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2018 Edition (23-30/06/2018)
The 10-year anniversary of Pride Barcelona, the Med's largest gay pride event, takes place from June 23 to 30. The city will be filled with music, workshops, dance, sports, live shows, exhibits, the biggest foam party in Europe, galas and more; and based on the success of past editions, it's likely that over 200,000 participants will join in with the fun and festivities that always have a serious message behind them.
Among the programme's highlights are: the reading of this year's LGBTI manifest, which sets out the aim and focus of Pride (Jun 23, 7pm, Plaça Universitat); varied activities for all at the Village and Main Stage (Jun 29-30, Avinguda Maria Cristina); and, of course, the fabulous Parade, including a pre-party and closing celebrations (Jun 30, start: Avinguda Paral·lel).
The Mercat de Mercats has become the Gastronomy Festival par excellence, and this year it is celebrating its 10th edition. This major festival of food products and gastronomy, which takes place on the Avenida de la Catedral, is a unique event for enjoying talks, presentations, cooking shows and tastings by professionals and journalists in the world of gastronomy. These are three days in which to discover and enjoy local tapas and dishes prepared by chefs from some of the best restaurants in Catalonia. This year, Mercat de Mercats has the participation of special non-food markets, and consolidates the family space, a classroom aimed at families with children from 0 to 6 years.
As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona's marathon grows each year. It's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris, with over 17,000 people signing up. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent's most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognised landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds that includes concerts, traditional Catalan culture and different local drumming groups, a four-kilometre Breakfast Run the day before the race, a Kids Race, and Expo Sports, a fair focused on outdoor sports that has numerous stands from major sporting companies.
The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is showcased at this year's Barcelona Beach Festival 2019, which is marking its sixth anniversary and is held once more at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona.
Each year, this festival gains in reputation as the greatest contemporary dance music extravaganza, with line-ups that bring together the very best Spanish and international DJs. This year you will be able to enjoy with Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, an much more.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days the first fortnight of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance. Fly among a mass of Balloons from several counties of the world.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
Every September, the beautiful central Catalan town of Vic hosts an extensive 'market of live music', which this year celebrates its 31st anniversary, aimed at giving both professionals and the public the chance to hear a wide range of different genres and discover new acts, as they enjoy five days of concerts and related activities. A lot of the focus is on artists from Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean area, but musicians from other places can also be found on the programme.
Performances, some of which are free, are given across the city at venues both indoors and out, including the emblematic Plaça Major, and throughout the event the streets are filled with buskers, adding to the musical extravaganza taking place. While there, it's also worth taking the time to explore Vic, a place rich with history, from the Roman temple to the cathedral, ecclesiastical museum, and medieval and modernista buildings. And don't forget to try the local gastronomic speciality, cured meats.
Pride BCN has been celebrated in Barcelona every year since 2008; a whole week during which the city reconfirms its commitment to the LGTBI community and highlights the struggle for rights and freedoms for all. Concerts, marches, trade shows, and many more activities aimed at the widest range of audiences, including families, flood the streets of Barcelona.
There have now been 21 editions of this race which has become one of the most famous and prestigious in Spain in the popular 10km category. Full of excitement and featuring live shows, this race begins on the Marqués de l'Argentera Avenue and is designed for all types of runners, as it features five difficulty levels that are accessible for the occasional runner as well as for more experienced runners.
In 2009 the European Network of Wine Cities established a European Day of Wine Tourism, a day dedicated to boosting wine tourism by promoting European wine-producing territories. This is undoubtedly a fascinating initiative which demonstrates to a wider audience the potential of wine tourism and informs about wine-producing areas. These different areas are hosting events and activities and in the case of Penedès include special visits to wine cellars, wine testing in the fall and special prices.
The textile tradition of Igualada in the 19th century left an industrial neighborhood, the Rec district, full of factories. The Rec. O Experimental Stores initiative takes up the tradition and reinvents it through a temporary transformation. Over four days, the industrial areas will become pop up clothing stores where top brands will display their goods and samples at one-off prices. This circuit will also feature Rec Street Food, with more than 40 food trucks, and the Rec Music Festival which will put on 15 concerts throughout the different spaces.
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