April City Events in Barcelona
The big event this month in Barcelona and indeed across all of Spain is St Georges Day. But there are loads of other great things to do this month – the guitar festival is still going strong as well as the Earth Day celebrations. So check out our guide of what to do in Barcelona in April:
1. Barcelona Guitar Festival, city wide – All Month
For almost 4 months Barcelona is treated to some of the finest guitar playing in the world. From big names like Ron Sexsmith and Johnny Winter to local and up and coming talent display their expertise at top venues across the city. There are really too many gigs to list but highlights from the April programme include Alfonso Vilallonga at Sala Apolo, the Eels at Barts and Jane Lloyd at the Music Hall. Check out the video for a taste of what’s on offer; did you spot some of the big names in there, like we did?
2. Saint George’s Day, city wide – 23rd April
Saint George (Sant Jordi) is the patron saint of Spain as well as England, and in Barcelona the celebrations are huge. It is almost like another Valentines’ Day here. The day is also known and Day of the Rose and Day of the Book and traditionally men buy their lovers roses, while women give men books to celebrate their love, often the authors are on hand to sign books. All that love stuff aside, in Barcelona there will be a special performance of the sardana, the national dance of Catalonia throughout the day in the Plaça Sant Jaume as well as other street entertainers and a special Saint George Cake. For a real buzz head to Las Rambla for literally hundreds of book stalls and flower sellers hawking their wares, the atmosphere is amazing.
3. Tennis ATP Barcelona Open 2013 at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona – 20th – 28th April
If you are nutty for Nadal and love the sound of balls hitting rackets then why not visit the Tennis ATP Barcelona Open? This is the unofficial 5th Grand Slam event and some of the biggest names in tennis will be competing on clay courts at the Real Club de Tennis. Local boy Rafael Nadal has lifted the trophy 7 times in the last 10 years and earned him the title “King of Clay”. 2013 will be a special year for the Barcelona Open as the competition will pay tribute to Juan Carlos Ferrero; one of the champions of the tournament who announced his retirement last year. So take part in a slice of history and watch the master in action.
4. Cursa El Corte Inglés 11k run, city wide – 7th April
If all the talk of tennis has got you in the mood for sport then why not cheer on some runners in the Cursa El Corte Inglés run. The course is almost 11km and winds through some of the most historic and beautiful spots in the city. If you are interested in quirky facts, and we think you are, the race holds the Guinness World record for the largest number of participants in 1994 with 109,457. And you may even spot a few famous faces in the pack including Pedro Rodríguez, Joel Gonzalez and Anni Espar all of whom are among celebrity names competing this year.
5. La Feria de Abril de Catalunya at Parc del Forum – 26th April – 5th May
Roughly translated this is the Catalan April Fair, sounds good doesn’t it? The fair is split into two main areas – the fun fair and the music! There is the fair ground on the seafront by the Forum bathing area and you can enjoy all the usual rides including a big Ferris Wheel. The best bit of the fair, though, is the Casetas (little houses) which are tents containing the entertainment. Each tent will be jam packed with happy revellers enjoying themselves; eating, singing and dancing the traditional “Sevillanas” dance of Andalucia. The atmosphere is amazing as everyone joins in the fun – so why not get into the swing of things?
6. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour at Palau Sant Jordi – 17th – 20th April
How about a change of scene and an incredible show? Michael Jackson a man truly a legend in his own lifetime, tragically cut short. Want to relive the glory? Well you can with the Cirque Du Soleil and The Immortal World Tour. Take the plunge into Michael’s fantasy world with the music and inspiration from the King of Pop himself. The show is for die-hard fans and those new to his music as it offers a great selection of hits set to the strange dance of Cirque Du Soleil.
7. Earth Fair in association with Earth Day at Ciutadella Park – 20th – 21st April
Are you, like us, worried about the world and the impact the human race is having on it? Join some like-minded people at the Earth Fair in Barcelona this April and see what can be done and what is being done about it. The Earth Fair and Earth Market are there to promote local production of goods and services that are made with respect for people and natural environments. The location for the Fair is the beautiful Ciutadella Park near the Barcelona Zoo. So head down there and do your bit for the world.
8. Earth Day, city wide – 22nd April
The Earth Fair above is held in conjunction with World Earth Day on the 22nd April. This year’s theme is “The Face of Earth Day” and it is designed to bring home the problems of climate change to those who haven’t quite got the message yet. If you are in Barcelona for Earth Day why not help the world and do something like turn off your lights and computer for an hour or walk to the restaurant instead of talking the train.
Check out our Berlin Prenzlauer Berg hostel – where Earth Hour meets Generator! We are turning the lights off in Berlin!
9. International Pillow Fight Day at Plaça Catalunya – 6th April
How about some simple fun? Grab a feather filled pillow and just go wild. This is a really great way to let off steam and get it all out of your system. Whether you whack a stranger or a friend, play nice and help to clean up afterwards. The organisers are the urban playground movement and say there is no secret message, no fund raising, no hassle just straightforward free feathery fun.
10. Flamenco Show at Palacio del Flamenco – All Month
No review of things going on in Barcelona would be complete without a mention of Flamenco Dancing. Synonymous with everything Spanish beautifully dressed ladies twirl and click faster and faster seemingly possible. There are loads of places in Barcelona to enjoy flamenco dancing but we like the show at the Palacio del Flamenco tucked away on Carrer de Balmes. An exhilarating show with some top notch Spanish food thrown in, what more could you ask for? If you are on a budget you can just go and watch the show and eat later.