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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.
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).
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.
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.
This year, the Barcelona Boat Show has got even bigger and is focusing on sustainability and caring for the sea. In its 58th edition, the Port Vell Moll de la Fusta and the Moll d'Espanya are raising awareness of the environmental care of the oceans with workshops on the damage plastic waste does at sea, the presence of more sustainable boats and several activities to raise environmental awareness. Furthermore, this event organized by Fira Barcelona has grown by 5 to 10% compared with the previous year and will further link Barcelona to a program of activities called "Gente de Mar".
This sporting event with three disciplines is undoubtedly on the rise; it currently forms part of the Olympic and Paralympic games, and athletes such as the British Brownlee brothers have increased the audience for this challenge combining swimming, cycling and running. It is also becoming a trend among amateurs who are looking for a more varied exercise that provides more than just one single sport. It is no surprise that the Barcelona Triathlon attracts thousands of people to its waterfront every year.
With three distances available, participants can choose between supersprint, sprint and olympic, taking part as individuals, in couples (both should finish the race together) or as a relay team (with two of more members sharing the effort). Apart from the sporting activity itself, Triexpo is held the day before the competition, a place where we can find the latest in trends and accessories and it is an ideal venue for getting a new triathlon kit or to meet other people taking part.
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.
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