La Noche de San Juan (St. John's Night) - Verbenas and Bonfires

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Local fiestas

The night of San Juan is a Christian holiday of pagan origin with bonfires, fireworks and firecrackers. Although celebrated the night of 23rd to 24th of June, it is associated with the summer solstice (June 21) and pagan rites, with bonfires, sought to increase the power of the sun on its way to the winter solstice. The fire, in turn, was serving as a purifying function in people who watched it. If you see a fire, stop and look at it.

Today we speak of verbena de San Juan more than the night of San Juan because the protagonist is the festival. It´s not just one festival , many are held in public or private premises, private homes, in the streets and on the beaches of Barcelona. Days before the June 23rd the first firecrackers are heard: these are mostly children and young people who can not wait for the night of 23rd. And in the festival of San Juan who buy their firecrackers and fireworks are the locals, and make them explode during the whole night.

The bonfires are built by neighbors with all kind of wood and old furniture. You will find fires in many squares and on the beaches, and if you decide to buy firecrackers or fireworks there are stalls in many places in Barcelona.

And finally, we celebrate it with a good bite of coca cakes de San Juan and a glass of cava (champagne), the typical food and drink in the shortest (or almost) night of the year.

Verbenas and bonfires in the Old Town

"Revetllassu de San Juan". Bonfire and verbena of the Old Town, within the "Greater Festival of the Old Town, of the quarters of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera"
Here you will find a space prepared for concert, bonfire and dining area. Each group can bring their tables, chairs and dinner, and enjoy the night in their own way.
Passeig Lluís Companys 13, next to the Arc de Triomf (Ciutat Vella)
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Free

Verbena de San Juan in the Gothic
Plaza de la Merçè (Ciutat Vella)
8:30 p.m. Batucada
9:15 p.m. Popular barbecue dinner
9:30 p.m. Music with Full Color DJ, Dj Lukillas and Dj imaginable, Tumultuous Orchestra and Viral Sound

Bonfire and verbena of San Juan in Barceloneta
Plaza Poeta Boscà 1 (Ciutat Vella)
From 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parade Llama del Canigó
From 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Lighting the bonfire
From 10 pm to 11:30 pm Night of Fire in the Plaza de la Barceloneta

Bonfire and verbena of San Juan in the Raval
Plaza dels Àngels (Ciutat Vella)
7:00 pm Pick up of the Llama del Canigó in the Plaza de Sant Jaume
7:30 pm Havaneras
9:00 p.m. Dinner and lighting of the bonfire
10 p.m. Reading of the manifesto of the Flame of the Canigó this year
From 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Verbena
Free

Verbenas and bonfires in the Eixample

Verbena of San Juan del Casal Popular La Cruïlla
Sardenya, 256. in front of La Cruïlla (Eixample)
Garland workshop, popular dinner, small concert and DJ.
Bonfire at the crossing of Sardinia with Consell de Cent.
4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Verbena and Bonfire of San Juan in Consell de Cent with Comte Borrell
Consell de Cent with Comte Borrell (Eixample)
In this vebena there will be popular dinner, correfoc, lighting of the bonfire and musical performances of live groups and DJs. The stage of the festival will be at the corner of Consell de Cent Street and Viladomat.
4:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Verbena and Bonfire of San Juan in the quarter of Fort Pienc
Plaça Fort Pienc, at the intersection of Lepant, Ribes and Casp streets (Eixample) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm legacy of Flame del Canigó from Plaza de Santiago. Participate in the tour with the fire team, reading the manifesto about the flame and lighting the bonfire at Lepanto - Ribes - Casp.
10.00 pm Bonfire and Verbena of San Juan.

Verbena and bonfire of San Juan in the quarter of Sant Antoni
Viladomat with Floridablanca (Eixample)
Arrival of the Flame of Canigó, lighting of the bonfire at 9:30 p.m. at the Viladomat / Floridablanca intersection, lunch box dinner, concert from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., disco-mobile dance from 1 p.m .: 00 h.

Bonfire of San Juan at the intersection of Provença and Rocafort streets
Crossing of Provença and Rocafort streets (Eixample)
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Free

In the verbenas and bonfires in which the price is not indicated or does not say that it is free, it means that some payment activities (dinners, dances, etc.) can be organized. Bonfires in any case can be seen for free.

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