9 great things to do in Madrid in September

9 great things to do in Madrid in September

The times we are in may be trying and frustrating but the city 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 in the world, second only to its counterpart in Berlin in number of visitors. The Madrid Gallery Weekend attracts international art collectors, dealers, fans, and curious onlookers from all over the world.

Keep in mind as well 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 center. The building, a remodeled old hospital houses permanent collections as well as 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. Just the mural itself makes the visit to the Reina Sofia art centre a worthwhile one.

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 on 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 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.

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. 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 a lot more of them just waiting to be discovered. There are local green grocers, food stores, neighborhood 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 peak 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 peaks 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 all over the world, 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 5 days, there is so much that goes on in that short period of time. 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. Countless shows are put on and pictures depicting the current street style taken and put on display.


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. For approximately one month, The Círculo de Bellas Artes hosts the exhibition that presents the winning images.


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 neighborhood is transformed into a hub of design, 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, on 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 come into use once again. September is one of best moments to visit the city when days are still long and the weather good during your whole holiday.

September can be the month when we really have fun in Madrid. The weather, residents back from their holidays all contribute to what fun Madrid can be. However, as the world is caught in this pandemic, we all need to take precautions when we partake of the September activities. Like any city in the world, Madrid wants to see things back to normal as soon a possible but unlike other cities, Madrid works towards normality at the same time observing the necessary precautions. We at EBC believe that there is strength in unity. If locals, visitors, businessmen, students, all those living in Madrid, use our masks, maintain a safe distance among each other, and basically 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!

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