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EVENTS

JANUARY:
1: New Year. Shops are closed.
5, The Three Kings. Cabalgata de Reyes por las calles más céntricas de la ciudad. Esta noche los Tres Reyes dejan los regalos a los más pequeños, y a algunos un poco más mayores.
On 5th of January takes place, as in many Spanish towns, the procession of the Three Kings.
6, Three Kings Day. Shops are closed.
17, San Antón. En la calle de Hortaleza un pequeño zoológico espera la bendición. Miles de madrileños llevan sus mascotas, animales de compañía o amigos más fieles, tradicionalmente a esta iglesia para ser bendecidos.

FEBRUARY:
3, Fiestas del barrio de San Blas.
First week aprox:
- ARCO. Contemporary art fair. www.ifema.es Map
- Experimental cinema week.
- Alternative theatre, music and dance festival.
Changind dates:
Carnial.

MARZO:
Teatralia: Theatre for kids.
Festival de Arte Sacro de la Comunidad de Madrid.
IMAGFIC. Festival de Cine de Madrid.
Easter Religious procesesions religiosas in different days

APRIL:
23 abril - 4 mayo,
- Antique and bargain books Fair. Paseo de Recoletos. L-6
- Flamenco festival
- Iberianmusic festival

MAY:
1, Worker's day. All closed.
2, Madrid community day. Shops are closed.
- 2 of May festivities. Concerts, activities etc.F-1
8 - 15 de mayo
San Isidro Labrador festivities.
San Isidro on May 15th, to the honour of Madrid's patron, one of the biggest events in all the year with concerts, exhibitions, bullfighting, and other kinds of public performances. Fireworks at Jardines de las Vistillas. A-15
- Bullfighting fair: San Isidro
- Ceramic fair: Plaza de las Comendadoras, D-99
- Rock Festival Villa de Madrid.
- International book fair: Retiro park.
- Dance festival "Madrid en Danza". May - June

JUNE:
13, San Antonio de la Florida.
17 - 24, San Juan. Hogueras en el Retiro
29, Barrio de Carabanchel Alto. Fiestas de San Pedro y San Pablo

JULY:
Primer domingo, Barrio de Tetu‡n. Nuestra Se–ora de las Victorias
9 - 16, Barrio de Chamber’. Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
9 - 17, Barrio de Villaverde Alto. Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
9 - 16, Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
8 - 17, Barrio de Vallecas Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
25 Barrio de Carabanchel Bajo y calle de Santiago en la zona de Opera. Fiesta de Santiago

SUMMER: "Veranos de la Villa" organized by the town-hall, that included cultural events, theater at the "Muralla Arabe", the Music Festival at the Conde Duque, cinema at the parks.

AUGUST:
6 - 15, Festival Verbena de la Paloma, that shows the popular traditions of Madrid, with regional costumes and dances, the so-called Chotis.

SEPTEMBER:

During September the concert-houses and theaters have their best performances, while in November you may visit Madrid's International Jazz-Festival. At the same time there are also the traditional Fiestas de la Almudena. In December there is an exposition of Christmas cribs at Plaza Mayor.
5 - 13, Barrio de Arganzuela. La Melonera
24 - 29, Barrio de Chamart’n. Fiestas de Oto–o
24, Barrio de Mediod’a, La Merced

OCTOBER:
12, Barrios de Salamanca, del Pilar y Orcasitas. Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Temporada de Zarzuela. Teatro de la Zarzuela: Hasta diciembre.
Festival de Otoño de Teatro.
Festival de Cine de Mujeres
Concurso Anual de Coreograf’as,

NOVEMBER:
1, Halloween. Closed.
9, Virgen de la Almudena, Patrona de la ciudad.
Jazz festival.

DECEMBER:
6, Constitution. Shops, museums, are closed.
8, Inmaculada Concepción. Shops are closed.
24, NocheBuena. Shops are open, some only untill midday.
24.00 "Misa de Gallo" catholic service.
25, Chistmas day . Everything closed.
Navidad: Arts and Crafts Fair at Paseo of Recoletos. L-6
31 San Silvestre popular
31 New Year Eve, Up to 40 millions of people flock together at Puerta del Sol. In the rhythm of the beats of the big clock at midnight, everybody tries to eat twelve grapes. That shall bring good luck for the coming year, and all the Spaniards who are not there, watch the event on TV. After midnight, all the city becomes the scenery of a great party.
This day shops are open for last buyings.

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