Although Madeira’s local calendar is steeped in festivals and events, June is a particularly busy month. Notwithstanding, its very popular celebrations, such as the Sixteenth Century Market, the Atlantic Festival and the Popular Saints Festivals, the island plays a host of several other activities. These include the Ultra Skymarathon June 1st and 2nd, Madeira Canyoning Meeting 4th – 9th, Regional Bread Fair which takes place between the 8th – 10th in the centre of Funchal and the Regional Arts Week (11th – 17th), which showcases the many talents of some 4,000 schoolchildren as they perform a variety of arts including song, theatre, dance and music. But this is not all.
The Soup festival takes place in Boaventura during the 9th and 10th of June which aims to promote the islands traditional soups such as Sopa de Cebola (onion soup), Sopa de Trigo (barley soup) and the famous and delicious Açorda da Madeira (bread soup). Later on, in the week, the Atlantic Roots Festival (14th – 16th) springs into action. Considered one of Portugals oldest traditional music festivals this year's programme is a change from the norm as each night will showcase a different music genre including Madeiran, funk and soul and of course Portuguese music.
If this isn’t enough the Cherry Festival held in Jardim da Serra between the 15th and 17th celebrates local traditions with a wide range of activities including the traditional cherry harvest parade.