Because it’s Barcelona in July.
Unless you’re a broken human being who hates incredible weather, beach breezes, and outdoor festivals this article won’t be for you – I suggest you see what’s going on in the Ukraine.
For the rest of us, here’s the guide that’ll plan Barcelona in July 2018.
Why Barcelona in July 2019?
Because it’s hot.
It’s not rocket science that July in Barcelona isn’t complete without a visit to one of Barcelona’s best beaches. Beach season is in full swing and hardly a day passes when you can’t lay out a towel and soak it all in.
You can go any time, it’s free, and unlike other Barcelona attractions you won’t have to line up.
With scorching temperatures the outdoor activities are endless whether you’re talking about the thrills at Mount Tibidabo, the history of Montjuic, the awe-inspiring Park Guell, or a simple cold one at an amazing rooftop bar.
And who doesn’t like grabbing an iced coffee in the squares of Gracia and watching the world pass at a snail’s pace?
Throw in some great July festivals and we’ve got the making of holiday gold.
Advice Before You Go
I say this for all the summer months but remember we’re in high season. Tourists flood the city almost to a detriment and this means you should make preparations in advance.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to buy your attraction tickets online before you arrive to ensure you skip lines and save up to 15% on entrance. The lines for tourist giants like Sagrada Familia often stretch into the hours.
Also make sure you book a table in advance at Barcelona’s best restaurants.
Barcelona Weather in July
Barcelona weather in July is all about sun and hot temperatures.
The beginning of the month has average temperatures between 24-25 °C (74-77 °F) and it slowly rises to about 26-27 °C (79-81°F) at the end of the month.
Expect 10 hours of daily sunshine and about 2 days of rainfall – a one in 15 chance of getting rained on!
If you’re coming to Barcelona in July I suggest you pack light: t-shirts, shorts, flip flops, and maybe a light jacket if you’re sensitive to the ‘cold’ of night or don’t want to risk the rain. Sunglasses are a must.
Festivals in Barcelona in July 2019
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.
Sonar 2019 is the 26th anniversary of the festival and artists include Four Tet, Arca, Leon Vynehall, DJ Koze, Underworld, Red Axes, Vince Staples, Fennesz, Holly Herndon, Masego, Peggy Gou & Palms Trax and more.
Prices: €125.00 (2 nights) – €290.00 (VIP pass).
Dates: July 18th, 19th, 20th.
Go if you’re up for an eclectic rock, blues, and reggae festival.
The Cruilla Festival (meaning ‘Cross Festival’ in Catalan) is one of the most important of the summer, popular for its aim of uniting music fans across genres. The festival generally features international artists from the last 20 years.
Over time it has welcomed artists like Lauren Hill, the Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Jack Johnson, Madness, Public Enemy, Pet Shop Boys, Skunk Anansie, and more.
In 2019 the 10th version of Cruilla features Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Foals, Zaz, Garbage and more.
Dates: July 3-6.
Prices: €45.00 (one day headline show) to €145.00 (full 4 day pass).
For more information consult the official Cruilla website.
BBF Barcelona Beach Festival
Go if you want to dance on the beach until the sun comes up.
After the success of years part the BBF Barcelona Beach Festival just couldn’t resist putting out a call to some of the top DJ talent in the world.
The 2019 version of this electronic music festival kicks off in style with a set from the legendary Armin van Buuren. Other DJs spinning are the Swedish duo Steve Aioki, David Guetta, Alesso, DJ Snake, and more.
Date: July 13th.
For more information consult the official BBF Barcelona Beach Festival website.
Go to experience Europe’s most popular electronic music festival but don’t feel like visiting Belgium.
Yes, this colossal electro music event normally runs in Belgium but for the second year in a row they’ve decided to take it to Barcelona. You’ll actually be able to dance with the people in Belgium live on screen.
The 2019 festival runs at Can Zam Park on the outskirts of the city – taking the red metro line to Sagrera and change for the orange line all the way to Can Zam. 2018 artists included Steve Aoki, Quintino, Steve Angello, Yves V, and more.
Prices: TBA (click the link below for pre-registration for 2019 early bird tickets).
For more information consult the official Tomorrowland website.
Rock Fest Barcelona
Go if you love rocking out. Yes, as you may have guessed this all about shredding guitars and pounding drums.
Lovers of classic rock and metal will get a kick out of this three day festival. Previous artists include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Twisted Sister, Scorpions, WASP, Dream Theater and more.
The 2019 version features ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Testament, Sebastian Bach, and more.
This festival is a bit in the outskirts but can be easily reached by getting to the Sagrera metro stop (red line L1) and changing for the orange line L9 to Can Zam.
Dates: July 4-5-6-7 2019.
Prices: €130.00+ (one-day) – €171.20 (four-day pass).
For more 2019 lineup information and tickets consult the official Barcelona Rock Fest website.
The Vida Festival takes place outside Barcelona in Vilanova i la Geltru.
The 2019 version features artists like Madness, The Charlatans, Beirut, Superchunk, and more. The 50 km journey to this seaside town is done by train (every 20 minutes) from Sants Estacio.
Vida Festival runs from July 4th to July 7th.
Price: €37.70 and up.
Festival del Grec
Go if you’re more into theatre than music.
This is a key reference on the European festival calendar and easily one of the biggest cultural festivals of the year.
Performances from groups all over the world doing dance, music, theater, and even circus. It is becoming more and more common for the performances to be done in English.
More info 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 (July 18-21) – 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 2019 keep an eye out for one the parties organized at the Monasterio/Poble Espanyol called Detroit Love (July 19th from 4:00 pm to 1:00 am).
There are seven parties in total (some TBA) which can be found here.
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.
Barcelona Concerts in July 2019
- Toto. July 10th. If you’re familiar with the song “Africa” then you’ll know this Grammy award winning group who is on the road promoting their new album Toto IV. At the Auditori Fòrum CCIB. Tickets start at €55.00.
- Loreena Mckennitt. July 9th. The popular Canadian soprano who has sold over 14 million records worldwide takes her European tour to Barcelona at the Teatre Grec. Tickets TBA.
- More to follow!
Outdoor Concert Series
No matter the music taste July in Barcelona will bring you something musical.
The fantastic concert series with the Royal Palace backdrop at the Jardins de Pedralbes is something to be seen. There’s something special about watching music under the stars so why not get tickets to this year’s version?
Former artists that have played include Sting, Kool & the Gang, Beach Boys, the Cranberries, Patti Smith and more.
The first of the July 2019 artists announced are Kraftwerk 3D (July 6th), Gilberto Gil (July 8th), Beach Boys (July 12th), LP (July 15th) and more.
Prices range from €25.00 to €440.00.
To get to the venue simply take the green line (L3) of the metro to Palau Reial.
Ticket information here.
Magic Nights Rooftop Series
The type of music varies but tickets start at €39.00 for the concert + two drinks.
Dates in July 2018 ran Wednesday to Sunday from 9 pm (concert only) or 8 pm (concert + visit) but the 2019 version has yet to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled here.
Get more info on Magic Nights here.
Cap Roig Festival
A concert series in a spectacular natural setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Head up the coast an hour or so to the Costa Brava and see one of the Med’s best botanical gardens before checking out great international artists across many genres.
The 2019 version welcomes Sting, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Diana Krall, and more.
Tickets €20.00 – €300.00 depending on artist.
For more information on the Cap Roig festival click here.
Barcelona Club Nights in July
Last year we were treated to some absolute legends in Roger Sanchez and Fatboy Slim.
This year likely won’t want slow down either but since it’s early there haven’t been any big announcements yet – I’ll add the big nights as they come.
If you’re looking for July club nights make sure you check out my page for Razzmatazz – Barcelona’s biggest club.
Brunch in the Park
Of all Barcelona events in July locals swear by Brunch in the Park.
This daytime doozy formerly known as Piknic Electronik is an electronic music festival under the sun at Montjuic Hill. It generally runs every Sunday during the summer. A great spot for international DJs.
Though it’s TBA the 2019 version should run every Sunday from late June till early September.
To get to Brunch in the Park take the Paral·lel funicular from Paral·lel metro station.
Tickets cost between €11.00-€20.00 depending on time of purchase.
For more information check out the Brunch in the Park website.
Barcelona Street Festivals 2019
If you love street festivals then Barcelona in July is the city for you.
The Spaniards (Catalans, sorry) are always looking for an excuse to put up a stage, have a drink, and dance.
They might even build a human tower or two.
The street festivals in Barcelona are a great way to experience the local culture with a cheap price tag. In July obviously the best days to attend are Friday and Saturday.
- The FESTA MAJOR DEL RAVAL celebrates multiculturalism in one of Barcelona’s most famous neighbourhoods. World music and ethnic food stalls compete with Catalan classics like ‘els gigants’ (parading paper mache giants). Throw in a flea market and live music and this is one of the best street festivals around. The date isn’t official yet but keep your eyes peeled here.
- The FESTA MAJOR DEL POBLE SEC includes the incredible Castellers of Poble Sec (who build towers with… humans!) and the ever-dangerous correfoc (firerun). The festival lasts for a week and official opening date should be July 26th. I’ll add more information as it comes but the official site is here.
Sala Montjuic Outdoor Film Festival
There isn’t much better than a classic film projected onto the walls of a historic castle at Montjuic.
Grab some snacks, a blanket, and a couple drinks and get there early – there’s also a jazz band and local short films. With three showings a week you’re almost guaranteed to be around for one of them.
Film listings and times can be found at the official Cinema a la Fresca website – films on the list for this year include The Revenant, La La Land, and The Apartment.
The 2019 version of the festival went June 30th and finished August 4th, look for something along the same lines in 2019 though nothing has yet to be announced.
Take advantage of the free bus service leaving from Espanya metro station between 20:30-21:30.
Get at Me in the Comments Below
If you’re still running low on things to do in Barcelona in July make sure you write me in the comments below – I am here to provide any custom advice you need on my adopted city.
Also, any suggestions you have to make the blog better would be greatly appreciated!
Finally, don’t be afraid to join the July 2018 discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you’re free to ask any questions, air out your grievances, chat with fellow travelers and more.
Happy travels 🙂