Events in Madrid

  • Don't miss

    A host of activities in Madrid's 21 districts turn the city into one big festival (29 Jun-2 Sept).

    Veranos de la Villa 2018
  • Veranos de la Villa 2018

Summer highlights

A series of films shown in their original version to suit all tastes, in a unique setting (Glass Gallery - Cibeles Palace. 29 Jun-9 Sept).

Don't miss

The International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts is holding its 21st edition (6 Jun-26 Aug).

August is a fantastic month to experience Madrid at its most authentic, with the San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and Virgen de la Paloma festivities (2 to 15 August).

A street event full of activities and a cultural program for all ages (Cuesta de Moyano. 20 Jun-26 Aug).

The longest shopping evening of the year brings glamour, promotions and gifts to the Salamanca district (September).

As the summer comes to an end we welcome Imagine Dragons, Izal and Bastille leading the lineup of this fun festival (Campus de la Universidad Complutense. 8 September).

The best European teams fight for a chance in the world championship (Palacio Vistalegre Arena. 8-9 September).

The great contemporary art party in which galleries and museums open their exhibitions at the same time (Various locations. 13-16 September).

Annual events

An event to discover the world of architecture and urban development through tours, exhibitions and talks (28 Sept-7 Oct).

Join Madrileños in Puerta del Sol at midnight for your 12 lucky grapes, watch the Three Kings parade through the city, take part in the San Silvestre Run on the last day of the year, and fill up on delicious Yuletide treats!

The most important gastronomy-cultural event of the year reaches its tenth edition (26 Jan-10 Feb 2019).

2019 sees the start of the Year of the Pig, and Madrid is celebrating this event with countless activities to discover all  the traditions of the Chinese community (From 5 February 2019)

Enjoy the emotion, the passion and the gastronomy of a fully Spanish tradition.

Enjoy the opening ceremony, the parade, the burial of the sardine and an endless range of activities for children and adults.

Festivals, sweets, chotis dance and bullfights in the feast honouring Madrid’s patron saint.

Each year, around two million people take part in one of the most famous LGBTI festivals worldwide (27 Jun-7 July 2019 - dates to be confirmed).


Make your way up to the observation deck of the former transmissions tower and enjoy a stunning view of the city.

Take in the city's top sights on board our hop on hop off bus, equipped with audio guides in 14 languages.

When the sun goes down, Madrid fills up with exclusive plans to enjoy a magical summer. Register with Vuelve a Madrid and discover them all!

  • Don’t miss the weekly Changing of the Guard (held every Weds and Sat) and the Solemn Change, which takes place on the first Wednesday of each month from October to July.

    Changing the Guard at the Royal Palace
  • Relevo solemne de la Guardia Real
  • Max Beckmann. Quappi con suéter rosa. 1932 - 1934. ©VEGAP, Madrid

Outdoor summer pools

  • From one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe to Real Madrid's stadium, discover the city's most popular sights and attractions.

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