Things to Do in Barcelona in October

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!

 

 

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:


(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. 

Check out this Halloween Scavenger Hunt. You can also take a walking tour of Barcelona’s Dark History.

 

 

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.

 


This photo of Mercat de mercats is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

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.

See our Barcelona Tourist Pass comparison here.

 


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LUGGAGE STORAGE (THE AIRBNB METHOD)

It would be difficult to enjoy your time in Barcelona city while dragging your luggage with you. 

You now have great options for luggage storage in shops and hotels around cities across Europe thanks to these new Airbnb-style companies.


Stasher (The Airbnb Method)

Stasher and its competitors listed below offer you affordable, convenient and fully insured luggage storage through a strong network of local shops and hotels in Barcelona.

The companies promise to provide safe and secure luggage storage – all it requires is finding a location that works for you on their app, making a reservation, and dropping off your bags.

 

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The locations are called StashPoints and are almost in every neighborhood – especially close to all the major attractions and transportation hubs.

Their prices are just €5 per bag per day!

Every bag gets a security seal while it is stored as well as insurance against loss or damage.

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Additional Companies

Stasher is not the only luggage company in Barcelona as there are also other company outlets like of Nannybag and BagBnB. You can try them when in need of storing your luggage.


Nannybag

Nannybag is another luggage company that serves its customers from hundreds of locations in Europe.Nanny Bag Barcelona

In Barcelona, they have dozens of locations and provide generous insurance of €1500 per bag.

Their prices are quite affordable: 6€ per piece of luggage for the first day; 4€ per piece of luggage for each additional day.

Use our promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT for a 10% discount.

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Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and if your heavy luggage is getting in the way, then you can count on BagBnB to enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

It is just 5€ per bag for 24 hours with a fast 3-minute check-in, but just €200 of insurance for each bag.

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LUGGAGE STORAGE AT THE AIRPORT

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona airport offers you the facility to drop or pick your luggage to and from the airport.

For this, they have a left luggage service at Terminal T1 and T2 where you can leave your luggage.

  • Locations: Terminals 1 and 2
  • Hours: It is open daily and costs just €6.00 per item for the first 2 hours, the €10per item under for 2-24 hours, and £7 per item over 20kg for 2-24 hours.
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LUGGAGE STORAGE AT THE TRAIN AND BUS STATIONS

Sants Estacó Train Station

Barcelona Sants Train Station Luggage Storage

You can find lockers at the main railway station Sants Estacó in the main hall. You can reach the train station with the metro lines L3 and L5.

  • Hours: 5:30 to 23:00 (11:00 pm) every day
  • Prices:
    • Small Locker €3.50 per 24 hours
    • Large Locker €5 per 24 hours

Barcelona Nord Bus Station

Barcelona Nord Bus Station Luggage Lockers

Located just outside the bus terminal, there are 50 lockers of varying sizes available.

  • Hours: 24 hours
  • Prices:
    • Small Locker €3.50 per 24 hours
    • Large Locker €5.00 per 24 hours
    • Ski Locker €7.00 per 24 hours

NOTE: There are only 4 ski lockers, so you may not be able to get the size you need during busy times. The area is also not manned or monitored.

 


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TRADITIONAL SELF-STORAGE CENTERS

In addition to luggage facility at the airport and train stations, there are also self-storage centers where you can drop your luggage at a specific location and pay a fixed rate per item.


Locker Barcelona

Locker Barcelona is one such self-storage center located at Carrer d’Estruc.

This storage location offers a place for tourists to leave their luggage and visit the city’s major attractions without worrying about the safety of their luggage.

The working hours depend on the season:

  • Winter: Monday – Sunday, 8:30 – 20:30 (8:30 pm)
  • Summer: Monday – Sunday, 8:30 – 21:30 (9:30 pm)

Keep these hours in mind – they aren’t very flexible. Why don’t you take a look at the Airbnb-style storage methods above

Note: Locker Barcelona occasionally has sales on their storage lockers, which range from small lockers to large items like surfboards. Prices range from 3.60 to 12 per 24 hours.

 


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LUGGAGE DELIVERY SERVICES

An option that allows you to leave the work of transporting your luggage up to someone else is a luggage delivery service.

 

Suitcase in a Train Station

 

Employees will drop off or collect your luggage to and from your doorstep.


Lock Luggage Delivery

One such company is Lock Luggage Delivery.

They send their staff to collect your luggage directly from your doorstep and deliver the same to any destination with the limits of Barcelona city whether it is an airport or a railway station.

 


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Before You Buy

There are several different tourist passes to choose from in Barcelona.

Some of them focus primarily on museums, while others offer discounts at several different locations. There are also transport passes which can make traveling around the city much easier.

You will also want to consider the differences between the all-inclusive, preset packages, and build your own options. 

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