What's on Barcelona August?

What's on in Barcelona August 2019?

August is the traditional month for summer vacation in Spain. Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards pull down the shutters of their shops and homes and leave the cities for their annual summer vacation.

So Barcelona can feel a bit quieter than usual but there is still lots to see and do in Barcelona in August.

You might also be interested in our guide to what to wear in August in Barcelona and weather in August

Barcelona top events August

Barcelona Festivals & concerts August 2019

The biggest event in the BCN August calendar is the week long Festa Major de Gracia festival in the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona from 15th to 21st August 2019.

The Festa Major de Gracia is the biggest of the many local neighbourhoods festivals in Barcelona. Around 22 streets and plazas in Gracia are wonderfully decorated by the street residents and there is a full programme of live music concerts and activities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Visitors are welcomed by the local residents, but please respect the decorations and the neighbours.

Circuit Festival on 8th to 10th Augusut is an international Gay and Lesbian event in Barcelona with many pre-parties, parties, concerts and other leisure, arts and sports activities.

The Circuit Festival is the biggest European gay and lesbian event attracting around 70,000 visitors from all over the world and around 60 DJs and artists.

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In mid-August don't miss Barcelona's oldest festival in the gothic area of Barcelona. It's called Festes de Sant Roc at is on Plaça Nova.

For music lovers check out the concerts in this years San Miguel MASiMAS Festival, which is an annual series of concerts in August bringing world class music to many  Barcelona clubs and concert venues.

As usual there are many star acts in August 2019 at Cap Roig festival which is on the Costa Brava. about 2 hours north of Barcelona and to get there a car is the best option. 

For the humid summer evenings in August in Barcelona there are many outdoor concert opportunies in the city.

Musica als Parcs is a series of free open air jazz and classical concerts throughout the month of Augustat some of Barcelona's nicest parks. 

For smaller more intimate concerts try the summer night al fresco jazz concerts on the roof terraces of three of the most famous buildings in Barcelona designed by Gaudí. 

La Pedrera building has live jazz concerts on its roof-terrace in July -  and you can experience rooftop concerts called  Magic Nights on the roof of Casa Batllo building. 

Palau Güell also offers a series of outdoor live concerts on Thursday nights in different styles on the lovely roof terrace of Palau Güell building in July. 

All three buildings were designed by Antoni Gaudí.

FC Barcelona games August 2019

In August you can see the Barça's stars and the new team signings at Camp Nou stadium at the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday 4th August 2019. The invited team for a friendly pre-season game is Arsenal in 2019. Buy Gamper Cup tickets at FC Barcelona's website.

Barcelona also plays Supercopa games and league games at Camp Nou in August.

'Cinema al Fresco' outdoor cinema August

The Sala Montjuic open air movie season in the moat of Montjuic Castle comes to a close at the beginning of August.

Beach clubs and outdoor dance clubs

Barcelona has several beach clubs with open air dance floors. Find Barcelona's best beach clubs here.

One of the most popular clubs with an outdoor dance floor in Barcelona is La Terrrazza open-air nightclub - it's not on the beach but under the stars in the Spanish museum village Poble Espanyol on Montjuic hill

Dinner with Barcelona city views

August is a wonderful month for outdoor dining and there are some spectacular restaurants with city views. Barcelona restaurants with views.

More ideas for things to do in Barcelona in August 

When weather gets too hot, then head for the Barcelona beaches - or the Barcelona outdoor swimming pools. The pool with the best views of the city is the Olympic diving pool on Montjuic hill, but there are many other indoor and oudoor swimming pools in Barcelona.

You can find very nice beaches both north and south of Barcelona some of which are reachable by the coast trains.

The Costa Brava coast is stunning and is 2 hours north of Barcelona, but there are no direct trains to the Costa Brava because of the rugged cliff terrain, so to visit the Costa Brava it's best to rent a car or take a bus from Estacio de Nord bus station - or if you want to avoid parking problems and transport hassle, then book a Costa Brava day tour
If you are in town for a few days then we also recommend a half day trip to the very scenic Montserrat mountain near Barcelona or to the Pyrenees mountains and Andorra.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2020 12:29