What are the main city fests in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a city with a rich cultural heritage, and as such it has many festivals and events throughout the year.
Depending on which season are you visiting the city, you might get caught in the middle of a big event without noticing. Some of these events are very relevant for locals and during some days the city can get very crowded and busy with many activities worth visiting.
Here we are listing some of the key festival events happening in the city:
January - Dia de reis – La cabalgata
La Cabalgata de Reyes (The Three Wise Men' Parade) is an annual event that takes place in Barcelona and other cities in Spain on the evening of January 5th, which is the Feast of the Epiphany. This event is also known as La cavalcada de Reis.
The parade features three large floats representing the Three Wise Men (Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar) who travel through the streets of the city, accompanied by a large entourage of people dressed in costumes insipred in the old Middle East from 2000 years ago. They throw sweets and small presents to the crowd (normally full of kids). The parade usually starts at around 6pm in different points of the city and usually ends at around 9pm.
This parade is a traditional celebration of the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem to visit the baby Jesus, it is a family-friendly event that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is also a popular event among tourists visiting the city at this time of the year. The parade route changes every year, so it's a good idea to check the official website or local newspapers for the exact route and schedule.