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Current Events Guide for August 2017 in Barcelona Spanish holidays aren’t only about the sea and the sun, but also charming medieval villages, amazing routes in the mountains, forests and nature reserves, horseback riding, picnics in beautiful parks and a variety of cultural events for every taste! August in Barcelona never lets holidaymakers down and this year brings unforgettable musical evenings on the roofs of the most beautiful buildings and in different parks, exciting Circus du Soleil performances, colourful street festivals, fascinating exhibitions and routes for wine lovers. We offer you an overview of the most interesting events in the Catalan capital.

Music and Theatre

Music in the Parks
The event Music in the Parks returns to the gardens of Barcelona! And this means that before the end of August the Catalan capital hosts an open-air festival of classical music and jazz. Within the festival programme you can choose several free concerts at various venues of the city, including the Rubió i Lluch gardens, Joan Miró Park, the Northern Station Park and the Clot Park. The performances begin at 21:00.

The programme:
Old town: Jardins de Rubió i Lluch, on 23rd of August, at 21:00.
Eixample: The North Station Park on 16th of August at 21:00.
San Martí: Clot Park, on 31st of August, at 21:00.
Free admission

Casa Batlló: Musical Evenings on The Roof
In August, all fans of Antoni Gaudi have a unique chance not only to plunge headfirst into the amazing and inspiring world of Art Nouveau, but also to enjoy musical evenings on the roof of one of the most unusual buildings of the Catalan capital, designed by this great architect! You will have the whole month of unforgettable performances on the roof of the Casa Batlló. Talented musicians will make your stay in Barcelona even more pleasant and memorable!

The programme:
8 August, 2017 at 20:00 - MONICA GREEN
10 August, 2017 at 20:00 - OLGA KOBEKINA & CRISTINA ESCOLÀ
12 August, 2017 at 20:00 - STELA NUR
13 August, 2017 at 20:00 - ROLLER DISCO COMBO
14 August, 2017 at 20:00 - GIGI MCFARLANE
15 August, 2017 at 20:00 - JACKIE NOIR
16 August, 2017 at 20:00 - LEXTER
17 August, 2017 at 20:00 - SERGI VICENTE & OLGA PONCE
18 and 19 August, 2017 at 20:00 - GISELA NOVAIS & THE BLUE SUMMERS
20 August, 2017 at 20:00 - MARGA MBANDE
21 August, 2017 at 20:00 - CARMEN PORCAR
22 August, 2017 at 20:00 - LEXTER
23 August, 2017 at 20:00 - LAURA SIMÓ
24 August, 2017 at 20:00 - CARMEN PORCAR
25 August, 2017 at 20:00 - AIRES DE RUMBA
27 August, 2017 at 20:00 - STELA NUR
28 August, 2017 at 19:30 - CARMEN PORCAR
30 August, 2017 at 20:00 - LEXTER
31 August, 2017 at 20:00 - OLGA KOBEKINA & CRISTINA ESCOLÀ

Venue: Casa Batlló
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Dates of performances: every day, at 21:00
Ticket price:
Casa Batlló + Magic evening on the roof: 39 EUR (Smart Guide tour + live music + 2 drinks)
The magic evening on the roof: 29 EUR (live music + 2 drinks)

Musical Evenings on the Roof of the Terrades House
The roof of the Terradas House (Casa Terradas), also mentioned in many guidebooks as Casa de les Punxes, this summer turns into a stage for musicians! In addition, the event organisers have prepared a pleasant surprise for all guests - you will get acquainted with the gastronomic culture of the region and get a welcoming glass of sparkling wine! Throughout the month on Fridays, House Terrades invites jazz lovers and inquisitive travellers! Among the artists participating in musical evenings you will find Chopsy Swing Trio and Yadira Ferrer Trio.

The programme:
11 August- Yadira Ferrer Trio (Latin jazz)
18 August - Jurandir Santana Trio (tropical jazz)
25 August - Salt & Soul (soul-jazz)

A 25 EUR ticket includes:
- Free access to the terrace and towers;
- Live music;
- Glass of sparkling wine.
* When buying a ticket for a concert, a 30% discount is offered on the museum entrance ticket.

Evenings on the Roof of the Güell Palace
The Güell Palace celebrates the 4th edition of the musical evenings cycle on the roof. The performances will be held on the 3, 10 and 17 of August on the terrace of the building. It’s worth mentioning that right here the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi first came up with the idea of turning chimneys into architectural sculptures. Every musical evening promises to be completely different from the others! You will listen to classical jazz improvisations in the style of Leicester Young, Ben Webster and Billy Holiday, as well as getting acquainted with some modern variations, such as du-wop, new tango or Jamaican jazz.

The programme:
10 August: The Lindy Hoppers Band
17 August: Pol Prats Quartet & Mayte Alguacil

Venue: El Palau Güell
Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
Ticket price: 35 EUR

Blues in the Spanish Village
And again, the picnic area in the Spanish village (Poble Espanyol) will become a venue for concerts - you are invited to the blues evenings! In August, it hosts 4 outdoor performances, offering a bar and a restaurant area. Do not miss the chance to pop into one of the most interesting open-air museums of the city and spend an evening under the stars!

The programme:
10 August, 2017: A contra Blues
17 August, 2017: Big Mama Montse & Sister Marion & Balta Bordoy
24 August 2017: Chino & The Big Bet
31 August, 2017: Sweet Marta & Johnny Big Stone

Venue: Spanish Village
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Date: on Thursdays, until 14 September (inclusive) at 20:00.
Ticket price: adult 11,20 EUR; Child 4-12 years 5,60 EUR

Sing-Along Parties in the Spanish Village
If you are a fan of musical films, do not miss the chance to attend an interesting event in Poble Espanyol - Sing-Along music parties! At the bottom of Montjuïc mountain, everyone get a chance to feel like a super star in the company of like-minded people! On the 25th of August, more than a thousand people will gather in the museum square to enjoy the popular musical Mamma Mia.
Venue: The Spanish Village
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Date: 25 August at 21:30
Ticket price: 13 EUR (when you buy on the official website), 14 EUR (at the ticket office).

Rock for the whole family in the Spanish village
If you and your children like to sing along to the songs of Metallica, Queen and The Beatles, this event is for you! On the 26th of August the Spanish village hosts a fantastic concert for the whole family in the company of professional animators!
Venue: Spanish Village
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Date: 26 August from 19.30 to 22: 00
Ticket price:
adult 10,00 EUR;
child 3-12 years 8,00 EUR;
child up to 3 years old - free of charge;
2 adults + 2 children (3-12 years old) 25,00 EUR;
2 adults + 1 child (3-12 years old) 21,00 EUR.

Evenings in the Caixafòrum Museum
All fans of modern stage arts, dance and musical performances are invited to visit the evenings at the Caixafòrum Museum. This important event for all fans of music and culture takes place every Wednesday, until the 30th of August. Do not miss the opportunity to see the most talented dancers and musicians in Barcelona!

The programme:
9 August - Babyfather + Lawrence English
16 August - Els matisos de la veu de baritone
30 August - Rapejant els clàssics and Les Dones de Frank.

Venue: Museum Caixafòrum
Address: Av. De Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
The ticket price: 6 EUR

Opera and Flamenco: Love Story
Within the framework the "Opera and Flamenco" performance cycle in August, all residents and guests of the Catalan capital get the opportunity to enjoy the performance called "Love Story", directed by Rafael Amargo. On the stage, a couple of dancers reveal their passion for flamenco to the music of Verdi, Bizet and Falla! The performances includes the following flamenco singers: Luis El Granino and Eli Santiago, soprano Noelia Mora and tenor Oscar Marin.
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music
Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Dates: 8, 12 and 15 August
Venue: Poliorama Theater
Address: Rambla dels Estudis, 115
Dates: 9, 18, 20, 25 and 27 August
The performances begin at 21:30
Ticket price: from 20 EUR

Festivals and Gastronomy

Dinner under Stars in The Fabra Observatory
Again gastronomy and stars receive leading roles within the walls of the Fabra Observatory. In August, all travellers have a unique chance to combine astronomical observations with excellent gastronomy at one of Barcelona's most popular view points, from where you will enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the city. After the chef Miquel Guimerà offers all guests the most original menu, you will attend a fascinating workshop lasting about 30 minutes, dedicated to the secrets of the Universe. Later on, you will visit the museum, including the telescope built in 1904 for you to reveal some constellations and planets of the solar system. It is one of the largest and oldest telescopes used in Europe.
Venue: Fabra Observatory
Adress: Camí de l'Observatori, s/n
Event time: Tuesday to Sunday, at 20: 30
Price: from 71 EUR; Children's menu from 35,50 EUR

La Fiesta Mayor de Gracia
This year all visitors and residents of the Catalan capital have a unique chance to witness an anniversary edition of La Fiesta Mayor de Gracia! 200 years ago the first festival took place in Barcelona. The most popular summer street festival in the Catalan capital starts on Monday, the 14th of August, at 18:00, and will last until the 21st of August. The program for the 2017 festival will include even more participants: 22 streets and squares will compete for the first prize in the decor competition, which is 2 participants more than the previous year. In total, the festival includes 990 events, the vast majority of which, 750 events, will be held in the daytime, and the remaining 285 will begin after sunset. On weekdays, the neighbourhood will dance and have fun until 2 am, and on Friday and Saturday the events and various activities will last until 3:30 am.
Within the framework of the festival you can visit musical and street theatre performances, visit the craft fair and take part in wine tastings. The 200-year-old evolution of the festival can be traced at the historical photography exhibition, as well as using modern technologies: right on the streets you will find scanned QR codes for your mobile phones. At the opening ceremony, the guests will hear the bell, and after that see the performances "Los Sirex" and "Mustang", presented to the public at the festival in 1964.
Venue: Gracia
Free admission
The festival programme is available at www.festamajordegracia.cat

Circus and Comedy

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Deep in the forest, on top of the volcano, there is an extraordinary world - a world where impossible is possible. This world is called Varekai. It seems to us that right from the sky a young man falls onto the ground ... Thus begins the story of Varekai. Caught in the shadow of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world, populated by fantastic creatures, this young man goes on a journey to find the most extraordinary adventure.
PortAventura World Parks & Resort is the first and only resort in Europe, where the performances of the Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil are held. The theme park and the worldwide famous circus collaborate to offer a unique experience to all travellers who are in love with miracles.
Venue: Port Aventura
Address: Avinguda Alcalde Pere Moles, Km 2, 43480, Vila-Seca (Tarragona)
Time: till the 13th of August, from Tuesday to Sunday at 18:00 and at 21:00
Ticket price: from 42 EUR

Comedy Festival RiuEstiu in the Spanish Village
On Saturdays in August, the picnic area in the Spanish village (Poble Espanyol) will turn into a meeting place for spectators with talented magicians and clowns, and will also become a venue for musical performances for the whole family!
Dates: on Saturdays until September 2, from 19:00 to 23:30

The programme:
12 August, 2017: La Paparra + Miguel Angel Marín + Mag Marín + Eva Cabezas + Dani Pérez
19 August, 2017: La Paparra + Mag Marín + Toni Cano + Dani Pérez + Danny Boy Rivera
26 August, 2017: La Paparra + Mag Marín + Toni Climent + Luismi + Fernando Moraño

Venue: Spanish Village
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Ticket price:
Adult (purchased in advance) - 12 EUR, in the cashier -16 EUR;
Entrance + menu: 18 EUR (includes a drink - a beer or a soft drink and a sandwich);
VIP ticket (with seat at the table): purchased in advance -20 EUR, at the ticket office 24 EUR (includes a beer or a soft drink).


Exhibition «David Bowie Is»
The exhibition of David Bowie, located in the Design Museum of Barcelona, reveals the versatile talents of this British artist. The exposition will tell about the unique creative style of the singer and will present to the public more than 300 unique exhibits, such as album covers, notebooks with his lyrics, photographs, video clips, fragments of scenery and musical instruments by Bowie. It is worth paying special attention to the magnificent costumes created by the designer Alexander McQueen, among them stage jackets and other unique designer items.
Venue: Museum of Design in Barcelona
Address: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes 37-38
Dates: till 25 September, 2017
Opening hours: Mon from 4 pm to 8 pm, Tues-Thurs from 10:00 to 20:00, Fri-Sat from 10:00 to 21:00, Sun from 10:00 to 20:00
Ticket price: a ticket on Fri, Sat or Sun is available for 17,90 EUR, on weekdays (Mon-Thu) - 14,90 EUR.

Exhibition «Björk Digital»
Immerse yourself in the world of experimental electronic music and virtual reality right in the historic centre of Barcelona! The Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona in El Raval invites all Bjork’s admirers to an exhibition where digital and video works are fused, born thanks to the efforts of the Icelandic singer and the best programmers and designers in the world. This exposition has already visited Tokyo, Sydney, Los Angeles, Reykjavik and London.
"Björk Digital" is a fascinating journey through the musical and artistic universe of the singer. You will go on a 90-minute virtual reality tour, which give you an opportunity to feel the "presence" of the performer within arm's reach of you. The project was based on the album Bjork called Vulnicura.
Venue: Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona
Address: Carrer de Montalegre, 5
Dates: 14 September, 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 to 20:00
Price: 14,50 EUR


FC Barcelona Games
Do not miss a chance to visit one of the best stadiums in the world and enjoy the unforgettable experience in Camp Nou Museum!

Trofeo Joan Gamper Final
7 August 2017 at 20:30
FC Barcelona vs Chapecoense

Supercopa de España Final
13 August 2017 at 22:00
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid
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