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Every August, Barcelona’s Gràcia district holds a week-long festival, Festa Major de Gràcia. Gràcia is one of the fanciest areas in Barcelona, with a laid-back atmosphere and hip, vibrant cafes and bars. It is also home to the popular tourist attraction, the Gaudi-designed Parc Guell, one of the architect’s most significant works.
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During the festival, each street in Gràcia’s neighborhoods selects a theme of decoration and competes against each other. While the themes vary from Japanese cherry blossom to medieval folklore, the Barcelonians take the competition very seriously and the decorations are highly creative. It is like a much more civilized version of the Hunger Games, with different streets competing for the top spot. Aside from the artfully decorated Catalonian streets, there are various concerts and performances throughout the week of Festa Major de Gràcia. This year the festivities take place from August 14th to August 21st. It is free and open to everyone. To find out more information or a detailed calendar of events, please visit: http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/.