What to Do in Barcelona in October
This post covers things to do during October in Barcelona, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities.
For more activities, be sure to look at our post on things to do in Barcelona.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER
This top 10 list contains big concerts, sports, theatre, tours, free activities, and other events to attend in Barcelona during October.
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(1) See a Concert
Barcelona attracts a lot of European bands and you can find lots of great music in small venues or bars. Below we list the major festivals of October.
We also include long-time alternative music favorites from America and the UK. Be sure to catch Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) on their 40th Anniversary tour!
- Nick Murphy | Oct 6
- Robyn Hitchcock | Oct 7
- AMFest Barcelona | Oct 10-13
- A Cop de Rock Fest | Oct 11+12
- OMD: 40th Anniversary | Oct 21
- Pixies | Oct 23
- God Save the Queen | Oct 27
In addition to hearing live music, Barcelona has loads of great things going on after dark. See our post on things to do at night in Barcelona for more ideas.
(2) Attend a Sports Event
European Football (soccer) is quite popular in Spain and Barcelona team is aptly named FC Barcelona.
They will be playing several times in October at their home arena, Camp Nou.
Taking a tour of the Camp Nou football stadium is a great idea for any football fan, and kids enjoy it too.
For more fun ideas, check out our family-friendly post.
(3) Take a Sightseeing Tour
In October, when the temperatures have cooled down a bit, taking a bus tour is a comfortable way to see a lot of the city without getting chilly.
Many tours are a hop-on-hop-off style tour, which means you can hop off at the sights you want to visit, or stay on the bus and get a nice overview of the city.
You can see other bus tours available to you by reading our detailed post on which Barcelona Bus Tour is best.
If you prefer to explore the city on foot, join us for our pay-what-you-wish guided walking tour of Barcelona.
We also have self-guided tours for your use:
- Self-guided Barcelona Gaudí Tour
- Self-Guided Gothic Tour of Barcelona
- Self-Guided Barcelona Food Tour
(4) Celebrate Halloween
It just so happens that Halloween – October 31 – falls at the start of the Spanish 3-day holiday.
The three days are Día de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), followed on November 1 by Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) and it all culminates with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2nd.
As you can tell from the names, the theme overlaps with Halloween, so you can find some spooky activities in Barcelona.
If you are traveling with children, take them to the Halloween Party at the Poble Espanyol.
On November 1, visit one of Barcelona’s cemeteries and join the locals as they pay respects to their dearly departed.
NOTE: November 1 is a public holiday so be aware of any closures at museums and attractions.
(5) Open House Barcelona
This annual event gives the public free access to over 200 of the city’s architecturally, culturally and historically significant buildings, dwellings and places. Many locations offer guided tours.
In 2019, Open House Barcelona is on October 26 & 27. A broad range of sights are participating and you can see styles from Neoclassic, Modernist, and Gothic-style buildings.
Another way to learn about Barcelona’s architecture and history is to take a pay-what-you-wish guided walking tour of Barcelona.
(6) See La Sagrada Familia
One building that, sadly, will not be accessible for free during Open House Barcelona listed above. It is, however, well worth buying a ticket to this must-see Barcelona gem.
La Sagrada Familia is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its stunning architecture.
Its architect, Antoni Gaudi, started on the church in the 1880s but died ten years later. The construction is still not done! It is planned to be completed in 2026, which is 144 years after construction began.
Even in a non-peak season like October, you may encounter long lines to enter La Sagrada Familia, so we recommend a skip-the-line ticket.
(7) Mercat de Mercats
The annual Mercat de Mercats (Market of Markets) is a three-day party for food and wine lovers. In 2019 it is on October 18-20.
While technically a trade fair, it has a party atmosphere. You go from stall to stall sampling small plates (tapas), wines, beer, cheeses, desserts and so much more.
Entry is free, though you do have to pay for samples.
You can never have enough good food in Barcelona. You might like to try a tapas walking tour.
You can also use our self-guided Food Tour of Barcelona to find the best of what the city’s markets have to offer.
(8) Oktoberfest Barcelona
You don’t have to be in Germany to enjoy this traditional festival. Barcelona has its own version of Oktoberfest. Plus it’s free to attend!
The festival is held in a massive 6,000 square meter tent. There will be live Bavarian music and German beer (for purchase).
It takes place on October 3 to 13, 2019 at the Plaza Universo de Fira Barcelona Montjuïc (next to Plaza España). See their website for the details.
This is a fun way to spend a night out provided you like beer. The festival stays open late Sun-Thurs 23:00 (11 pm) and on Friday and Saturday until 1:00 (1 am).
Don’t care for beer? No problem! See our post for things to do at night in Barcelona.
(9) Visit a Museum for Free
Traveling to Barcelona in October has some real advantages. It is off-peak season, so you won’t be angling for space in a crowded museum. Better still is that on Sundays, several museums offer free entry after 3:00 pm.
If you are in Barcelona at the start of the month, catch First Sunday, when many museums off free entry all day. In 2019, it is October 6.
If you aren’t here on a Sunday, there are other ways to save on museums. See how a tourist discount pass can save money while seeing many of Barcelona’s best museums.
(10) See and Save More with a City Pass
There are multiple major attraction passes that can help you get the most out of your time in beautiful Barcelona.
If you go for an all-inclusive pass, you’ll get free entry into multiple attractions in addition to discounts on more activities and tours.
Other passes are designed to let you pick a specified number of attractions and get up to 40% savings on entry to those.
Attractions Available for Discount Include:
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Barcelona Bike Tour
- Camp Nou Tour
- Barcelona Zoo
- L’Aquarium Barcelona
- Picasso Museum
- Park Guell’s Monumental Zone
- Montserrat Morning Tour
- Hard Rock Cafe
If you’re really looking to maximize the time you have in Barcelona, using a tourist pass is the best way to do that.