What’s on in August in Barcelona?

Are you in Barcelona in August to learn Spanish with us but you wonder what you can do in your free time? Although there will still be a lot of things different this summer, you won’t be bored for a moment! Here are some cool suggestions…

(All events in this blog post observe the COVID-19 security measures.)

  • Discover the history of El Raval: The polish photographer Margaret Michaelis came to Barcelona in 1934, two years before the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Due to an assignment, she spend some days doing a report in El Raval, one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, which in that time was called Chinatown. Now the photos have been recovered and will be available at the exhibition “Cinc dies pel barri Xino” (5 days in Chinatown), where you can travel back in time and take a look at those streets through the eyes of Michaelis, and experience her journey in Barcelona in the time of the Segunda Republica. The exhibition is located in Archivo fotográfico de Barcelona, and tickets are free.

  • Vamos a la playa! Any time you’re dying from the heat, remember that you have the whole coast of the city at your disposal! La Barceloneta, Llevant, Nova Icaria… there are many beaches where you can go and sunbathe, swim, have some drinks or just chill with your friends next to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Having a “cervecita” in a beautiful terrace: August is terrace time in Barcelona. Everyone in the city is waiting for their working day to finish so they can go to a bar to have a cold beer, which here is called “caña”. That’s why in summer all the terraces are full of people and as a result the vibe is very relaxed and chilled. Here you have a list of the best terraces of the city. Just go, grab a chair, raise your hand and say out loud: Una caña, por favor!

  • Ara Malikian comes to Barcelona on August the 4th! The world renowned Lebanese violinist stops in Sitges to offer a concert of his tour “Le petit garage”. If you want to witness his incredible talent you just have to buy the tickets on his official page and brace yourself for an amazing acoustic experience!
  • Watch García Lorca’s masterpiece: “Bodas de sangre” (August 11th-22nd): The most famous folk tragedy in three acts by the Spanish playwright and poet Federico García Lorca takes place at the Teatre Poliorama. Bodas de Sangre is the first play in Lorca’s dramatic trilogy (“Yerma” and “La casa de Bernarda Alba” are the other two). It’s a theatrical production which analyses tragic emotions, in an Andalusian landscape. The main topic is life and death, and how love is the only force able to defeat the last one. The protagonists will try to confront their own passionate natures and rebel against the constraints of Spanish society. If you love Spanish culture and theatre, and are ready to watch the play in its original version, it is definitely a must. You can find the tickets for 9-20 € on the website.

  • Visit Museums: The museums are open with a 70% capacity. ¡CCCB, MACBA, Picasso, Joan Miró, Cosmo Caixa are worth a visit!
  • Electro party in Poble Espanyol on August the 22nd: Hurry up and get the online tickets for ”Antichurros”, one of the best electro parties of this summer in Barcelona! On Sunday the 22nd from 6 pm to 2 am you’ll be able to enjoy different sets of live music by well-known DJs like The Gameboyz in La Terrrazza, an incredible open air disco in Poble Espanyol.
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