Top Things to Do in Madrid in September

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!

If you’re visiting Madrid in September, you’re in for a treat! Spain comes to life in the summer and there are infinite great things to do. Take a look at our itinerary for the perfect trip. #madrid #spain #travel #summertravel #travelling #travelgoals #traveltips

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

Calling all art lovers! From September 13-15, some of the best galleries and museums in the city will simultaneously inaugurate their new exhibitions, complete with extended opening hours. The Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend will transform the city into the temporary modern art capital of the world. Attracting international art collectors, dealers and fans, the event is one of the most important of its kind, second only to that of Berlin in number of visitors. 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. The best part? All activities are absolutely free!

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 dozens of local 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

From old-time classics to the hottest new premieres, you’ll be able to catch it all at Cibeles de Cine. The annual film screening event, celebrating its fifth edition this year, features nightly screenings of some of the world’s most popular films in their original language (with subtitles in Spanish). 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. The event is already in full swing and will continue until September 9.

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. As temperatures fall to pleasantly balmy in Madrid in September, it’s a great time of year to visit 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 park to enjoy a picnic.

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. This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for September 13, so save the date if you plan on visiting Madrid in September!

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. Eat your way around Madrid on a food tour

The return of bearable temperatures to Madrid means that September is one of the best months to take a food tour! Enjoy a light walking tour around the most emblematic districts of the city and step into the tapas bars and restaurants locals love the most. If you’re visiting Madrid in September, we hope you’ll join us!

Learn the art of a true Madrid tapas crawl with the help of an expert local guide, alongside a small group that will soon become fast friends! Our Tapas, Taverns & History Tour will show you the secrets of eating and drinking like a born-and-bred madrileño. You’ll leave full, happy and armed with knowledge about Madrid’s tapas scene and how it became the city it is today!

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