Free San Isidro 2016 Celebration Activities

The San Isidro festivities in Madrid are occurring from the 12th till the 16th of May. Saint Isidro is a patron saint of Madrid. He was elevated to sainthood status after manifesting many miracles many of whom have said to have been witnessed by others.

The story goes like this: Isidro, who was a field worker, got anointed with supernatural powers after he heard some singing from a nearby cathedral. Some of the miracles attributed to him include, making the ground bring water to the surface, while his master suffered thirst, saving the life of his child who fell into a well by making the water rise to the surface and bring her up with the upward thrust as well as being helped by angels in the field. He is said to have had the capacity to complete the work of three or more men, and the explanation was that he was helped by angels. In fact, some villagers and co workers had sworn to have seen him working accompanied by angels. All these manifestations, got attention of the Catholic church and he got beatified and canonized after his death.

Well, today the San Isidro celebrations lasts nearly a week and involve festivals, theater, concerts, dance, and fireworks all around the city. For a complete program, check out times and dates here. Here are some of the FREE activities for you to enjoy:

A Medias Pantys (Duo DJ  Pop Concert)

Paseo de la Ermita del Santo, 72

Thursday @ 10:30pm

Santiago Auserón (singer-songwriter)

Plaza de la Villa, 5

Friday @ 8pm

Esperanza Argüelles (Theatrical Performance)

Paseo de la Ermita del Santo, 72

Friday @ 8:30pm

ED IS DEAD (DJ electronic concert)

Plaza Gabriel Miró, 6

Friday @ 9pm

Variedades Azafrán (Musical Performance)

Paseo de la Ermita del Santo, 72

Friday @ 9:30pm

Cora Novoa (DJ electronica concert)

Plaza Gabriel Miró, 6

Friday @ 10:30pm

Tremenda Jauría (Cumbia/Reggaetón/Merengue)

Paseo de la Ermita del Santo, 72

Friday @ 10:30pm

Music & Dealers (Fashion & Music Market)

Mercado de la Cebada

Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Image Source: El Mundo

Fireworks & Lights Show

Retiro Park

Friday & Saturday @ 8:30pm (DJ) & 10:30pm (fireworks)

Image Source: Croma Cultura

Museum of San Isidro: The Origins of Madrid

Plaza de San Andrés, 2

Sunday @ 9:20am – 9:30pm

Free Trade Street Fair  

Paseo del Prado

Sunday 10am – 3pm
Image Source: Guias Viajar

Symphony concert by the Municipal Band of Madrid

Retiro Park – Under the Gazebo

Sunday @ 12:00pm

Image Source: Madrid Plural

XXXVI Fair of Traditional Ceramics

Thursday-Monday from 10:00am-9:00pm

Plaza de las Comendadoras (metro Noviciados)

Tap & Tango Dance

Calle Sánchez Bustillo, 1 (metro Atocha)

Monday @ 6pm

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