La Mercè Festival Barcelona 2019
September is the ideal month for visiting Barcelona if you like to the warm summer-like temperatures but don’t want to endure the summer heat waves as well as all the flood of tourists jamming the streets. Why? Because in September, the temperatures drop a little bit comparing to the summertime, but it’s still pretty hot in the city. Visiting Barcelona in September means avoiding the busiest period of Barcelona. Indeed, every year during the summer, Barcelona tends to get crowded by a lot of tourists. This way, you can fully enjoy La Mercè Festival in Barcelona. In the last years, there are about two million people who have attended the festival.
So, if you want to enjoy the wonderful city while enjoying the touristic attractions without having to go through the flood of tourists, September is the best answer for you. It’s a great thing because La Mercè Festival takes place yearly in Barcelona, near the end of September, giving you one more opportunity to fully take advantage of the warm and nice weather. Keep reading to find out more information about Barcelona’s largest street festival and the cultural and artistic performances taking place throughout the city during the event.
Origins of La Mercè Festival
La Mercè Festival has been an official holiday in Barcelona since the end of the 19th century – since 1871 to be precise. It all started when, for the first time ever, the local government organized a program of special activities to honor the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy, also called La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan. The La Mercè celebrations was put in place to honor the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), the patron saint of Barcelona, and the co-patroness (with Saint Eulàlia) of the city. (By the way, in the Gothic Quarter of the city, you can visit the Mercè basilica, it’s a basilica dedicated to the Mercè Virgin, in which you can observe a wooden image of La Mercè).
Although the actual Feast Day is on September 24th, the festival always begins a few days before September 24th. Some museums and some historic monuments also decide to join in on the fun of La Mercè Festival by organizing an open door day on September 24th. Some of them include the Picasso Museum, the Castle of Montjuic, the MACBA, the CCCB.
You can watch below a recap video of 2015’s Festival Edition to see a preview of some activities and festivities that will be happening during this year’s 5-days Festival. Get ready to have some fun!
Light projection shows, parades, concerts, fireworks, giants parade, human towers, Correfoc (fire-breathing dragons), street performers, runs and races, traditional dances and so much more activities and festivities will be announced later on nearest the event. There will even be a pyromusical: fireworks shows accompanied and rhythmed by the sound of music. Really, we don’t think you’ll have the time to be bored, thanks to all the fun and impressive festivities that will be taking place during the festival. For this event, several stages will be mounted all over the city of Barcelona, like at Parc del Forum, at Plaza Real, at Plaza de Catalunya, Plaça dels Angels, at Ciutadella Park and at more places. The program of the event will be revealed closer to the date of the festival.
Each year, la Fiesta de la Mercè invites one city to participate in the activities. For this year’s edition, the guest city invited will be Beirut: the capital city of Lebanon. This is a great opportunity to discover another culture. The Festa Major (La Mercè Festival) is a two-hundred years tradition and one of its goals is to catch Barcelona’s spirit: a city which keeps renewing itself and keeps opening up to the world.
September 20th-24th: don’t forget to save the date! And don’t worry about getting back home during the festival, Barcelona’s got your back! Metros usually run all night during the celebration.