What's on in Barcelona
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Barcelona's "festa major", La Mercé, is named after its patron saint and includes music and dance as well as some spectacular traditions such as the castellers (human castles, pictured, right) and the correfoc (literally the firerun), at which dragons belch fire over the packed crowds and demons spray everyone with sparks.
The Mercé also includes a very popular 10km fun run (September 28) across the city.
Coming up we have 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.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
Next chance to see if Luis Suarez will actually bite anyone else (even if it's while sitting on the bench while he serves out his suspension): in the Spanish League Barça vs Athletic Bilbao, September 13; in the farcically easy first round of the Champions, Barça vs APOEL Nicosia, September 17; or in the League Barça vs Granada, September 27.
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).
Next chance to see Espanyol at home, the Spanish League games, Espanyol vs Málaga (September 20), with Espanyol vs Getafe (September 25) next after that.
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.