barcelona Rock Fest website.

Vida Festival

The Vida Festival takes place outside Barcelona in July in the town of Vilanova i la Geltru.

The 2023 version features headliners Alex Amor, Alan Mcgee, Cool Nenas, plus dozens more acts. The 50 km journey to this seaside town is done by train (every 20 minutes) from Sants Estacio.

Vida Festival runs from June 30th to July 1st.

Price: €69.20+

For more July 2023 lineup information and tickets consult the official Vida Festival website.

Festival del Grec

Go if you’re more into theatre than music.

This is a key reference on the European festival calendar and easily one of the biggest cultural festivals of the year.

Performances from groups all over the world doing dance, music, theater, and even circus. It is becoming more and more common for the performances to be done in English.

July Barcelona events at this festival are still TBA.

More info at the Festival Grec website.

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.

July 2023 events include:

  • Rod Stewart: July 14th
  • Ara Malikian: July 15th
  • Norah Jones: July 22nd

Price: from €20.00 to €375.00 depending on the artist.

For more information visit the Cap Roig festival website.

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Brunch in the Park

Of all Barcelona events in July locals swear by Brunch in the Park.

This daytime doozy formerly known as Piknic Electronik is an electronic music festival under the sun at Montjuic Hill (or, starting in 2022 the Parc del Forum).

It generally runs every weekend during the summer and it’s a great spot to take in international DJs.

The July 2023 lineup has not yet been announced.

Starting in 2022 there are no walkup tickets so you’ll need to buy them online.

Prices: €20.00 (first release) – €35.00 (4th release).

For more information check out the Brunch in the Park website.

Advice if You Want to Visit Barcelona in July

I say this for all the summer season months but remember – July in Barcelona is really high season. Tourist season in the city is almost a detriment, and this means you should make preparations in advance.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to buy your attraction tickets online before you arrive to ensure you skip lines and save up to 15% on entrance. The lines for tourist giants like Sagrada Familia church in July often stretch into the hours.

If you’re looking to really explore Barcelona then suggest our Secrets of the Old City walking tour on day one: the education will really enhance all your later endeavours.

Also make sure you book a table in advance at Barcelona’s best restaurants.

And don’t even think about showing up without a value hotel, discount Airbnb homestay, or hostel.

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Barcelona Weather in July

Barcelona weather in July is all about sun and hot temperatures.

July Barcelona weather has an average temperature between 24-25 °C (74-77 °F) and it slowly rises to about 26-27 °C (79-81°F) at the end of the month.

Expect 10 hours of daily sunshine and about 2 days of rainfall – a one in 15 chance of getting rained on!

If you’re coming to Barcelona in July I suggest you pack light: t-shirts, shorts, flip flops, and maybe a light jacket if you’re sensitive to the ‘cold’ of night or don’t want to risk the rain. Sunglasses are a must.

Barcelona July FAQ

  • Is July a good time to visit Barcelona?

    July in Barcelona is the perfect time to visit. It is arguably the liveliest month of the year with outdoor activities, sporting events, and some epic festivals to take advantage of the sun. That said, it’s peak tourist season which means the lines are longer, the transit is more packed, and hotels with air conditioning are a must.

  • Is Barcelona too hot in July?

    Most people find July weather in Barcelona to be just right. With average temperatures between 24-25 °C (74-77 °F) being moderated by the city sea breeze, it’s not likely to get into scorching territory. That said, if you don’t like highs consistently above 30 °C (86 °F) you’ll be out of your comfort zone from mid July onward.

    The good news also is that July isn’t as humid as August, September, and October.

  • What is Barcelona like in July?

    In July Barcelona locals and tourists alike live the city outside. The city beaches are in full swing with swimming season, countless terraces are filled with people eating tapas and drinking cañas, and open air venues host endless concerts and festivals.

  • What are some July 2023 festivals in Barcelona?

    Festivals in Barcelona in July 2023 include La Festa Mayor de Raval, the Montjuic Outdoor Film Festival, Festival Cruilla, Barcelona Rocks, Festival del Grec, and the Cap Roig Festival.

Visiting Barcelona in July 2023?

If you’re still running low on things to do in Barcelona in July make sure you write me in the comments below – I am here to provide any custom advice you need on my adopted city.

Whether you’re into Barcelona cultural events, a day trip, free concerts, or anything else I’m ready to pile on the suggestions for July in Barcelona.

Finally, don’t be afraid to find out more on what to do in Barcelona in July 2023 using the group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you’re free to ask any questions, air out your grievances, chat with fellow travelers and more.

Enjoy my list of Barcelona July events 🙂

  • May 22, 2023 at 1:41 pm
    Hi i am 18 and i’m off to barcelona on the 16th of july. What would you recommend doing. More the better as we are active guys up for adventure.
    • May 26, 2023 at 3:51 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Kuba, I'd definitely look into hiking around Collserola as it's a great place for active people. The sailboat cruise listed above is also a fine option. Another thing to involve the sea would be renting a stand up paddle board. Lots of people do it in front of Bogatell beach. Otherwise, I really cant come up with much that wasn't already listed here and in the other hundreds of articles :) Cheers,
  • March 21, 2023 at 6:28 pm
    Mark V
    Thank you for this info! We will be in Barcelona June 28-July 1 before going to Mallorca. We have a 10 year old son and 14 year old daughter. We love getting immersed into the culture of the places we visit which typically takes us away from the usual touristy locations. We love being outdoors, in water, hiking, music, etc. Anything come to mind that you think the kids would enjoy as much as adults? And what is the best general vicinity to find a place to stay? I have found a number of Airbnb, but not sure what section of the city we should be in. Appreciate anything you may have around this! Thanks in advance!
    • March 22, 2023 at 3:50 am
      Team Member
      Hi Mark, No worries at all :) If you want to get outdoors you can do a mini one hour hike in Collserola National Park from Penitents train station. The end of the hike finishes at the top of Tibidabo Mountain which has the best views of the city - and a small amusement park. The Palau de la Musica and the Moco Museum are also two great options for music/culture. Of course, I do recommend the sailboat tour listed above as well. Adding a few of these activities would be a great way to build an itinerary based on your wants. About where to stay I recommend you take a look at my post on the best areas to stay in Barcelona. I would say the Born or Gracia if you're looking for more authentic neighbourhoods with less chaos. Cheers,
  • March 13, 2023 at 7:20 pm
    Hi Ash, thank you so much for the info! I would highly appreciate any tips on traveling with kids (3 and 6) end of July. Anything specific to look for/prepare fore and any must sees? Thank you!
    • March 17, 2023 at 1:31 am
      Team Member
      Hi Yulia, I don't have kids so can't speak from first hand experience, though I did get a hand in writing my article on visiting Barcelona with kids from a father. You should be able to find some great ideas there, though as far as specific events in late July I am not quite sure - I will keep an eye out! Cheers,
  • July 1, 2022 at 10:07 pm
    Hi, We are three women in our fifties. We are going to visit the Costa Brava Coast and after that Barcelona (staying only for three nights before flying back home). I have been to Barcelona before. But what I´d like to know is really to find a pub that has got some rock music. It is not necessary to have live concerts, but just a good fun pub to listen to 70´s rocknroll. That would be great. Also I am curious about those champagne bars,that I have read about. We are stayin at a hotel situated in La Rambla - and it would be great if this rock place would be in walking distance. We are open,,, it could perhaps be a salsa club nearby. haha . Yeah, but both in that case. Otherwise, I have good ideas where to go in day time as we like some good old culture as well. :-) Thank you for any advice. PS. Our stay will be between the 12th of july and 15 of july
    • July 2, 2022 at 11:56 am
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      Hi Lisa, There are a few rock bars here and there but you're more likely to find 90's or even 80's music in these spots. If you're looking for larger spaces to burn the midnight oil I'd look at Karma or Magic. For pub type places Nevermind usually has a good mix of rock (and nice popcorn!). I'm also a fan of Sincopa though it's more of a punk vibe. Bollocks also is a decent shout. For old culture I'd be looking at walking around the Gothic Quarter and taking in some of the old city sites. There's so much to see! Let me know if you need any more help :)
  • June 21, 2021 at 9:01 pm
    Oscar Henry
    Hey, thanks for the very informative article. Im going in july 5th to july 11th any fun street festivals or more Urban things you could reccomend
    • June 4, 2022 at 1:31 pm
      Hi,im going to travel to Barcelona from 17th to 19th July and I don’t find any festival music for this duration,could you please help me?
      • June 5, 2022 at 2:07 am
        Hi. I came across your comments and to my interest, I am making a holiday during the same period as well. if you wanna organize the trip or share some cool places and exchange info, hit me on my email: [email protected]
      • June 4, 2022 at 3:59 pm
        Team Member
        Hello Parastoo, Yes indeed, unfortunately there are no music festivals during this time. I've listed all of the major ones. You'll probably have to go to see some live music in small venues... Harlem Jazz Club, Marula Cafe, and Razzmatazz should have some decent options. Cheers,
    • June 23, 2021 at 9:59 am
      Team Member
      Hi Oscar, Thanks a lot :) Unfortunately a lot of the fun street festivals and stuff are still in limbo and the major Barcelona ones usually don't go down during the dates specified anyway. That said, there are a few interesting cultural exhibitions (at the CCCB for example) and concerts around that time. I've filtered some events using your dates on Eventbrite (you'll want to translate using the browser) for your reference. Again, apologies I can't come up with anything better but things are still very much COVID-hesitant here :( Cheers,
  • July 24, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    Maya Boris
    Hi! The article is really useful! Thanks. However, we are visiting Barcelona from 1st of August, what are the events and festivals during this month? Thank you! :)
    • July 25, 2019 at 10:19 am
      Team Member
      Hi Maya, Thanks! :) I'm still in the process of updating it but you can take a look at my August article here: Cheers, Ash
  • July 21, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Hi! Thanks for the article! Very useful. May I know where are you from? Which country? :)
    • July 22, 2019 at 10:11 am
      Team Member
      Hello! Thank you for the kind words :) I'm from Canada.
  • July 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Hi Ash, I am visiting Barcelona between the 19th to the 24th of July. Since I am a jazz pianist I am wondering if there are any Jazz jam sessions going on that you know of. Thanks
    • July 17, 2019 at 11:13 am
      Team Member
      Hi Dan, On the 21st and 24th there are some jazz performances on the roof top as Casa Batllo for the Magic Nights series but it's definitely not a jazz jam session. You may want to take a look at the Harlem Jazz Club and the Pipa Club (which often has jam sessions but mostly on Sunday) for something more specific, but not being of the jazz jam type I'm afraid I don't know much more than this :( Ash
  • July 8, 2019 at 10:55 pm
    Hi Ash, I will be in Barcelona July 14th - 22nd. My daughter is studying abroad and will be in class Monday - Thursday from 12-6. I will be on my own to tour the city during those days. I am overwhelmed by all the options and a little nervous about touring along. Do you plan out trips for a fee? :)
    • July 9, 2019 at 10:57 am
      Team Member
      Hi Deborah, That is great that you're coming (I've lived abroad for 12 years and my mother still hasn't visited!) and willing to fight the good fight even when she's in class. In a 6 hour window I would really suggest taking one of the tours offered by a company like Runner Bean... they'll be educational, you'll meet some people, and they'll give you some good ideas. You could also take a food/tapas tour like the Devour or Wanderbeak ones... tasty and super interesting :) Other than that I'd be happy to plan a trip for you... for no fee at all! Unfortunately I'm out of the country now so can't do any tours in person but if you need help planning, I am here :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm
    Hi, im going to Barcelona from the 18th-20th and 23rd-25th, we are looking for beach parties, cool club nights etc! any reccomendations? thanks beth xx
    • July 5, 2019 at 9:37 am
      Team Member
      Hola Beth, My clubbing days are long behind me so I wouldn't consider myself the hippest person on this subject, but the top clubs I think would be Razzmatazz, Apolo, or maybe something like Moog or Otto Zutz. It depends what you're looking for. That said, I've got a club calendar via Xceed which lists all the major club nights by date... you may want to sift through there to see what tickles your fancy. For beach parties I would check out Opium or Pacha :) Cheers, Ash
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