As one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, Barcelona has even got dedicated areas for its gay and lesbian communities. So much is the vibrant life in this city that there are annual events celebrated every year. Depending on the time of year, you find yourself in Barcelona experiencing one of these oustanding events.
Here are some of the events you can expect to experience during the year:
The Sonar Festival in Barcelona is one of the largest events in the city, and here is where you can experience great music as well as dancing the days away to dance and electro music. Taking place between June 14th to 16th, prepare yourself as this eagerly awaited festival will make you and the city of Barcelona move to its own beat.
Next up, the world famous Gay Pride takes center stage during the 19th of June until the 29th of June. This annual event is a lively one, with plenty of bright colours and sights to keep your eyes glued. Gay Pride Parade starts from Plaça Universitat and follows the route from Gran Via, Carrer de Sepúlveda and Plaça Espanya to the street fair, stages and party area in Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina.
Taking place at the same time is the Mimi LGBT Short Film Festival, which follows the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) theme. Mimi first come to light as an innovated idea to help promote the LGBT art and culture throughout the country and today this popular event has not looked back. This is just one of the many film festivals put on by the Catalan Capital.
One of the biggest nights in the Barcelona calendar, San Juan takes place on the 23rd of June and is a night fuelled by sublime fireworks displays and huge bonfires. It is quite common to see old furniture being used to stoke the fires, but the best show of all will be in Montjuic. This night is a perfect excuse for making your way to Barcelona and afterwards one of the biggest gay beach parties will take place.
Exotic Mediterranean Cruise
The name says it all, and this gay cruise promises to be a great adventure. The latest ship, Nieuw Amsterdam sets sail from Barcelona for Morocco and on board 2100 gay and lesbian guests will mingle with each as they visit Casablanca, Cadiz, Valencia and stay overnight in Ibiza.
Prepare yourself for one of Barcelona's best gay and lesbian event. You can expect over 60.000 people readying themselves for this same popular event. With every year getting better and better, this 10 day summer event which is taking place between the 2nd and 12th of August also includes a gay day at the water park.
During the same period, the Circuit Girlie is also taking place, which promises to be set ablaze by the beautiful Barcelonian girls.
Barcelona's Fiesta Mayor is not just to celebrate the Patron Saint of Barcelona, but an entire week filled with activities. This event is so popular amongst Barcelona's international and local guests. Mark the dates in your diaries: 23rd September to the 27th.
Gay and Lesbian film festival
From the 17th until the 26th of October the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Barcelona will bring you more than 40 different films which deal with homosexuality. Normally there is no entrance fee, however if there will be entrance fee the maximum will be 5 Euros . All the homosexuality films are made in the last couple of years, these films will be shown in a number of venues both in the center and in the neighbouring cities of Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona, Lleida, Terrassa and Castelldefels.
The festival, otherwise known as FICGLB, offers a wide variety of controversial films, which deal with the many issues associated with an experienced by homosexuals. The festival director Xavier-Daniel screens full and short-length films along with documentaries from countries all around the globe, especially from those where homosexuality is repressed and frowned upon. There are panel awards and the audience will also get a chance to have their say as you vote for your favorite film.