Things to Do In Autumn
“Boring” is one word that can never be used to describe Barcelona. Check out these incredible things to do in Barcelona in October and November:
Oktoberfest Barcelona - every October: A Bavarian tradition comes to Barcelona! Enjoy live polka bands, DJs, food, festivities, and beer, of course! The Oktoberfest event hosts a best-dressed competition, so bring your lederhosen along if you have any tucked away in your wardrobe.
Sitges Film Festival - every October: Held in a picturesque beachside town an easy distance from Barcelona, the Sitges Film Festival is dedicated to fantasy and horror films and is one of the highlights of the autumn calendar. In addition to taking in a few screenings, you can also enjoy the annual Zombie Walk.
48H Open House Barcelona - 22-23 October: Barcelona’s edition of a worldwide event, 48H Open House is a celebration of the city’s fascinating architecture. Gain access to buildings that are usually closed to the public, such as the Casa de l’Ardiaca (city archives), the Gothic Quarter’s palaces, and the Arc de Triomf.
El Día de Todos los Santos - 1 November: Also known as All Saints Day, this religious festival is a public holiday in Spain and one of the cultural highlights of autumn in Barcelona. Wander the city streets while snacking on small round almond cakes called “panellets” or toasted chestnuts known as “castanyas” and admiring the many floral displays for sale.
L'Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival - 18 November – 4 December: Enjoy an incredible variety of independent films at the 29th edition of this world-renowned festival.
La Sagrada Familia: Approximately 3 million people visit Gaudi’s ethereal basilica annually. Given the smaller crowds of Barcelona in October and November, autumn’s a great time of year to explore this iconic church. Every detail of the building is significant, we recommend taking the guided tour to enjoy all this church has to offer.
Hours: October: Monday – Saturday from 9am to 7pm, Sundays from 10.30am to 7pm.
November: Monday – Saturday from 9am to 6pm, Sundays from 10.30am to 6pm.
Casa Mila: Also known as La Pedrera, Casa Mila is one of Gaudi’s most famous Modernista buildings. Tour Casa Mila during the day and take in the Paths of Abstraction exhibition, showcasing works by famous abstract artists, or take an evening tour and enjoy an audio-visual show on the roof.
Monday – Sunday and holidays: 9:00am to 8:30 pm.
Sessions night tours: 9pm to 11pm.
Palau de la Música Catalana: There are two ways to see the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana – take a guided tour or attend a performance such as the Bizet opera Carmen (12 October).
Tours: 10am to 3.30pm.
La Rambla: Lined with interesting shops and great restaurants, and known for buskers, La Rambla is Barcelona’s most famous street. Stroll along it and soak up the many sights and sounds.