This year the Fiesta Major de Gracia will be organized the 15th- 21st August. The festival is one of the biggest events of summer every year in the middle of August. You can find open air concerts, fireworks, beer and cava, and the amazingly decorated streets of the district of Gracia. It is open to the public so you do not need tickets to enjoy the special atmosphere of the bohemian district of Gracia.
Gracia was an independent, small city until the end of the XIX. century. In spite of the protest of the local habitants it became the part of Barcelona in 1898. Nowadays, it is famous about being the district of immigrants and hundreds of small intimate streets.
The Fiesta Major de Gracia derives from the years when the district lost its independency. Originally the festival had a religious meaning but soon it lost its religious nature and became a simple street festival with games and dances.
The decoration of the streets and the contest between them – the main element of the festival – is coming from 1920. It was the first year when the neighbours organized a competition between themselves and their decorated streets. Today the participants are working on the decoration of the streets during the whole year and use recycled materials. To win the prize of the best decorated street necessitates hard work and creativity. Every street has to choose a theme.
Some useful information:
· During the weekend the metro will be open 24 hours.
· To get to Gracia you can take the metro to Fontana – this metro stop will land you right at the heart of Gracia and from there you can start exploring.
· Dates: Monday 15 August 2011 to Sunday 21 August 2011
For the full program check: www.festamajordegracia.cat
Organisers of Gracia Festival:
Federació Festa Major de Gràcia
Tel. 93 459 30 80
Fax. 93 207 63 80
Festa de Gracia office:
Carrer de Igualada, 10
08012 Vila de Gràcia
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 17:30 to 21:00
Make sure that you do not miss one the most famous events in Barcelona. Enjoy the cavas, the wonderful streets and the atmosphere of the special barrio of Gracia!