How to Barcelona in Summer: Fiesta de Gracia in Images

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - flower themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona 2017 – A flower-themed street

Barcelona Local Gems: Fiesta de Gracia

Fiesta de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s iconic neighborhood events, is one of the city’s best-known Summer Fiestas: a Definite Don’t Miss.

The summer fiesta has been around for 200 years and celebrated its bicentennial in 2017.

Starting mid-August and lasting for a full week, the fiesta transforms some twenty streets of Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood in a show of colors, whim, and creativity – the result of year-long preparations for this friendly neighborly contest. 

Looking forward to the 2018 street art display, I remembered the first time I came across the infamous Fiesta de Gracia: a surprising silver lining of an otherwise tragic week.

In 2017, the festivities of Fiesta de Gracia were significantly darkened by the shadow of the Ramblas terrorist attack – which left the city in a quiet stupor, and the tourists clueless on what to go from there. That was possibly the least crowded week of summer… 

Nevertheless, things slowly but surely came back to normal, and streets got steadily packed with people again.

Fiesta de Gracia’s Amazing Street Decorations

The prospect of visiting Barcelona on a hot August day should most certainly not discourage you from hitting the streets of Gracia, in search of this year’s themed decorations. Fiesta de Gracia elicits the curiosity of both locals and (mostly unsuspecting) tourists alike.

The best advice is to go see it with your eyes; each year, different themes pop up, a seasonal testament to the locals’ imaginations and skills.

See the 2017 Fiesta de Gracia summary pictorial below

Fantasy Street Decorations

Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona, street decorations
Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona, fantasy street decorations

Bacchus Themed Decorations

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - oenologic theme decorations
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – A Bacchus wine themed Plaza

Russian / Communist Themed Street

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - an ex USSR Communist theme street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – an ex USSR Communist theme street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - Russian themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – Russian themed street

Communal lunches and dinners are organized by neighbors and enjoyed in the open air.

neighbors enjoying the Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona
Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona – neighbors enjoying drinks and tapas together

The Fiesta de Gracia Bicentennial Attraction: King Kong

Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona - mini representation of King Kong climbing a skyscraper
Fiesta de Gracia in Barcelona – creative King Kong decorations

A Neverending Story: Childhood nostalgia turned street art

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona: Never-ending Story themed street decorations
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona: Neverending Story themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona: Neverending Story
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona: Neverending Story
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - flower themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – flower themed street

Some more creative, scarier street decorations at Fiesta de Gracia 2017

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona 13
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – horror themed street

Rockin’ it at Fiesta de Gracia

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - rock themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – rock-themed street

Childhood memories turned Street Art: Little Prince

Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - Little Prince themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – Little Prince themed street
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona - pop up pools
Fiesta de Gracia Barcelona – pop up swimming pools

See the event’s own Photo Gallery here.

 

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