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Similarly to other summers, gastronomy and the stars once again take the leading role at the Fabra Observatory. An original suggestion that combines scientific dissemination and astronomic observation with gastronomy, at one of the most privileged viewpoints of the city of Barcelona.
After enjoying a menu designed by Miquel Guimerà, executive chef of Paradís Gourmet, a scientific dissemination conference will be given lasting around 30 minutes, to reveal the mysteries of the universe.
The evening ends with a visit to the museum, through the Noucentist room and the telescope, to the large dome, which preserves original elements. From the dome you will be able to observe distant constellations, stars and a large part of the solar system, with a telescope from 1904. This is one of the largest and oldest telescopes still in use in Europe.
The stars of alfresco summer evenings in the city will be classical music and jazz. The "Music in the parks" program will once again fill the parks of Barcelona with sound. A total of 44 free concerts in June, July and August in various venues of the city. These include the Ciutadella Park, the Mediterrània Gardens, the "Aigües" Park, the Joan Miró Park, the Plaza del Duc de Medinaceli and the Estació del Nord Park, and many more. And if you arrive early, you can join a visit to discover the secrets of the most unique parks and gardens of Barcelona.
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).
Of all the memorable Catalan traditions, which include 'fire runs' and dancing 'giants', it's arguably the human towers that have the most impact on those watching them. To enjoy a true festival of these castells, head to Vilafranca de Penedès for its annual festa major, from the 29th August to the 2nd September, which commemorates the town's patron Sant Fèlix.
The casteller groups that have more participated in the San Félix Day, August 30, have been els Xiquets de Valls (currently, the Colla Vella and the Colla Joves), the Castellers de Vilafranca and the Minyons de Terrassa. Even so, also has participated els Nens del Vendrell, Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona, els Xicots de Vilafranca, among others. Each human tower is an exemplary example of team work, from the crowd forming the supporting pinya at the bottom via the columns formed as each level rises and culminating with the youngest members of the crew scampering right to the very top to crown the construction, which is officially completed once the smallest of all (l'enxaneta) raises his or her hand. Cue thunderous applause.
Summer is almost here, and the Casa de les Punxes is offering new suggestions to enjoy its magnificent terrace of the house (600m2), located in the Eixample central district of Barcelona, during the months of June, July and August.
What better than to harmonize music and gastronomy in an attractive, central, modernist setting as the Casa Terrades, built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Every Friday in summer, the Casa de les Punxes will be filled with melodies, with jazz, swing, bossa nova and soul performances.
This year, the Nits amb Ritme (Evenings with Rhythm) include entry to the exhibition (from 7 to 8 pm) of the main floor and terrace, to enjoy a tour through the history and symbolism of one of the most exemplary monuments of Catalan modernism.
Discover the Casa de les Punxes by night and vibrate to music while you enjoy and glass of cava in an emblematic setting.
The festival of the Gràcia district is one of the most celebrated festivals during August in Barcelona. It is a popular festival that lasts for several days, with a wide range of activities, such as concerts, workshops and shows. The highlight of the festival is the traditional competition when streets are decorated and compete to achieve first place.
Besides the decorated streets, you have the option to hear live music at plaça del Sol and plaça del Diamant, while Plaça de Joanic will be given over to inclusive festivities and dance. Plaça de Manuel Torrente is devoted to gastronomy, while Plaça de la Revolució is given over to science and the Cercle Catòlic used as a space to disconnect.
The Catalan Book Week is the most important book fair and one of the first three cultural events that are celebrated in our country. It is now in its 37th edition.This year it will be held in Avinguda de la Catedral, from 6 o 15September, with over 250 activities: tours, book presentations, dialogs with authors, literary dissemination activities, concerts, children's activities, etc. All thanks to the exhibitors and collaborating entities.
There is also an area for translated works: the module 17 (Plaça Nova/carrer del Bisbe) arranged by the Llibreria Francesa Francesca Jaimes, for the sale and exhibition of translation of original works of Catalan literature. These translations are in English, French, Italian and German, plus a range of other languages. There are also translations in Spanish, and a section dedicated to children's and youth literature, with a small library including shows, storytelling and workshops.
For the first time, the Evening of the Week is being organized (14 September), when times will be extended to twelve midnight, to stroll through the fair and enjoy a special program, and to buy books.
You can see the map of Catalan Book Week here.
As an appetizer to the Jazz Festival, a fantastic party will be held on Moll de la Fusta. 12 hours of music together with a spectacular gastronomic adventure. Eating, drinking, listening, dancing, sharing, enjoying. This is Jazz & Food, the innovative proposal of the International Voll-Damm Jazz Festival of Barcelona.
The party to enjoy the best national and international gastronomy with jazz at full throttle!
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.
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