September in Madrid: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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If you're planning a trip to Madrid in September, it will still feel like summer much of the time, especially at the beginning of the month. Daytime highs can rival those of August, but it cools down at night a bit more in September.

You'll also find a handful of interesting annual events in Madrid in September. Music and movies top the list, but the city has a lot more to offer throughout the month as well.

Madrid Weather in September

Madrid weather is pleasant for most of the year, and September is no exception. Afternoon highs reach around 84 degrees on average, with lows getting down to 57 degrees at night. This feels like summer, no question about that. September brings six days that include rain, on average, and it's sunny the majority of the time, which adds to the summer-like atmosphere.

What to Pack

For warm to hot days, as are common at the beginning of the month, pack lightweight everything: short-sleeved tees and shirts, lightweight pants or shorts, and capri pants for women. For men, think in terms of dressy shorts and polos or button-downs.

Jeans and other long pants might feel a bit too warm in the daytime, but would be a good addition for evenings after the sun goes down and things begin to cool off. You also might need a lightweight jacket or sweater for nights out. A poncho or pashmina adds some style for women out on the town as well.

Take along comfortable sandals that are good for walking, boat shoes, and for women, dressier sandals for evenings. Heels are notoriously difficult to walk in on Madrid's cobblestone streets, so if you want a little bit of a lift, consider something with a platform rather than a stiletto-style heel.

If you plan on visiting any churches, bring clothes that would be considered more conservative, such as skirts and modest tops for women. Otherwise, it's very possible that you'll get turned away.

As far as accessories go, a hat (not a baseball cap) and sunglasses are always a good idea. September is the driest month of fall, so it's safe to leave your umbrella at home. And while Spain is a relatively safe country, petty theft is common in tourist areas, so bring theft-proof clothes and clothes or bags with strong zippers if possible. 

September Events in Madrid 

There aren't too many annual festivals and events in Madrid in September, but the few that are happening are great. Also, it's the beginning of the fall arts season, which offers an abundance of art exhibits and performances.

  • DCODE Festival: A one-day music festival on the Complutense University campus that lasts for 18 hours, from morning to night. Performers include Spanish and international stars in pop, rock, and indie genres. 2019 date: Saturday, September 7
  • Veranos de la Villa: You can catch the tail end of this summer-long festival if you find yourself in Spain in early September. It's filled with an abundance of concerts, flamenco shows, dance and performance art, and circus performances. 2019 dates: June 28–September 1
  • Cibeles de Cine: If you're a movie buff, it's worth getting to Madrid early in September to catch this film festival. Classics and newer movies are on the schedule, which includes 90 titles in their original form with subtitles. So if you don't know Spanish, it's not a deal-killer. 2019 dates: June 29–September 12
  • Horse Racing: Get excited when your horse crosses the finish line at the Zarzuela Racecourse in Madrid. The races are run in the evenings in early September and then switch to mornings as the weather cools off later in the month.

September Travel Tips

  • Travel warning: As of March 2019, there was a travel warning for Spain because of the risk of terrorism. Check the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information and travel warnings before you leave on your trip.
  • Make reservations. As the tail end of summer high season, September is a prime month for travel to Madrid. It is smart to make reservations for your hotel as early as possible. Once you arrive, book tables at a restaurant and buy tickets to museums and shows in advance to avoid being disappointed or having a long wait.
  • Live on Spain's schedule. Spaniards eat on the late side: they have lunch around 2:30 p.m. and dinner never much before 9 p.m., with the famous siesta hour in between. So don't show up at a restaurant expecting dinner at 7. Madrid's nightlife is also legendary, so get ready so stay out until well past dawn. 
  • Pickpockets do exist. Beware of pickpockets anytime you're walking on the street. Take as little of value with you as possible and secure your wallet, passport, and any other valuables in a bag for that purpose or in front pockets that are more protected. Women should carry cross-body bags that zip closed.

To learn more about the best time to visit Madrid, check out our guide.

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