What's on in Barcelona
The Grec is one of Barcelona's major annual festivals, with events including music, theatre, dance and circus...
Tickets can be booked online (via Telentrada), but obtaining tickets and information is probably going to be much easier from the ticket and information office at the top of the Portal de l'Àngel, in the south-east corner of the Plaza Catalunya.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
Until August 8
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for a lamentably short period, there's open-air cinema, proceeded by a live music (21.00), the film starting at 22.00, under the walls on the fort on Montjuic (free bus service from the Plaza España).
Bring your picnic supper along beforehand and enjoy some live jazz to go with it. A cool way to spend a hot summer night.
- We liked: The walk round the castle walls afterwards in the moonlight
- Not so hot: Some of the films on the programme... But hey, I'm going for the picnic
- Info: Catalan only
Gràcia, once separated from Barcelona by green fields, is now one of its more bohemian districts, much loved by those into ethnic restaurants and spending the day lounging on café terraces as well as being home to Barcelona's punks and squatters. It is also home to one of the more vibrant street festivals, with 600 events (dance, theatre, music...) over 9 nights.
The neatly designed site has the basic information about what's on...
- We liked: The annual competition to decorate the streets
- Too hot: Barcelona in August
Apart from the festivals mentioned above, also coming to Barcelona we have David Bisbal (Palau Sant Jordi, July 5); One Direction (Estadi Olímpic, July 8); Jeff Beck (Poble Espanyol, July 10) and Joss Stone (Bikini, July 17).
There's also the Festival de Pedralbes (June 12-July 10), in the lovely gardens of the Palau Reial, with people like Simple Minds (June 25), Kool And The Gang (June 26), Tom Jones (June 30), Blondie (July 3)...
And then there's the Cruïlla Barcelona festival (July 11-12), celebrating its seventh anniversary this year and brought to you by Barcelona's very best beer!
Later in the year there's Kylie Minogue (Palau Sant Jordi, October 14); not to mention Lady Gaga (Palau Sant Jordi, November 8, tickets on sale Feb 14, sold out Feb 15.) and Elton John (Palau Sant Jordi, December 6).
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
It's probably best if we draw a discrete veil over the 2013/14 season, one in which Barça [website] -- the best team in the world, even when they don't win anything -- didn't win anything.
The Joan Gamper Trophy, Barça vs Mexico's Club León FC, on August 18, is your first chance to see Barça at home this season, with the Spanish League then kicking off with Barça vs Elche on August 24. Next home fixture after that: Barça vs Athletic Bilbao, September 13.
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in a new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
First chance to see Espanyol at home: the Ciutat de Barcelona Trophy game vs Genoa (August 17), with the first league game vs Sevilla (August 30).
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.