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Celebrate spring in Barcelona

Celebrate spring in Barcelona

As the trees begin to blossom, as restaurants set up open-air terrazas on every corner and children kick around footballs in the park late into the evening, a sense of excitement fills the city. Spring is back in Barcelona, and with it comes a wonderful array of activities for the whole family. Here are some upcoming events to help you make the most of this beautiful season.

D’A Film Festival 2017

April 27th–May 7th. Various venues.

The D’A Film Festival showcases independent, international cinema in original language (subtitled in Spanish and English). With film screenings in the evenings, families with teenagers can enjoy a fun night on the town, even with the pesky Barcelona spring showers. Films of interest to families include A Cidade Onde Envelheço (2016), about friendships spanning the Atlantic Ocean, and Júlia ist (2017), about a Barcelona university student who faces challenges while on Erasmus in Berlin. In addition to dozens of featured films, the festival will also screen pieces from local and international up-and-coming filmmakers and host workshops, discussions and panels.

More information here.

Beatles for Kids

May 6th. Sala Apolo. Nou de la Rambla 113.

Finding a single musical act that the whole family will enjoy can be a challenge, but Beatles for Kids finally fits the bill. This year’s concert will feature Abbey Road, a Barcelona group ranked 5th best Beatles tribute band in the world. They will play an interactive set guaranteed to have everyone twisting and shouting.

More information here.

Tropical Spring at L’Aquàrium

Saturdays and Sundays throughout May and June. L’Aquàrium Barcelona. Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell.

There are family activities galore this season at the aquarium. Become a detective and help marine friends solve a mystery in a museum-wide game of clue, contribute to a large mural of underwater life, get to know the special people who care for the animals, venture out on a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities and more.

More information here.

La Nit dels Museus

May 20th. Various museums.

For many, La Nit dels Museus is the event of the spring. It is the night when Barcelona’s top museums open their doors to the public free of charge. Over 80 centres in and around Barcelona will take part this year, including the Palau Güell, CaixaForum, El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Museu d’Història de Catalunya and the Museu de Ciènces Naturals de Barcelona. Curious museum-goers are free to make their own itinerary or follow one of the event’s suggested routes.

More information here.

Petit Brunch – Brunch in the City

Every other Sunday from March 12th–June 11th. Poble Espanyol. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia 13.

Brunch in the City is Poble Espanyol’s annual open-air food and music series. While adults sip vermouth, enjoy diverse gastronomic offerings and listen to top-notch electronic DJs from around the world, kids can bounce on trampolines, play air hockey and table football, and take part in organised activities. It’s the ideal event to get the whole family outside and enjoying the spring sunshine.

More information here.

Festival Jardins Pedralbes

June 5th–July 15th. Jardins Pedralbes. Diagonal 686.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Palau Reial de Pedralbes, this annual outdoor music festival hosts top artists from around the world. This year’s line-up includes Sting, Art Garfunkel, Cool & The Gang, and Belle & Sebastian, along with dozens of other big names. Groove to the music while enjoying a variety of tasty food offerings—paninis, salads, hamburgers and sweet treats—from the renowned Zona Village con Sauleda catering company.

More information here.

With so many great events, there’s no reason to wait until summer break for the fun to begin. Make plans as a family to get out and soak up spring.