This blog post was originally posted on August 28, 2014, and was updated on July 26, 2018.
Summer is coming quickly to an end, and fall is almost upon us!
All things considered, Barcelona in September is positively magical. As summer tourist crowds clear out and locals return from vacation, the city begins to retain more of the authentic charm that enamors so many. Plus, you can’t get much better than sunny days and pleasantly cool nights! The ideal weather combined with major holidays and festivals make September one of our favorite months of the year here in Barcelona.
Celebrate La Mercè
Without a doubt, one of the year’s biggest festivals, La Mercè, takes place in Barcelona in September. The celebration of the Catalan capital’s patron saint originated as a humble religious parade. However, now it’s a massive multiday event, which you can catch this year from September 21-24. To celebrate the city and its culture, colorful parades and dozens of free concerts pop up all over the city. It’s by far one of the best and craziest weeks to be in Barcelona. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Barcelona in September, make sure to check out the packed agenda to see what’s going on.
Experience the National Day of Catalonia
September is undoubtedly an important cultural month for Catalonia. The region celebrates the National Day of Catalonia on the 11th. This holiday commemorates the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of the Spanish Succession. As a tradition, La Diada has become a day of Catalan nationalism. Throughout the city expect plenty of demonstrations and rallies. An especially passionate cohort of independence groups gathers at the Fossar de les Moreres monument in the Born neighborhood on this important day.
Take a day trip
Bordered by both rugged mountains and pristine coastline, Barcelona’s location couldn’t be more perfect. Look beyond urban Barceloneta and you’ll find that the region offers an abundance of beautiful beaches that are easily accessible from Barcelona on public transportation. September is a fantastic month to go to the beach as tourism slows down and temperatures remain high. Mountainous areas also cool off a bit by September and day trips to places like Montserrat are perfect this time of year.
Festa al Cel
Acrobatic planes whiz above Catalan skies at the Festa al Cel. This annual event brings together aviation enthusiasts and curious visitors alike, giving them a spectacular show in the sky. As one of the coolest events taking place near Barcelona in September, the air show brings together fascinating historic planes, military and fighter jets, and so much more. Come check out some of the best pilots in the world doing what they know best at this year’s event, which will take place from September 22-23 at the airport in Lleida, just a quick trip away from Barcelona.
See a soccer game
For all those sports fans out there, you can’t visit Barcelona without attending a soccer game at Camp Nou, home of the legendary FC Barcelona team. The season is just getting started in September, so it’s a pretty exciting time for Barça fans. However, if you can’t make it to the stadium, don’t sweat it! There are plenty of bars that will undoubtedly give you an authentic enough experience as you watch the game on the small screen surrounded by passionate locals.
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