October is almost here and summer is fading away. It’s time to unpack your winter jumpers and put away your swimming costume. But even though Barcelona is an amazing summer city, there’s still plenty going on this month, so put these events in your diary! 

48H Open House

One of our favourite events in the calendar, the 48H Open House festival is an opportunity to access spaces in Barcelona that aren’t usually open to the public. Access is free and many of the spaces offer guided tours giving a history of the building. We’ll be publishing a guide to our top picks of the festival, so keep an eye on the blog over the next couple of weeks for a more detailed guide to the festival! 

21st – 22nd October, around Barcelona

Mercat de Mercats de Barcelona

A must for foodies, this ‘market of markets’ is a three day event in Plaça de la Seu, featuring the best produce of the city’s 39 markets, served up by expert stallholders. It’s a feast for the eyes as much as for the palate, with colourful displays of fruit and vegetables, fish, meat – there are even olive oil tastings! Some of the best chefs in the city are also running cooking workshops and serving up tapas. Entrance is free, but you’ll want a bit of spending money once you’re there – everything always looks so delicious! 

21st – 23rd October, Plaça de la Seu

Festa Major de l’Esquerra de l’Eixample

It’s the 100th anniversary of this neighbourhood festa major, and they have an action-packed programme of events this year. There’s a Paella Popular on Saturday afternoon – you can buy the 10€ tickets from the neighbourhood association office at Carrer Calabria, 262 – and a concert in the Jardins de Montserrat on Saturday evening from 10pm until 3am. There’s also activites for kids, with some children’s theatre in English on Sunday morning, again at the Jardins de Montserrat, for 3 – 8 year olds. For full details of all the events on, check out the programme here

30th September – 8th October, around L’Eixample Esquerra

Tablao Flamenco de la Rouge

The word tablao is slang for tablado, meaning floorboard, where flamenco dancers perform, and La Rouge is hosting a tablao with Ruth Quesada three times a week for the next month. Ruth is a flamenco dancer and teacher who has studied flamenco for years and regularly performs in bars and venues around the city. Perfect for anyone curious about flamenco who doesn’t want to pay a fortune, as entrance is free! 

9pm on Sundays, Wednesdays through October, Rambla del Raval 10


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