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Madeira Island

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Madeira Island also prides itself for its regional events all year round, such as:

The Carnival festivities – two processions on different days, one sponsored by the Local Tourism Office and another one for the general local population;

The Flower Festival - that takes place in Spring when the flowers are at their best;

The Festival of the Atlantic - this fireworks festival marks the beginning of the summer festivities on the Island;

The Madeira Wine Festival - Occurs during the grape harvest in late August, early September, this event aims to recreate the old traditions of Madeira. Includes European Folklore Week, ornamentations, exhibitions and live portraits depicting wine and its crafts and light and traditional music performances;

Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - The streets of Funchal get beautifully with thousands of lights in numerous colours as well as the streets outside of Funchal with the lamp post connected with a light chain giving the impression of a lit road map when looked at from above, amongst many other regional festivities.

The Madeira's traditional religious festivals, (arraiais), are celebrated all year round and all over the Island. At these festivals you can meet the locals and Madeira's wonderful gastronomy, specifically the famous beef on a skewer made of a laurel stick, which gives it a unique flavour, bolo do caco, which is not a cake but a delicious type of bread, and the tasty poncha, which is a traditional alcoholic drink made with aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind and with different fruit juices according to the version of poncha, but traditionally lemon juice is used.

These celebrations are very popular and genuine because the churches themselves maintain the traditions of the various countryside villages: processions, carpets of flowers, illuminations and decorations of the streets and churches, lots of music and folklore.The most attractive ones are the Our Lady of Monte (Monte) and The Lord of Bom Jesus (Ponta Delgada).

Find a lot more during your stay with us! We would be more than happy to advise you at our Reception. And view the full entertainment calendar from 2016 to 2020 below.

 

Entertainment Calendar 2016 - 2020

2016

Madeira Atlantic Festival 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June
   
Madeira Wine Festival  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 28th August to 11th September
Historical Parade 4th September
Performances held on the various municipalities of the island 5th to 11th September
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 10th September
   
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island 15th to 17th September
   
Madeira Nature Festival 4th to 9th October
   
Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities  
General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre 1st December to 8th January
Christmas exhibits in downtown Funchal 1st December to 8th January
New Year's Eve Firework Display 31st December
"Chants" of Epiphany - Municipal Gardens 5th January 2017
Closing of the Christmas illuminations 8th January 2017

2017

Madeira Carnival Festivities  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 22nd February to 1st March
Great Allegoric Carnival Parade 25th February
Slapstick Parade 28th February
   
Madeira Light Festival March (dates to be confirmed) 
   
Madeira Flower Festival  
Exhibits and Entertainment in downtown Funchal 4th to 21st May
The Wall of hope Ceremony 6th May
Great Allegoric Flower Parade 7th May
Madeira Auto Parade - Historical Classic Car Parade 14th May
Concerts "The sound of Flowers" 21st May
   
Madeira Atlantic Festival 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June
   
Madeira Wine Festival  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 27th August to 10th September
Historical Parade 3rd September
Performances held on the various municipalities of the island 4th to 10th September
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 9th September
   
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island 14th to 16th September 
   
Madeira Nature Festival 3rd to 8th October 
   
Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities  
General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre 1st December to 7th January 2018
Christmas exhibits in downtown Funchal 1st December to 7th January 2018
New Year's Eve Firework Display 31st December
"Chants" of Epiphany - Municipal Gardens 5th January 2018
Closing of the Christmas illuminations 7th January 2018

2018

Madeira Carnival Festivities  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 7th to 14st February
Great Allegoric Carnival Parade 10th February
Slapstick Parade 13th February
   
Madeira Light Festival March (dates to be confirmed) 
   
Madeira Flower Festival  
Exhibits and Entertainment in downtown Funchal 19th April to 6th May
The Wall of hope Ceremony 21st April
Great Allegoric Flower Parade 22nd April
Madeira Auto Parade - Historical Classic Car Parade 29th April
Concerts "The sound of Flowers" 6th May
   
Madeira Atlantic Festival 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June
   
Madeira Wine Festival  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 26th August to 9th September
Historical Parade 2nd September
Performances held on the various municipalities of the island 3rd to 9th September
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 8th September
   
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island 13th to 15th September 
   
Madeira Nature Festival 2nd to 7th October 
   
Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities  
General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre 1st December to 6th January 2019
Christmas exhibits in downtown Funchal 1st December to 6th January 2019
New Year's Eve Firework Display 31st December
"Chants" of Epiphany - Municipal Gardens 5th January 2019
Closing of the Christmas illuminations 6th January 2019

2019

Madeira Carnival Festivities  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 27th February to 6th March
Great Allegoric Carnival Parade 2nd March
Slapstick Parade 5th March
   
Madeira Light Festival March (dates to be confirmed) 
   
Madeira Flower Festival  
Exhibits and Entertainment in downtown Funchal 2nd to 19th May
The Wall of hope Ceremony 4th May
Great Allegoric Flower Parade 5th May
Madeira Auto Parade - Historical Classic Car Parade 12th May
Concerts "The sound of Flowers" 19th May
   
Madeira Atlantic Festival 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June
   
Madeira Wine Festival  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 25th August to 8th September
Historical Parade 1st September
Performances held on the various municipalities of the island 2nd to 8th September
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 7th September
   
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island 12th to 14th September 
   
Madeira Nature Festival 1st to 6th October 
   
Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities  
General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre 1st December to 6th January 2020
Christmas exhibits in downtown Funchal 1st December to 6th January 2020
New Year's Eve Firework Display 31st December
"Chants" of Epiphany - Municipal Gardens 5th January 2020
Closing of the Christmas illuminations 6th January 2020

2020

Madeira Carnival Festivities  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 19th to 26th February
Great Allegoric Carnival Parade 22nd February
Slapstick Parade 25th February
   
Madeira Light Festival March (dates to be confirmed) 
   
Madeira Flower Festival  
Exhibits and Entertainment in downtown Funchal 30th April to 17th May
The Wall of hope Ceremony 2nd May
Great Allegoric Flower Parade 3rd May
Madeira Auto Parade - Historical Classic Car Parade 10th May
Concerts "The sound of Flowers" 17th May
   
Madeira Atlantic Festival 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June
   
Madeira Wine Festival  
Entertainment in downtown Funchal 30th August to 13th September
Historical Parade 6th September
Performances held on the various municipalities of the island 7th to 13th September
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 12th September
   
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island 17th to 19th September 
   
Madeira Nature Festival 6th to 11th October 
   
Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities  
General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre 1st December to 10th January 2021
Christmas exhibits in downtown Funchal 1st December to 10th January 2021
New Year's Eve Firework Display 31st December
"Chants" of Epiphany - Municipal Gardens 5th January 2021
Closing of the Christmas illuminations 10th January 2021

*Source Visit Madeira Tourist Entertainment Calendar 2016-2020

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