Festa Major de Gràcia
If you've braved the sweltering heat and the ensuing mass exodus from city to coast, make sure you keep this event on your calendar: The Festa Major de Gràcia.
Gràcia's week-long street party can rival that of any around the world. The revelry begins during the day and keeps going till the early hours. There’s a parade on the first day of the festival, including fireworks, music and Castells. Many streets engage in a peacocking contest for the rivaled "best dressed street" bragging rights. A theme is chosen which can range from anything to Star Wars, toilet paper to a flock of Antarctic Penguins. Arrive early enough and you'll see neighbours busying themselves, fine-tuning these elaborate decorations before it's off to a fantasy-fuelled night to remember.
Check the website for the complete programme of concerts and activities.