Festivals in Madeira Island

Madeira is home to various Portuguese festivals carnivals throught the year. Tourists from all over the world visit Madeira during these festivals.

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Find below a list of some of the main festivals in Madeira:

Madeira Carnival:
4th - 8th March

Madeira Carnival is an extravagant bonanza, celebrated in the capital, Funchal. Costumes, music, food… Everything you could ask for is here. No costume is too crazy for this beautiful Carnival!

Flower Festival:
7th – 8th May

The Madeira Flower Festival attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world to witness what is, arguably, one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see! Fresh flowers flood the streets and a delicate fragrance fills the air. If you choose to visit Madeira, make sure you attend this event. It is not to be missed!

São João Festival:June

This festival takes place on the island of Porto Santo, just off the coast of Madeira. Though it is of a religious origin, it also symbolises the beginning of summer festivites for all Madeirans. The festival encompasses beautiful firework displays, music and plenty of local gastronomy to try out!

Atlantic Festival Fireworks Competition:
4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June

This breathtaking festival boasts some of the fireworks displays you will ever see. Combining fireworks with the best classical music creates a feast for your eyes and your ears!

Funchal Jazz Festival:

Jazz fans flock to this Mecca of the jazz world, taking place annually at the Parque de Santa Catarina in Funchal.

Madeira Wine Rally (European Rally Championship):
4th – 6th August

If racing is your thing, visit Madeira in August to witness some of the best rally car racing in Europe!

Great Historic Parade:
21st August

The 21st August symbolises the day that Funchal celebrates the ceremony where King Dom Manuel I nominated Funchal to become a city, 502 years ago. The parade includes music, street performers (dressed in costumes representing the various stages that Funchal has experienced through history) and many delicious foods to sample.

Madeira Wine Festival:
1st – 9th September – Shows and Exhibitions in Funchal

This festival commemorates Madeira's wine-growing roots with traditional old-style wine making processes, such as the treading of grapes, along with many other activities. Any wine lover cannot afford to miss this.

Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island:
15th – 17th September

This festival celebrates the life and adventures of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus, who lived on Porto Santo Island for a couple of years. The festival takes place on Porto Santo Island itself, with various activities taking place, the highlight being the re-enactment of Columbus' arrival at Porto Santo Harbour.

Christmas Lights:
Late November to early January Fantastic Decorations and Exhibitions

The MADEIRADIG Festival is a unique Adventure in extra-ordinary Music. Each December the Portuguese island - celebrated as the 'paradise island' and 'floating garden' - is transformed into a hotbed of digital culture. The festival on the storied volcanic island, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, features stunning and inimitable line-up, a landscape to match and attractive spring temperatures. This is an avantgarde Trip through the world of serious new & contemporary music.

End of the Year Madeira Festivities:
Madeira celebrates the festive season in style, and when I say in style, I mean it! Mind-blowing fireworks displays, street parties and people flooding through the streets to celebrate. Madeira is the perfect place to celebrate your Christmas or New Years, and make it one to remember!

31st December – New Year's Eve Firework Display in Madeira

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