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Where in Spain Wednesday: Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia

I’ve got another photo of Barcelona this week, but this one is from a very special event that only happens once a year – the Festa Major de Gràcia! It’s one of my very favorite things about Barcelona.


It’s a street party that the residents of the Gràcia neighborhood put on for a week in August every year. All day long for the full week, there are parties, live music, street food, games, and performers. They have activities that are more relaxed and family friendly in the day, but the night turns into a massive crazy party.

Each street decorates according a theme, and all the decorations are homemade, often from recycled materials. The themes range from superheroes to jazz to this beautiful garden, and the people get seriously creative.

Take a close look at the flower decorations in the photo above – can you figure out what they’re made out of? They’re actually spray-painted plastic 2-liter bottles attached to regular white Christmas lights!

You can check out what went on at last year’s party here. This year’s festival starts today, and I’ll definitely be there!



14 thoughts on “Where in Spain Wednesday: Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia

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  2. Great pic! I’ve got quite a few myself, but all by day. I imagine it must be spectacular by night, but I’m not a big fan of crowds. But your picture may have just convinced me to venture out and see “com és la meva vila a la nit”!

    • Thank you! I need to do the opposite and get there in the daytime. 😉 You should try to venture out at least once, because the lit-up versions of the streets are really spectacular.

  3. I also think that these are some of the best decorations I’ve seen in the 8 years I’ve lived here, despite there being a small budget. My definite favorites are the retro-themed streets: star wars, rubik’s cube, cassettes, 8 bit video games. I think they’ve really been doing more with less.

  4. Oh I love it! I’ve never seen that and I would like to! Last year I went to Barcelona to study some spanish at BCNlanguages school but its was winter, so I missed this fantastic exhibition. I have to go back soon to see it, maybe next year! 🙂


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