Situated around Plaça Nova by the Cathedral, the Festes de Sant Roc, sometimes known as the Festa Major de Sant Roc, is the Gothic Quarter’s street festival. It is the oldest of its kind in Barcelona, having been celebrated since 1589. You can expect the usual shenanigans, including sardanas dancing, castellers (human tower building), and a correfoc (fire run). It also has some more unique elements, however, including its la cucanya contest, in which contestants must successfully walk across a greasy pole, and the glops amb el porró llarg, a drinking competition involving a giant porró wine carafe. Make sure to try some panellets de Sant Roc, the festival’s customary sweet treats.
View the complete programme of events here.