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Barcelona in July 2020 – An Expert’s Guide to Events

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Because it’s Barcelona in July.

Unless you’re a broken human being who hates incredible weather, beach breezes, and outdoor festivals this article won’t be for you – I suggest you see what’s going on in the Yukon.

For the rest of us, here’s the guide that’ll plan Barcelona in July 2020.

Why Barcelona in July 2020?

Because it’s hot.

It’s not rocket science that 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.

You can go any time, it’s free, and unlike other Barcelona attractions you won’t have to line up.

With scorching temperatures the outdoor activities are endless whether you’re talking about the thrills at Mount Tibidabo, the history of Montjuic, the awe-inspiring Park Guell, or a simple cold one at an amazing rooftop bar.

And who doesn’t like grabbing an iced coffee in the squares of Gracia and watching the world pass at a snail’s pace?

Throw in some great July festivals and we’ve got the making of holiday gold.

Advice Before You Go

I say this for all the summer months but remember we’re in high season. Tourists flood the city almost to 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 often stretch into the hours.

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 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.

Barcelona Weather in July

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

The beginning of the month has average temperatures 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.

Festivals in Barcelona in July 2020

Festival Cruilla

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 2020 the 11th version of Cruilla features Gwen Stefani, Placebo, Two Door Cinema Club, Txarango, Rag’N’Bone Man and more.

Dates: July 2-4.

Prices: €45.00 (one day headline show) to €145.00 (full 3 day pass).

For more information consult the official Cruilla website.

BBF Barcelona Beach Festival

Go if you want to dance on the beach until the sun comes up.

After the success of years part the BBF Barcelona Beach Festival just couldn’t resist putting out a call to some of the top DJ talent in the world.

The 2020 version of this electronic music festival includes Alan Walker, Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren and more.

Date: July 11th.

Prices: €84.00+

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

Tomorrowland

Go to experience Europe’s most popular electronic music festival but don’t feel like visiting Belgium.

Yes, this colossal electro music event normally runs in Belgium but for the second year in a row they’ve decided to take it to Barcelona. You’ll actually be able to dance with the people in Belgium live on screen.

The 2020 festival runs at Can Zam Park on the outskirts of the city.

Date: TBA.

Prices: TBA.

For more information consult the official Tomorrowland website.

Rock Fest Barcelona

Go if you love rocking out. Yes, as you may have guessed this all about 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 2020 version features KISS (End of the Road World Tour), Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amon Amarth, 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: July 2-4, 2020.

Prices: €187.65 (three day pass).

For more 2020 lineup information and tickets consult the official Barcelona Rock Fest website.

Vida Festival

The Vida Festival takes place outside Barcelona in Vilanova i la Geltru.

The 2020 version features artists like Parcels, Belle & Sebastian, Nils Frahm, 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 3rd to July 5th.

Price: €43.50+

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.

More info here.

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Barcelona Concerts in July 2020

Popular Music

  • Alicia Keys. July 7th. Sant Jordi Club. Tickets from €75.00.
  • Iron Maiden. July 25th. Stade Olympique Lluis Companys. Tickets from €71.50

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 2020 version includes The Lumineers’ (July 10th), Yann Tiersen (July 17th), Lionel Richie (July 22nd) and much more.

Dates: July 10th to August 22nd.

Price: from €25.00 to €360.00 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.

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 2020 artists announced are LP (July 1st), Woodkid (July 7th), Diana Ross (July 15th) and much 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.

Montjuic Castle Free Concert Series

Sundays this July at the famous Montjuic Castle brings us the Vespres de Juliol (Sunday nights in June). These free concerts with the Med as a background all start at 7:00 pm.

The 2020 version includes is TBA.

Magic Nights Rooftop Series

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

The type of music varies but tickets start at €39.00 for the concert + two drinks.

Dates in July 2019 ran Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 pm (concert only) or 8:00 pm (concert + visit) but the 2020 version has yet to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled here.

Get more info on Magic Nights here.

Barcelona Club Nights in July

Last year we were treated to some absolute legends in Roger Sanchez and Fatboy Slim.

This year likely won’t want slow down either but since it’s early there haven’t been any big announcements yet – I’ll add the big nights as they come.

If you’re looking for July club nights make sure you check out my page for Razzmatazz – Barcelona’s biggest club.

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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. It generally runs every Sunday during the summer. A great spot for international DJs.

The 2020 version runs every Sunday until September but headliners have not been announced. Keep your eyes peeled here.

To get to Brunch in the Park take the Paral·lel funicular from Paral·lel metro station.

Tickets cost between €11.00-€20.00 depending on time of purchase.

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

Barcelona Street Festivals 2020

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 one of Barcelona’s most famous neighbourhoods. 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 2020 are TBA. You can find an event list here.
  • 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 2020 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 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 this year include The Revenant, La La Land, and The Apartment.

The 2020 version runs from July 3rd to August 7th.

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

Get at Me in the Comments Below

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.

Also, any suggestions you have to make the blog better would be greatly appreciated!

Finally, don’t be afraid to join the July 2020 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 🙂

36 comments
  • 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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Maya, Thanks! :) I'm still in the process of updating it but you can take a look at my August article here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-in-august/ Cheers, Ash
  • July 21, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Jj
    Hi! Thanks for the article! Very useful. May I know where are you from? Which country? :)
    • July 22, 2019 at 10:11 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello! Thank you for the kind words :) I'm from Canada.
  • July 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Dan
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Deborah
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    beth
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
  • June 18, 2019 at 8:42 am
    Louie
    Hola Ash, me and my colleagues (3 including me) are going to Barcelona on July 1-15. Any suggestions for what to see( tourist spots), concerts and EDM parties? Tnx in advance.
    • June 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Louie, About the things to see... this whole blog is full of 100+ posts going really in depth on what to see in the city ;) Is there something you were looking for that I didn't cover? I would start by looking at my post on the best things to see in Barcelona and going from there. Unfortunately you're missing the biggest EDM festival (Sonar) by only a matter of days... but I've got a list of maybe 5-6 more festivals/concerts above that could be to your liking. These are the major ones. Make sure to put Brunch in the Park on your list because it's an amazing EDM day party. 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=2019-07-01,2019-07-15 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. Ash
  • May 9, 2019 at 6:03 pm
    Ryan
    Will be in Barcelona with a big group of guys (14 at last count) and want to do an afternoon party booze cruise (somewhere between 1pm and 5pm) Do you have any recommendations on what is available and which company is best? Thank you!
    • May 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ryan, Thanks for writing in... I'm unfortunately just getting into this whole boat party game since I've spend most of my time setting up the site for the main attractions etc. I am currently setting up a collaboration with a company that has got very good reviews including from some friends of mine. It's simply called Barcelona Sail Boats. You can rent out the whole thing yourself and eat and drink the afternoon away. If you're looking for something less private with groups of fellow travellers in the afternoon there's also Barcelona BBQ Boat Party. The best thing about this in addition to the fun is that it's only 3 hours... I find that it's about the maximum time one can spend on the water before the whole "I'm on a booooat" vibe drifts into boredom ;) Hope this helps! Ash
  • July 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    Evgenii
    Hi Ash, what about August? Could you please create new post?
    • July 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Already done Evgenii! :) https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-in-august/
  • July 19, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Stephen
    In salou from tuesday but will vist barcelona would i be best to book a nou camp tour when i get to my salou hotel or do it now? Also i see tomorrowland is on at same week is there strict age limit as i would have a teenager if sees an ad for it will want to go .thanks
    • July 19, 2018 at 8:32 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Stephen, If you're going for a time slot visit I would make sure I book ASAP but if it's just an open ticket there's less of a risk. That said, in high season I always suggest booking from home because it avoids potential hassles down the road. For Tomorrowland anybody turning 18 in 2018 will be accepted. If this isn't the case for your teen I'm afraid you're out of luck :( Ash
  • July 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Holly
    Hi Ash, Please can you tell me the best place in Barcelona for : Sitting and people watching and eating Tapas The BEST paella in Barcelona A brunch with a great view of Barcelona Thanks Holly
    • July 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Holly, Personally my favourite paella places are Bodega Joan or Xiringuito Escriba and you can read about them more in my paella article. People watching tapas place for me would be Sol Soler in Plaça del Sol in the Gracia neighbourhood. There's also a decent terrace at La Tasqueta del Blai. For the roof terrace brunch with a decent view the only one I know of is Hotel 1898. Hope this helps :) Ash
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