A popular street festival held each year in Barcelona, Spain's, Gracia neighborhood, the next Festa Major de Gracia has been scheduled for Aug. 15-21, 2018. Visitors are more than welcome to celebrate with the locals, and you should expect a family friendly atmosphere that is filled with live music, abundant amounts of food and drink and a neighborhood so elaborately decorated that you're sure to feel as if you've stepped into a wonderful art gallery. August is always a beautiful time to visit Barcelona, and this incredible neighborhood festival can only make your entire vacation experience even better.
A Bit of History
The very first Gracia Festival was held all the way back in 1817 when Gracia was considered its own little village filled with residents who worked in farming and other forms of agriculture. The celebration was first meant to coincide with the Sant Isidre Festival, which honored the patron saint of agriculture. As time went by, the festival gradually changed to honor and celebrate the neighborhood and its proud residents.
During the festival, each street competes by decorating in ways that have to be seen to be believed, and fun and excitement may be found around every corner. A theme is selected by each street, and it's kept a secret until the unveiling so that everyone may enjoy the surprise together. Winning themes from past years have included the prehistoric years with life-size dinosaur replicas, the underwater world brought to life on land and the elaborate circus world.
Activities and Events
Much goes on during each day of this festival, and these are just a few of the most popular activities and events that you won't want to miss.
- Multiple parades
- Foam party
- Open-air cinema
- Live music
- Games and carnival rides for children
- Special food parade
- Fire runs
- Traditional song performances
- Human towers
- Street dances
No Tickets Necessary
Though you may expect to be charged for food and drinks, this event is free and open to the general public. Just come on out and enjoy yourself.