Fiesta de La Mercé
Barcelona is a city that likes to throw a festival, during the summer there is a different one almost every week! If you are visiting the city in the middle of September you are likely to find yourself enjoying the Fiesta de La Mercé which is the celebration of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona.
You can expect all the usual festival activities like live music, parades, dancing, performing arts and loads of outdoor fun in the streets. Fiesta de La Mercé is one of the largest in the Barcelona calendar and the atmosphere in the city can only be described as one huge party.
One thing not to miss are the “castells” at Plaça de Sant Jaume. Piles of people form human pyramids often 9 layers high and with a small child topping the tower as the “enxaneta” raising one hand with four fingers erect.
Another one to watch out for at night are the fire runs (correfoc). Locals dressed as devils literally run through the streets letting off fireworks – often in the crowds and along the ground, so watch your feet.
For something a little calmer and artier try the MAC festival (Mercè Street Arts). The Ciutadella Park will host shows devoted to dance and Montjuïc Castle will be home to the circus, with performances featuring great national and international artistes.
It is worth noting that many of the streets will be filled with people and so it may be a good idea to use your two feet rather than a car if you have one.
The whole city will be out to celebrate the festival so wherever you go there will be something going on. To get to Plaça de Sant Jaume from Generator Barcelona catch the 43 bus from Bruc-Corsega to Via Laietana-Pl Ramon Berenguer, which should take about 25 minutes. Or you can hop on the L3 from Diagonal to Liceu which takes about 20 minutes.