5 January Three Kings Parade or La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Spanish, or, la Cavalcada de Reis Mags d’Orient in Catalan. This parade takes place on the evening of the 5th January for the arrival of the Three Kings ready to give out presents to the children.
6 January Three Kings Day, Public Holiday
29 January (Last Sunday of January) La Gran Festa de la Calçotada Valls Calçotada Festival, Valls. The ultimate festival to celebrate the great calçot, with a calçot eating competition and many other activities to enjoy in Valls. What’s a calcot I hear you say, check it out here.
Calçotada season Between November and April.
9 February Ranxo de Ponts, Ponts. About an hour’s drive from Lleida is the town of Ponts which hosts a festival to celebrate the end of Carnival. Ranxo is a soup that is prepared and served on Shrove Tuesday with food donated by the people of Ponts.
10 February – 5 March Festa de la Llum Light Festival, Manresa
23 February – 1 March Carnestoltes Sitges Carnival. Carnival in Sitges is one of the biggest in Europe and one of the best places to experience it.
Carnival Sunday Flour Fight, Berga. Two teams fight it out with flour. The blue team representing the Carlists and the red team, the Liberals, both meet at lunchtime in Sant Pere Square to commence battle.
3 March Gracia Festes de Sant Medir, Barcelona. Also known as the biggest sweets festival in Catalonia as over 60 tonnes of sweets are given out during a parade and fireworks set off the evening celebrations.
18 – 19 March Fera del Embutido en Olot Cured Sausage Fair in Olot
12 March Barcelona Marathon
Easter Week Processions all over Catalonia
14 April Good Friday, Public Holiday
17 April Easter Monday, Public Holiday
23 April Sant Jordi Day. All over Catalonia Sant Jordi combines World Book Day with their version of Valentine’s Day to honour one of the patron saints of Catalonia, Saint George. Book readings and signings occur throughout the day with roses of all colours being sold.
1 May Labour Day, Public Holiday
13 – 21 May Girona Flower Festival. Each year Girona hosts a flower festival with floral displays hidden all over the city.
31 May – 4 June Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona. One of the best music festivals in Catalonia. On this year’s line-up are Arcade Fire, Grace Jones, Solange, Frank Ocean, Wild Beasts and many more. Read up on some tips to make the most of the festival here.
15 – 17 June Sonar Music Festival, Barcelona. The ultimate festival for electronic music fans.
23 June Nit de Sant Joan. Celebrating the shortest night and welcoming the longest day with fireworks, Coca de Sant Joan cake and parties.
24 June Sant Joan Day, Regional Public Holiday
7 – 8 July Cruilla Festival, Barcelona. A two day music festival in Barcelona with both national and international artists. Confirmed artists for this year include The Lumineers, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Kase.O.
Grec Festival, Barcelona. A cultural festival based on the performing arts including music, theatre and circus performances. One of the main venues is the open-aired theatre in Montjuïc, Teatre Grec.
Sala Montjuïc, Barcelona. Open air cinema screenings featuring great films set against the backdrop of Montjuïc Castle.
Habanera festivals take place along the Costa Brava with the most popular taking place in Calella de Palafrugell. The festival involves groups singing traditional sea shanties and drinking cremat (a hot rum drink).
Last week of July Blanes International Fireworks Competition, Blanes. An amazing setting to watch some of the best fireworks displays you’ll ever see!
15 – 21 August La Festa Major de Gràcia, Barcelona. One of the most popular festivals in Barcelona as the streets of Gràcia are decorated with fun themes.
15 August Assumption Day, Public Holiday
23 – 24 August Festa Major Sitges. The town of Sitges celebrates its patron saints Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla (Saint Bartholomew and Saint Tecla), including a fireworks display on the beach.
8 – 10 September Begur Feria de los Indianos, Begur. A festival that celebrates the town of Begur’s relationship with Cuba.
22 – 25 September La Mercè, Barcelona. A local Public Holiday. This is the big one and not to be missed if you can help it. The annual festival of Barcelona which combines all the typical traditions and features of a great Catalan festival.
5 – 15 October Sitges Film Festival. International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia a must for film-lovers as it attracts from independent film makers to international movie legends
12 October Columbus’ Day or National Day of Spain, Public Holiday.
27 October – 5 November Fires de Sant Narcís, Girona. Celebrating the patron saint of Girona, Sant Narcís, includes the key elements of a Catalan festival: correfoc (fire run), castellers (human towers) and gegants (giant dancers).
31 October – 1 November La Castanyada On the night before All Saints Day it is traditional to eat roasted chestnuts and panellets, sweet almond flavoured balls covered in pine nuts.
Tarragona Castellers Competition This amazing competition takes place every two years over one weekend in October which means unfortunately it’s not on this year, so don’t forget to go in 2018!
1 November All Saints Day. Public holiday where you can try freshly roasted chestnuts and delicious sweets panellets with different variations including coconut, chocolate, and orange.
6 December Constitution Day, Public Holiday
8 December Day of the Immaculate Conception, Public Holiday
’Tis the season for Christmas Markets;
Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas Market, Barcelona
Vic Medieval Market, Vic
Fira de Nadal Christmas Fair, Caldes de Montbui
Fira De L’Avet D’Espinelves Fir Tree Fair, Espinelves
La Fira Del Pessebre Nativity Scene Fair, Olot
Fira Dels Torrons Turron Fair, Llinars del Valles
25 December Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 December Boxing Day Public Holiday
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