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Visiting Barcelona in July 2022: Events, Festivals, Activities

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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:

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.

musicians performing at the casa batllo magic nights event in barcelona spain

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.

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

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.

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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.

Prices: €84.00+

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.

Price: €60.00+

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.

a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain
Get a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

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:

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

The event usually runs every Sunday until September.

To get to Brunch in the Park Barcelona 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.

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.

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

locals play frisbee and volleyball on one of barcelona's most popular beaches

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 🙂

38 comments
  • 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
  • June 22, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Alice
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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. 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 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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Robert
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sitges/ Hope this helps! Ash
  • March 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    Marc
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Ashley
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2037188169830976/?event_time_id=2045261712356955 There's an English stand up comedy night as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/308523709660172/?event_time_id=308523792993497 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
    Linda
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    linda
    how can I apply discount card if I book online events before arriving to Barcelona?
    • July 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Linda! What discount card and events were you referring to exactly?
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