September is a month for celebrations in Barcelona and after the Catalan National day, the 24th September is la Mercè 2014, the “festa major” of the city. We recently explained what the festa major party was when talking about the festa major of Gràcia, but this celebration is something else! It’s the perfect way to say farewell to Summer and welcome back our daily routine from the 19th to the 24th September, with plenty of activities and a bit of fresh air .
The festa major de la Mercè has grown more and more every year and has expanded to various locations around the city. Here’s a map of all of the places where the party will take place.
During these 5 days, more than 500 activities will be held for all tastes and ages, take a look at some of them:
Music is the heart of this celebrations for many reasons. The main reason is that all concerts are free and in open air, which is great with the high temperatures expected in September. The next reason is the quality of the groups and artists performing. In this edition you’ll be able to see Spanish groups such as Dani Martin, La Pegatina, Manel, Txarango, Fundación Tony Manero, Delafe y las Flores Azules… This year,Barcelona pay homage to recently deceased Catalan Rumba singer and icon Peret.
This is the alternative music festival which takes place during the Festes de la Mercè and that brings us a better bill each year. This edition counts with names such as Klaxons, Mishima or Young Fathers. You’ll be able to watch them play live in various stages across the city: Moll de la Fusta, Plaça dels Àngles, Plaça Joan Corominas and Fòrum. Without a doubt, the most important stage of all is the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, which will host concerts on Saturday 19th from 7 PM.
This is one of La Mercè’s oldest traditions. During the 5 day celebration, there are various fire shows taking place around the streets of Barcelona in which many groups of people from around Catalonia gather to present their fire show to the city. You’ll also be able to attend many fireworks exhibitions, this show is known as Piromusical de la Mercè. This is probably the most popular event, where fireworks dance to the sound of music over the magical fountain of Montjuïc and a massive crowd in awe.
Apart from these activities, you’ll be able to take advantage of other open air shows such as the Circus in the Castle. There will also be folkloric shows such as the castellers, and “cabezudos” and giants parades.
If you’re planning in advance what to do during these festive days we recommend to get to each place by public transport. These are busy days in Barcelona, the number of traffic jams is higher in the areas where there’s activities going on. If you choose the metro, bus or any other form of public transport, you’ll save up time and energy.
There are special services during these days, Barcelona City Council will add more buses and metros:
To learn more about all the activities and concerts taking place during La Mercè 2014 we recommend you visit La Mercè official website and that you plan your celebration days in advance.