There's always something going on in Madeira
The annual Carnival Festival is one of Madeira’s liveliest festivals! Each year, revelers come out in droves to celebrate the start of Lent, taking place 40 days before Easter. Grab a mask or a fun costume and join the locals at one of the Carnival parades and parties.
Madeira rings in the spring season in a unique way each year with the annual Flower Festival! Taking place about 4 weeks after Easter, when the flowers are in bloom, the island comes alive with this colorful celebration. Locals painstakingly prepare beautiful floats adorned with a variety of native flowers to parade down the city streets of Funchal, which are covered in gorgeous flower carpets. Visitors can also enjoy a myriad of musical performances and festive activities around the city.
Madeira kicks off the start of the summer season with the annual Atlantic Festival, which is celebrated with concerts and firework shows on every Saturday in the month of June. These pyro-musical shows are a fun experience for both residents and visitors, so if you find yourself in Madeira during the month of June, be sure to head down to Funchal’s oceanfront to experience this fun event!
Madeira Wine Festival
If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in Madeira during the months of August or September, you won’t want to miss the Madeira Wine Festival! Relive the time-honored traditions of the region’s wine making by picking grapes, tasting the famous wine and joining in on the many celebrations and activities taking place around the island.
Each September, Porto Santo hosts the Columbus Festival, a fun and unique event that recreates Columbus’ time in Madeira during the 16th century. Join in the many festivities around the island, including live music and dancing, a 16th-century market, games, parades, and all kinds of street entertainment that will transport you back in time.
Taking place every October, this innovative event aims to promote Madeira’s unique nature to those seeking a new, active, and adventurous vacation destination to explore. Visitors can go out and experience a variety of activities, including paragliding, sailing, canyoning, hiking and more.
Christmas & New Year
Come experience the joyful, festive holiday season in Madeira! This special time of year is full of firework shows, fun decorations and street entertainment where visitors can enjoy Madeira’s traditions and culture and celebrate right alongside the locals.