Barcelona Pride, taking place in June, is indeed huge and a lot of fun, but despite its international reputation and visitors coming from across the world it is in fact only the second largest LGBT event in Barcelona! It is the Circuit Festival in August that has managed to surpass Barcelona’s Pride festival and position itself as Spain’s main gay event of the summer and one of the biggest international LGBT festivals!
If you’re in Barcelona in the third week of September, you won’t have much choice than to take part in La Mercé, the city’s biggest, most chaotic, entertaining and outright strangest street festival. La Mercé brings the Barri Gòtic’s medieval streets to life with unique spectacles.
Barcelona has a lot to celebrate, so it’s no surprise that the city hosts two major music festivals every spring/ summer. The first is Primavera, which exhibits a wide variety of genres and draws more than 100,000 fans. The second is Sónar, which leans toward eccentric sounds (but who doesn’t, these days?) and New Media performances.
Barcelona Pride is a major lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival that is not-for-profit, packed with both cultural and entertainment content, and showcases the best of this wonderful city. It is a great time to visit Barcelona and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast together with the cheerfulness and solidarity displayed during this 10 day festival. It is also the perfect time to visit if you like to party hard!
Barcelona is not only Spain’s second-largest city, but it’s also the capital (and first-largest city) of the autonomous region of Catalonia. While Barcelona is more Spanish than other parts of the region, it’s still a great place to experience Catalan history and culture.