What’s On in Madrid

  • Elvis Costello, Serrat, Norah Jones, Simple Minds ... a remarkable line-up for the third edition of this eclectic festival (Complutense University Botanical Garden. 21 Jun-29 Jul).

    Noches del Botánico
  • Norah Jones

july & August highlights

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

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).

Discover why Rubens is the most important painter of sketches in the history of European art (Prado Museum. Till 5 August).

First stop of this travelling exhibition about the Nazi extermination camp in Poland, with over 600 original objects (Canal Art Centre. Till 7 October).

Almost 180 photographs from the Magnum archive explore the myriad connotations of the word Play (Espacio Fundación Telefónica. 9 May-16 Sept).

Monographic exhibition of one of the principal exponents of Op Art (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. 7 Jun-9 Sept).

A tribute to the legendary photographer through his most iconic portraits (Canal de Isabel II Foundation. 31 May-19 Aug).

A journey through the best known illustration works in children’s literature (CaixaForum Madrid. 30 May-9 Sept).

First exhibition that addresses the relationship between the impressionist painter and his maestro (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. 26 Jun-30 sept).

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

An exhibition looking at the Russian avant-garde in the light of the anti-art canons associated with Dadaism (Reina Sofia Museum. 6 Jun - 22 Oct).

Horse racing continues, in the evenings, at the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela (Summer season: 5 July to 6 September)

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A flamenco show interpreted by Tania Martín and Carlos Romero (Arlequín Gran Vía Teatro. Fridays to Sundays).

A historic music journey through a selection of around 400 works of a varied nature (CaixaForum Madrid. 9 Jun-16 Sept).

The famous television magician, Antonio Díaz, premieres his latest unprecedented magic and fantasy show (Teatro Rialto. Wednesday to Sunday. From 14 Sept-14 Oct).

The most authentic zarzuela operetta is returning, performed by the Ditirámbak group (Teatro Victoria. Thursdays).


A journey through the creative process of the Disney Studios (CaixaForum Madrid. Till 4 November).

England’s leading ballet company is to perform the classic Swan Lake (Teatro Real. 18-22 July).


The English dancer revisits the Sanskrit epic Mahābhārata from the point of view of contemporary dance (Teatro Circo Price. 19-21 July).

Getafe, a southern city in the Region of Madrid, is hosting the outdoor events of Spain’s top athletic competition (Getafe. 21-22 July).

A music and dance show that transports audiences to mystical India (Teatro de la Luz Philips. 21-26 August).

The American band returns to Spain after six years bringing their fans their newest and greatest hits. (La Riviera. 25 Aug)

The dance troupe celebrates its 30th anniversary with some of its most beloved choreographies (Teatros del Canal - Sala Roja. Tuesday to Sunday. 23 Aug-9 Sept).

The world’s best show in tribute to the greatest hits of Michael Jackson (Teatro Nuevo Apolo. Friday to Sunday).

The largest musical production ever seen in Spain. Over 85 million people around the world (Teatro Lope de Vega. Tuesdays to Sundays).

Steven Tyler, Gregory Porter, Pablo López, Pablo Alborán, Niña Pastori and other top Spanish and international musicians (Teatro Real. 3-31 July).


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.

Although flamenco has its roots in Andalusia, Madrid stages some of the genre's best shows. Register today for exclusive flamenco deals!

  • Don't miss

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

    PHotoESPAÑA 2018
  • Samuel Fosso. African Spirits series, 2008
  • Max Beckmann. Quappi con suéter rosa. 1932 - 1934. ©VEGAP, Madrid
  • Metallica, Jason Derulo, Bob Dylan, Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, Thirty Second to Mars, Bruno Mars, Iron Maiden, KISS, U2...

    Unmissable concerts in 2018
  • U2
  • Take your pick from Madrid's eclectic festivals, featuring everything from jazz to rock.

    2018 Music Festivals
  • Festivales musicales Madrid

Outdoor summer pools

What's on for kids
  • In the Espacio Fundación Telefónica you can find this unique collection that traces the history of telecommunications.

    The History of Telecommunications
  • The largest musical production ever seen in Spain. Over 85 million people around the world (Teatro Lope de Vega. Tuesdays to Sundays).

    The Lion King (El Rey León)
  • A museum in the Malasaña district showing the largest collection of robots in Europe.

    The Robot Museum
  • Historia de las telecomunicaciones
  • El Rey León
  • museum robot 1
  • From one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe to Real Madrid's stadium, discover the city's most popular sights and attractions.

    Madrid Top 10
  • Check out a host of ideas for enjoying a family day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Days Out for Kids
  • Alrededores de Madrid con niños
  • Madrid's excellent transport system allows you to get around the city quickly and safely by bus, metro, train or taxi.

    Getting around Madrid