Celebrating Madrid’s local wines

Semana de Vino de Madrid

Semana del Vino de Madrid

Many people know about la Rioja, Spain’s famous wine region, but did you also know that there are many great wines grown in the community of Madrid? During the next few days, the Semana Del Vino de Madrid (Madrid Wine Week) is helping locals and tourists alike re-discover the wines grown in Madrid’s own back yard. Now through November 24th, this event will feature lectures on organic wines, wine tourism and other activities and will take place at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque.

The event will feature 14 wineries as well as 34 featured caterers all that come from local venues. Part of what makes this event special is that it takes place in the Conde Duque neighborhood, known as the more sophisticated area of the larger district of Malasaña. Attending an event like this will allow you to see Madrid at its best, in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

When: Now through November 24th, check the website for specific hours

Where: Centro Cultural Conde Duque located at Conde Duque 11

Metro: Ventura Rodriguez, Plaza de España, San Bernardo or Noviciado

Entrance to this event is free

For more information, check the website



Madrid en Danza 2013

If you have yet to see any of the shows from the Madrid International Dance Festival, there is still time! This festival brings together 23 dance companies from around the world and is a must-see for any fans of dance!

The  event brings together a variety of difference dance styles, combining classic and modern dance that  includes everything from ballet to flamenco. There are shows every night in various venues throughout Madrid. The festival concludes on November 24th with a family-friendly dance show featuring the Gelabert Azzopardi Dance Company. Other participants of the festival include: Janet Novas , Iker Arrúe , Lesley Telford , Sharon Fridman , Lucio Baglivo , Manuel Linan , Mónica García , Rocío Molina , Lina Polyana , Elias Aguirre , Pablo Esbert and Jean Philippe Dury , Cesc Gelabert , Teresa Nieto , Sara Calero , Daniel Doña , Rafaela Carrasco , Nova Galega de Danza , Sonakay , Daniel Abreu , Carmen Werner and Nova Galega de Danza , besides Dairakudakan companies ( Japan ) , Angelin Preljocaj , Compagnie Dernière Minute Pierre Rigal (France ) , Akram Khan Company (United Kingdom) and Tao (China ) .

For more information, check the official Madrid En Danza festival webpage.

When: Every night from now until November 24th

Where: A variety of different venues in Madrid


Días Nordicøs

Image via Diasnordicos.com

Image via Diasnordicos.com

When you hear the word “Nordic”,  you might think of Ikea or Bjork.  But there is so much more to the Nordic culture and this festival is a fun and creative way to learn more about it. From now until October 31st, the Días Nordicøs festival is being celebrated in the cities of Madrid and Valencia.

Clothing home goods and more at Dias Nordicos

Clothing home goods and more at Dias Nordicos

This festival includes clothing, home goods, live music and even theatre performances from various Nordic countries.  Every night, you can attend these shows in various venues throughout Madrid and Valencia. Most of the events are free and some of the live music or theatre performances do charge a small ticket price and require that you purchase tickets in advance. Check their site for more information.

Image via Diasnordicos.com

Image via Diasnordicos.com

When: From now until October 31st

Where: Various locations, check Diasnordicos.com for details


Holi Run in Madrid

Image via Holi Run

Image via Holi Run

This Saturday will be marked by thousands of runners, all dancing and enjoying themselves in a festival of color during the Holi Run in Madrid. The run itself consists of a 5k trail through the Juan Carlos I Park. At each kilometer, runners and organizers throw a colored powder. By the end, it is a beautiful sight and celebration complete with music and dancing.

Kids 10 and under are free, but only those who register and pay the registration fee will get the kit which includes a t-shirt and a bag of the colored powder. The powder they use is made completely out of corn and although the powder itself is not toxic, it is highly recommended that you bring sunglasses and a handkerchief.

This is a really fun way to get your friends and family to try something new and enjoy a morning in Madrid. Make sure you register for the event! For more information, or for tickets, check the Holi Run Madrid website. 

When: Saturday, October 19th at 11am

Where: Parque Juan Carlos I

Metro: The closest metro is Campo de la Naciones



Tapapies 2013

Tapapies 2013

Tapapies 2013

One of the most anticipated tapas events in Madrid is here! From now until October 27th, various restaurants will be taking part in the third annual Tapapies event. What makes this tapas event different is that it takes place in the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Madrid, Lavapies.

Each of the participating restaurants have put together their own specialty miniature-sized dish and offer it for only 1€ or 2€ for a tapa and an Estrella Damm beer.  All together, there are 75-featured tapas with influences from more than 20 different countries! In just one night, you can take a culinary trip around the world! As if the food were not enough, what also makes this event unique is that there are local art exhibits, live music and theatre performances included during this 11-day celebration.

For a map of the tapas and corresponding neighborhoods, click here.

Below, you’ll find a few of the tapas that we can’t wait to try and the information on where to find them!

Sueño Olímpico

Sueño Olímpico

Sueño Olîmpico (Salmon tartar) 

Where: This tapa can be found at Su&Si

Located at: C/ Argumosa, 30

Telephone: 915287085

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and from L-D: 13:00 a 16:00 from 8pm to midnight



Costilla con Salsa Barbacoa y Arándanos (Ribs with Barbecue sauce and cranberries)

Where: Portomarin

Located at: C/ Valencia, 4

Telephone: 915396057



Ventresca con Pisto Manchego (Tuna Belly with Pisto Manchego)

Where: La Casa de Las Tostas

Located at: C/Argumosa, 29

Telephone: 915283002

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from noon until 1am.



Fatay  (Arab empanada)

Where: Benteveo 

Located at: C/ Sta. Isabel,15

Telephone: 911398503/637165017

Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 1:30pm a 4:30pm y 8:30pm a 11:30pm Closed on Mondays



Taco de Patata Trufada con Frijoles  (Truffled Potato and bean taco)

Where: Antigua Taquería

Located at: Cabestreros 4

Hours: Open Sundays to Thursday from 8pm to midnight

Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to 2am