Top Things to Do in Madrid in September

This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2018 and was updated on August 6, 2019.

While most places see September as the beginning of fall, here in Madrid summer fun is still in full swing.

The city enjoys pleasantly warm temperatures, but not the scorching heat common in July and August. And as locals return from their beach vacations, the city retains its authentic atmosphere. If you’re visiting Madrid in September, here’s what should be on your agenda!

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1. Discover Madrid’s artistic treasures during the Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend

Love modern art? This one’s for you. For several days in mid-September, some of the best galleries and museums in town inaugurate their new exhibitions during the Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend. The best part? All events are free.

In its tenth edition this year, the event will transform the city into the temporary modern art capital of the world. Attracting international art collectors, dealers and fans, it’s one of the most important gallery weekends in the world, second only to its counterpart in Berlin in number of visitors.

If you’re still not convinced, keep in mind as well that many of the participating galleries and museums are offering supplemental activities such as brunches, guided tours and more to go hand-in-hand with the exhibition openings.

2019 dates: September 12–15

Art lovers visiting Madrid in September can't miss the Apertura event, in which dozens of galleries and museums across the city will inaugurate special exhibitions and host free events.
The iconic Reina Sofía art center is just one of the nearly 50 Madrid galleries and museums participating in this year’s Apertura event! Photo credit: Jose Manuel Mazintosh

2. Catch a movie at the Cibeles de Cine festival

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a movie in one of the most iconic buildings on the Madrid skyline, now’s your chance.

From old-time classics to hot new premieres, you’ll be able to catch it all at Cibeles de Cine. The annual film screening event, celebrating its sixth edition this year, features nightly screenings of some of the world’s most popular films in their original language (with subtitles in Spanish). Among this year’s selection are glamorous classics such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Moulin Rouge,” as well as new favorites “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Screenings take place in the Galería de Cristal inside the grandiose Palacio de Cibeles (Calle de Montalbán, 1), and the lineup even includes plenty of workshops and movies for kids.

2019 dates: June 29–September 12

If you're visiitng Madrid in September, don't miss the film screenings at Cine de Cibeles!
Cibeles de Cine takes place in one of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid! Photo credit: Emilio García

3. Enjoy a picnic in an undiscovered park

Madrid is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with dozens of gorgeous parks made for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. And temperatures fall to pleasantly balmy in Madrid in September, there’s no better time of year to explore one of them.

Everyone knows about Retiro, but there are plenty more lovely parks in Madrid just waiting to be discovered. Pick up some delicious local goodies from a neighborhood market and head to the nearest green space to enjoy a picnic.

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Take some time to explore some of the city's beautiful parks in Madrid in September!
Madrid’s lovely parks are especially perfect for exploring by bike, too!

4. Shop ’til you drop at Fashion’s Night Out

Whether you fancy yourself a fashionista or simply like to casually browse the latest styles, you won’t want to miss Fashion’s Night Out.

Hosted by style bible Vogue, this can’t-miss event features more than 160 stores in the swanky Salamanca district offering incredible deals and sneak peaks at up-and-coming trends. You’ll also be able to listen to live music, enter exclusive prize drawings and sip on plenty of champagne. If that’s not a stylish event, we don’t know what is.

Fashion's Night Out should definitely be on your calendar if you're a fashionista visiting Madrid in September!
Get up close to some of fashion’s most iconic brands at Fashion’s Night Out! Photo credit: Queseria la Antigua de Fuentesauco

5. Rock out to live music at DCODE

Good news for all you music lovers: summer concert season isn’t over just yet. But it does end with quite a bang in Madrid in September, in the form of the annual DCODE Festival.

The massive, 18-hour-long event takes place on the Complutense University campus, transforming it into a full-on musical wonderland for the day. If you want to squeeze one last music festival into your summer, this is the place to be.

2019 date: Saturday, September 7

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