What to do in April in Barcelona: Fairs, Festivals and Parc del Forum
Spring has finally sprung in Barcelona. Although we have our fair share of April showers, the days are warmer, longer and there’s plenty to head outside for. With temperatures averaging 20 degrees and a stunning blue sky overhead, you can finally walk around in the afternoons without a coat and extra layers in your backpack.
While you’ll find the streets a little busier, particularly over the long Easter weekend, Barcelona is still a brilliant choice for a trip away in April. From fairs and celebrations to the Catalan Valentine’s Day, April will have you feeling sunny and springy in no time.
Music Festival – Telecogresca Festival
When: Saturday 6th April – from 18.30h to 03.00h.
Where: Parc del Forum
Price: from 17€ per person (visit the site).
Barcelona is host to more than a dozen music festivals, ranging from one-day events to five-day musical extravaganzas. Usually the ticket price of festivals start from around 100€ per day, but thankfully Telecogresca is a little different. This one-day festival is put on by a non-profit cultural association of the same name (Telecogresca) and aims to put on a spectacular show for a very reasonable price.
While you may not have heard of the acts, festival lovers should still give this event a go. The headliners, Oques Grasses, are a hugely popular band from Catalunya and famous across Spain, and play upbeat music that it’s great fun to boogie too. Having a dance with the locals into the early hours of the morning is a great way to spend a Saturday – and cheaper than heading into one of the nightclubs!
Artisanal Market – Palo Alto Market
When: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April from 11.00h – 21.00h.
Where: Selva del Mar neighbourhood (map link)
Price: 5€ (buy your ticket online).
Palo Alto is an event that takes place once a month in Barcelona and is a brilliant market featuring businesses from Barcelona, Catalonia and other parts of Spain. It has grown year on year, always inviting new and exciting businesses so no two months are the same. In a world where buying local is becoming increasingly difficult, Palo Alto showcases shops, restaurants and independent designers in a fun and relaxed market setting. Try delicious food and drink and shop for locally-made clothes, bags, shoes and toiletries over the course of the day.
And it’s not just shopping and eating! There’s also live music and DJs performances, as well as great pop-up bars, so you can while away the afternoon at Palo Alto before going out for the evening.
Eco Market_- Fira per la Terra (Earth Day Fair)
When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Where: Parque Central de Nou Barris
Price: Free entry.
Barcelona might not be number one when it comes to being eco-friendly, but day-by-day more sustainable options are becoming available. The “Fira per la Terra”, or Fair for the Earth, returns for its 24th year and promises to be packed with its usual stalls offering sustainable alternatives to everyday products, as well as new exciting products that could help you become move towards a greener way of living.
This fair guarantees that all products are locally-made and, when it comes to food, the fair has previously worked with Slow Food Barcelona and Ecomercats de l’Empordà, two businesses that work to promote local produce and local organic agriculture. There will also be talks and activities across the two days of the fair.
For lovers of sustainability, look no further than this fair. Their poster promises “culture, education, natural remedies, world foods and renewable energies” as key themes.
Dia de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day)
When: Tuesday 23rd April
Where: The whole city will be celebrating
Price: The price of a red rose, a good book… and maybe a nice dinner!
Love is in the air and so is the smell of roses. The streets of Barcelona are full to the brim with the red flowers of romance and you’ll find that there are also more booksellers than usual. What could be the cause of so much amorousness? Isn’t Valentine’s Day in February?
Welcome to the Valentine’s Day of Barcelona, St. George’s Day. British readers will know that St. George is the patron saint of England, but he is also the patron saint of Barcelona and the St. George’s Cross forms a part of the flag of Barcelona. The legend is the same, a dashing knight rescuing a damsel in distress from an evil dragon, but the day is characterised by the exchanging of specific gifts: roses and books.
The roses are pretty self-explanatory; the books came about as Shakespeare and Cervantes, two great authors and playwrights, were said to have died on April 23rd. Traditionally men gifted the roses and women the books, but as time as gone on most couples gift each other both books and roses. So, if you’re with your sweetheart in Barcelona on St. George’s Day, don’t panic about what to buy! You’ll be able to grab a rose and a book on the day on Las Ramblas, the central street in Barcelona.
Feria de Abril de Catalunya (April Fair in Catalonia)
When: Friday 26th April – Saturday 4th May
Where: Parc del Forum
Price: To be confirmed.
If you find yourself in northern Spain instead of southern Spain at the end of April this year, you can still capture some of that Andalusian magic at the Feria de Abril de Catalunya.
For those who don’t know, Easter is a huge celebration in the southern community of Andalucía, with a combination of religious solemnity and colourful frivolity in the streets. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, sees the whole community come to together to pray and also to party at the Feria de Abril de Sevilla.
While it pales in comparison in terms of size, the Feria de Abril de Catalunya is organised by the Federación de Entidades Culturales Andaluzas en Catalunya, or FECAC for short (thank goodness), a group dedicated to bringing Andalusian traditions to Catalonia. They bring as much authenticity to proceedings as possible and invite all of us to share in the cultural differences and festivities of another part of Spain. Expect exhilarating rides and games, delicious foods, the music of southern Spain (including the world-famous music and dance style Flamenco) and bright colours all around.
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