Did you know that autumn is one of the best times to visit Barcelona? Not only the number of tourists drops considerably in October and November, but you can also enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate free from the stifling summer heat. What's more, the city is packed with events and activities to enjoy before winter sets in.
In this article we present you some of the best events taking place in October and November in Barcelona. Take note and join in!
With the city clear of the tourist chaos and the weather still pleasant, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Barcelona in October and November.
Why not stop off at a horror film festival, take your friends to Oktoberfest or enjoy one of Catalonia's popular traditions?
The popular Munich festival also comes to Barcelona with all the elements of the German tradition. Under a big tent you can enjoy live music, German gastronomy and, of course, the official beer of the Oktoberfest, Paulaner. A Bavarian costume competition and polka music bands complete the celebration. This is an ideal plan to enjoy with friends in a great atmosphere.
Dates: 5 to 16 October
Venue: Fira Barcelona Montjuïc
One of the most important events held near Barcelona in October is the famous International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which has been running since 1968. A must-attend event for fans of fantastic and horror films, it welcomes some of the most important actors and filmmakers of the genre every year. The event is easily accessible by train from Barcelona, but don't forget to buy your tickets in advance!
Dates: 6 to 16 October
Venue: Sitges, various locations
If you visit Barcelona in autumn, you can't miss one of the most important traditions in Catalonia: La Castanyada. This unique festival happens at the same time as Halloween and is a family favorite among locals, who celebrate it by eating the famous "panellets", sweet almond paste balls. During the weeks before and after, it is also common to eat chestnuts and sweet potatoes, which are sold freshly baked at street stalls.
Dates: 31 October and 1 November
One of Barcelona's top musical events, the Jazz Festival brings together some of the world's most prestigious jazz artists every year. The concerts are held in special venues such as the Palau de la Música and the Conservatori del Liceu, so it's a good opportunity to visit them. Tickets are very affordable, but you can also enjoy one of the free concerts that are held as part of the event.
Dates: 18 October to 15 December
The most important photojournalism exhibition will come to Barcelona in November, with powerful images that capture all the current affairs of our planet. Protests, armed conflicts, wildfires and, as always, many human stories are among the winners of the current edition.
Dates: from 4 November to 11 December
Venue: Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB)
Like every year, Barcelona's Christmas lights will be switched on in the second to last or last week of November. With beautiful luminous decorations, the city's most emblematic streets, hotels, and shops welcome Christmas, one of the most important celebrations of the year for Spaniards. Don't miss the lights of Paseo de Gracia, which are undoubtedly the most photographed every year.
Dates: end of November
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