What’s Happening in October
Here are our picks for the top activities for the month of October.
Barcelona Record Collectors Fair 2010 October 1 – 3
Vinyl lovers check out the 10th edition of Barcelona largest fair for record collectors. Over the years it has been estimated at previous fairs that 2 million albums, records and CDs have traded hands and this year more of the same is to be expected in addition to a rare music and memorabilia auction.
Location: Estacio del Nord
Admission: 6€ per day or 12€ for all three days
Times: Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm
For more information go to: firadeldiscbcn.com
13th Annual Barcelona Tattoo Expo October 1 – 3
A three-day event dedicated to the world of tattoos. If you’ve ever though about getting one or if you are true blue tattoo fanatic expect to see top artists ‘’ink’’ up willing individuals, cool tattoo art competitions and learn new techniques in one of oldest practiced forms of self-adornment.
Location: La Farga Max Center
C/ de Barcelona 2
Hospital de Llobregat
Admission: 12€ per day or 30€ for all three days (purchase at ticktacktickets.com)
Times: Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am, Sunday 12pm – 10pm
Barcelona Air Show October 2 – 3
The weather is still lovely in Barcelona this time of year so taking in a few rays on the beach while watching daredevil airplane acrobatics is a fun way to spend a warm fall day at the Festa al Cel, Barcelona’s 19th Annual International Airshow.
Location: Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Nova Bar Bella beaches
Times: 2pm – 6pm
For more information got to: festaalcel.com
Eme3 2010 Architectural Festival October 6 – 10
In its 5th year, the eme3 festival in Barcelona brings together artists, students, professionals and academics to discuss the present and future state of architecture as well as the role of the architect in society. Expect debates, roundtable discussions and workshops.
Location: Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB)
C/ de Montalegre 5
For more information on program of scheduled events and to register go to: eme3.org or cccb.org
Sitges Film Festival 2010 October 7 – 17
Back again for its 43rd edition, the Sitges 10 – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is in fact, one of the oldest festivals in all of Spain starting in 1968. Today, it is heralded as an important festival for exposing local talent, many of whom have gone on to work internationally. It might not be Cannes however a few stars do show up and there is, as always the spooky Zombie Walk, which will take place on the last Saturday of the 10-day event.
For more information of festival program, screening locations and admission go to: sitgesfilmfestival.com.
Regal FC Barcelona vs. Los Angeles Lakers October 7
The reining NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers will be coming to battle the European league champions, Regal FC Barcelona. No doubt this will be an exciting matchup of talent and skill as both teams play a repeat match that had the Lakers edging out FC 114 to 108 on their home turf in the U.S.
Location: Palau Sant Jordi Arena
Admission: 38€ - 258€ (to purchase go to: servicaixa.com)
Massive Attack Concert October 7
The cult electro band duo from Britain will perform their latest series of moody, electronic dance hits at the Pavello Olimpic for hundreds of adoring fans. Considered one of the most important British bands of the 90’s Massive Attack put a cutting edge spin on soul music and invented the Trip Hop genre of music.
Location: Pavello Olimpic Badalona
Avenida Alfons XIII, 131
Admission: 35€ (purchase at ticktackticket.com)
Brandon Flowers Concert October 8
Lead singer and keyboardist from the chart-topping band the Killers, Brandon Flowers will be performing in Barcelona as a solo artist presenting his new album ‘’Flamingo’’ and the new single sensation ‘’Crossfire’’ released last September.
Location: Sala Apolo
Nou de la Rambla 113
For more information on prices and to purchase tickets go to: sala-apolo.com
Dia de la Hispanidad October 12
Today is the National Day of Spain and is a public holiday all throughout Spain. Also for history buffs this is the anniversary that Columbus supposedly arrived in the Americas (October 12, 1942). In other words, it’s Spain’s Columbus Day.
Aha Concert October 15
Who didn’t love these Norwegians that burst onto the music scene in the 80’s with the their hit ‘’Take on Me?’’ The MTV generation most likely has their animated sketch video burned into their memory. Well, the band went on to enjoy continued success with a few breaks along the way however 2010 sees the official end of Aha with their final ‘’Ending on a High Note’’ tour, which stops in Barcelona. Don’t miss out on seeing them perform one last time.
Location: Sant Jordi Club – Montjuic Hill
Admission: 39€ (tickets on sale at ticktackticket.com)
Barcelona International Walk October 16 - 17
The Caminada Internacional de Barcelona is an annually held two-day event that allows participants to visit Barcelona on foot and get fit at the same time. The walking event has three routes covering 10, 20 or 30 km distances all passing by historic highlights and sights throughout Barcelona. Lace up your walking shoes!
Admission: 8€ to 14€ for routes 20km or greater
For more information on program of activities, start and location times visit ww.euro-senders.com
Garmin Barcelona Triathlon 2010 October 17
One of the most popular triathlons throughout the country, the Garmin Triathlon culls together a stellar group of professional and amateur athletes willing to push their bodies beyond their physical limit competing in a non-stop race that includes a grueling swim in the sea, cycling route and foot race.
To sign up (if you dare) or for more information visit garminbarcelonatriathalon.com.
Barcelona Design Week October 18 - 22
The Barcelona Design Week 2010 is in its 5th year and has become a leading event within the world of design bringing together a diverse group of design as well as business experts to discuss the innovations leaps taking place within the design industry across various platforms.
For more information on participating, attending and a detailed program of activities visit BDW website at barcelonadesignweek.com.
Location: Caixa Forum
Avenida Marques de Comillas 6-8
Guns N’Roses October 23
Don’t miss Axl shimmying across the stage or the opportunity to belt out Paradise City with top 90’s rock band Guns N’Roses as they perform songs from their newly released album, ‘’Chinese Democracy’’. Surely they’ll be rocking some of the old time hits as well. FYI- special invited guest is Sebastian Bach.
Location: Pavello Olimpic de Badalona
Avenida Alfons XIII, 131
Admission: 51€ (purchase tickets at ticktackticket.com)
Mediterrani Marathon 2010 October 24
As it is more commonly known locally, the ‘’Marato del Mediterrani’’ is a popular race day for running enthusiasts in the area. Just outside of Barcelona the day actually includes three race that includes a marathon, half-marathon and a 10k open to the general public. The various routes all run along the Mediterranean sea promising spectacular views as runners pass through the seaside towns of Castelldefels, Gava and Sitges.
For information on registration and fees visit maratodelmediterrani.com.
Sting Concert October 29
Get stung by the legendary music man Sting. The guy always puts on a stellar performance and undoubtedly he won’t disappoint bringing along the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to play along. All of his greatest and most-loved hits like ‘’Every Breath You Take’’ and ‘’Roxanne,’’ have been given an orchestra once-over and reinterpretations of the songs led by Maestro Steven Mercurio will be played.
Location: Palau Sant Jordi – Montjuic Hill
Admission: 46€ to 127€ (purchase at ticktackticket.com)
Michael Buble Concert October 30
The modern crooner is going to make hearts swoon and lovers rock with a stop in Barcelona on his ‘’Crazy Love Tour.’’ Hands down, a perfect pick for a romantic date-night.
Location: Palau Sant Jordi – Montjuic Hill
Admission: 35€ to 80€ (purchase at ticktacticket.com)
October Football Matches at Camp Nou, Calle Aristides Maillol
FC Barcelona vs. Mallorca October 3
FC Barcelona vs. Valencia October 17
FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla October 31
Ticket Prices: 32€ to 102€; to purchase go to www.fcbarcelona.cat