All the Best Events in Barcelona, May 2012
Labour Day 1st
The 1st of May is a national holiday known as ‘Labour Day’ in many countries and Spain is one of them. There will be some demonstrations in and marches led by trade unions in the city centre. They will usually be around Placa de la universitat and passeig de Gracia.
Barcelona Poetry Week 8th – 17th may
Barcelona’s international poetry week is one of the many Cultural Barcelona events that take place each year. There are poetry readings in many places around the city and most of the poetry is in Catalan or Spanish. Check out the website for more details.
Sports Film Festival FICTS (2012) 10th – 12th
This year is the 3rd edition of the Barcelona international FICTS festival. It is part of the world FICTS challenge, which is a collection of sport film festivals in countries all over the world. There will be 70 films, based on a variety of different sports, competing in this year’s festival. The main venue for the festival is in the heart of park de montjuic at the ‘The Museu Olímpic’ and ‘de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch’. For more information see the website.
Spanish Gran Prix 11th – 13th
Formula 1 is coming to Barcelona! The Spanish Gran Prix is held just outside Barcelona each year at the Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo. 28km North of the City. There are many covered stands around the track and ticket prices for the weekend go from over €3,500 (paddock club ticket) down to just above €200. So if you want to watch Alonso, Vettel, and Hamilton race round a track at unbelievable speeds then check the Gran Prix website for more info and tickets.
Tibidabo Race, 19th
La pujada al Tibidabo is an annual uphill race that goes all the way to the top of mount Tibidabo. The race is 9km long and is part of the Up hill Series. The race goes through the beautiful Collserola Park and throughout the route you get amazing views of the city. So if you like running and a bit of a challenge then this is not to be missed.
Museum Night, 19th
This is a great event each year in Barcelona where more than 50 museums throughout the city remain open during the night until 1 am and they are all free to visit. Last year over 100,000 people took advantage of this great opportunity. There will also be activities such as concerts and performances. This is a night of fun you can’t miss. For more information check the website.
Spanish Cup Final (Copa del Rey) FC Barcelona Vs Athletic Bilbao, 25th
FC Barcelona will compete in the Spanish Cup final in Madrid. This means the city streets will be empty and the bars full as all the local football fans watch one of the most important games in Spanish football. It’s always fun to watch Barcelona play in a local bar because the Barcelona fans get so into it, making the atmosphere electric. Try watching the game in an Irish pub in Barcelona, which will be full of locals and expats all cheering and shouting.
Dilluns de Pasqua Granada (Public Holiday in Catalunya) 28th May
It’s another Public Holiday in Barcelona. Why not go to the beach. Read our free E-book all about Barcelona beaches to help you decide which one.
Primavera Sound, 30th May – 3rd June
Primavera Sound is one of Europe’s biggest and best Festivals. With over 100,000 visitors last year and this year will be even bigger. There is a great mix of genres such as, Rock, pop, indie, hip-hop, jazz, electro and more! There will be more than 150 artists and lots of big names too! For more information read our Primavera Sound 2012 Bolg.
If you have any questions or know of any other great Barcelona events, we would love to hear about them. Please leave a comment below.