Events

Year 2016

March 31–April 25: Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

Óbidos International Chocolate Festival


April 7–17: Lisbon Fish & Flavors (a.k.a. Peixe em Lisboa, gourmet seafood festival)

Lisbon Fish & Flavors


April 20–May 1: Indie Lisboa International Independent Film Festival

Indie Lisboa International Independent Film Festival


April 22–24: Music Days in Belém (classical music marathon)

Music Days in Belém


April 25: Liberty Day (parades, fireworks; closures)

Liberty Day Portugal


May 1: May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May Day Labor Day


May 9–15: Queima das Fitas, Coimbra ("burning of the ribbons": graduation festivities)

Queima das Fitas, Coimbra


May 13: Major pilgrimage to Fátima (Peregrinação de Fátima)

Major pilgrimage to Fátima


May 12–29: Festival de Sintra (classical music and opera)

Festival de Sintra


May 19–20 and 27–29: Rock in Rio, Lisbon (outdoor rock concerts)

Rock in Rio, Lisbon


Throughout June: Festas de Lisboa, Lisbon (series of festivals with celebrations peaking on St. Anthony's Day)

Festas de Lisboa, Lisbon


June: Serralves em festa, Porto (40-hour-long contemporary arts festival)

Serralves em festa, Porto


June 4–12: National Agriculture Festival, Santarém (dancing, bullfights, bull-running)

National Agriculture Festival, Santarém


June 9–11: Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)

Nos Primavera Sound, Porto


June 10: Portuguese National Day (Dia de Camões; closures)

Portuguese National Day


June 12–13: St. Anthony's Day (Dia de Santo António), Lisbon (processions and dancing)

St. Anthony's Day


June 13: Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Minor pilgrimage to Fátima


June 23–24: St. John's Day (Dia de São João), Porto (fireworks, dancing)

St. John's Day


Late June (1 day): Arraial Pride, Lisbon (LGBT pride festivities)

Arraial Pride, Lisbon


June 29: St. Peter's Day (Dia de São Pedro), Évora (dancing, processions)

St. Peter's Day


July 13: Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Minor pilgrimage to Fátima


August 3–7: Sudoeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar (four-day rock festival)

Sudoeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar


August 11–18: Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova (Burning Man-like arts festival)

Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova


August 13: Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Minor pilgrimage to Fátima


August 15: Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)

Assumption Day


August 19: Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Minor pilgrimage to Fátima


September 13: Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Minor pilgrimage to Fátima


Mid-September: Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (procession, concerts, folk dancing, bullfights, fairs)

Our Lady of Nazaré Festival


October 13: Major pilgrimage to Fátima(Peregrinação de Fátima)

Major pilgrimage to Fátima


December: Vila Natal, Óbidos (Christmas lights, ice rink, performances)

Vila Natal, Óbidos


December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição, closures)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception


December 24: Christmas Eve (Véspera de Natal, midnight mass then feast)

Christmas Eve Portugal


December 25: Christmas Day (Natal, closures)

Christmas Day Portugal


December 31: New Year's Eve (Noite de Ano Novo, fireworks, banging of pots and pans)

New Year's Eve Portugal


Year 2017

January 1: New Year's Day (closures)

New Year's Day Portugal


January 6: Epiphany (Dia de Reis; bands of carolers go from house to house)

Epiphany Portugal


February: Carnaval (a.k.a. Entrudo, particularly vibrant in Lisbon and Algarve towns, some closures on February 28 for Shrove Tuesday)

Carnaval Portugal


Late February–mid-March: Fantasporto International Film Festival, Porto

Fantasporto International Film Festival, Porto


March 19: St. Joseph's Day (Dia de São José), Santarém

St. Joseph's Day Portugal


Mid-March: Lisbon Half Marathon

Lisbon Half Marathon


March or April: Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

Óbidos International Chocolate Festival


April 10–15: Holy Week (Semana Santa, religious processions, especially in Óbidos and Porto)

Holy Week Portugal


April 14–16: Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

Easter weekend Portugal