The times we are in are trying, and they can be frustrating. However, Madrid copes and Madrileños, with their “mascarillas” (masks), live life the best they can. You can never put down a fun-filled city like Madrid, and there are many affordable things to do with your “mascarillas” on and a safe distance among each maintained.

NOTE. Some activities may be postponed or cancelled due to COVID 19, so please check before you go.

Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend

Love modern art? This one is 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.

For the tenth year running, Madrid is transformed into the temporary modern art capital of the world. The Madrid Gallery Weekend is one of the most important gallery weekends globally, second only to its counterpart in Berlin. The Madrid Gallery Weekend attracts international art collectors, dealers, fans, and curious onlookers worldwide.

Keep in mind that many of the participating galleries and museums are offering complementary activities such as brunches, guided tours and even more activities that go together with the exhibition openings.

One of the nearly 50 Madrid galleries and museums participating in this year’s Apertura event is the iconic Reina Sofía art centre. The building, a remodelled old hospital, houses permanent collections and temporary expositions. The Reina Sofia art centre is a different museum that has rooms dedicated solely to the extraordinary works of Pablo Picasso, the extraordinary Guernica. The mural itself makes the visit to the Reina Sofia art centre worthwhile.

Catch a movie at the Cibeles de Cine festival

Fancy a movie in one of the most iconic buildings on the Madrid skyline? Look no further; now is your chance.

Cibeles de Cine is where you can catch old-time classics to new premieres. The annual film screening event, now in its sixth year, features nightly screenings of some of the world’s most popular films in their original language V.O.- (Version Original 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 favourites “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.

Cibeles de Cine takes place in one of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid!

An undiscovered park to enjoy a picnic

With the many gorgeous parks where one can relax and enjoy the city’s beautiful weather, Madrid is considered one of the greenest capitals in Europe. So when we enter autumn and temperatures turn pleasantly warm, this is the time to visit, explore and enjoy one of the many undiscovered parks of Madrid.

We all know about Retiro, but there are many more of them just waiting to be discovered. There are local greengrocers, food stores, neighbourhood markets around these parks where you can pick up your food and head to the nearest park to enjoy a picnic.

Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion Night Out is for those who want to be part of the international fashion scene, to those wanting the experience of what it’s like to be on the front row right next to the catwalk, to those who consider themselves fashionistas or to those simply wanting a peek at the latest in fashion trends. To all of you, you will not want to miss Fashion Night Out.

On Fashion Night Out, many of the top boutiques and name-brand stores in the “Milla de Oro” (Mile of Gold) area of Barrio Salamanca will be offering incredible bargains and sneak peeks at their upcoming collections. This event sponsored by Vogue magazine also has live music, raffles featuring exclusive prizes, lots of champagne, style and glamour.

Final stage of La Vuelta Ciclista a España

La Vuelta is one of the major cycling races worldwide, along with the Le Tour de France and Il Giro d’Italia. This 3-week tour around Spain, with over 20 stages and more than 3,000 km ridden, is held in September and ends in Madrid. During this final stage, Madrid’s crowd applauds the efforts of all the riders who have been able to complete La Vuelta.

Madrid Fashion Week

Although Madrid Fashion Week only lasts for five days, so much goes on in that short period. Like it is with London, NYC, Paris, and Milan, during Madrid Fashion Week, Madrid becomes the centre of style, glamour, elegance and the ultimate in fashion. One will see countless fashion experts, models, designers all over the place on Madrid Fashion Week. In addition, numerous shows are put on, and pictures depicting the current street style are taken and displayed.

Festibike

For mountain bike lovers, this one is for you. Located at Casa de Campo, the Casa de Campo Exhibition Center houses an indoor area with thousands of booths and outdoor facilities where different activities are on offer for you to join. There are utility and electric bikes in the testing area for you to try, or maybe you can also take part in the MTB criterium, a contest in the mountain bike demo circuit. There are more for mountain bike enthusiasts – the cyclo-cross competition and the night bike race open to the public for everyone to enjoy.

World Press Photo Exhibition

With more than 5,000 photographers from 125 countries participating in the contest, the World Press Photo Exhibition is the most popular. The Círculo de Bellas Artes hosts the exhibition that presents the winning images for approximately one month.

DecorAcción

For four days, the iconic and historic Barrio de Letras becomes a showcase for the world of decoration. Antique dealers interior designers are around in this unique and eclectic open-air market. The whole neighbourhood is transformed into a design hub, with local restaurants and hotels participating in the event.

There are just so many things to do in Madrid in September! After a relaxing and usually hot summer, Madrid is back on track. It is now in BAU (Business as Usual) mode.

Early September can still be a bit hot, but it does not take too long before the city cools down and the jumpers and jackets again come into use. September is one of the best times to visit the city when days are still long, and the weather is good.

September can be the month when we have fun in Madrid. The weather and rested “Madrileños” back from their holidays all contribute to Madrid’s fun. However, as the world is caught in this pandemic, we all need to take precautions in Madrid’s September activities. Like any city in the world, Madrid wants to see things back to normal as soon as possible. Still, unlike other cities, Madrid works towards normality while observing the necessary precautions. Nevertheless, we at EBC believe that there is strength in unity. If locals, visitors, business people, students, all those living in Madrid use our masks, maintain a safe distance from each other, and follow the necessary safety precautions, we will come out of this stronger.

A todos nuestros amigos, ¡Bienvenidos a Madrid!

To all our friends, welcome to Madrid!