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Madeira Island Events & Entertainment Calendar

Madeira Christmas and end of the year festivities. The arrival of the decorative lights in the streets of the city centre of Funchal, during the month of December, sets the beginning of the Madeira Christmas and End of the Year Festivities programme. These festivities culminate with the famous fireworks show, officially recognised in 2006 by the Guinness Book of Records, as the largest fireworks show in the world. These commemorations consist of a rich and extensive programme of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic manifestations that take place throughout the entire month of December and end with the celebration of Twelfth Night.

Carnival. Madeira’s Carnival evokes the riotous spirit of Rio! There are two carnival parades, the biggest parade taking place on the Saturday evening called the Allegoric Parade ‘Cortejo Alegórico’ with vibrant and colorful costumes. In Madeira, the Carnival season is experienced in a constant festive atmosphere, both with official initiatives and those of a more spontaneous character, deep-rooted in Madeiran tradition, with joy and cheerfulness prevailing in the streets, establishments and private homes.

Madeira Flower Festival. The Flower Festival is a tribute to spring, and the celebration of metamorphosis and rebirth, fertility and the abundance of the flowers that colour, perfume and inebriate the surrounding environment and that give value and take the good name of this tourist destination across borders. Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Flower Festival

The Atlantic Festival - Fireworks Contest. This event consists of a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, with emphasis on the pyromusical shows; the Atlantic Roots Festival and the Regional Arts Week. Every Saturday night during the month of June, Funchal bay is lit up by a spectacle of fireworks and music as four pyrotechnic companies from different countries compete against each other.


Entertainment Calendar 2017 - 2020

2017

                   

Madeira Atlantic Festival 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June

NOS Madeira Summer Opening - 21st - 22nd July         

This urban music festival in previous editions welcomed some of the most prominent names in the world of Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, and Reggae, including the Morcheeba band, Jazznova band , Dengaz, Carlão, Frankie Chavez, "Gabriel o Pensador", Richie Campbell, the portuguese band Buraka Som Sistema, and the brasilians Natiruts, amongst others.

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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