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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Madrid

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Madrid November 22, 2011 | Events | Read More
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Madrid can be summed up in two words: totally crazy! The parties and festivities can’t seem to start soon enough – or last long enough for locals’ tastes. Actually, the New Year’s Eve holiday is considered a real opportunity to let one’s hair down with friends,...

Halloween in Madrid

Halloween in Madrid September 26, 2011 | Events | Read More
Spend Halloween in Madrid this year and you can join in on the holiday fun, Spanish style. Admittedly, the spring season’s Carnival holidays are the annual time for costumed revelry in Spain, while in Ireland and the United States, that time is autumn’s Halloween on October 31. But in recent years,...

Fiestas in La Latina: Venerating the Virgin of La Paloma

Fiestas in La Latina: Venerating the Virgin of La Paloma July 29, 2011 | Events | Read More
August 15 is the date of one of Madrid’s most traditional fiestas, ostensibly in honor of the Virgin of La Paloma. But while modern-day celebrations include manifestations of religious devotion, they also showcase Madrid’s keen desire to party in the streets. The fiestas actually start a few...

Free Summer Concerts: Veranos de la Villa

Free Summer Concerts: Veranos de la Villa June 15, 2011 | Events | Read More
How do you plan to spend Madrid’s long, hot summer nights? Perhaps sitting down with an ice-cold drink at one of the Spanish capital’s lively outdoor sidewalk cafes? That’s certainly a solid plan. But how about a bunch of cool, free music thrown in, too? Each summer the city of Madrid hosts Veranos...

A Neighborhood Fiesta: San Antonio de la Florida

A Neighborhood Fiesta: San Antonio de la Florida May 27, 2011 | Events | Read More
Each year on June 13, the residents of Madrid’s Moncloa neighborhood pay homage to Saint Anthony. The celebrations typically center on the Royal Chapel of Saint Anthony de la Florida (Real Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida). Besides this event, the chapel is known for its frescoes painted by esteemed...

Book Fair in the Park

Book Fair in the Park May 21, 2011 | Events | Read More
Read any good books lately? Why not stock up on some new reading material? And take in some sun and fresh air too. Madrid’s annual book fair, the Feria del Libro, is back at Retiro Park from May 27 to June 12. Bookstores and publishing houses from Madrid, Spain and Latin America will set up their...

San Isidro Fiestas

San Isidro Fiestas May 5, 2011 | Events | Read More
Madrid’s patron saint, San Isidro, is celebrated May 15 with the San Isidro fiestas. These celebrations are local in nature, with residents enjoying picnics with their family and friends in San Isidro Park and Las Vistillas Park, and there are street fairs in the La Latina and Carabanchel neighborhoods. Many...

May 2: Costumed Battles and Celebrations

May 2: Costumed Battles and Celebrations April 24, 2011 | Events | Read More
Each May 2, Madrid celebrates the 1808 uprising against French occupation and Napoleonic rule. On that day the citizens of Madrid and the Spanish artillery units at Monteleón, who joined the rebellion against orders to stay out of the fight, fought against the French troops. Where the Monteleón barracks...

Festimad 2M: The Spanish Capital’s Biggest Rock Festival

Festimad 2M: The Spanish Capital’s Biggest Rock Festival April 22, 2011 | Events | Read More
If you’re looking for a heavy dose of rock music, then head straight to Festimad – Madrid’s biggest alternative rock and music festival set for April 28 to May 8. Festimad will bring together popular international and Spanish groups as well as lots of local and emerging bands for almost two weeks...

Madrid Open Tennis: Will Nadal Come Out On Top?

Madrid Open Tennis: Will Nadal Come Out On Top? April 19, 2011 | Events | Read More
Spain’s Rafael Nadal is currently the number one tennis player in the world. Here in a country traditionally more passionate about soccer than tennis, the twenty-something from Mallorca is a much beloved icon. He’s also infamously known for biting his trophies! This year at the Madrid Open tennis...