Look no further, in Plázida we have curated the ultimate collection of events for this season in Madrid. During these last months of the year, the artistic scene of the capital is boiling. Concerts, exhibitions, plays, festivals of all kinds, gastronomic events, flea markets and an endless number of plans just as appetizing flood the city. The difficult thing, now, is to find a spot in your calendar so as not to miss anything. But don’t worry, it’s just a matter of getting organized well. Grab your planner!

 

IN OCTOBER

In the same way that nature tends towards autumn,

it’s getting autumn in me and all around me.

Ugo Foscolo

 

Sonido Malasaña

Conde Duque Cultural Centre

From 18 September to 22 October

This series of concerts will take you to the Movida Madrileña itself. Legendary artists of the time such as Christina Rosenvinge or Josele Santiago will play alongside some of the emerging bands whose main influence is the rock ‘n’ roll of the eighties. Madrid in its purest form.

Roy Lichtenstein, Posters

Fundación Canal de Isabel II

From 4 October to 5 January 2019

This autumn you have the opportunity to see for the first time in Spain this exhibition, which brings together 76 works by Lichtenstein in a medium as little “academic” as the poster. A unique opportunity to discover up close the artist who popularized art with his contemporaries Andy Warhol or Robert Indiana.

Brief Festival

Conde Duque Cultural Centre

From 4 to 6 October

The 5th edition of this graphic design and creativity festival will be revolved around Ancient Greece and the concept of “logos”. Are we logical when we design? What are the reasons that drive creativity? Is there a rational thought behind each creative process? Only suitable for the curious.

Festival Territorio Danza

Sala Teatro Cuarta Pared

From 4 to 20 October

Perra de nadie (Nobody’s bitch), nominated for the Max Awards 2018 (the Spanish Tonys) is the inaugural work of this festival, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in the Embajadores neighborhood. Music, theatre and dance; if you’re excited about the performing arts, you can’t miss it.

World Press Photo 2018

LASEDE del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid

From 5 October to 4 November

The works selected from the world’s most important photojournalism competition arrive in Madrid for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, the exhibition is installed in a unique building in the heart of Chueca. Architecture, photography and Madrid nightlife. Are you in?

she makes noise

La Casa Encendida

From 18 to 21 October

she makes noise is a “multidisciplinary, activist and ludic festival that brings together outstanding artists within noise and techno and integrates the most representative dance rhythms of youth”. You’ll be able to travel to Africa, Asia, and Latin America through music and without leaving Madrid.

Festival Eñe

Círculo de Bellas Artes and other venues

From 15 to 25 October

This celebration of literature in Spanish brings together every autumn writers, journalists and other professionals from the publishing sector with their readers. This year is its tenth anniversary and, for ten days, you can attend talks, presentations, exhibitions and even literary dinners in different cultural centers in the capital.

Cartel del Lost&Found Market de Madrid

Lost & Found Market

Conde Duque Cultural Centre

From 20 to 21 October

This market of second-hand clothing, accessories and decorative items takes place in Madrid only twice a year: once in autumn and once in spring. An essential event for lovers of vintage fashion who can buy, drink a beer and dance in Conde Duque square.

Madrid Cocktail Week

Various venues

From 22 to 28 October

Madrid becomes for the first time the world capital of cocktails. Seven days to taste the most daring creations of the professionals of the hottest bars and restaurants in town. You can take part in workshops, gastronomic routes, and tastings. A perfect pairing to get to know a different Madrid.

  

Publishers and Bookshops Fair

Plaza Mayor

From 26 October to 4 November

The Plaza Mayor as you’ve never seen it before. The Publishers and Bookstores Fair is celebrated for the second year to turn one of the most touristic points of the city into a great open-air bookstore. Among the programmed activities, book signings with the most outstanding authors of the country.

 

IN NOVEMBER

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.

Emily Dickinson

 

The Nutcracker

Royal Theatre

From 3 to 10 November

The National Dance Company performs Tchaikovsky’s classic lead by the artistic director José Carlos Martínez. On the evening of November 6, you can also attend the Gran Gala Anual del Teatro Real, one of the most sought-after events in the Madrid’s social and cultural calendar.


Jazzmadrid 2018

Fernán Gómez Theatre, CentroCentro, and Conde Duque Cultural Centre

From 6 to 30 November

A hundred concerts, film screenings, children’s activities, master classes and conferences star in the programme of one of the most outstanding jazz festivals in Spain. It is organized by the Madrid City Council and brings together renowned international bands.

Autumn Festival

Various venues

From 21 November to 2 December

21 shows and 5 labs for the creation of companies and artists from 15 different countries. This will be the 36th edition of the Autumn Festival of the Community of Madrid, which will take place in 9 leading venues such as the Teatro de La Abadía or El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze.

 

IN DECEMBER

There are darknesses in life and there are lights,

and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights

Bram Stoker

 

Banksy: genius or vandal?

IFEMA (Feria de Madrid)

From 6 December to 10 March

This unauthorized exhibition by the most popular street artist arrives in Madrid after an unprecedented public success in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, where it has been visited by more than 500,000 people. It is organized by IQ Art Management and Sold Out.

Nómada Market – Hello Christmas Edition

Mercado de la Cebada

14-16 December

The Christmas version of Nómada Market, the most famous independent design fair in La Latina, is here. Fashion, decoration, trends, DIY, illustration, handmade complements, gourmet and delicatessen products gathered in 2000 square meters of exhibition. Totally free!

Hitchcock’s Vertigo with live orchestra

Cine Capitol Gran Vía

15 December

Hitchcock’s classic can be seen in the Capitol Cinema in its original version and with live music from the prestigious Camera Musicae Symphony Orchestra, directed by Anthony Gabriele and with more than 60 musicians. A special tribute on the 60th anniversary of the film.

Outdoor light party

Madrid Río – Puente de Toledo Jardins

21 December

A spectacle of light, color and music in the open air to celebrate the arrival of winter. Participants include Vulcano Pyrotechnics, Balkan Paradise Orquestra, Majareta Company and Zuloar, an open office of Architecture and Urbanism. The event marks the beginning of the City Council’s Christmas programme.

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

Círculo de Bellas Artes

From 26 December to 26 February

A multimedia exhibition, a multisensory experience. Van Gogh Alive immerses you in the life and work of one of the world’s most famous painters. 3,000 moving images that have passed through the most prestigious international museums and galleries.