Barcelona summer 2011 is getting closer and as Barcelona is such a great city we are not worried you will get bored. There is always a lot going on talking about events, festivals, holidays and other leisure activities.

According to the weather, the summer starts early in Spain and we picked four summer months to find out what is going on in town.

Sant Juan´s day

The official take off for the summer season is the midsummer party. In Spain this day is the celebration in honour of San Juan (St. John the Baptist) and takes place in the evening of June 23. Especially Barcelona is one of the most spectacular places to join the fiesta. There are parties organized, usually at beaches, where bonfires are lit and a set of firework displays usually take place. In the Catalonia region special foods such as Coca de Sant Joan are also served on this occasion.

International Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes

In the beginning of July, the urban space in Barcelona lives up because dance artists show their talent down at the street. These days are called ´Dies de Danza´ and is entirely dedicated to dance. This festival takes place during a different festival named ´Grec Festival´. However, this Grec festival lasts longer and is primarily devoted to everything which has to do with art. During the dance festival there are over 50 different groups participating, both local and international groups. There are workshops given which you can join and where you are supervised by professional choreographers.

The bike Show Experience

The bike show experience includes bicycles in all shapes and sizes. Yet, of course, it all has to do with power and goes from dirt track racing to BMX freestyling. The event takes place at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona and is filled with two days of competitions, shows and other entertainment. If you plan to visit this event you must know it is possible to rent apartments per day in Barcelona. The Bike Show Experience, 18 and 19 June 2011. For more information visit the bike show experience website.

Barcelona Gay Pride

Come to party at Barcelona Gay Parade in the sign of the acceptance of gay people. This parade marks the final of the gay pride, kept in the week before, bursts with various parties, gatherings and other activities to get the gay community and gay people more widely accepted. In 2011 this event is being held from 18-28 June.

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Gaypride in Barcelona © Zaprittsky via Flickr

European Balloon Festival

Whoever likes hot-air balloons has to ensure that he can be found near Barcelona early July. These days are dominated by all kinds of brightly coloured air balloons and the Balloons fully fill the skyline above the village of Igualada, near Barcelona. Lovers, but also other stakeholders, can be found here.  Besides the upward look into the sky, there is plenty to do. There are market stalls and opportunities enough to explore the local cuisine. Visit the European Balloon Festival website for more information

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Mostra International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

This year will be the 16th time the Mostra International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will be organized. During the festival homosexual issues are spotlighted through a programme of screenings, talks and short film cycles. The Maritime Museum and the Cinema Malda are two of the host venues. For exact dates and more information about Mostra International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, visit the website.

Gracia Fiesta

August 15  everything changes in de Gracia neighbourhood. The streets in Gracia are getting dedicated to the Feast of the Assumption. Colourful decorations and applied art everywhere. There are street artists who make music and other entertainment when this fiesta is taking off.

Everyone is committed and helps to dress up the neighbourhood with flower decorations. The way they are committed to help over here is, even for the Catalan region, extraordinary. From young to old, everyone can have fun at the Gracia Festival.

Fiestas de la Mercé

To conclude the (also rich festival) summer seasons the Festival de la Merce is scheduled in September. This festival is dedicated to one of the two patron saints of the city, Merce. The whole city is in turmoil with parades, fireworks, real human towers and much more. Actually, this is a festival that every Barcelona lover must have experienced at some point. Stay in an apartment in Barcelona to feel the vibe of these activities.  The festival takes place from 19-28 September.

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Fiesta de la Merce © Xavi Talleda via Flickr

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