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Big festivals and major events in Madrid

From local traditions to major sporting events and massive music festivals, Madrid's yearly calendar is packed

Written by
Time Out Madrid editors

Madrid has such an extensive cultural calendar that it's practically impossible to list all the festivals, fairs and events that the city hosts year round. From the traditional fiestas of patron saint San Isidro to specialist fairs of video games and antiques, and even festivals on urban trends, the Spanish capital is in a constant state of creativity and celebration.

And something that always puts the locals in a party mood is the prospect of a long weekend. Every January, we cast anxious eyes over the yearly calendar and the days to the next public holiday. Though they vary depending on decisions made by political institutions, these are the main public holidays in Madrid:

January 1: New Year's Day

January 6: Epiphany/Kings' Day

End of May to April: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

May 1: International Workers’ Day

May 2: Day of the Community of Madrid

May 15: San Isidro Labrador

June 4: Corpus Christi

August 15: Assumption of the Virgin Mary

November 1: All Saints' Day

December 6: Constitution Day

December 8: Immaculate Conception

December 25: Immaculate Conception

Apart from these official public holidays, each neighbourhood and municipal area in the Community of Madrid celebrates its own feast days, especially in the summer months.

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