Main Festivals and Events

Portugal has an impressive number of spectacular festivals and celebrations.

The traditional festivals (festas) are celebrated in almost every town and village in Portugal and most of them have a patron saint, whose day is celebrated by the whole community; it mainly consists of a procession of a statue of the patron saint after the Mass from the local church, accompanied by fireworks, music, dancing and lots of food and drink. Attending a traditional festival is a great way to experience the Portuguese culture and get to know better the local people and their way of life.

New festivals are also springing up all the time throughout the country, especially film, music and food festivals.

January

Date Event Location Type
20.01.2010 Santa Maria da Feira Feast of Fogaceiras Cultural

February

Date Event Location Type
During the 3 day period
before Ash We
Carnival Tuesday Lisbon, Loulé, Nazaré, Torres Vedras,
Ovar, Mealhada, Viana do Castelo, Sines,
Alcobaça and Funchal
Cultural
TBC Fantasporto – International Science
Fiction Film Festival
Oporto Cinema
TBC Almond Blossom Golf Championship
Lagos Golf
TBC International Almond Blossom Cross Country
Vilamoura Athletics

March

Date Event Location Type
TBC International Half Marathon of Lisbon
Lisbon Athletics
TBC Madeira Golf Open
Funchal Golf
TBC Iberian Sailing Championship
Vilamoura Sailing
TBC International Chocolate Festival Óbidos Cultural
TBC Hot Air Balloon Race Around Portugal Ballooning
TBC Agricultural Festival Beja Cultural
From late Mar to late Apr Fair of Marco Aveiro Cultural

April

Date Event Location Type
13.-14.04.2011 Flower Festival Funchal Cultural
Mar/Easter Holy Week Religious Festivities
Braga and Óbidos Religious
TBC Algarve Open
Vale do Lobo Golf
TBC Classic Cars Rally Pedras d’El Rei Pedras d’El Rei Motor
TBC Estoril Open Jamor Tennis
TBC Oporto Interceltic Festival Oporto Music
From late Mar to late Apr Festival Music Days in Belém Lisbon Music

May

Date Event Location Type
12.-13.05.2011 Pilgrimage to Fátima Sanctuary Fátima Religious
5th Sun after Easter Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
São Miguel Cultural
End of May/Jun Super Bock Super Rock Lisbon Music
Ascension Thu Feast of Cruz Guarda and Barcelos Cultural
Ascension Sun Feast of Santa Cruz Alvarães Cultural
May/Jun International Music Festival Faro Music
TBC Queima das Fitas Coimbra Cultural
TBC International Horse Jumping Cup Lisbon Equestrian

June

Date Event Location Type
10.06.2011 Portugal's National Day and Camões Day Around Portugal Cultural
12.- 13.06.2011 Feast of Santo António
Lisbon Cultural
23.- 24.06.2011 Feast of São João Oporto, Braga and Aveiro Cultural
28.- 29.06.2011 Feast of São Pedro São Miguel Cultural
TBC Rock in Rio Lisbon Lisbon Music
TBC Estoril Coast International Crafts Fair Estoril Cultural
TBC Beer Festival Oporto Cultural
TBC Serralves Foundation Festival Oporto Cultural
TBC Festróia International Film Festival Setúbal Cinema
TBC Atlantic Festival Funchal Music
TBC Cherry Festival Fundão Cultural
TBC Feast of São Gonçalo Amarante Cultural
TBC Almada International Theatre Festival Almada Theatre
Jun/Jul Sintra International Music Festival Sintra Music
Jun-Sep Bullfighting Season Santarém and Lisbon Cultural
1st week of Jun National Agricultural Fair Santarém Cultural

July

Date Event Location Type
TBC Sardine Festival Portimão Cultural
TBC Beer Festival Silves Cultural
TBC Wine Festival Bombarral Cultural
TBC Oporto Vintage Formula One Race Oporto Motor
TBC Red Waistcoast Festival Vila Franca de Xira Cultural
TBC Moorish Nights Cancela Velha Cultural
TBC Vilar de Mouros Summer Music Festival Vilar de Mouros Music
TBC Serralves Foundation Festival Oporto Cultural
TBC Paredes de Coura Rock Festival Paredes de Coura Music
1st weekend of Jul Feast of Tabuleiros Tomar Cultural
Mid-Jun to mid-Jul Feast of MFundão oliceiros Aveiro Cultural
Last Sat of Jul Folk Festival Barcelos Cultural
Jul/Ago Estoril Classic Music Festival Estoril Music
Jul-Aug Festival of the Sea Cascais and Estoril Cultural

August

Date Event Location Type
1st weekend of Aug Feast of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem Peniche Religious
TBC Sardine Festival Quarteira Cultural
TBC Feast of Nossa Senhora da Agonia Viana do Castelo Religious
TBC Ritual Rock Nights Oporto Music
TBC Feast of Nossa Senhora do Monte Funchal Cultural
TBC Southwest Music Festival Zambujeira do Mar Music
TBC Cerveira International Art Biannual Vila Nova de Cerveira Cultural
TBC Annual Beach Rugby Cup Around Portugal Rugby
Aug-Sep Pilgrimage to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Lamego Religious
All August Calouste Gulbenkian International Jazz Festival Lisbon Music

September

Date Event Location Type
10. - 25.09.2011 Musica Viva Festival Lisbon Music
TBC International Half Marathon of Lisbon Lisbon Athletics
TBC International Equestrian Competition of Algarve Vilamoura and Portimão Equestrian
TBC Madeira Wine Festival Funchal and Câmara de Lobos Cultural
TBC Grape Harvest Festival Lamego and Douro River region Cultural
TBC Avante Festival Atalaia Cultural
TBC New Fairs Ponte de Lima Cultural
TBC Feast of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré   Cultural
Early Sep Feast of São Paio Aveiro Cultural
Early Sep Gastronomic Festival Leiria Cultural
1st Sun of Sep Feast of Nossa Senhora da Piedade Tomar Religious
Last Sun of Sep Feast of Nossa Senhora do Ó Oporto Religious
Late Sep Feast of Senhor da Piedade Elvas Religious
Late Sep São Mateus Fair Elvas Cultural

October

Date Event Location Type
12. - 13.10.2011 Pilgrimage to Fátima Sanctuary Fátima Religious
TBC Estoril Open Estoril and Cascais Golf
TBC Laser Europa Cup Portugal Matosinhos Sailing
TBC International Biannual of Arts and Industrial Design Marinha Grande Cultural
TBC Lisbon Fashion Week Lisbon Fashion
Mid-Oct Santa Iria Fair Faro Cultural
Late Oct-Early Nov National Gastronomic Festival Santarém Cultural
Late Oct-Early Nov Festival of the Portuguese Discoveries Lagos Cultural
Late Oct-Early Nov Amadora International Cartoon Festival Amadora Cultural

November

Date Event Location Type
11.11.2011 São Martinho’s Day Around Portugal Cultural
1st half of Nov São Martinho Fair and National Horse Fair Golegã Equestrian

December

Date Event Location Type
31.12.2011 New Year Celebrations Lisbon and Funchal Cultural
TBC International Christmas Regatta Cascais Sailing
TBC International Urban Culture Festival Lisbon Cultural
TBC São Silvestre Running Race Oporto Athletics