10 Spectacular Things To Discover in Madrid this October

By Megan Millisky

October holds many celebrations for Madrid, Spain's capital city. Whether you're there for a day or two weeks, there is something for every traveler to discover. Take a Bachata lesson, or wander through some of Madrid's finest historical sites. Here are ten experiences during October you won't want to miss!

1.The White Night Festival

On October 5 check out one of the most anticipated events Madrid has to offer! During the White Night Festival, most museums, theatres, and exhibition halls are free to tour. Join the locals in exploring Madrid’s rich history and culture.

Address:Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

2. Hispanic Day

This national celebration of Hispanic heritage begins October 12. The holiday celebrates the bonds formed between Europe and America. It's an amazing opportunity to see the exciting military parades attended by the King and Royal Family of Spain!

Address: Madrid, Spain

3. Brunch in the Park at Enrique Tierno Galván Park

Try an energetic Sunday brunch! Start your day by listening to DJs spin popular Spanish music. Then head over to the food trucks to start your brunch! The event has trampolines, ball games, and events for kids. The fun takes place Sundays through October 20.

Address: Calle Meneses 28045 Madrid, Spain

4. Creativa Madrid

October 24-27, check out Creativa Madrid. This huge festival embraces all things involved in crafting. Learn about paper mache, origami, scrapbooking, and decoupage. From beaded jewelry to candles, you’ll find great souvenirs for everyone!

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5. Esencia Festival

October 11-13, pack your dancing shoes! This lively celebration has dance classes, workshops, DJs, and late-night dance parties. With help from professional instructors, you’ll soon be salsaing the night away! Guides will teach Salsa and Bachata music to dancers of all skill levels.

Address: Calle Galileo Galilei, 18, 28806 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid

6. Nightlife Madrid's Halloween Party

Nightlife Madrid’s annual Halloween party is a scream! Set in the center of the city, Stella Underclub has a creepy bunker-like atmosphere. Tickets are inexpensive (if you’re in costume, that is) so swing by on October 31. Soon you’ll be sipping cocktails and grooving to electro beats.

Address: Calle de Arlabán, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain

7. Their Majesties’ Retiring Room Exhibit at Museo Nacional del Prado

Take a fascinating dive into Madrid’s royal history! The exhibit takes place at one of Spain’s most acclaimed museums, the Nacional del Prado. It shows a room made for royalty during the 1820's. It includes still-lifes, floral paintings and authentic furniture, including Ferdinand VII’s toilet!

Address: Museo Nacional del Prado

8. International Book Fair

October 2-4, discover a wealth of knowledge stored inside the international book fair. The festival features talks by authors and experts. Types of books include travel guides, magazines, periodicals, and audiobooks.

Address: Av. PartenĂłn, NÂş 5, 28042 Madrid, Spain

9. Halloween Fest

Not for the faint of heart, this festival is a nonstop party! October 26-28 and 31, you’ll have the chance to practice archery or watch a gladiator fight. Enjoy the greenery of the park by playing volleyball or joining a sack race. On Halloween night, enjoy a Spanish discotechque.
¡Únete a la fiesta!

Address: Municipality of Navalcarnero, 28600, Madrid, Spain

10. Semana de la Arquitectura or Architecture Week

If you’re visiting Madrid from September 30 to October 7, you’re in luck! Dozens of historical sites and architectural establishments are opened for the public to visit. The 16th annual festival includes a trade fair, special exhibits, and children’s workshops.

Address: Madrid, Spain

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