September 23rd marks the beginning of autumn in Barcelona every year. Even if the time to sunbathe on the beach or take a dip in a pool is over, the weather in Barcelona in September and the autumn months that follow allows travelers to explore without fear of the cold taking over. In fact, to descale the impact of these back-to-school dates, the city offers plenty of things to do. Keep reading to take advantage of these ideas to enjoy Barcelona in autumn or fall.
The weather in Barcelona in autumn
Barcelona in summer boasts the hottest temperatures of the year, there is no doubt. However, the Mediterranean climate under which the city is influenced will cause the thermometer to remain at moderate levels. Barcelona’s climate in September drags some summer weather with it. The official average temperature is between 27 ° C and 19 ° C (80 ° F – 66.2 ° F), although once autumn begins, the storms also poke the head in the city. As of October, temperatures usually fall progressively, with a temperature of between 22 ° C and 19 ° C on average (71.6 ° F and 66 ° F), while in November the days will slowly become cooler. Barcelona’s weather in December already begins to give way to winter, that will begin on the 22nd, with temperatures between 14 ° C and 8 ° C on average. Although it does not rain much in the city, autumn is one of the seasons in which there will be more shower spells. Wear comfortable shoes, a sweater and maybe a scarf so you do not get cold, without forgetting your umbrella!
Thus, Barcelona in autumn offers visitors a mild climate that, although the sun will not shine every day, will allow you to go sightseeing without any problem and enjoy everything the city has prepared for you in this season of the year, which is quite a lot.
Festivals in autumn in Barcelona
Festivals and events in Barcelona take place throughout the year. Although the great music festivals have taken place in summer, in the autumn you can attend many concerts and music festivals so that the rhythm never stops:
The first date you should jot down if you want to enjoy free concerts in autumn are those that coincide with the Festa Major de la Mercè, the city’s patron saint festival. Barcelona Acció Musical includes a series of performances in public spaces of the city that every year invite a country or city as a guest, to present the most innovative groups that the honoured place has to offer. Generally, you will find concerts divided between the Plaça de l’Àngel, Lluís Coromines square, the Rambla del Raval, and the Estrella Damm factory.
Barcelona International Jazz Festival
The best jazz performers meet every year in Barcelona to offer truly unique shows. The Palau de la Música, the Liceu or L’Auditori, are just some privileged venues where you can enjoy the best jazz music. In addition, at the Jazz & Food initiative you can have a snack while listening to a sample of what awaits at the festival completely free of charge. It takes place every year between the last week of October and the first weeks of November.
Those who love experimental and electronic music will find in Mira a feast for the senses. Conceived as a festival of visual arts, lights and images combine perfectly with the most innovative DJs and live shows on the planet. This festival takes place every year during the second weekend of November in the old Fabra i Coats factory.
If you prefer to go to a single concert or the options that we have given you simply don’t convince you, you can always check the programming of the best venues in the city, which in the autumn begin to offer a concert line-up that you will not want to miss. Among the best known are Razzmatazz, Barts, Sala Apolo, Jamboree, Sidecar or Sant Jordi Club.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Barcelona in September, do not hesitate, the Mercè is the event of the year for the people of Barcelona. The Festival fills the city with concerts, outdoor activities and the most varied shows. In addition, you can discover some typical Catalan and Barcelona folklore traditions such as castellers (human towers), correfocs, giants and cap-grossos or the sardanas dance.
Sitges International Horror and Fantastic Film Festival
The first two weeks of October represent an unmissable event for moviegoers. The Sitges festival is one of the most important in the state and gathers the best previews of fantasy and horror films in five theaters in the town of Sitges, just 30 minutes from Barcelona. Even if you do not want to pay for a ticket, we advise you to go to this beautiful coastal town, it’s worth it just to feel the atmosphere and witness the Zombie Walk that takes place on the first Saturday of the festival.
We know that it’s not the same as being at Munich’s most famous party, but the first weeks of October are also synonymous with beer in Barcelona. For some years, the Fira de Montjuïc has given the city’s people the opportunity to feel like they are in the most notorious Volskfest in the world. The endless tables, the frothy beer jars and Lederhosen are the absolute highlight of this event.
Although the Celtic tradition of Halloween is growing more and more popular every year, the truth is that Catalonia has its own tradition for All Saints’ Day. If you walk through the streets of Barcelona in autumn and, especially, from mid-October onwards, you will notice that in many corners there are stalls of grilled chestnuts, in addition to sweet potatoes that you can taste during the colder afternoons. The tradition marks that, in the Castanyada, on November 1, chestnuts are eaten, ratafia (a sweet liquor) is drunk and the famous panellets are made, delicious marzipan cakes that you can find in hundreds of shapes and flavours in the bakeries across town.
Salón del Manga
If you are an otaku and you are in the city at the beginning of November, you are in luck. Fans of Japanese comic books have an unmissable event at this Manga fair, which, apart from offering the latest books on the comic book market, also organizes numerous activities related to this world, as well as conferences with the most relevant authors of the moment. Go to the fair dressed as your favourite character and the entrance will be free!
Barcelona Games World
On the other hand, gamers will also have their moment at the fair. For several years, the city has become the mecca of the videogame industry at the end of November and the beginning of December. From E-sports competitions, the most anticipated new features on the market to the most amazing activities you can imagine. If you love playing videogames, you cannot miss one of the most anticipated events in the fall.
Now that you have got a better idea of what to do in Barcelona in autumn, we want you to explain your experience or tell us your perfect plan for the months of September, October, November or December.