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Algarve: Events Highlights

Algarve-Loule-Carnival

Loulé Carnival
2 – 6 February

The event, which is widely regarded as one of the best in Portugal, is comprised of a procession of floats, and a great deal of singing and dancing.

 

Algarve International Music Festival
25 April – 1 June

One of the most important events on the local calendar, the festival includes a collection of renowned musicians, from both the local area and abroad, performing in numerous venues throughout the region.

 

Seafood Festival 10 -15 August

One of the largest gastronomical events in the Algarve region, this festival offers a spectacular range of traditionally cooked dishes.

Cascais: Events Highlights

 

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Ladies Open of Portugal 22 – 24 June

The best lady players in Europe come to the Quinta da Marinha Golf Course to compete for this qualifier for the Solheim Cup and the European Order of Merit.

 

Portugal Match Cup July (tba)

One of the sailing world’s most spectacular regattas, this event draws skippers from around the world to compete in the Bay of Cascais.

 

Festival of the Sea Early August (tba)

The local fishermen have a fun day out on this tradition-filled day, when you’ll be able to hear traditional folk songs, strange customary games, dancing, much frolicking, and late at night, a fireworks display.

Lisbon: Events Highlights

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Carnival 1 – 5 February

The biggest cultural event of the year, the streets and parks of the entire city erupt with parades, dances, parties and general merriment, though most of the major organized events take place at the Parque Nações.

 

Harbour and Music Festival 1 – 29 February

This event celebrates the ancient tradition of Fado folk singing. This festival provides a great opportunity to experience this enchanting sentimental musical content of traditional fado songs.

 

Moda Lisboa – Lisbon Fashion Show 1 – 31 March

Each March and October Lisbon hosts its summer and winter fashion shows. During the glitzy week-long events, visitors able to take a sneak preview at the latest collections of the country’s best fashion designers including the cream of the new and emerging talent.

 

Half-Marathon 16 March

A picturesque and not too strenuous sporting event, this race takes the participants along the River Tagus and ends in Belem at the majestic Jeronimos Monastery – quite a scenic run!

 

Estoril Open 1 April – 31 May

The country’s second biggest sport (after football of course), this is the biggest tennis event in the city, as clay court tennis season begins at the Estadio Nacional in Cruz Quebrada, Lisbon.

 

Senhor dos Passos Procession Aoril (2nd Sunday of Lent)

A solemn religious procession accompanied by thousands of onlookers, this is a continuation of a 16th century tradition, is centred on statue of a bleeding Jesus, lifted carried high on a bier of violets. The procession takes place on Good Friday, and is held in Graca area.

 

Indie Lisboa – International Independent Film Festival 1 – 30 April

The festival is dedicated to discovering new films and independent directors and attracts a lively mix of film aficionados, industry professionals and aspiring filmmakers. The festival is open to both short and feature-length films and includes fiction, animation, documentary and experimental works.

 

Alkantara Festival 1 – 30 June

The word Alkantara means “the bridge” in Arabic (and is also the name of the neighbourhood where a bridge crosses the river Tejo in Lisbon) and reflects the festival’s objective to build bridges between artists, cultures and art forms where local Portuguese artists working together with performers from around the world in theatre, dance and musical performances.

 

Lisbon Festivities 1 – 30 June

This popular event is a three-week extravaganza street party with stilt walkers, costumed street entertainers and the mass parades of the “Marchas Populares”. The festival is celebrating the city’s patron, St Anthony and have a chance to gain an insight into Portuguese culture and learn Fado, a traditional Portuguese singing style that’s full of lament and emotion.

 

Festas dos Santos Populares 1 – 30 June

This month sees the celebration of two major saint’s feast days – St Antonio & St Peter. The entire city is decked out in paper lanterns, streamers and coloured lights, and there are parades through the old quarters and celebrations from dusk to well after dawn.

 

Lisbon Pride 1 June – 31 July

Known locally as the Arrail Pride, this is the biggest event in the gay and lesbian community, with well over 10,000 people coming out onto the streets to celebrate.

Madeira: Events Highlights

 

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Feast of St Amaro 14 – 15 January

This is one of the most important religious feasts of Santa Cruz Council District, for which a traditional local feast is held. It symbolically ends the Christmas festivities.

 

Carnival 17 – 20 February

A two-week period filled with revelry and festivities, as the whole island celebrates with parties, music, dance and colourful parades.

 

Flower Festival 21 – 22 April

This festival of Madeira is its biggest draw, with street parades and floats, music and dance, exhibits and shows, all covered with the sight and scent of the island’s flowers.

 

Atlantic Fireworks Festival 1 – 30 June

Sky-blossoms of every colour and size delight the spectator during this festival.

 

Day of the Region
1 July

This event celebrates Madeira’s establishment of political autonomy, enshrined in the Constitution of Portugal.

 

Our Lady of Monte Feast
14 August

Considered the most important religious festival, this feast day is celebrated by both Madeira’s populace and their kinsmen around the world.

 

Wine Festival

 

31 August – 2 September

The festival marks the beginning of the grape harvest throughout the island, and harkens back to the days of the country’s earliest settlers, who first planted the vineyards.

 

Regional Meeting of Bands

 

13 October

The regional bands gather in Ribeira Brava to compete for the year’s title and take part in the citywide celebrations after the event.

 

End of Year Festivities
24 December – 1 January

Throughout the Christmas and New Year season, there are fireworks, parades, shows, parties and other events to mark the birth of Christ, the end of the old year and the coming of the new.

Peniche: Events Highlights

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Festival da Sardinha (Sardine Festival) August (tba)

The humble sardine, a major staple of the local diet, is celebrated with its own festival, which involves sardine dishes, cooked to ancient recipes, being served to all and sundry.

 

Festa de Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem 1st Sunday of August

This major religious celebration is most remarkable for its procession of decorated boats.

Porto: Events Highlights

Porto

Fantasporto — International Film Festival 29 February – 8 March

A great film celebration in the most popular cinema festival in Portugal. Fantasporto has a competitive character under the fantastic genre for which it is known, paying close attention to the emerging directions in its New Directors’ Week.

 

International Swimming Meet
June (tba)

This event, is part of the world swimming circuit of the sport and sees the participation of more than 400 athletes.

 

Porto Cartoon World Festival
June (tba)

This is one of the three main worldwide competitions in the cartoons industry, with thousands of participants and visitors taking part.

 

S. Joao Festivities 23 – 24 June

The local inhabitants fete their patron saints during this month, with displays of pottery figures as well as the traditional festive celebrations.

 

Handicraft Fair 5 – 13 July

The Porto Handicraft Fair is held during the Christmas season, and showcases the best in traditional crafts and fare.

 

International Folklore Festival
14 August

Porto inhabitants and visitors relive the spirit and adventure of folktales during this event, drawing an international audience.

Sintra: Events Highlights

Sintra-castle

Sintra Festival of Music and Dance June – July (tba)

Chamber music and ballet performances by some of the best artists in Portugal and beyond draw huge crowds to this charming town.

 

Feira do Artesanato de Sintra (The Handicrafts Fair of Sintra)
October (tba)

Local handicrafts go on sale during this fair highlighting the traditional cottage industries of the region.

 

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