Who said that Madrid stopped in August?
Madrid in August moves to the rhythm of parties and festivals! San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and La Virgen de la Paloma set the scene in the capital this month, taking us into the most traditional Madrid.
And since at The Fun Plan we are specialists in organizing trips and excursions to parties, we did not want to miss this opportunity to tell you how the most traditional and popular festivals in Madrid are celebrated.
San Cayetano tops the list. Better known as “the Cascorro festivities” since they take place around the Cascorro and Rastro area, these festivities begin on the 6th and this year's proclamation is led by Andy and Lucas.
Dances, shows, concerts, movies and processions take center stage for 3 days. In this link you have the information with the festival program.
San Lorenzo It is celebrated on August 10 in the heart of Lavapiés, in what was the Madrid Jewish quarter and home of the Moors. They last 3 days and among other things you can enjoy the performances of Dosoulna Mall (Friday the 9th) and Scams and Mole (Saturday 10). You have the complete program of the party here.
Finally, from Wednesday the 14th to Saturday the 17th you can enjoy the most famous of the three, the Festivities of the Virgin of La Paloma 2013. The Virgen de la Paloma, the patron saint of the Community of Madrid.
The musical performances and the center of the festival are concentrated in the Plaza de las Vistillas, this year you will be able to enjoy the concerts of Hall effect(August 14), Maria Jose Santiago and The Union (August 15), Andy and Lucas (August 16) and Blonde Nancys (August 17). The complete program, here.
A very curious fact about these festivals is that since they are the festivals in the most multicultural neighborhoods of the capital, the posters have been printed for a few years in Chinese, Arabic and Spanish. We show you one:
Taking advantage of the three festivals, the Madrid City Council has organized a free tourist route to publicize the history and tradition of the Rastro and Lavapiés areas to on August 8, 10 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. and in Spanish. On the 16th there will be another shift at 11:00 a.m. with the route adapted for people with disabilities, according to the City Council in a statement.
The two-hour tour will allow you to discover buildings, monuments and corners of Madrid that have been a source of inspiration for writers such as Benito Pérez Galdós and authors of famous zarzuelas.
If you feel like taking a little walk and getting to know the most traditional Madrid here, you have all the information to sign up. And if after the tourist return you feel like partying in the capital, we propose all these options 😉
Do you dare to enjoy the capital in August?
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