Barcelona Carnival 2017

Carnestoltes Events Feb 5th to 11th

Barcelona Carnival Poster 2014

As with every year, Barcelona Carnival 2018 kicks off on Thursday with Dijous Gras, runs over the weekend with the Processions and La Taronjada and finishes the following Wednesday with the Enterro de la Sardina.

This Barcelona Carnestoltes 2018 Guide just covers the main events in Barcelona City Centre, which as usual will centre around El Born in Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera so if you are coming into the city your best metro stop will generally be Jaume I on the Yellow L4 Line.

Of course, the Seven Ambassadors will be taking the Desbauxa or Debauchary out to the Districts of Barcelona throughout the week but the as yet unannounced Rei de Carnestoltes will be presiding over events in the city centre.

Anyway, here are times and locations of the main activities and as usual the whole mad week looks like a lot more fun than Pancake Day!

Dijous Gras - Presentation of the Seven Ambassadors

The first event of Barcelona Carnival is always the presentation of the Seven Ambassadors, who represents the seven towns that were incorporated into the City of Barcelona at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

It is normally celebrated in a city centre market and for Barcelona Carnival 2018, the venue is El Mercat de la Concepció.

When: Thursday February 5 - 11 am

Where: Mercat de la Concepció, Carrer Aragó 311, Dreta de l'Eixample, Barcelona 08009

Metro: Verdaguer, Girona - Blue L5 Metro Line, Passeig de Gràcia - Yellow L4 Metro Line

Arribo of Rei Carnestoltes and Sarau de l'Arribo with Masquerade Ball

The official start of Carnival in Barcelona kicks off with the arrival of the King of Carnival - Rei Carnestoltes.

He is accompanied by the Seven Ambassadors and the gegants Rodanxo and Rodanxa around La Ribera neighbourhood.

The event is followed by general festivities and a fancy dress party.

When: Thursday February 5 - 7.30 pm

Route: Mercat Santa Caterina, Giralt el Pellicer, Carders, Montcada, Passeig del Born and Mercat del Born

Metro: Jaume I - Yellow L4 Metro Line

Rues De Carnaval

On the evening of Saturday February 10th there will be more than thirty Carnival Processions or Rues taking place all over the city.

Each of the Seven Ambassadors leads the processions in his or her designated area, which tend to start around 6 pm but you should check your local Centre Civic for more information.

La Taronjada

La Taronjada was originally an orange fight that has turned into a street party with orange balloons and is the main event of Barcelona Carnival 2018.

It is perfect for the whole family and includes a number of activities all of which begin at Plaça Comercial in La Ribera/El Born.

  • 17h Els balls de Carnaval – El Carnaval i la Cultura Popular i Tradicional. Plaça Comercial
  • 17.45 h El Cercavila del Rei Carnestoltes. Route: Barri de la Ribera
  • 18.40 h La Taronjada. Plaça Comercial
  • 18.45 h El Sarau de Carnaval i Ball de Màscares. Plaça Comercial

Metro: Jaume I - Yellow L4 Metro Line

L'Enterro de la Sardina

L'Enterro de la Sardina is literally the Burial of the Sardine and although its meaning is lost in the mists of time, today it is normally a concert in the Parc de la Ciutadella.

For Barcelona Carnaval 2018 there will be various Big Bands from Escola de la Concepció and Saltimbanquis del Carnaval along with many other activities throughout the day.

When: Wednesday February 14 - 11 am

Where: Parc de la Ciutadella, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera, Barcelona 08003

Metro: Jaume I - Yellow L4 Metro Line, Arc de Triomf - Red L1 Metro Line

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