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:
- 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information consult the official BBF Barcelona Beach Festival website.
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.
For more 2023 lineup information and tickets consult the official Barcelona Rock Fest website.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
June 18, 2019 at 8:42 amHola 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 pmHi 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 pmWill 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 pmHi 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 pmHi Ash, what about August? Could you please create new post?
July 27, 2018 at 4:17 pmAlready done Evgenii! :) https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-in-august/
July 19, 2018 at 2:48 pmIn 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 pmHi 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 pmHi 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 pmHi 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 amHello 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 amHi 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. https://www.barcelonahacks.com/rooftop-bars-barcelona/ 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: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-stag-do/ Hope this gets you going in the right direction! Ash
June 18, 2018 at 4:00 amI 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 pmHi 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 pmGreat 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 pmHello 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 pmHi 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 amHi 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: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sitges/ Hope this helps! Ash
March 25, 2018 at 7:48 pmMy 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 pmHi 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