In Madeira, each season has its party. Discover Madeira Events!
January begins in beauty, with the spectacular fireworks in Funchal bay. Whether on land or sea, thousands of locals and tourists dress up to watch the pyrotechnic show (which lasts about 10 minutes) and celebrate a “Happy New Year“!
Carnival begins in Madeira in mid-February (February 19 to March 1, 2020). The animation takes place in the downtown area, with music and carnival shows on Avenida Arriaga. It culminates with the Great Allegorical Parade (on Saturday, 22nd at night), and with the Trapalhão (slapstick) Parade (on Tuesday, 25th in the afternoon), at Avenida do Mar e Comunidades Madeirenses.
Learn more about Madeira’s carnival parties in this article
– APRIL / MAY
The well-known Flower Festival runs from April 30 to May 24. The queens of this event are the natural flowers, regional and exotic. Over 3 weeks, you can access exhibitions, workshops, and live animation in Funchal, under this theme. On Avenida Arriaga, you will also find various musical concerts (“Concertos da flor”, 14-17 May), as well as floral carpets and installations (21-24 May). On the morning of May 2, you can attend the Muro da Esperança (Wall of Hope) Ceremony, where families and children gather near the City Hall (Largo do Colégio) to place a flower on a mural – a symbolic gesture for peace in the world. The Great Allegoric Flower Parade takes place the afternoon of the following day (May 3). Hundreds of children dressed in flower-decorated costumes parade on Avenida do Mar e Comunidades Madeirenses – find out more here.
Each Saturday of June, (6, 13, 20 and 27), fireworks take place at the Funchal pier. This time, it comes accompanied by musical themes, in a party entitled – Atlantic Festival.
– AUGUST SEPTEMBER
The Wine Festival pays tribute to the traditional Madeira Wine. It takes place from August 25th to September 8th (harvest season) in the various municipalities of the island. You can attend the live harvest and the grape picking on September 7th, nearby Estreito de Câmara de Lobos Church. The Mercado do Vinho (MADEIRA WINE LOUNGE) takes place from 25th August to 8th September at Praça do Povo, in Funchal. Here you will find excellent Madeiran wines and various culinary delights in unlikely combinations. They are presented by local and international chefs. Find out which events are not to be missed at this festival!
In Porto Santo, on the weekend of September 12-14, the Colombo Festival takes place in Vila Baleira city centre. It honours Christopher Columbus’ passage through this island and has an interesting entertainment program, with multiple street shows and a 16th-century market.
The Nature Festival takes place from October 1-6. It pays tribute to the diversity and natural richness of Madeira. It is the ideal festivity for nature lovers, including Levada walks and extreme sports such as canyoning or mountain biking. There are several outdoor activities which are free during the festival.
Christmas in Madeira means party time! It starts on December 1st, with the colourful lighting in the streets of downtown Funchal, which remains until January 6th. The typical childbirth masses, allusive to Mary’s 9 months of pregnancy, begin at dawn on December 16th and end on December 23rd. That same day, there is a big party at the Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers Market) and surrounding streets. This great Market Night is celebrated with Christmas carols in Praça do Peixe (Fish Square). On December 24th, there’s the Midnight Mass (Missa do Galo), which welcomes baby Jesus. Christmas markets, Christmas gastronomy, music concerts, and nativity scenes are great attractions to discover this season, all over the island…
Madeira is a fun and festive destination any time of the year, but if you are looking for good reasons to visit the island – join our events!