Madeira May Events

See what’s happening in Madeira Island for the Month of May.



São Tiago Menor Festival – May 1st
Every year on the 1st of May, the City of Funchal prays tribute to its patron saint São Tiago Menor. This typical Maderian Festival takes place throughout the old part of Town (zona velha), with a traditional procession, great entertainment and music lasting for several days.


Fica na Cidade  Festival 'Stay in Town'
Fica na Cidade is a cultural event in Funchal city centre, with live Rock, Pop and Jazz style concerts in the areas of La Vie, Largo Corpo Santo, Largo do Cgafariz, Praça Amarela, Praça do Carmo, Rua da Carreira and Sé.

 

Madeira Flower Festival – 19th April to 6th May 2018 – (6th Children’s parade (Wall of Hope Ceremony), 7th main parade and 14th Auto Parade)
Madeira Island welcomes in spring with its dazzling Flower Festival: a highlight of the year, the celebration runs over four days, with beautiful displays of tropical flowers, floral carpets and music. The best-known part of all is the Flower Festival Parade, which starts with the Children’s parade on the Saturday. The climax is the festival's main parade day on Sunday, when hundreds of flower dancers accompanied by huge floral floats parade through the main streets of Funchal. This really is a sight not to miss and a photographer's paradise! Another highlight is the great creative display of tropical flowers by the local Flower growers on the Largo da Restauração. This is the best time of year to discover the beauty of Madeira Island and experience one of the biggest tourist attractions held every year.


The Madeira Film Festival  14-20 2018
The Madeira Film Festival will take place at Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias and at the prestigious Reid´s Palace Hotel. This is a project designed by the Scottish director Aitken Pearson, which aims to promote numerous initiatives in arts, education, ecotourism and solidarity. This year's event will include several cultural events, with enthralling cinematic experiences, musical concerts, workshops, talks, master classes, fashion parades, gala dinners, cocktails and parties.

Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias
Hotel Reid´s Palace
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Festa do Limão (Lemon Festival) Ilha Santana (date to be confirmed)
The Lemon Festival is one of the most important cultural events celebrated in the parish of Ilha in the city of Santana. As always, the Festival will feature its famous regional lemon exhibit, traditional entertainment, food, live music and once more, the famous “Festa do Despique”. The Festival of Despique is a traditional improvised singing challenge, fun and very creative. The idea of this event is to help keep the tradition going for these types of popular songs and others as the xaramba, mourisca, bailinho and the round songs. Some of these types of songs are still present in the Madeiran festivals, in many parts of Island.


Regional Brass Band Meeting – Ribeira Brava (date to be confirmed)
Ribeira Brava celebrates the Regional Meeting of Bands, an annual event created to preserve the important musical heritage of the Region and to give public recognition of the extraordinary collaboration offered by the Philharmonics. Its main attraction is the Band Parade throughout the mains streets of the town, each group presenting their own style of music and at the end all Bands gather at the Village church for a great performance to enliven the atmosphere.


International Museum Day


Festa da Cebola (Onion Festival)
The Onion Festival takes place in the town of Caniço in Padre Lomelino Square (in front of the Church). This popular cultural event has a tradition going back a quite a few years; its principal attraction is the onion parade, with cars very well decorated and the allusive auction of the onion. 
Here visitors can appreciate the onion exhibit, several musical attractions and the opportunity to enjoy several traditional delicacies.


Book Fair (Feira do Livro) – Funchal (date to be confirmed)
The book Fair is an annual event held annually for one week in May in Funchal Avenida Arriaga, it involves the participation of the majority of Madeira’s bookshops and some Portuguese publishing houses including live entertainment. Here you may find stands of great selection of Books for all ages including antique photos of Madeira and much more.


School Sports Festival (Festa do Desporto Escolar) 



Festival Aqui Acolá – Ponta do Sol


'Festas da Sé'  Festival Funchal

While visiting Madeira Island, take the opportunity and experience a typical Maderian Festival in the centre of Funchal. The surrounding streets of the Cathedral are beautifully decorated and very crowded. Visitors can enjoy and taste traditional Madeiran drinks and delightful delicacies from restaurants and bars throughout streets of João Tavira, Rua do Bispo, Rua da Queimada de Cima, Rua da Queimada de Baixo and Rua dos Ferreiros. There is great entertainment, live music, philharmonic bands, folklore dances and constant liveliness happening every day between 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.


Madeira Classic Car Revival – Praça do Povo
From vintage racers to modern classics, the annual Classic Auto Show is a glamorous showcase of automobile history before 1980, where enthusiasts can share their passion for vintage cars, motorbikes and scooters. Hundreds of beautifully restored vehicles are exhibited along Praça do Povo, Funchal. Attracting visitors and spectators from all over the world, this Auto Show also includes an automobile fair and car restoration demonstrations. The most original and elegantly restored cars are awarded prizes at the end of the day.

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