How to celebrate Carnival in Madrid?

Carnival is one of the things you don’t want to miss while living in Spain. This year, 2018, the Carnival in Madrid will start on the 9th of February and will go on until the 14th of February. During these days, you will get to dance, wear costumes and party until you run out of energy!

This year, Puente de Vallecas and Retiro will be most important districts of the Carnival, since the parade that marks the beginning of the celebrations will start in Avenida de Buenos Aires, on the Puente de Vallecas, and will cross the M-30 to get to Puente Pedro Bosch, in Retiro. Here the opening ceremony will take place and afterwards you will get to enjoy live music.

In addition to this, during these days there will be lots of cultural activities in these neighbourhoods and everyone is welcome to assist.

Some of these activities are:

Carnival in Madrid for children:

How to celebrate Carnival in Madrid - Puppet show

  • Puppet shows: Each day, the Teatro Municipal de Títeres de El Retiro provides a puppet show for the youngest ones of the family. You can go at 12 or 13.
  • Kids radio show workshop: For children between 3 to 15 years old, this workshop will take place in the Puente Pedro Bosch.
  • Magic shows: Check out the following website to find out which one is closer to you!

Carnival in Madrid for adults:How to celebrate Carnival in Madrid

  • Masquerade: Have you always dreamt of attending a masked ball? Now is the perfect moment to do it! Círculo de Bellas Artes is organizing this event and it looks like it is going to be an unforgettable one. Check out their website for more information.
  • Costume contest: On Friday 9th, at 22:00, you’ll be able to attend one of the most popular contests of the Carnival; the costume contest. Start thinking of what will you wear and get ready to win the prize!


Carnival in Madrid for everyone:Carnival in Madrid - Entierro de la Sardina

  • Entierro de la Sardina: It would be lovely if the carnivals lasted forever, but unfortunately, they always come to an end. The good thing is that the “burial of the sardine” is one of the best parts of it! As part of the tradition, people join a carnival parade that parodies a funeral procession and culminates with the burning of a sardine.


Are you ready to start celebrating? Whether you want to attend the celebrations with the whole family or just get together with some friends to go partying, there will be activities for everyone! Don’t miss them!

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