Written by Ash

Barcelona in July 2021 – An Expert’s Guide to Events


Barcelona in July.

Unless you’re a broken human being who hates incredible weather, beach breezes, and outdoor festivals you’ll probably want to keep reading – for the haters 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 2021.

Note: unfortunately due to COVID 19 a lot of the city’s most iconic July 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.

Why Barcelona in July 2021?

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.

the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla
Discover Barcelona in complete comfort

Festivals in Barcelona in July 2021

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 2021 the 12th version of Cruilla features Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Izal, Morcheeba, Leiva Man and more.

Dates: July 8-10.

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

Note: BBF Barcelona Beach Festival 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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 previous version of this electronic music festival included 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.

Rock Fest Barcelona

Note: Rock Fest Barcelona 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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 featured 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 2022 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 2021 version features artists like Love of Lesbian, Vetusta Morla, Naty Peluso, 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.

Price: €60.00+

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.

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 2021 version includes:

  • July 23rd: Pablo Lopez
  • July 24th: Raphael
  • July 31st: Juan Diego Florez

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.

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 2021 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.

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 €49.00 for the concert, the new Gaudi 10D experience visit, and a glass of local cava sparkling white wine.

Dates in July 2021 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.

Dates: Every Friday in July at 7:15 pm.

Tickets: €38.00 (children under 3 free).

More info here.

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Get a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

Barcelona Club Nights in July

Note: Barcelona clubs have still not re-opened due to the COVID-19 crisis, but any major announcement will be updated here if/when applicable.

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.

Brunch in the Park

Note: Brunch in the Park 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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 even usually runs every Sunday until September.

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 2021

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 2021 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 2021 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 Amelia, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Nomadland.

The 2021 version runs from July 2nd to August 6th.

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 2021 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 🙂

  • July 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    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
      Team Member
      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
  • June 22, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Hello Ash, We are visiting Barcelona 26th-29th July 2018 on a hen do. Just wondering if you would recommend anything or anywhere in particular whilst we are there? Thanks, Alice.
    • June 22, 2018 at 11:21 am
      Team Member
      Hi Alice, If you haven't seen above the Tomorrowland electro music festival could be a great option for an amazing party. You should also consider hitting up some of the amazing rooftop bars as it's one of my favourite activities to do in Barcelona in summer. Having seen quite a few hen dos recently it seems the popular thing is to do a bar crawl of the El Gotico neighbourhood... there are just so many bars you won't even know what to do! Also, I do have an article on stag dos (simply because SEO had more searches for stag dos than hen dos) and a lot of the advice there can apply to women as well... so you may want to take a look: Hope this gets you going in the right direction! Ash
  • June 18, 2018 at 4:00 am
    Alex Kidd
    I will be in Barcelona July 14-21. Do you know of any 5k or half marathons going on during this time in the area?
    • June 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Alex, After doing some research I haven't found anything. Looks like most of the runs go in February or March, probably due to weather being more temperate. If I find anything else I'll let you know :) Ash
  • June 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Ayisha Jamal
    Great post! We're coming to Barcelona 18-21st of July and love all sorts of street festivals and concerts. Hopefully more get announced during that time. If you know of anything, please do let us know. Love rnb, hip hop, electronica, world music etc. Rooftop bars are a favourite thing to do so any recommendations would be great. We haven't booked accom but likely staying in eixemple or gothic. Thank you! Ayisha
    • June 7, 2018 at 12:16 pm
      Team Member
      Hello Ayisha, Yes, if I hear about anything I will no doubt be putting it in the list ASAP. Just remember that the main ones are listed here. You can also do a manual search for Barcelona events through Facebook using your dates and might find some hidden gems. As for rooftop bars I have an article on this. Most of them are in Eixample or the Gothic Quarter so you'll be striking distance. Please let me know if you have any more questions and thanks so much for the compliment :) Ash
  • May 10, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    Hi Ash, Coming to Barcelona from Trinidad & Tobago on July 10th to 17th. Read above and just want to know if there is anything else. We want to go to Sitges for a few days also. Any must sees? Cheers Robert
    • May 11, 2018 at 11:58 am
      Team Member
      Hi Robert, I’ve just recently updated the events this week so it’s about as current a list as there is. If there’s any other events added I’ll make sure to keep you informed! For Sitges this is a great choice for an easy escape from the city chaos... if you haven’t read already I’ve put the things to see there in a dedicated article: Hope this helps! Ash
  • March 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    My family is planning a week in Barcelona, maybe San Sebastián, either 17 - 23 July or 24 - 30 July 2018. 2 adults and 2 late-teens. Any activities you suggest we keep an eye open?
    • March 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Marc, Between all the options I've listed above in this article I would say that the best option for going with late teens would be the Festa Mejor de Poble Sec... there's an eclectic mix of street music and cool food. Also a tip: with any Facebook account you can go under 'events' and then 'discovery' and then you can select specific dates and set the city to Barcelona. Here you'll find dozens of events, again not knowing what you're looking for exactly (especially given the age range) I'm not sure which events/activities you'd be interested in. There are things like stand up comedy nights in English, flamenco, croquette tastings, yoga workshops etc. That said, all the main kind of tourist attractions I've already mentioned above. If I hear of something else cool I will be sure to update the post and let you know. Ash
  • March 16, 2018 at 4:20 am
    Hola Ash! I will be in Barcelona with my boyfriend July 4th to July 7 2018 and we are looking for something “local” to do. Street festivals, outdoor concerts, etc. is there anything on those dates? Ashley
    • March 16, 2018 at 11:03 am
      Team Member
      Hi Ashley, I'm afraid it's slim pickings aside from the events above, it's too bad you won't be coming in the middle of July because the Festa Mejor de Raval would be right up your alley - it's got enough street concerts to last the summer! Anyway, I did some digging on Facebook's events page and couldn't find much. There's a live Caribbean concert at an amazing West Indies restaurant: There's an English stand up comedy night as well: Other than that it's mostly just club nights or major concerts like Shakira... not sure what else I can tell you :( You may seriously want to consider the Casa Batllo rooftop series as it's such a unique outdoor concert experience. On Facebook what you can do is check back, set the event filter to your dates and see if anything else has been organized before your trip. OK, any more questions I am here! Ash
  • July 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    hola ash - i meant the barcelona card/tourist discount card, i wanted to prebook sagrada familia, museums, tours, etc...
    • July 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm
      Team Member
      Hi again Linda, Unfortunately the Barcelona Card doesn't allow you to get your discounts in advance online - you'll have to present your card at the ticket window on the day of your visit (perhaps after a long line). You best choice is getting the Hola BCN Card which is actually more than €20 cheaper for a three day pass... Then book your attractions individually online. You'll be able to skip the lines and easily make up the monetary difference that way. Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm always here to help.
  • July 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    how can I apply discount card if I book online events before arriving to Barcelona?
    • July 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm
      Team Member
      Hello Linda! What discount card and events were you referring to exactly?
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