Top Cultural Events in Madrid in 2018

Spain is a touristic power in the world, everybody knows it: Barcelona, Ibiza, Mallorca, Pamplona, Sevilla. So many cities, so many historic and cultural spots to visit. Recently a news article revealed that Spain is the second most visited country in the world, with more than 80 million tourists a year thanks to, among other things, the city of Madrid. Because in Madrid there is always something happening. From international conventions to sports events; from musical concerts to fashion shows. There is space for all kind of events in Madrid.

With that in mind, we bring you the best events that will take place in the Spanish capital during the year 2018. International events to enjoy Madrid in all its aspects, from business to gastronomy, through fashion, art, music or sports.

Do you want to know more about the cultural events in Madrid for this 2018? Keep reading.

FITUR – Tourism & business come together

January 17th to 21st

FITUR is the International Tourism Fair that takes place at IFEMA convention center every year. Tourism professionals from all around the world gather in Madrid to discuss professional issues, promote destinations and get to know all the latest news in the tourism sector. Countries, cities and tourism companies are the main protagonists of this convention that represents a remarkable weight in the economy and social activity of the city. Although IFEMA is outside the city, it’s very well connected to the center of Madrid.

MBFW – Madrid fashion for everybody

From January 24th

Milan, Paris, New York and now Madrid! From January 24th you can enjoy the most avant-garde and high-design fashion show in the world: The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.. In addition to the convention, this IFEMA event has a great impact in the city of Madrid, where private parties and fashion events multiply. Designers, executives, models, influencers gather in Madrid these days to discover the trends of the season; everybody wants to be the first to know what people are going to wear in the future. Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Ailanto, Ángel Schlesser, Custo Barcelona, Roberto Verino, Ana Locking, María Escoté, Hannibal Laguna and Ion Fiz are some of the most important names that spent these days in the city. If you like fashion, mark this event in your agenda, prepare your best clothes and be fabulous!

ARCO – Contemporary Art looking to the future

February 21st to 25th

ARCO, the International Contemporary Art Fair celebrates its 37th anniversary with a very thought-provoking theme: the future. With a total of 211 galleries from 29 different countries, ARCO brings this year visions of our fate by some of the best contemporary artists in the international scene. During the three days of the convention, artists and galleries get together to attend presentations, debates and conferences of all kind. According to the ARCO organizers, the goal is bringing an image of the evolution we are headed as a species. Alexander & Bonin & Team, Thaddaeus Ropac, Barbara Thumm, Chantal Crousel, Hauser & Wirth or Michel Rein, Guido W. Baudach or Van Doren Waxter will be some of the main protagonists of the 2018 edition of ARCO.

Mutua Madrid Open 2018 – The best tennis in the world

May 4th to 13th

The Mutua de Madrid Open is the most important tennis tournament in Spain along with the Barcelona Godó Tournament. Rafa Nadal, the best Spanish player in history, is the main ambassador in this tennis event that hosts the best names in the world of tennis. Mutua Madrid open 2018 will take place in Madrid’s Magic Box Stadium between May 4th and 13th. Agassi, Nadal, Federer, Murray, Djokovic, Williams, Sharápova and Halep are some of the world-class tennis players, both male and female, who have won the tournament.

Madrid Flamenco Festival 2018

May 16th until June 10th

The 4th edition of this famous Flamenco Festival will take place in Madrid in May 2018. Traditionally speaking, flamenco music and dance are typically from Andalucía, a region in the south of Spain. But other regions like Madrid, which takes pride in containing a little bit of every region in Spain, also has a big Flamenco scene. The contest will take place in the well-known Plaza de Colón, more specifically in the Cultural Center of the Villa. Since the first editions, artists such as Antonio Canales, Carmen Cortés, Diego Carrasco, Tino Heraldo, Belén López, La Lupi and Alfonso Losa have participated in the event as the jury of the contest or just teaching visitors typical flamenco dance moves. At the same time, the Cultural Center will have 20 singing, dancing and flamenco companies, all performing during the different days of the event in the Sala Guirau.

DCODE – Summer ends with music

September 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

With more than 16 hours of daily music outdoors, this festival located in the Complutense University delivers a space for music lovers of all ages who want to spend the last days of the summer having a good time. Even further, DCODE also offers different choices of leisure, gastronomic and artistic spaces and an especial event called DCODE Kids, so children can also enjoy the music outdoors. Crystal Fighters, Suede, Neuman, Natalia Lafourcade and Hinds, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Band of Horses and The Kooks, among others have performed in an event that gathers both national and foreign fans. But if this is not enough for you, do not lose sight of other musical events taking place in Madrid during 2018 such as the MadCool, MulaFest or the Jazz Festival.

Heroes Comic Con MADRID 2018

October 26th to 28th

It can’t compare itself with the famous San Diego Comic Con, but this Madrid Comic Con is one of the bests in Spain. It´s open not only to comic-books but to cinema, television series, video games, board games, music or cosplay. If you want to meet the minds behind your beloved comic-book characters, find out the latest comic-book news and get exclusive drawings from your favorite artists, don´t miss Madrid Heroes Comic Con. If you really want to fit in, don´t forget to get your costume. Every character, from Marvel superheroes to anime warriors, fairies or ninja turtles, everyone is allowed. The only limit is your imagination.

Featured image: Joan Miró