Madeira June Events
Madeira Island is filled with tradition and great festivities through out the year.
This month take the opportunity to enjoy some of Madeira’s exhilarating attractions with events and festivals practically every weekend all over the Island.
Medieval Market (Mercado Quinhentista) – Machico
Held in the oldest settlement in Madeira, Machico’s Medieval Market is an entertaining festival celebrating the early days on the archipelago. For a weekend in June, the streets are decorated with colourful flags and tents, while locals are dressed in full medieval costumes – from knights and ladies to merchants and minstrels. Entertainment includes dramatic historical re-enactments, open-air theatre, music, fire-eaters and acrobats. Market stalls sell a wide selection of handicrafts and offer demonstrations of pottery, weaving and woodwork.
The Atlantic Festival (Festival do Atlântico) – Madeira Fireworks Competition 3, 10, 17 and 24
This important festival marks the beginning of the summer festivities on this island, numerous activities in the centre of Funchal with an international firework display competition every Saturday, Classical Music performance and street entertainment. This event certainly is a major breathtaking tourist attraction, visitors are treated to a glorious Firework show that lights up Funchal´s night sky spreading magic through its bay and sea.
Festival Raízes do Atlântico – Funchal
The Festival Raízes do Atlântico (Atlantic Roots) is a free traditional event organised by DRAC, the Regional Board for Cultural Matters. This event is considered the oldest festival of world music of Portugal since 1994 and takes place in Funchal's Municipal Garden. The program is filled by traditional music of several countries, national and international artists and bands, in the World of Music.
Festival of the popular saints – Festa dos Santos Populares – 12th – 29th
Festa dos Santos Populares are some of the biggest traditional festivals celebrated all over the Island and is still today the high social point of many regions. These festivities are dedicated to the three popular saints; Santo Antonio (St. Antony), São João (St. John) and São Pedro (St Peter).
Saint John is the most popular saint celebrated all over the island. Funchal with its St. John's Altars 19th – 24th traditional celebration, where local shops prepare and show off their altar creativity, followed by a celebration of traditional "marchas populares", entertainment and great food.
Porto Santo, 19th – 29th best-known tourist attraction during this big festivity with lots of interesting events including traditional parades, jumping over bonfires on the beach and balloon release.
Saint Peter, the protector of the fishermen, the biggest celebration is in the fishing ports of Câmara de Lobos and in Ribeira Brava.
Câmara de Lobos June 28th through July 2nd, combined with the big celebrations of Saint Peter there is also the black scabbard fish Festival (Festa da Espada Preta) with great entertainment, live music, traditional dancing, fireworks display and food stalls set around the port, where you can enjoy a taste of delicious Madeira's specialties.
The black scabbard fish festival serves to promote one of the most typical gastronomic Madeiran specialties, also pay a tribute to the local fishermen, who for generations were the only ones in the island who devote themselves for the catch of this type of fish.
Ribeira Brava Jun 28th and 29th, great traditional celebrations that last trough the night, surrounded streets are decorated with colourful flowers, live entertainment, traditional dancing, music and food stalls set on the beach. As tradition, visitors who want to take part in the festival activity, popular night journeys are available between Funchal and Ribeira Brava. There will be a picturesque procession of boats held on the sea and at midnight a great firework display.
Madeira Classic Rally (Volta à Madeira)
This month Madeira Island will be hosting for the 26th time, the Volta à Madeira Classic Rally race event.
The Clube Automóveis Clássicos da Madeira has organized once again the famous historic classic and vintage automobile event, which is part of FIA and the international FIVA calendar, respected and well known worldwide. This competitive tour takes place in June through Madeira’s picturesque mountains and valleys, allowing participants to admire Madeira’s fascinating beauty and nature.