- 1 Sporting events Barcelona
- 2 Music festivals in Barcelona
- 2.1 Primavera Sound Festival (02 June 2021 – 06 June 2021)
- 2.2 Sónar Electronic Music Festival (17, 18, 19 June 2021)
- 2.3 Mozart Summer Nights Festival (30/06/2021 – 15/07/2021)
- 2.4 Screamin’ Festival (09/06/2021 – 13/06/2021)
- 2.5 Barcelona Beach Festival 2021 (3 July)
- 2.6 Guitar BCN (27/11/2020 – 19/03/2022)
- 2.7 Barcelona Jazz Festival (May and June)
- 3 Popular festivals in Barcelona
- 4 Business events and trade shows in Barcelona
- 4.1 B-TRAVEL. The new Tourism Trade Fair (11 to 13 June)
- 4.2 Mobile World Congress (28 June to 1 July)
- 4.3 Affiliate World Europe. World Meeting of E-commerce Entrepreneurs (7-8 July)
- 4.4 EShow Barcelona (7 to 8 July 2021)
- 4.5 Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress (5 to 7 October 2021)
- 4.6 IoT Solutions World Congress (5-7 October 2021)
- 4.7 Smart City Expo World Congress (16-18 November)
- 4.8 Retail Brand Experience World Congress (16-18 November)
- 5 Cultural events in Barcelona
- 5.1 Miró-ADLAN. An Archive of Modernity (1932-1936) (until 4 July)
- 5.2 Klimt: The Immersive Experience (until 1 June 2022)
- 5.3 Gaudí (from 30 September to 6 March 2022)
- 5.4 Grec Festival of Barcelona (27 June to 31 July)
- 5.5 Jardins de Pedralbes Festival (from 01 June to 16 July)
- 5.6 OUR HOLIDAY RENTALS IN BARCELONA
Every year Barcelona hosts a large number of events of technological, social, recreational or cultural interest that you can’t miss. The offer is very broad, so we are going to show you some of the most important and outstanding fairs, festivals or activities that will take place this year.
Take note of these Barcelona 2021 events and choose the most interesting ones according to your tastes and preferences. We have selected the most attractive ones, although Barcelona is an exceptional city that is always coming up with new alternatives to adapt to the interests of a heterogeneous public.
Sporting events Barcelona
Let’s start by talking about the best sporting events in Barcelona so that you can find out which are the most outstanding this year. Here they are!
IRONMAN Barcelona (October 3rd)
This is an incredible competition that will take place on the 3rd of October in Calella. Athletes who decide to sign up for this adventure will have to swim 3.8 kilometres, cycle 180 kilometres and run another 42 kilometres. People from all over the world will compete and this event will be joined by two more: IRONKIDS for children and IRONGIRL to encourage women to take part in it too.
Barcelona Triathlon by Santander (octubre de 2021)
This sporting event has three different modalities: swimming, cycling and running. Participants will be able to choose between three different distances (Supersprint, Sprint and Olympic), and even take part as a couple, as individuals or as relay teams with two or more members.
Barcelona Marathon 2021 (7 November)
On 7 November an annual marathon will take place in which a multitude of runners will compete across Barcelona. If you are planning to register, do it as soon as possible and start training. You can register online through their official website, providing your details. The starting point will be Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, at 8:30 am, and the time limit is 6 hours.
Music festivals in Barcelona
Do you like music? Then there’s nothing better than getting to know the music festivals in Barcelona that are taking place this year and where you’ll be able to have a great time.
Primavera Sound Festival (02 June 2021 – 06 June 2021)
This is one of the most popular music festivals in Barcelona. It is an unparalleled spectacle for music lovers with some of the most renowned artists on the current scene. Unfortunately, the organisers have been forced to postpone the event to 2022 as a result of the coronavirus.
Sónar Electronic Music Festival (17, 18, 19 June 2021)
Sónar is a festival that has grown over time to become one of the best known in Europe. Every June, the city is visited by thousands of fans who can’t wait to enjoy this marvellous macro-festival. Unfortunately, Sonar has also had to be cancelled, postponed to 16 June 2022. In its place there will be two smaller events in October and other activities over the next few months.
Mozart Summer Nights Festival (30/06/2021 – 15/07/2021)
This is one of the most acclaimed Barcelona 2021 festivals. The Auditori de Barcelona will premiere this festival to enjoy the OBC orchestra, which on this occasion will be inspired by the talented Mozart. The concerts will take place during the first fortnight of July and the Saló del Tinell and the Palau de la Música will join the initiative.
Screamin’ Festival (09/06/2021 – 13/06/2021)
It has been held in Calella since 1999. It is the perfect activity for rock lovers. On this date, the beach will become the stage for a big party with DJs and bands from all over the world. Best of all, the music will be played both day and night.
Barcelona Beach Festival 2021 (3 July)
Barcelona’s Fòrum beach and Parc de la Pau will present the best-sounding electronic and EDM music. Every year, its reputation is growing, which is not surprising considering the impressive dance show that takes place, thanks to the participation of the best national and international DJs. The beach will be the backdrop for 14 hours of uninterrupted music.
Guitar BCN (27/11/2020 – 19/03/2022)
- This festival pays homage to the guitar, although the programme will feature multiple sounds, styles and artists. The idea is to mix flamenco, pop, classical, acoustic and electric music, as well as veteran and emerging artists from different parts of Spain and the world.
Barcelona Jazz Festival (May and June)
This festival is held annually and brings together the best in live jazz music. Venues can vary and performances can take place at the Palau de la Música or in bars such as the Harlem Jazz Club. If you have a passion for good music, there’s still time to catch some of this amazing genre by buying tickets on the official website.
Popular festivals in Barcelona
To know the best events in Barcelona in 2021, nothing better than to talk about other festivities that are a must: popular festivals and social gatherings. Here’s a list of the ones you absolutely have to know about.
St. John’s Eve (Sant Joan) and Festival (23/06/2021 – 24/06/2021)
This is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by the people of Barcelona. Bonfires are their way of commemorating the arrival of summer, and traditional music and parties take place on the beach and the streets and beaches of Barcelona.
Gràcia Festival (15/08/2021 – 22/08/2021)
This is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the summer. This popular event lasts several days and includes a wide range of activities, from shows to concerts, workshops and an iconic competition in which the streets of the neighbourhood dress up in their best clothes. Check out what to do in Gràcia if you want more information on this neighborhood.
La Castanyada (31/10/2021 – 01/11/2021)
This is a festival with a long tradition in Catalonia. On All Saints’ Day, 1 November, a typical meal is held with panellets (sweets made with almond dough) and chestnuts. The festival takes place among friends, families and is even celebrated in schools.
La Mercè Festival (24 September)
This is the city’s main festival and local public holiday. It is held in honour of the patron saint of Barcelona and during these days various celebrations and events take place on the streets. One of the most emblematic is the procession of the Gegants (or giants), which consists of a parade of giants. There is also the Correfoc or fire show with dragons and demons, as well as the human castles or Castells, and the Sardana dance.
Business events and trade shows in Barcelona
We couldn’t stop talking about business events in Barcelona either, as the city is a meeting point for a large number of business people from all over the world.
B-TRAVEL. The new Tourism Trade Fair (11 to 13 June)
It takes place at Fira de Barcelona and usually brings together a large number of exhibitors representing transport companies, travel agencies and tourism promotion organisations from different autonomous communities from all over Spain.
Mobile World Congress (28 June to 1 July)
This is one of the most important Barcelona business events. It is an annual event that aims to showcase the latest innovations in the mobile technology sector. During these days there are talks, debates, forums, demonstrations and contacts related to digital commerce, mobile broadband, public policies and more. Usually held around february, this year it has been postponed to July due to the COVID-19 crisis and is expected to have strict health and safety measures.
Affiliate World Europe. World Meeting of E-commerce Entrepreneurs (7-8 July)
This congress is a meeting point for e-commerce entrepreneurs and affiliate marketers. During these two days, the best e-commerce professionals and entrepreneurs will meet and participate in meetings and conferences worldwide.
EShow Barcelona (7 to 8 July 2021)
This is an annual congress on social media, digital marketing, e-commerce and online business. Last year it had to be postponed due to Covid-19, but this year it will return to showcase the most innovative technological solutions and the latest digital marketing strategies.
Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress (5 to 7 October 2021)
This cybersecurity event will take place at Fira Barcelona. Given that our society is immersed in the Covid-19 crisis, this congress, held every two years, aims to focus on teleworking, creating a dynamic environment in which topics related to the challenges of cybersecurity, quantum computing, 5G health and finance, and blockchain and industry will be discussed.
IoT Solutions World Congress (5-7 October 2021)
This is one of the most anticipated events that will look at how IoT is changing the energy, healthcare, transport, manufacturing, utilities and logistics sectors. Thousands and thousands of visitors are expected to attend.
Smart City Expo World Congress (16-18 November)
This is a meeting place that brings together the Smart Cities sector with the most advanced technology. During these days, companies, entrepreneurs and experts will take part, with the aim of promoting new projects and seeking synergies. Given the current situation, this year the possibility of combining the on-site format with digital platforms is being considered.
Retail Brand Experience World Congress (16-18 November)
The city of Barcelona will once again witness the latest market trends in technological innovations. During the duration of this congress there will be a multitude of interesting talks, workshops and LABs.
Cultural events in Barcelona
Barcelona is full of culture of all kinds, so there is also a wide variety of cultural events that are worth taking into account.
Miró-ADLAN. An Archive of Modernity (1932-1936) (until 4 July)
This exhibition features collected materials and documents belonging to different public and private centres, dealing with the influence of the ADLAN group in the creation of Catalan modernity. These artists and intellectuals took Joan Miró as a reference and their promotion includes different artistic disciplines: cinema, music, painting, circus, architecture, photography, dance and more.
Klimt: The Immersive Experience (until 1 June 2022)
The Ideal Digital Arts Centre offers impressive immersive projections with interactive tools and virtual reality glasses dedicated to the colourful and magical universe of Gustav Klimt. It is a new and different proposal with which we can get inside the paintings.
Gaudí (from 30 September to 6 March 2022)
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya hosts the Gaudí exhibition, which is related to his work and his person: paintings, sculptures, drawings, furniture and architectural objects that catch the eye.
Grec Festival of Barcelona (27 June to 31 July)
This is a festival of dance, circus, music and theatre, whose artistic attitude will connect with the city. The focal point will be the Teatre Grec, although it is also possible to see performances in other venues around the city.
Jardins de Pedralbes Festival (from 01 June to 16 July)
This summer, the Jardins de Pedralbes will become the stage for a multitude of special artists such as Álvaro Soler, James Blunt, Fangoria and Sara Baras, among others. In addition, its cultural programme aims to add an outdoor gastronomic offer to enjoy it as you can’t imagine.
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