Fiestas de San Isidro

Key places: Plaza Mayor, Las Vistillas and Pradera de San Isidro

Dates: 10th – 15th May 2019

This week, Madrileños celebrate their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, so it will be a week filled with concerts, shows and other cultural activities. With locals dressed in ´chulapos´, dancing ´el Chotis´. 

Here are our top three things to take part in during the Day of San Isidro Labrador:

Pasacalles de Gigantes y Cabezudos

Labelled the quirkiest and ´most instagrammable´ event of this week, this parade consists of locals sporting giant heads characterizing the four ruling couples of Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

The parade takes place along:
Plaza de Santo Domingo, Plaza de Callao, Calle Preciados, Puerta del Sol, Calle Mayor and Plaza de la Villa on Sunday 12th (18:00pm) and Monday 13th (12:00pm)

Fireworks and Music

Parque de Retiro is the go-to place for sunbathing and offers beautiful views all year round, but on the 14th and 15th, the gardens will host a spectacular fireworks show (22:00pm) with music events from around 20:30.

Top Tip! Try out the many variations of rosquillas; tiny sugared doughnuts found in stalls down every street.

Click here to download the 2019 programme.

Festivals in Madrid

Looking for a good party or festival during your stay in Madrid? No worries because in this city you will not have a shortage of ‘fiestas’! Especially during the summer, there are a lot of festivals organized! Below you will find the 3 best festivals in the city of Madrid!

Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is a music festival that takes place in Madrid since 2016. Art, gastronomy and tourism come together in this festival. The type of music is rock, indie and electronic music. Since 2016, many famous artists have performed. To name a few: Bastille (2016), The Lumineers (2017), George Ezra (2017), Post Malone (2018), Snow Patrol (2018) and Dua Lipa (2018).

This festival is the dream of every rock, indie and/or electronic music fan!

The festival takes place in the summer and the dates for the next one are already released: 11, 12 and 13 of July! Be fast if you want to buy tickets because with over 230.000 visitors the festival will be sold out quickly.

Ticket Price: around €150
https://madcoolfestival.es/

A Summer Story

If you love electronical music, A Summer Story is the perfect festival for you. Summer Story was created in 2015 to unite electronic music lovers from all over the planet and now it has some of the best DJ’s in the world such as: Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, Tchami and Deadmau5.

In 2019 the festival dates will be the June 21st and 22nd.

Ticket Price: from €35
https://asummerstory.com/

Brunch in the Park

One of the best (smaller festivals) in Madrid is definitely Brunch in the Park. Brunch in the Park is an outdoor event very close to the city center. The advantage of Brunch in the Park is that it is organized multiple times during the summer. You can enjoy great parties under the sunshine, without having to spend the whole night out. According to Brunch in the Park, their purpose is to bring national and international artists to electronic music lovers.

A ticket for Brunch in the Park will cost you around €15 (there are several tickets available)

2018

The Reggae Bar of Madrid

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Since I’m a big Reggae fan, I like to explore the local Reggae scenes in cities I visit. One Love is a reggae bar located in a quiet part of the neighbourhood of Lavapiés. To begin with, if you’re not fond of crowded areas but still want to go out to have fun and enjoy Reggae music, One Love is definitely the place to be!

One Love had been on my “to do list” for about a week. So, I finally decided to check it out after our fun trip to Álcala de Henares with Inhispania! Despite being a bit isolated from the busy areas, One Love was super easy to find. It’s centrally located in a side street of Calle Santa Isabel, two blocks away from Cine Doré. As soon as I walked into the bar I noticed the music of legendary Gregory Isaacs playing. Surprisingly, the volume was not too high which made me think it’s a good place to have some drinks and socialize.
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FIB


If you’re in Madrid over the summer and looking for a weekend away and well-deserved break from your Spanish studies at Inhispania, I have an idea for you. Fib (Benicásim festival) is taking place this year from the 18th-21st July in Benicásim in Valencia. I can’t sell it as an ideal way to practice your Spanish (owing to the English-speaking crowd that flock there every year) but I can promise it will be a lot of fun! Continue reading “FIB”

The circus is coming to town!

From the 1st March onwards, a new Cirque du Soleil show will be in Madrid. Which is certainly one not to be missed!

Cirque du Soleil describes itself as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” It was founded in 1984 by two Canadian former street performers and is based in Montreal, Quebec. Thanks to a generous government grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the act has been able to develop since it’s first tour as “Les Échassiers”in 1980, and is now celebrated across the world as one of the very best modern-day circus acts.
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