Festivals & Events
Madrids festival calender is shaped by both religious secular festivities.
The regulation of public holidays may appear strange to non-Spaniards. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is often also celebrated as a public holiday.
|1. January||Año Nuevo |
|Maundy Thursday ||Jueves Santo|
|Good Friday ||Viernes Santo|
|1. May||Día del Trabajo|
|2. May||Día de la Comunidad: Festival of the autonomous region of Madrid, to commemorate the rebellion against Napoleonic troops in 1808|
|15. May||San Isidro: Feast of the patron saint of the city |
|15. August||Asunción de la Virgen|
|12. October||Día de la Hispanidad, in commemoration of Columbus' arrival in America in 1492|
|1. November||Todos los Santos|
|9. November||Almudena: Day of the patron saint of the city |
|6. December||Día de la Constitución: Constitution Day |
|8. December||Inmaculada Concepción|
|5. January|| |
Cabalgata de Reyes: At night, he children watch the three Magi's festive arrival in Madrid. When they come home later, the Reyes have already left their gifts which can be opened the next morning.
|End of January-ende of February|| |
Escena Contemporánea, international off-Theater Festival at various venues of the city.
|March/April||Maundy Thursday/Good Friday: Semana-Santa-Processions in the old town to remember the passion of Christ.|
|2. May||The holiday of the Comunidad de Madrid remembers the rebels, who resisted the troops of Napoleon on May 2nd 1808. It is mainly celebrated on the Plaza Dos de Mayo in the heart of Malasañas.|
|8.-15. May||The city of madrid celebrates their Saint San Isidro. Daily bullfights in the arena Las Ventas until early June.|
|Last weekend in May||Festimad, the most important rock festival in the region of Madrid in Fuenlabrada, 18 km south of Madrid. |
|End of May/eraly June||Feria del Libro in Retiro, a two-week autograph Marathon of the most significant Spanish-speaking writer.|
|Beginning of June-mid-July|| |
Photo-España: The whole city is transformed into a large photo exhibition.
|23./24. June||Noche de San Juan: In the St. Johns' Night the young people in Madrid jump over fire, such as on the Plaza Dos de Mayo and on the square behind the Church of San Francisco el Grande.|
|End of June/early July||Día del Orgullo Gay: The gay demonstration in Chueca has become the largest folk festival in Madrid. |
|End of June-September||Veranos de la Villa: Theatre, Music and Dance throughout the city. The most beautiful venues: Jardines de Sabatini, La Muralla Árabe, Cuartel Conde Duque|
|6.-15. August||Verbena de la Paloma/ San Cayetano/San Lorenzo: The most down-to-earth festivals in the hot Madrid summer around the Plaza Cascorro in the Rastro quarter and the Argumosa in Lavapiés.|
|Mid-October-mid-November||Festival de Otoño: autumn culture festival on many stages. |
|December||Christmas market in Plaza Mayor, especially nativity figures and joke articles are sold. |
The New Year's Eve celebration at the Puerta del Sol is broadcasted on national television.