Festival Of San Isidro

From: Madrid Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: San Lorenzo FestivalPlaza MayorBuen Retiro ParkRoyal Theatre

Festival Of San Isidro
This immensely popular festival is celebrated throughout the city and honours San Isidore the Labourer who is the patron saint of Madrid.

Saint Isidore is the patron saint of peasants and farmers and was known for his generosity to the poor and kindness to animals. On the 15th May many fields are blessed and a procession through the streets close to the Church of San Isidro el Real (also known as the Collegium of San Isidro) where both Saint Isidore and his wife Saint Maria Torribia (Saint Maria de la Cabeza) are celebrated.

During the festival there are several live music and theatrical performances at venues throughout the city, including the Plaza Mayor which often has a main stage erected and is a great place to witness traditional dances being performed wearing the chulapo dress from the region.

Other events can include street performers, circus acts and a variety of live music performances that cover a wide range of music genres as well as light and sound shows and firework displays to mark the occasion.

Date Of Festival Of San Isidro
This annual festival takes place on the 15th of May, although it is common for festivities to begin earlier often around the 11th.

The festival takes place throughout the city especially around the Church of Saint Isidore which is about 200 meters south of the Plaza Mayor as well as at many other venues around the city which often include the Royal Theatre, Plaza Mayor and the Buen Retiro Park.

Travel Guide
Close to the church is the M1 bus stop Colegiata-Toledo and the Toledo-La Latina station has busses 17, 18, 23, 35 and L5 is also about 100 meters from the entrance. There is also subway station La Latina which has Line 5 as well as station Tirso de Molina which has Line 1 running to the area.