Events for this month

14th and 15th – Feast of Our Lady of Monte – Funchal
This is considered to be the Region’s main feast concerning the people’s devotion, famous all over the world where emigrants from Madeira have settled. Great popular entertainment during the two festival days, transforms the picturesque and romantic parish of Monte into one of the liveliest places in the island.

14th and 15th – Feast of Our Lady of Grace – Porto Santo
Our Lady of “Graça” Chapel, erected on a hill below the belvedere of Portela, opens its doors to an open air festival which is carried out every year on 14th and 15th August. After the liturgy, which includes the religious ceremonies and a procession, follows the open air popular festival with the traditional stands selling food and drink, music and lots of entertainment.

21st – Grand Parade to Commemorate the Day of the City of Funchal
Celebrations to commemorate the Day of the City, on 21 August, will once again feature a historical procession, entitled “The History of Funchal in the Street”. Several periods and events from the history of Funchal and the Region will be recreated. The parade will involve hundreds of participants, dressed in the styles of the different periods and will go along the main streets of the city, as part of an exciting event to promote the city by remembering the past and enabling us to reflect on the future.
The complete programme can be seen at www.funchal21deagosto.com.

21st to 30th- Caniço Promenade Nights – Caniço de Baixo
A Gastronomic Week which is held every year on the Promenade in Caniço-de-Baixo, with the participation of various music bands and some of the hotels, restaurants and bars of Caniço.

22nd – XXVIII Faial International Song Festival -“Voices of the Atlantic” – Faial
This is a Festival of original songs, held at Faial Polidesportivo (multi-faced sport Pavillion), organised by the Sports and Cultural Association of this parish, Faial, which belongs to the municipality of Santana.

25th to 30th – São Vicente – Municipal Festivities
An exciting programme of cultural and social events will take place for a week in the picturesque town of São Vicente, on the north coast of the Island of Madeira. Highlights of the various concerts are Jorge Palma on the 27 th and the Dutch Hermes House Band, on the 28th. The complete programme can be seen at www.svicente.com.

25th to 30th – XVIII Round Madeira by Canoe 2009
Organised by the Centro de Treino Mar of Madeira, this is an international race of the F.P.C. and I.C.F. This event is internationally known for its difficulty, but also for its good organization and natural beauty offered by the coast of the island. The race covers 141 Km distributed along 9 laps. Enrollment is open only to Sea Kayak – K1 and K2.
Further information at www.madeiraemcanoa.com

28th– Wine Harvest Festival – Porto Santo
This festival provides all its visitors with information on the different varieties of grape produced in Porto Santo. It is held, by 10 p.m. at `Largo das Palmeiras’, where a public wine press will be assembled, with wine tasting, demonstrations on the wine making process and an exhibition of the utensils related to vine growing and caring. There will also be musical entertainment with traditional singing groups.

29 th- XIX National and XII International Folklore Festival – Ponta do Sol
This event has been organised by the Ponta do Sol Folklore Group and the local City Hall. The festival will feature regional, national and foreign groups such as: the Ponta do Sol Folklore Group, and groups from Figueira da Foz, the Algarve, the Azores, Ribatejo, Sweden, Spain and Italy.

Source: Madeira Tourism