By Nicole Hoey
The city of Barcelona has monthly events that will truly immerse you in local culture. Check out the top 8 things to do in Barcelona this September!
1. Dinners with the Stars
Throughout the entire month of September, get ready to enjoy an out-of-this-world dining experience at the Fabra Observatory. After you’ve finished eating under the stars on an outdoor terrace, you can roam the observatory and discover new facts about our universe. The observatory also provides access to their telescopes, giving you a close-up look at the galaxy!
Address: Fabra Observatory of Barcelona, Camí de l'Observatori, s/n, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
2. Festa Major De Poblenou
In the summer season, Barcelona neighborhoods have massive celebrations to honor their neighborhood’s legacy. From September 7-16, the area of Poblenou is having their own street party, complete with restaurant specials, live music, and crafts selling at every corner. Join in on the parades and see the pride each citizen has for their neighborhood.
Address: Poblenou, Barcelona, Spain
3. La Diada
La Diada Nacional de Catalunya, or the National Day of Catalonia, is a day-long festival. It commemorates a 1714 military defeat in the War of Spain Succession. Each year on September 11, massive parades flood the streets of Barcelona with citizens showing pride for the history and culture of the region.
4. La Mercè
In honor of Barcelona’s patron saint, La Mercè is an awe-inspiring festival to bid farewell to the summer months. Some of the highlights include a fire run event, human towers in which people stand on top of each other to create towers at dizzying heights, and delicious local food and drinks. This event is about having fun across the city from September 20-24.
5. BAM Festival
One of the biggest events in La Mercè is the BAM festival, or "Barcelona Acció Musical." This music event encourages audiences to explore new artists and genres. It spans from September 20 to the 23. More than 40 groups are chosen to participate in the shows across Barcelona. One or more will surely catch your interest!
6. Swab Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair 2019
Swab Barcelona showcases some of the most innovative art pieces from around the world. Over 60 galleries from five different continents are brought to Barcelona to show off their work. The founder of the event, art collector Joaquín Díez-Cascón, wanted Swab Barcelona to be a place where the general public could easily experience fantastic art pieces. Check out the art fair from September 26-29.
Address: Pavellón Italiano (Z.6). Feria Barcelona, Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 8, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
7. Expohogar 2019
If you’re interested in discovering unique pieces from local vendors, Expohogar is the event for you. This massive trade fair, held from September 27-30, is home to 12 different categories of products which include personal care, crafts, stationary, and interior design. A great place to buy gifts for loved ones (or to treat yourself), Expohogar is a fantastic event.
Address: Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
8. Festa Major De Barceloneta
Starting September 28, the beachy neighborhood of Barceloneta has its own cultural celebration that should'nt be missed. Here, you can experience many traditions from Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain that has a unique heritage. Firework displays, fairs, and dancers line the streets to truly encompass you in the Barceloneta spirit.
Address: Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain