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Five Reasons to Make Madrid Your 2019 Live Event Destination

Staff writer – February 25, 2019

Madrid is home to breathtaking historical monuments, mouthwatering food, fascinating culture, and some of the most famous art museums in the world. And if it’s exhilarating live events you’re after, Madrid has you covered. There is no better time to visit than this year. Read on for five live events that will make Madrid your dream destination.

1. Madrid Open and Davis Cup Finals

Move over, Wimbledon. If you’re a tennis fan, Madrid has two amazing tournaments for you to visit this year. The Mutua Madrid Open (May 3–12) is an elite tennis tournament that attracts the best tennis players in the world, such as the 2018 winners, Petra Kvitová and Alexander Zverev. Plus, it takes place in the ultra-modern Caja Mágica (Magic Box), designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. The event attracts Real Madrid footballers, so look for them in the stands. May is full of festivals in Madrid, and it’s a great place to celebrate after watching your favorite tennis player win! 


The Magic Box will also host the newly transformed David Cup Finals from November 18–24, 2019. Top tennis teams from 18 nations will participate in the “World Cup of Tennis.” Croatia won in 2018, beating France 3–1. Support your team in Madrid in 2019! 


2. Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is a relatively new music festival, but it’s grown to be one of the best in Europe. It features rock, indie, and electronic music. In 2019, it will be held in IFEMA from July 11–13 and will have over 40 performers, including Greta Van Fleet, The Cure, Iggy Pop, Vampire Weekend, and The Smashing Pumpkins. The festival atmosphere will be in full swing—in previous years, there was a giant Ferris wheel! But book early, as the three-day tickets sell out fast. Don’t miss this opportunity to rock out to your favorite bands in sunny Madrid!


3. UEFA Champions League 2019 Final

The UEFA Champions League is an annual football tournament featuring top-division European clubs. This year, the final will be held in Madrid on June 1 at the environmentally friendly Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Real Madrid has the most wins of any club in the competition, and they have won the last three years, beating Liverpool 3–1 in 2018. Imagine the excitement of being in Madrid when the home team wins!

4. Madrid Orgullo 2019

Madrid hosts one of the largest gay pride festivals in the world, second only to San Francisco’s. This year will be particularly exciting, as festival-goers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Events take place from June 28 to July 7 in the Chueca neighborhood and in downtown Madrid. Festivities include Flamenco Pride night, cultural programs, all-night parties, and the Mr. Gay Pride Spain contest. The parade, on July 6, will attract two million people. Don’t miss the famous high-heels race!

5. El Clásico

By now you’ve understood that Madrid is the perfect destination for sports fans. The intense rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona lends a particular electricity to this football match. In 2011, an Ikerfel poll revealed that 44% of Spaniards support Barcelona and 37% support Madrid—but today, Real Madrid has more followers on social media. While Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid, the team still boasts Benzema, Kroos and Modric, who distinguished themselves in the 2018 World Cup. Watch them face Lionel Messi and the rest of FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the coming La Liga season!

Whichever event you choose, don’t miss Madrid’s tapas bars and the Prado Museum. And be sure to stop by El Rastro for some handmade souvenirs!