The Festival of Gràcia have a long tradition and are one of the most famous in Barcelona for the various organized activities, but mainly for the decoration of the streets and balconies. Neighborhood associations work all year round to decorate the street to which they belong. First they decide the theme and then they design and create all the decorative elements based primarily on recycled material. The themes are different and so we can find a street dedicated to prehistory, another to space travel and another to love. But the important thing is to participate, a competition between the streets is organized and prizes for the three best decorated streets are granted. Oh, and the themes are secret until the day when the festivities begin. There is as well another competition, the decoration of the balconies in which each neighbor can participate.
As mentioned earlier there are many activities organized. Gràcia offers concerts of all kinds of music, the orchestras play popular dance music in the plazas at night, the bars and restaurants set up bars on the streets, the diablos (Devils) are dancing at night, the castellers (human towers) build their towers, sardana will be danced, there are giants parades, activities for children, popular food in the streets ... better check the program or just visit Gràcia and enjoy it.
The 2022 edition of the Festa Major de Gràcia
In the 2022 edition of the Festa Major de Gràcia, more than 900 recreational, cultural and neighborhood activities will be organized completely free of charge and for all audiences.
Decorated streets and squares
This year there will be 23 decorated spaces in the Festa Major de Gràcia. Streets and squares decorated by committees of neighbors and neighbors in a totally disinterested way. We also indicate the theme of each space:
- Berga: The Garden of Berga.
- Ciudad Real: Wings of Freedom.
- Fraternitat de Abajo: Little Red Riding Hood.
- Fraternitat de Arriba: The Fraternesia.
- Jesus: Christmas Summer.
- Joan Blanques from down: Ink and Grafit.
- Joan Blanques from totally down: New York, New York!
- La Perla: The Pearl under construction.
- Llibertat: Vikings.
- Luis Vives: Snoopy.
- Mozart: Mozart Studies – Behind the Camera.
- Perill: Perill Laundry.
- Plaça del Poble Gità: The imagined space.
- Plaça de la Vila: CAmP below.
- Plaça del Nord: Zen Garden of the North.
- Plaça Rovira and Trias: Life returns to Rovira.
- Placeta de Sant Miquel and Cercanías: Let's save the polar bears.
- Progrés: Progress Park.
- Povidència: The Providence House.
- Puigmartí: The Day of the Dead.
- Tordera: East.
- Travessia de San Antoni: Travelsia de San Antonio.
- Verdi: Don Quixote.
Two central spaces
During the Festa Major, Plaça Joanic will be transformed into the Performing Arts space and you will be able to attend shows of traditional dance, contemporary dance, world dance, swing dance, theater, magic, poetry and circus. Highlights include the intensive day on August 19 with the Esbart Vila de Gràcia, and the concert/show The Golden Swing Era that reviews the evolution of the swing and jazz genres from the 20s of the 20th century to the present and will be held on 21 August at 10:30 p.m.
Plaça Manuel Torrente
The Tasta Gràcia Gastronomic space, organized by the entity El Cargol Graciós, will be located in Plaça Manuel Torrente and will be a quiet space with gastronomic activities in a festive atmosphere.
In addition to these two central spaces, there will be another 6 party spaces: Plaça de las Dones del 36, Plaça del Sol (with Folk music), Espai Bailèn, Passeig de Sant Joan, La Biblioteca va de Festa and the Ateneo de Fabricació.
Decorated balconies, portals and shops
The decoration is the distinctive feature and the essence of the Festa Major de Gràcia. For this reason, neighbors and merchants join the party by decorating their house, their balcony or their shop window. In this year's edition there will be 45 works of this type referenced in the official program of the Festa Major de Gràcia.
This year there will be 3 fairs, 1 with attractions in the Jardinets de Gràcia and 2 with crafts in the Plaça del Diamant and the Plaça de la Virreina.