What To Do In Barcelona This October

October, you sly dog, you.

December gets the credit for being the grandaddy of all holiday months but we think October can give the yuletide month a run for its money. It’s hard to beat a period of thirty days in which the cooler temperatures of fall usher in a festival of beer and a night of candy and costumes.

Barcelona’s October events calendar is packed with great ideas for things to do this month in Catalonia’s capital city:

Oktoberfest, Fira Montjuic: October 3-12

Prost! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shout the German version of ‘Cheers’ as you raise a hefty glass of brew at the 3rd annual Oktoberfest at Plaza Universo in Fira Barcelona Montjuïc.

Entrance is free and the daily schedule offers music, cultural activities, daily drawings for prizes and a whole lot of beer and food. Try the Paulaner Salvator, a mildly sweet, mildly bitter copper beer high on alcohol and flavor.

There are three days of discounts, too. On the 6th and 7th you get a free sausage for every liter of beer you purchase. On the 8th you get half off every liter of beer you buy and on the 9th all liters are 2 for 1.

According to the website, revelers consume 7,500,000 liters of beer during the three official weeks of Oktoberfest in Munich.

Click here for hours and info about the Barcelona Oktoberfest.

Mercats de Mercats, Ave. de la Catedral: Oct. 17 – 19

The ‘Market of Markets’ will convene in front of the Barcelona Cathedral in the middle of the month to offer visitors and residents delicious food and sumptuous wines. 
Photo courtesy of mercatsbcn.com
Catalan cuisine will be showcased at the market. A 10 euro ticket will get your a souvenir wine glass and four tastes of wine and cava. A 12 euro ticket gets you four tapas of your choice.
Foodies will be able to put in their vote for the best tapa of the 2014 Mercats de Mercats.  For more information, click here to check out the Mercats de Mercats website.

Halloween: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

The details aren’t out yet on Barcelona’s Halloween celebrations. The three-day celebration is a combination of The Day of the Dead, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Mixed in these holidays is the delightful Catalan tradition of making panellets, round treats covered in pine nuts. Check back in a few weeks for more details!

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