Arts Festival / Music Festival
May 23–Jun 9, 2013 Thirty companies have been invited to take part, performing works of theatre, dance, music and circus. ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Cardamomo is the place to both watch and participate in flamenco dancing every night of the week. Although there’s a large bar up front, the main attraction is in the cavernous space in the back where some of Spain’s finest flamenco musicians and dancers showcase their talents on a small stage bathed in red and blue lights ... more
Calle de Echegaray, 15
May 23–28, 2013 Contemporary artists face an uphill battle in showcasing their most innovative works to the public. To help promote contemporary artists, studios, and galleries throughout Madrid, art lovers flock to the annual Jugada a 3 Bandas Madrid, or ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Stretching from the Atocha area in the center of the city to the affluent Salamanca neighborhood in the northwest, Madrid’s five-hundred-year-old El Parque del Buen Retiro is a lush and bustling urban playground, a veritable feast for the senses that has something to offer everyone. Visitors will find an animated crowd ... more
C/ Alfonso XII, 14
Arts Festival / Art Exhibit
May 23–26, 2013 Once a year in Madrid, hundreds of art fans of all kinds head to the five-day Open Studio. Open Studio 2013 in Madrid aims to garner interest from seasoned art collectors as well as expose a portion of the general public to the city’ ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Hidden away in a maze of cobblestone streets in what was the original center of Madrid is Plaza de la Paja, which, centuries ago, was one of the city’s most important cultural and commercial meeting points. This charming square, nestled between the medieval walls of the Bishop’s Chapel and the estate of an aristocratic ... more
Plaza de la Paja
May 23–Jun 19, 2013 Museo Nacional del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Party Earth Review Renowned for its live music, El Junco is an unassuming, funky little jazz club that attracts a clientele of young and vivacious music lovers who crowd around the stage to dance and cheer. Bathed in soft blue and red light, this comfortably dark basement-level haven provides a vibrant environment for savvy customers who ... more
Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 10
Party Earth Review On the southeast side of the historical center of Madrid lies the former Jewish quarter of Lavapiés, a neighborhood that has been transformed over hundreds of years into a vibrant multicultural mix of cosmopolitan life. With an immigrant population estimated at over fifty percent, the barrio’s narrow streets resonate with ... more
May 23, 2013 8:00 pm Teatro Alfil
Calle del Pez, 10
Party Earth Review A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers hunting sliced ham to statuesque Spanish ladies relaxing over oysters and champagne. Built almost entirely of exposed iron beams and ... more
Plaza San Miguel 1
Although the city’s residents take their nightlife very seriously – and often party hard well into the next morning – there are endless things to do in Madrid no matter the time.
Wonderful weather practically all year makes it a great city for outdoor activities and things to do, and expansive parks like Buen Retiro and Parque Oeste are as perfect for picnics and lazy afternoon strolls as they are for jogging, biking, and other athletic pursuits.
Landmark museums like the Prado house some of Europe’s most important art, catching a flamenco show is a signature event available at venues all over town, and countless plazas offer a relaxing spot to while away the hours and soak up the sun.
Shopping is also stunning in Madrid, with vast flea markets, high-end boutiques, and a thousand-lifetimes-supply of swanky shoes. Take advantage of those afternoon siestas, you’re going to need them in this town, especially once denizens start flooding out for Happy Hour in advance of another long and festive night.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma: