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

Type: 
Local fiestas

We have included the celebration of the Night of San Juan in the "Featured Events" section, because it is one of the most important popular festivals of the year in Barcelona, ​​but due to the current situation, the intensity of the party will be reduced. Let's go over the new conditions and limitations:

Saint John's Night cannot be celebrated on the beaches of Barcelona: they will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on June 23 to 10:00 a.m. on June 24. They will also close all the parks from 14:00 on June 23 until the next day, which will open at their usual hours.

Small bonfires will be allowed (they cannot be more than 1 m2) and private parties organized in closed spaces must have a maximum capacity of 80 people. If the space is open, the capacity can be up to 800 people, but with the participants seated and respecting the safety distance.

Activities in which the safety distance cannot be maintained will generally not be allowed.

At the celebrations of friends in flats and houses, a maximum of 20 people can gather and the fireworks must be smaller than usual.

And finally, what will happen to the Flame of Canigó? The flame will reach the Plaçq de Sant Jaume but this year the fire will not be distributed throughout the neighborhoods of Barcelona. Restricted access to fire entities but can be followed live from 17:10 h from here.

Saint John's Night 2020

As we have mentioned, everything will be more limited, but to maintain the spirit of the party, different popular culture entities, civic centers and associations, have organized alternative activities such as La (Tele) Folk Festival at the C.A.T. or the confined bonfire of the Raval. Check the program.

 


 

Description of a habitual Saint John's Night, and the festivals and bonfires of last year (2019)

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 party. 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, the typical food and drink in the shortest (or almost) night of the year.

The Flama (flame) of Canigó

From June 22 to 23 a ritual related to the bonfires of the Night of San Juan is celebrated, although its origin and evolution had, and has to do, with the will to keep Catalan culture alive. The fire of the Canigó Flame never goes out; it remains in the Castellet de Perpignan until June 22 it moves to the Canigó summit. At midnight, the fire is distributed among a chain of volunteers who will take it to the Catalan-speaking towns, where it is traditional to light bonfires on the Night of San Juan. Each city and town organizes the reception of the Flame in its own way, but part of the ritual is shared: before lighting the bonfires, a common message is read to remember the meaning of the initiative. In Barcelona the fire of the Flame reaches the Plaza de Sant Jaume and from there it is distributed to the neighborhoods of Barcelona to light all the bonfires in the city.

Verbenas and bonfires in the Old Town (2019)

"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.