MADEIRA EVENTS in October 2024

Madeira Nature Festival

Discover the natural beauty of Madeira with the Madeira Nature Festival, a new addition to the island’s annual events calendar. The dynamic programme offers insights into Madeira’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as a wide range of adventurous activities for all ages, from paragliding over the mountains to sailing the deep blue Atlantic.

ULTRA MADEIRA – Ponta do Pargo to Machico

Ultra Madeira is a competitive race across the island, organized by the “Associação de Atletismo da Madeira”, this long challenging race starts at the Lighthouse Ponta do Pargo and ends in Machico.

Lord of Miracles Festival Machico – 8-9 October

On the 9th of October 1803, flash floods ripped through Madeira tragically sweeping over 600 people out to sea, although some sources even suggest a higher figure of a 1,000. As the floods unleashed their power on the south of the island, the small chapel in Machico was destroyed, and with it, the statue of ‘Our Lord of Miracles’ was swept out to sea. However, as if guided by a stronger force, the figure was found three days later and quickly taken to the Sé Cathedral for safety and protection. It was then restored to its former home after the chapel was rebuilt in 1813. Each year this two-day festival attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the island to pay homage to ‘Our Lord of Miracles’ through spiritual and religious candlelit processions and ceremonies held at the Igreja Matriz de Machico.

Mountain Bike Madeira Meeting – Porto Moniz

The Mountain Bike Madeira Meeting is set to unfold along the breathtaking North Coast of Porto Moniz. This event’s main objective is to promote the sport of mountain biking and acquaint attendees with the scenic wonders of Madeira Island. Participants will have the unique chance to immerse themselves in exhilarating mountain biking adventures on a variety of trails, each boasting awe-inspiring vistas. The week-long program encompasses an array of trail experiences, water sports, educational workshops, and engaging social gatherings. As the grand finale, participants can eagerly partake in the thrilling Madeira Enduro Series on the last day.

Festa da Maçã – Camacha

This Apple Festival takes place in the rural parish of Camacha and consists of an exhibition and street parade, which is very pleasant for both participants and visitors, due to the variety of colours and aromas perfuming the air. Don’t forget to sample some of the freshly-squeezed apple cider.

Sea and Fisherman Fair – Caniçal

Caniçal is hosting the annual Sea and Fishermen’s Fair, a delightful gathering combining recreation, gastronomy, traditional food and drinks, and lots of entertainment. This event showcases the social, cultural, and economic aspects of the local area, with a particular focus on activities linked to the sea. Visitors can indulge in a wide array of mouthwatering traditional dishes and beverages while enjoying a plethora of entertainment options.

Madeira Organ Festival

Part of the cultural festivals of the island, Madeira Organ Festival is a celebration of the enduring music of the Portuguese organ. Recitals in some of Madeira’s most beautiful churches are held every evening for 10 days in October, featuring beautifully restored organs (dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries) from Portugal, Italy, and England. These dramatic recitals are accompanied by chamber groups, classical musicians, and solo performers.

Madeira Canyoning Meeting

Madeira is quickly becoming the canyoning mecca of Europe, with its steep topography, dramatic landscapes, and abundant waterfalls, gullies, and cliffs. This international event organized by the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal (FCMP) aims to promote the preservation of the environment while encouraging more and more people to enjoy and embrace both canyoning and active tourism. Of course, canyoning in Madeira means that you will discover a side of the island that not many others will have experienced.

Madeira Film Festival

Madeira Film Festival is a non-competitive festival that awards filmmakers the ‘Laurissilva Ambassador’ prize not only for their work but also to raise awareness of the ecological preservation of natural resources, namely the Laurissilva forest, which is endemic to Madeira and considered Natural World Heritage by UNESCO. Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel and Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias in Funchal, both synonymous with splendor, are the stages of this festival, created in 2012 by the Scottish director Aitken Pearson. It is currently the main annual film event on the island and already plays an important role on the national film festival scene. Besides the films, the diversified program also includes lectures, musical concerts, workshops, and fashion shows.

European Triathlon Cup

Comprising of running, swimming, and cycling events, the European Triathlon Cup and the Portuguese Triathlon Cup are organized by the Regional Triathlon Association of Madeira and the Triathlon Federation of Portugal. It’s tough, demanding, and challenging, requiring competitors to be at the peak of physical fitness as they battle it out against each other in the three events comprising a 1500km swim, 40km cycle competition, and a 10km road race, all of which take place around Funchal, attracting a large number of local, national, and international competitors.

Eco Trail Funchal Madeira Island

From as far afield as Reykjavik and the brilliance of Florence, the Eco Trail competition is a tough event with Madeira being considered one of the toughest and most demanding courses in Europe, attracting competitors from all over the world, competing in the 80km, 40km, 25km, and 15km races. Created in 2007 in Paris by a group of trail running friends, the event morphed from an urban environment to encompass towns, mountains, forests, and the oceans, all providing a fantastic competition backdrop, and as one competitor said ‘Have you flown? In Madeira, you can run above the clouds.

Rally Madeira Legend

Get ready for a thrilling automotive spectacle as the Club Sports of Madeira proudly presents the Rally Madeira Legend, taking place from October 26th to 28th. This exciting rally is a celebration of automotive history, featuring a magnificent array of Historic, Spirit, and Legend Show vehicles. It’s a nostalgic journey back to the days when these remarkable cars first graced the stages of the “Madeira Wine Rally” in its early years as part of the European Championship. Whether you’re a die-hard car enthusiast or simply looking for an exhilarating experience, the 2023 Madeira Legends Rally promises excitement, nostalgia, and a whole lot of adrenaline. Don’t miss it!

Madeira Fashion (Moda Madeira)

Madeira Fashion “Moda Madeira” is a fashion event held in November, organized by the Madeira Young Entrepreneurs Association (AJEM – Associação de Jovens Empresários da Madeira), with the goal of promoting the regional fashion industry as well as the significance of historical Madeiran hand Embroidery. The event includes a competition for young Madeiran stylists as well as the participation of well-known stylists from Madeira, mainland Portugal, the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde.

Happy Halloween – 31 October

Being a popular holiday in the UK and North America, Halloween is also celebrated on the island of Madeira. At few shopping centers in Madeira, kids dress up in costumes, get their faces painted, and then go trick or treating from store to store. Madeira Magic Park also organizes a Halloween party for kids with a program of exciting events. Bars and nightclubs throughout the city also host Halloween parties.

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