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Festa de Gracia Barcelona


La Festa Major de Gracia 2014

Festes de Gràcia 2014 - calendar and guide
Fiesta mayor de Gràcia festival 15th August to 21st August 2014



Barcelona's Festa de Gracia festival 2014 guide in English with our recommendations for top things to do. The Gracia Festival is Barcelona's best, nicest, most festive and welcoming street festival. As always a big thank you to the welcoming residents of the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona for giving up some much of their spare time and holidays in August to make this such a wonderful experience for all visitors.

On this webpage you can find the Gracia festival 2014 programme highlights, unmissable top events and tips and ideas for what to see. You also find links to Festa de Gracia map, iphone and android apps and where to find the daily programme and schedule of Barcelona's biggest block party street festival on dates 15th to 21st August. You can buy the full Festa de Gracia programme at the festival which has all the info and maps at the festival venues for €1.
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>   PDF Printable Map Festes de Gràcia 2014
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2014
Festa Major de Gracia street festival is Barcelona's biggest, most colourful and most popular neighbourhood festival, which attracts about one and a half million visitors each year. It is also award winning having been been declared a Traditional Festival of National Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia and also awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (St George's Cross).

As in previous years, the neighbourhood's streets will be decorated and filled with activities for everyone, with competitions, workshops, sports activities, concerts and lots more.On this page you can find the top highlights of the programme and maps of the festival. The 2014 Gracia Festival opens on 15th August 2014 for the 198th edition.
 The Gracia festival is a colourful street festival that fills many streets and plazas of the Gracia area. The Gracia neighbourhood is located 20 minutes by foot north west of the city  centre of Barcelona in the direction of the hills to the west of Barcelona.

The Gracia festival dates are15th to 21st August every year.
The first day of the festival on 15th August is a public holiday in Spain called Assumption day. The best time to visit the Gracia festival (in our opinion) is in the evening from about 8pm, when it starts to get dark. The illuminations on most streets turn on at around 8.30 pm and the decorations look much nicer when illuminated. The first 2 days are always the most crowded so be patient and please be careful with the decorations which are quite fragile.

IMPORTANT message for visitors: Please note that this is fundamentally a festival for neighbours and residents, but Gracia is kind enough to welcome visitors. But in return, they ask that you respect the neighbourhood and the decorations and be careful not to create noisy disturbances after 1pm at night.


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The 
Festes de Gràcia always presents an extensive and varied programme of more than 500 activities of which over 300 are for families and children during the day. Many activiites are also specifically for residents, but the many free concerts and the street decorations are free for visitors to enjoy. This popular festival is organised by the neighbours and families in Gracia and like all Festa Major festivals in Spain and Catalonia it was originally only for residents, but the originality and beauty of the Gracia street decorations has become world famous and now people come from all over Barcelona and from all over the world to experience the annual Gracia festival.

Everyone is welcome but please thank the residents by showing respect for the decorations and the neighbourhood. 18
streets and plazas will be decorated by the residents and during the 5 days of the Gracia festival you can experience many wonderful Catalan traditions in a full programme of concerts and activities which bring the streets of Gracia to life every night during the festival. Each year there is a public contest to design a new festive Gracia festival poster which is used as the festival logo and T-shirt.



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Smartphone Apps for Gracia Festival

Again in 2014 the Festa de Gracia festival has smart phone apps for Android and Iphone. Download them here:

>  Festa Major de Gracia Android App
>  Festa Major de Gracia Iphone App


 
  > Click on image above to see photo gallery of Festa de Gracia


Map location of Gracia Festival

Hotels near Gracia Festival Barcelona. It is easy to find the Gracia area of Barcelona. From the centre of Barcelona it is a 15 to 20 minute walk up the Passeig de Gracia street from Plaza Catalunya square. Passeig de Gracia means road to Gracia and the name comes from the time when Gracia was a separate village from Barcelona. Most of the Gracia Festival is in the area of Gracia called "Vila de Gracia" marked on the map below. If you take a taxi, then the taxi driver will probably drop you on on the edge of the festival area and then you just walk in. There are maps of the festival plazas and streets in many places and in the programmes which you can get free at many stands. If you take the metro then take the green line metro to one of these three metro stations near the Gracia Festival: Fontana green L3, Diagonal green L3 or Joanic yellow L4 ( see Barcelona metro map )


Map location Festa Major de Gracia


18 streets and squares in Gracia are decorated during the Gracia festival in 2014. The decoration are hand-made by the residents who  spend hours and hours transforming their street into hand crafted fantasy worlds with charming carnival style decorations and themes.
The decorations change theme each year and the streets competes for the prized award ot best decorated street or square of the Gracia festival. We remind you kindly to enjoy the decorations, but to be very careful not to damage them, so that they can be enjoyed all through the festival period. All the decorated streets are worth seeing, but it can take a while to get to all of them, so be sure to visit the streets that are most famous for their decorations like "Carrer de Joan Blanques" and "Carrer de Verdi." On the first night of the Gracia festival, it is usually very crowded; the streets are narrow and so patience and care is needed. The streets are narrow and the first night attracts the most number of visitors.


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What to see - Top things to do at Gracia Festival

In 2014 there are eighteen decorated streets and plazas at the Gracia Fesival. You can find them by downloading printable map of Gracia Festival decorated streets. It is best to visit streets in the first days of the Gracia festival. The prizes for best decorated streets are always announced on 16/8 and after the prize giving the decorations start to crumble a bit. There is also a competition for the best decorated balconies in the Gracia area.




Thursday 14th August 2014
Event: Tabals i gralles d’inici de Festa
Time: 18:15
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Espectacle de lluïment de les Colles de Cultura de Gràcia.
Presentation show to start the festival by many cultural groups of Gracia




Thursday 14th August 2014
Speech - Pregó de la Festa Major de Gràcia 2014
Time: 19:00
Place:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Opening speech of Festa Major de Gracia by former president of Fundació Festa Major de Gràcia, Ricard Estruch




Friday 15th August 2014
Parade - Seguici d’autoritats
Time: 11:00 to 11:45
Start:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Finish: Mass at church Santa Maria de Gràcia on Carrer de Gràcia, 3.
Morning parade with various groups which finishes with mass at 11:30



Friday 15th August 2014
Ball - Matí de Festa Major

Time: 12:30 
Start:  Plaça de Nicolàs Salmeron
Finish: 
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Ball de Gegants i Capgrossos, Ball de Diables, Pas de Dracs, Lluïment dels Trabucaires, Ball de Bastons i Castell
Festival dance with giants, big heads, devils, dragons, trabucaire bandits, bastoner stick dancers and castellars towers builders.



Friday 15th August 2014
Festa de Gracia's main parade  - XVI Cercavila de Cultura Popular.
Time: 18.00 
Start:  Junction of streets "Carrer de Santa Àgata" + "Gran de Gracia"
> GOOGLE MAP parade route    > Printable map parade route
Finish: 
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

Biggest parade of the Gracia Festival. This is a festive early evening parade featuring all groups of the Festa Major including the gegants (giants of Gracia including two sun and moon giants called “la Gresca i el Torradet”)  caps grossos (big heads)  dracs (dragons), castellers (human castle builders) and , bastoners (stick dancers) grallers – (pipers) and more. Definately worth seeing! > MAP parade route


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Saturday 16th August 2014

Parade - Sortida en cercavila de Sant Roc

Time: 10:30 
Start: 
 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia 
Finish: Usually junction streets Libertat + Fraternitat
Parade with Gegants (giants), Castellers (tower builders), Trabucaires (bandits) and Bastoners (pipers). 
Finishes at 11:30 with homage to Sant Roc. (see also Sant Roc Festival in gothic area of Barcelona)



Saturday 16th August 2014
Bike ride - Pedalada popular Festa Major de Gràcia 2014
Time: 10:30 
Start: Junction  "Passeig de Sant Joan" +Travessera de Gracia (gardens)
FInish:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia




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Monday 18th August 2014
Diada de les Colles de Cultura de Gracia
Time: 19:00
Start: Carrer de Maspons

Finish: 
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Route map: Click for map
Two short parades that arrive on Placa de la Vila de Gracia at 7.30pm  





Tuesday 19th August 2014
Human Towers - Assaig a plaça dels Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia.
Time: 20:00
Place:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. 
"Assaig" means rehearsal or attempt. These sessions are warm ups before a big castellars event.



Wednesday 20th August 2014
Human Towers - Actuació castellera de Completes.
Time: 20:00
Place:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. 




Wednesday 20th August 2014
Human Towers - Baixada del Pilar Caminat (the walking column) 
Time: 20.00 
Place: from
Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make a human castle and walk it from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia town hall. 



Sunday 17th August 2014
Castellers day - Diada Castellera de Festa Major
Time:12:00
Place:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Biggest castellers event of Gracia festival with groups Xiquets de Reus, Xicots de Vilafranca, Minyons de Terrassa & Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia



Monday 18th August 2014

Procession - Diada de les Colles de Cultura de Gràcia
Time: 19:30
Start: from La Violeta to la
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Show by all the cultural groups of Gracia explaining history of Gracia



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Thursday 21st August 2014

 
Firerun - Correfoc infantil
Time: 18:30
Start: Plaça del Diamant
Route:
Plaça del Diamant, Astúries, plaça Virreina, Astúries, Torrent d’en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l’Olla, Diluvi
Finish:
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia -
Map: Route Map correfoc infantil
Correfoc firerun in a smaller format for children



Thursday 21st August 2014

Drum parade - Tabalada Infernal 
Time: 20.00
Start: 
 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia  
Finish:
Plaça Trilla
Tabalada Infernal drum parade with drummers from the "colles de foc" fireworks groups.




Thursday 21st August 2014
Firerun - Correfoc
Time: 21:30 to 23:00
Start: Plaça Trilla,

Route:
Plaça Trilla, Gran de Gràcia, Maurici Serrahima, Torrent de l'Olla, Bellver, Plaça del Nord, Robí, Torrent d'en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l'Olla, Diluvi
Finish at 
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Route map:  
Correfoc Festa Gracia

Correfoc is the traditional "firerun" where Festa Mayor visitors i.e. the general public are chased by "devil" groups brandished sparkling fireworks. Very dramatic and festive. 
Read dress and safety guidelines for watching correfocs.



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Festa Major de Gracia parades

The
"cercavila" parades are fun and wonderful for the children. These are parades that open the Festa de Gracia and usually on the first day. These parades feature all the groups of the Festa Major de Gracia including  the huge colourful papier-mache giant dolls called "gegants" that are up to 4 metres tall. There is usually always a King and Queen gegant and a string of other characters in attendance. There are also often "capgrossos" which means "big heads." 


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Gracia plazas

On many plazas in the Gracia festival area you will find concert stages and plenty of food, drink and handicraft items.  Some of the main festival squares like Plaça del Sol, Plaça del Diamant, Plaça de la Revolució, Plaça de les Dones del 36 and Plaza de Torrente Manuel  have individual themes.  Plaça de les Dones del 36 will host family shows, Plaça de la Revolució has a theme of solidarity and social inclusion with daytime activities including book exchange, storytelling, games, responsibility workshops and more. Plaça del Diamant will again be the centre of swing music and dance, Plaça del Sol hosts a programme of folk concerts. Plaça de la Virreina has craft fairs.


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Catalan festival and festa major traditions


The Festa Major de Gràcia features, like all Catalan festivals, a rich presence of all the traditional cultural Catalan traditions including the "Diada Castellera de Festa Major." This features 
"colles castelleres" which are groups that build up to 7 or 8 storey high human towers or castles, which is an amazing thing to see live. During the festa major there are many opportunties to see the local castellers group - called "Castellers de la Vila de Gracia" - build these amazing towers. On one of the festival nights they build a tower and move it between two plazas, which is called the "Baixada del Pilar Caminat." See the times for castellers above or in the events calendar.

The "correfocand "tabalada infernal" are 
also among the most popular and festive tradtions of all festivals in Catalunya. Correfoc means "firerun" in Catalan and consists of "colles de diables" - which means "groups of devils" chasing and dancing to the beating of drums of the and spraying out sparks from fireworks attached to forks. The drummers of the Correfoc have their own parade called the "Tabalada Infernal."
There will be also be traditional Catalan "sardanas" folk dancing and other traditions like "bastoners" stick dancing, "trabucaires" shooting "bandits" and "grallers" pipers. 

>  About typical Catalan festival traditions




Concurs de Balcons i Portalades
16è Concurs de Balcons i Portalades 2014. In 2014 for the 16th year Gracia residents can enter the contest to find the best decorated balcony or doorway during the Gracia Festival


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Respect the local residents please.



In recent years the Festa de Gracia has scheduled more daytime events and fewer night-time activities to respect the neighbours and reduce the potential of disturbances in the early hours of the morning. And we ask that all visitors to the Festa de Gracia do their bit to keep noise levels down and keep the area as clean as possible. Be careful when walking through the decorated streets. A lot of time and effort has gone into making them and many others will want to see them after you.



Useful Festa de Gracia links:

>  Festa Major de Gracia website ( Catalan)
>  Printable map decorated streets 2013 Festa de Gracia
>  Festa de Gracia 2013 programme PDF version (Catalan)
>  Website Gracia barrio (neighbourhood)

>  Website Castellers de la Vila de Gracia 



Festa Major de Gracia practical information
Friday 15th August 2014 is Asunción - Assumption day - which is a public holiday in Spain



Metro hours Festa de Gracia
During the Fiesta de Gracia the Barcelona Metro is open 2 hours longer than normal on 14th August until 2am because Friday 15th August is a public holiday. The metro will also be open all night on the nights of Friday 15th August and Saturday 16th August 2014. On the other nights of the Festa Major de Gracia the metro operates at normal times.



Festa de Gracia night bus
There is a special bus service from corner of streets Còrsega and Roger de Llúria to Plaza Catalunya. This bus service runs on nights of 15 to 20 August from 23.00 until 05.00 every 10 minutes. From Plaza Catalunya you can catch NitBus night buses


Charity wristbands 
The Festa de Gracia 2014 ask that visitors to the festival support the Spanish Catholic church charity Caritas by buying a €2 wristband on sale during the Gracia Festival. The wristband slogan is  "Festa amb cor" - party with your heart. 


About Gràcia district /barrio

Gràcia is a district of the city of Barcelona above Eixample to the south and sandwhiched between Sarrià-Sant Gervasi to the west and Horta-Guinardó to the east. The district contains the neighborhoods barris of of Vallcarca, Penitents, El Coll, La Salut and Camp d'en Grassot. Gràcia is bordered by the districts of Eixample to the south, Around 120,000 people live in Gracia. The name Gràcia originates from a Carmelite convent dating back to 17 de gener de 1626 1626 called "Nostra Senyora de Gràcia (Our Lady of Grace)." Until 1897 Vila de Gràcia was a separate village and municipality from Barcelona city. To get through the fields from Barcelona to Gracia you traveled on the road called Passeig de Gracia, the passage to Gràcia. This road still has the same name to this day and is Barcelonas most exclusive shopping street

In 1897 Gracia village was annexed to Barcelona and as the city expanded Gracia became surrounded, but remained largely intact, which explains why oldest barrio of Vila de Gràcia still has plenty of old world charm despite being in the middle of a modern city like Barcelona. It’s this special atmosphere of Gracia that makes it a popular residential area for locals and foreigners. About 50.000 people live in the quaint narrow streets of Vila de Gracia. 

Gracia has plenty of narrow streets and lots of charming plazas and an independant and local feel. There are no big tourist attractions which means that tourist buses, street artists and fast food chains have not taken over the streets of Gracia leaving space for the residents to weave a neighbourhood tapestry of bohemian and artistic shops, cafes and restaurants. For food and shopping in Barcelona it is worth a visit. The most popular street in Gracia to stroll down is Carrer de Verdi, which is sort of the "rambla" of Gràcia with many charming small shops and restaurants. The only time when the really tourists visit Gracia in their thousands is during the annual Festa Major de Gracia.  This event in centred in the Vila de Gracia - the village of Gracia. Usually around 55.000 people live in the Gracia area, but during the Festa de Gracia street party week over half a million visitors drop in for a drink and a stroll. Thanks largely in part to the special nature of the Gracia neighbourhood and its surroundings, the  Festa Major de Gracia has grown to be the most popular and largest neighbourhood festival in Barcelona, only surpassed in size and visitor numbers by the Barcelona Merce festival, which is in September every year. 

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Organisers: 
Federació Festa Major de Gràcia 
Tel. +34 934593080
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Festa de Gracia office:
Carrer de l'Alzina, 9, 08024 Barcelona
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 17:00 t 21:00
 


Saturday 14/8
Time: 19:00
Pregó de la Festa Major de Gràcia 2010
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Opening speech of Festa Major de Gracia by Catalan celebrity chef  Isma Prados
Sunday 15/8
10.30
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Sortida en cercavila
Morning parade with various groups
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Click here to see route
Sunday 15/8
10:30
Start junction: Pg. Sant Joan-Travessera (Jardins)
Pedalada popular Festa Major de Gràcia 2010
Bike ride from Pg. Sant Joan-Travessera (Jardins) to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Sunday  15/8
13:30
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Ball de Gegants i Capgrossos, Ball de Diables, Pas de Dracs, Lluïment dels Trabucaires, Ball de Bastons i Castells
Ball on Pl Vila de Gracia with giants, big heads, devils, dragons, Trabucaire bandits, bastoner stick dancers and castellars towers builders.
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Sunday 15/8
18.00
Start from from C/ Verdi.
Cercavila de Cultura Popular
Big and festive evening parade with all participating groups of the Festa Major, the gegants (giants of Gracia including “la Gresca i el Torradet”  caps grossos (big heads)  dracs (dragons), castellers (human castle builders) and , bastoners (stick dancers) grallers – (pipers) and more! Worth seeing.
Click here for route
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Monday 16/8
17:00
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
9è TORNEIG DE BOTIFARRA (vila de gracia)
9th Butifarra Tournement – Sausage Tournement
Tuesday 17/8
20:30
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Assaig a plaça dels Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
Assaig de castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. Assaig means rehearsal or attempt. These sessions are usually to warm up before a big castellars event.
Thursday 19/8
20h30
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Assaig especial dels castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Friday 20/8
20h30
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Assaig a plaça dels Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Saturday 21/8
18:30
Start: Plaça del Nord
Correfoc infantil
Saturday 21/8
20.00
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Baixada del Pilar Caminat (the walking column)
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia build a human castle and attempt to walk it from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia in front of the town hall. Get there early!
Saturday 21/8
20.00
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Tabalada Infernal
Tabalada Infernal, the drum parade, where drummers from the colles de foc, (fireworks groups), parade round Gracia's streets. Starts on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia and continues throughout streets and plazas of Gràcia.
Saturday 21/8
20:30
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Diada castellera de Vigílies Festa Popular
Day of Castellars. Various castellers groups take part.
Saturday 21/8
22:00 to 23:30
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Correfoc
Correfoc is the traditional "firerun" where Festa Mayor visitors i.e. the general public are chased by "devil" groups brandished sparkling fireworks. Very dramatic. Wear a cap! Starts on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia and continues throughout streets and plazas of Gràcia.
Saturday 21/8
20h30
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Diada castellera de Vigílies Festa Popular
Day of Castellars. Various castellers groups take part.
Sunday  22/8
12:00
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Diada Castellera de Festa Major
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. Day of Castellars. Biggest castellers event with many groups.
Sunday 22/8 00:30
Espectacle de foc
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Small firework display marks the end of the Festa de Gracia.