This blog post was originally posted on May 26, 2016, and was updated on May 24, 2017.
With sunny skies, long and leisurely afternoons and a full calendar of cultural activities, Madrid in June is the place to be!
June really is the time of year when it’s perfect to visit Spain’s capital. The sun is shining, it’s warm without being scorching hot, and the whole city feels like it has a spring in its step with so many great concerts and events happening across the city. But how do you choose what to do? Never fear, we’ve put together a non-stop fun list of what to do in Madrid in June!
Photo Credit: PJG Design
Shop at a farmers market in Casa de Campo
One of Madrid’s most delicious and off the beaten track markets is held once a month in Casa de Campo next to Madrid Rio. The market features fresh and prepared foods including fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods, artisanal cheeses and craft beers. Like at all great farmers markets, you can not only taste great food but also meet some of the people behind the products. The June edition celebrates the market’s fifth year of operation! Make a day of it and pick up picnic supplies for a lovely spread at a shady spot along the river!
Details: Saturday, June 3rd at the Recinto ferial Casa de Campo (Paseo de la Puerta del Ángel, 4)
Look for rare finds at the Book Fair Madrid
First held in 1933, this annual event brings authors, publishers and booksellers to Madrid’s iconic Retiro Park. The over 360 stands offer everything from cookbooks to novels. There are also signings and readings across all genres. A visit to the fair is a wonderful way to enjoy a June morning leafing through books and enjoying culture in the sun!
Details: May 26th through June 11th in Retiro Park
Live the passion at the Suma Flamenco Festival
Flamenco is one of the most dynamic and magical art forms in Spain. The stomping feet, fluttering dresses, staccato clapping and passionate songs create a feast for the senses. The festival held at venues throughout Madrid is one of the world’s leading flamenco events, showcasing young and veteran performers. Watch world-class flamenco dancers, singers, guitar and percussion players strut their stuff on stages large and small! For more information about event programming and tickets, check out the festival’s website.
Details: June 6th through June 25th (theaters through the city)
Strut your stuff at Madrid Pride
The yearly Gay Pride celebration in Madrid is one of the city’s biggest tourist draws. This year’s celebration will be especially lively since Madrid is hosting this year’s Worldpride festivities! Millions of people from Spain and throughout the world celebrate openness, community, and acceptance with a weekend full of street parties, parades, and live music. The Chueca neighborhood is the event’s epicenter with rainbow flags and stages popping up everywhere. Grab a drink at one of the many bars set up along Chueca’s packed streets and take in the scene!
Details: June 23rd through July 2nd
Get your groove on at the Madrid Music City Festival
The Madrid Music City Festival is four days of fun for all ages. The main stage in Matadero Madrid features live sets of everything from electro-swing to rockabilly and indie. There’s also a film series showing documentaries about some of rock and roll’s brightest stars. Beyond the Matadero, there are music events throughout the city in plazas, theaters and event spaces highlighting international sounds. For the youngest music lovers, the festival has a full line-up of family-friendly concerts. For a complete list of events, check out the festival’s website.
Details: June 20th – June 25th in Matadero Madrid and throughout the city.
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As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend farmer’s market.