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 2022, with a few off the beaten path stops on the side.
What to Do in Barcelona in July 2022
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:
- Lounging around the picturesque squares of the Gothic Quarter or Gracia
- Getting out to explore Barcelona’s Montjuic Hill and other Barcelona nature escapes
- Street shopping at La Boqueria Market or El Encants Flea Market
- Renting a scooter and cruising the city like Mediterranean pro
- Seeing legendary attractions like Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo
And this is before we even get to the July Barcelona events that make this month really sizzle.
Let’s take a deeper look at those.
July Events at Barcelona Attractions
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 2022 run Tuesday to Saturday with two start times: 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
Get more info on Magic Nights 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?
Tickets to this La Pedrera event include a visit to the house’s famous whale skeleton attic as well as the one hour concert and a glass of Spanish champagne – cava.
A great option for couples in Barcelona visiting in July.
Dates: Every Friday in July at 7:15 pm.
Tickets: €38.00 (children under 3 free).
More info here.
Barcelona Street Festivals in July 2022
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.
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 DEL 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 are still TBA.
The 2022 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.
Music Festivals in Barcelona in July 2022
Festival Cruilla 2022
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 2022 the 12th version of Cruilla features Duran Duran, Jack White, Hot Chip, Jan Luis Guerra, Meute, Residente and more.
Dates: July 6-9.
Prices: €25.00 (one day headline show) to €75.00 (full 3 day pass).
For more information consult the official Cruilla website.
BBF Barcelona Beach Festival 2022
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.
Again, this year 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 includes Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Marshmello, Don Pablo and more.
Date: Saturday, July 2nd.
For more information consult the official BBF Barcelona Beach Festival website.
Rock Fest Barcelona 2022
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 2022 version features KISS, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, Manowar, and more.
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: €187.65 (three day pass).
For more 2022 lineup information and tickets consult the official Barcelona Rock Fest website.
Vida Festival 2022
The Vida Festival takes place outside Barcelona in July in the town of Vilanova i la Geltru.
The 2022 version features artists like Belle and Sebastien, Alt J, the Avalanches, and more. The 50 km journey to this seaside town is done by train (every 20 minutes) from Sants Estacio.
Vida Festival runs from July 1st to July 3rd.
For more 2022 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.
2022 lineup is 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.
The 2022 version includes:
- July 23rd: Cristina Aguilera
- July 24th: Stay Homas
- July 31st: Els Pets
Price: from €20.00 to €375.00 depending on the artist.
For more information on the Cap Roig festival click here.
Outdoor Concert Series
No matter the music taste July in Barcelona will bring you something musical along with the warm weather.
The fantastic concert series with the Royal Palace backdrop at the Jardins de Pedralbes is something to be seen. There’s something special about watching music under the stars so why not get tickets to this year’s version?
Former artists that have played include Sting, Kool & the Gang, Beach Boys, the Cranberries, Patti Smith and more.
The first of the July 2022 artists announced are the Alan Parsons Live Project, Sidonie, Luka Sulic and more.
Prices range from €18.00 to €440.00.
To get to the venue simply take the green line (L3) of the metro to Palau Reial.
Ticket information here.
Barcelona Club Nights in July
In the summer before the pandemic hit Barcelona was treated to some absolute legends in Roger Sanchez and Fatboy Slim.
This year likely won’t want slow down either – I’ll add the big nights in Barcelona in July as they come – but for now here’s a couple to look forward to:
- Saturday July 2nd: Jackies w/ Richy Ahmed at La Terrrazza
- Sunday July 3rd: Sight and Valhalla w/ Fur Coat, Korolova & Rivellino b2b Ryan at Pacha
If you’re looking for July club nights make sure you check out my page for Razzmatazz – Barcelona’s biggest club.
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 2022 lineup includes headliners Honey Dijon (July 3), Ben Klock (July 10), Dixon (July 17), and Camelphat (July 24).
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 endeavors.
Also make sure you book a table in advance at Barcelona’s best restaurants.
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.
Visiting Barcelona in July 2022?
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.
Finally, don’t be afraid to join the July 2022 discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you’re free to ask any questions, air out your grievances, chat with fellow travelers and more.
Happy travels 🙂