FESTA MAJOR de SANTS, TOMATINA FESTIVAL, NITS DE GAUDI
FESTA MAJOR DE SANTS
WHEN: Saturday 23 – Saturday 30 August
WHERE: Sants neighborhood
WHAT: Local neighborhood festival
If you didn´t make it to Festa Major de Gracia which ends today, don´t worry – there are still some other similar festivals that you can attend this year to get your dosage of Catalan culture. One of them is the Festa Major that starts this Saturday in the neighborhood of Sants. It might not be quite as big as the Gracia festival, but you can still expect to see many colorful decorations with many different themes. The main activities will be taking place in the “Parc de l´Espanya Industrial”. Some of the activities that you can look forward to include the “correfoc” (fire run), the “castellars” (human tower) and also the paper giants and giant heads. There will also be some sporting activities that include a bike race and a 2k run. The event will finish with fireworks and music display and you can find the full program with all activities here
WHEN: Wednesday 27 August
WHERE: Buñol (Valencia)
WHAT: Annual tomato-throwing festival
Spain definitely leads the way when it comes to wacky festivals and ways of celebrating things. Whether they are running across fire, building human towers and running with bulls, you never have to look too far to find something that will leave a lasting memory of your time in Spain. One of the most popular of these events is the Tomatina which takes place every last Wednesday of August from 10.00 – 01.00 and is essentially about 30,000 people throwing 130,000 tomatoes at each other over a period of 3 hours in the Plaza del Pueblo. Whether you consider this a fun activity or a huge waste of food, it´s definitely something worth participating in if you want to immerse yourself in Spanish culture. You will need a ticket to participate however and getting there by car will take about 4 hours. More information on the event and how to get there can be found here.
NITS GAUDI – TORRE BELLESGUARD
WHEN: Every Wednesday to Saturday until 13 September
WHERE: Torre Bellesguard (map here)
WHAT: Series of open air concerts
One of the most symbolic works of Gaudi is the Torre Bellesguard, which was opened to the public in September last year. It was built between 1900 and 1909 and is one of a few of Gaudi´s works that is still used as a residence by its owners. Many historical figures have stayed in Bellesguard and many important historical events have taken place there. Part of the grandeur of this place is that spacious garden which allows for holding events such as the Nits de Gaudi which takes place during the summer. This event features 47 musical acts that include genres like Jazz, Classical Guitar and Blues. Tonight you can enjoy the Jazz duo “Carlquist and Mitchell”. To see the full program and to buy tickets for this event, have a look at their official website.