By the time we get to June in Barcelona the first beach swim is already in the rear view mirror.
The lazy days of ice cold beer and scolding hot sun are in full swing for us locals; but what about you travelers with pre-departure nerves and incomplete itineraries?
The good news is it’s a great month to visit; the even better news is that I’ve created the ultimate guide to get you through a sassy sojourn in one of Europe’s classic holiday destinations.
Welcome to Barcelona in June.
1 – Why Barcelona in June?
2 – Before you go + Barcelona June weather
3 – Festivals
4 – Bonfire Night
5 – MotoGP at Montmelò
6 – Magic Nights at Casa Batllo
7 – Concerts
8 – More events in Barcelona in June 2018
Why Barcelona in June?
It goes without saying that there’s year-round fun in Barcelona.
Putting tourist crowds aside though, I’m not sure there’s anything better than sipping an ice-cold beer while the sun caresses you two shades darker with a view of the Med at one of Barcelona’s best beaches.
It’s the energy in the city: the squares filled with locals laughing over olives and vermouth, the high-elevation picnics with a view, and the club nights risen to a different level of epic.
Then throw in Spain’s biggest party and some of the year’s biggest music festivals.
You couldn’t have picked a better month.
Advice Before You Go
Before I tell you where to go remember we’re talking about high season.
In June the lines for some of Barcelona’s biggest attractions are huge; make sure you buy your tickets in advance online so you’ll not only skip the lines but also get up to a 15% discount on tickets.
Also make sure you get an all-inclusive discount transport pass to save money and time. To maximize your sun time, see way more of the city, and burn off all those tapas calories you should also consider renting a bike.
The Most Popular Discount Card
For any half-decent itinerary people go for the Barcelona City Pass.
First off, it allows you to book everything online. It’s also a god-send letting you skip the long and sweltering June lines at Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, get the best airport transport (with WiFi!) at Aerobus, and have 20% discount codes to pretty much everything.
And it’s all included in one card.
Packing for the Weather
Weather in Barcelona in June is about warm weather and sun.
The beginning of June starts with temperature averages between 20-22 °C (68-72 °F) with a steady increase toward 23-25 °C (73-77 °F); the average high for the month is 25 °C (77 °F).
I suggest you pack light: flip flops, t-shirts, shorts, a light jacket, and one nice outfit if you’re looking to hit one of Barcelona’s best clubs or have a classy dinner at any of the city’s best restaurants.
Festivals in Barcelona in June 2018
Fans of electronic music should already know about this behemoth festival.
It was started in 1994 as a three-day electronic and advanced music festival and has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings: with 115,000 attendees from 101 countries in 2016.
From its 15,000 capacity SonarClub to its multiple open-air venues and cosy electro-tents you’re simply spoiled for choice. Previous guests: Paul Kalkbrenner, M.I.A., Massive Attack, Plastikman, Björk, 2ManyDjs, Richie Hawtin, Jurassic 5, Chemical Brothers, Boys Noize, and Pet Shop Boys.
You can buy Sonar by Day or Sonar by Night tickets, or get access to both with a full pass.
Sonar 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the festival and artists include Gorillaz, Laurent Garnier, Thom Yorke, Bonobo, Diplo, LCD Soundsystem, Richie Hawtin, John Talabot and more.
Prices: €58.00 – €280.00 (full festival passes cost €180.00 in advance).
Dates: June 14th to June 16th.
Spain’s most famous indie rock festival naturally finds itself in Barcelona.
The first edition played to 8,000 people in 2001 at the famous Poble Espanyol but it quickly outgrew its old home and now finds itself by the sea at the Parc del Fòrum. Over 190,000 people attended last year.
Check out a great mix of emerging artists and already established bands over multiple stages. Previous guests include: Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, The White Stripes, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, and Public Enemy.
Primavera Sound 2018 includes: Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The National, Morissey, Lorde, and more.
Prices: full tickets €215.00 from January 29th (single days to be sold later).
Dates: May 30th to June 3rd.
Brunch in the Park/City
What to do in Barcelona in June? Locals swear by this Sunday afternoon electro-party picnic.
Take a quiet weekend afternoon in the sun on Barcelona’s historic Montjuic hill, set up some speakers and beer tents, and get at it. This outdoor party hosts international DJ’s, great gastronomy, and a large picnic area.
The whole idea? Dance from noon till 10 pm without staying out all night!
The address is Jardines Joan Brossa: you can arrive using the funicular at Paral-lel metro station or by taking bus 150 from Plaça Espanya.
Prices: €11.00 (early bird) – €18.00 (walk-up).
Dates: 2018 season lineup TBA.
Barcelona Gay Pride 2018
One’s of Europe’s most liberal cities wouldn’t skip out on all the fun, would it?
Last year over 200,000 people both gay and straight attended the many festivities: funfairs, an open-air foam party, concerts with international DJs, drag queen galas and more.
The big parade this year goes on July 8th.
Dates: June 23rd – June 30th.
For more information on gay clubs see my article here.
A classic refuge for those not looking to spend a ton but want to dance all the same.
You’ll find Off Sonar events running over the duration of Sonar (June 14-16) – a lot of the DJ’s playing major bills during the festival end up playing small clubs and after parties often announced on short notice.
Among the Off Sonar events for 2018 keep an eye out for one the parties organized at the Monasterio/Poble Espanyol called Detroit Love (June 14th from 4 pm to midnight).
Barcelona’s biggest club, the famous Razzmatazz, is one of the best host venues up to the task and their 2016 offering of Boys Noize and Nic Fanciulli went down as the club night of the year. Also check out the schedule at Terrrazza for more club options.
The list of Off Sonar parties in 2018 could take up an article just itself, if you’re looking for a big list and some ideas to party check out the calendar on offparty.com.
The Festival of San Juan 2018
Still don’t know what to do in Barcelona in June? You’re probably beyond hope if you don’t like this:
Spain’s biggest outdoor party is held on the night of June 23rd.
The Bonfires of Saint John (Las Hogueras de San Juan) have their roots in summer solstice traditions of ancient times – fires were lit to defend against evil spirits believed to roam freely as the sun turned southward again.
Today these bonfires have found their way to the beach and transformed into all sorts of firecrackers and mischievousness. Hundreds of thousands end up on Barcelona’s beaches and it’s not uncommon to party all night.
People young and old hold some version of a botellon: a type of street drinking party where everybody brings bottles of spirits, ice, mixers, plastic cups, and lemon to drink the summer in!
From the beach you’ll see firework displays until sunrise, the chiringuitos (beach bars) stay open forever, and you’ll be sure to meet a ton of people and maybe even take a night swim.
Careful! Don’t leave bags unattended on the beach because pickpockets have a field day during San Juan.
There’s also a free electronic music party at Parc del Fòrum that has free entry till 3 am.
You’ll be happy to know the metro runs all night.
The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya 2018
Motorsport lovers! June in Barcelona is home to a classic MotoGP event at Montmelò.
This year’s version runs from June 15th to June 17th and tickets start at €70.00 each. The track itself is found about 25 km northeast from the city but you can easily get there via car, train, or bus.
Sagalés runs a convenient shuttle bus from l’Estació del Nord.
The best vistas for the race are found in the Stadium Area; for more 2018 Catalunya MotoGP ticket information check out the official MotoGP website.
Magic Nights at Casa Batllo
With entrance you’ll get art, live music from any of a number of eclectic bands, and two drinks.
The 2016 version cost €29.00 and began on June 9th and ran Wed-Sat from 9 pm.
Make sure you keep checking their website for 2018 Magic Night information.
Concerts in Barcelona in June 2018
Festival Jardins Pedralbes
You can’t really go wrong with the classic Festival Jardins Pedralbes. This multi-night festival of individual concerts at the gorgeous Palau Reial has been running strong for 6 years.
Some highlights for June 2018 include Simple Minds (June 11th), Elvis Costello & The Impostors (June 20th), Tom Jones (June 24th), and Jeff Beck (June 28th).
Prices: €18.00 – €120.00.
For Festival Jardins Pedralbes tickets click here.
Other June Concerts
Also on the bill for June in Barcelona are: Bruno Mars, David Bisbal, Queen and Adam Lambert, and many more to be announced.
There’s also the Vida Festival taking place outside Barcelona in Vilanova i la Geltru featuring artists like Franz Ferdinand, St. Vincent and more. The 50 km journey to this seaside town is done by train (every 20 minutes) from Sants Estacio.
Vida Festival runs from June 29th to July 1st.
For more Barcelona concert information click here.
More Barcelona June Events
Summer in Barcelona means the inevitable arrival of the festes populars (‘neighbourhood parties’).
In June you’ll find the festivities kicked off in the picturesque Born neighbourhood; here you can see many Catalan culture staples like the correfoc (a type of parade with fire-breathing dragons), the dancing giants, and a whole bunch of concerts in the area’s beautiful squares.
The Festa Major Casc Antic is the place to go and runs from Jun 22nd to July 3.
More info here.
Football Legends Charity Match
As far as what to do in Barcelona in June what’s more summery than a good old football match?
Sports fans looking to take in a match at the legendary Camp Nou football stadium have found their event: usually during June Barcelona hosts an epic charity match with ex players from another European team.
The 2018 version is TBA.
Prices: €10.00 – €21.00
Get your tickets here.
Harass Me in the Comments Below
I plan on adding to this list of events in Barcelona in June as we get closer to the time – if I’ve missed anything though make sure to keep me in check by writing in the comments below.
And as always, if you’re having troubles planning make sure you ask me about Barcelona holiday! No question too dumb 😉