Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Portugal

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Portugal.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Portugal. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2014

December 1:  Independence Restoration Day

December 5–January 4:  Vila Natal, Óbidos (Christmas lights, ice rink, performances)

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

December 24:  Christmas Eve (Véspera de Natal)

December 25:  Christmas Day (Natal, closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (Dia de Reis)

February:  Carnaval (a.k.a. Entrudo, particularly vibrant in Lisbon and Algarve towns, some closures on February 17 for Shrove Tuesday)

February 27–March 7:  Fantasporto International Film Festival, Porto

March 22:  Lisbon Half Marathon

Late March:  Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

March 29–April 4:  Holy Week (Semana Santa, religious processions, especially in Óbidos and Porto)

April 3–5:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

April 9–19:  Lisbon Fish & Flavors (a.k.a. Peixe em Lisboa, gourmet seafood festival)

April 23–May 3  Indie Lisboa International Independent Film Festival

April 24–26:  Music Days in Belém (classical music marathon)

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

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

Early May:  Queima das Fitas (“burning of the ribbons”: graduation festivities in Coimbra)

May/June:  Estoril Jazz (nine-day jazz festival near Lisbon)

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

May 23–27:  Lisbon leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–2015 international regatta

Late May:  Rock in Rio–Lisbon (gigantic five-day rock festival)

Throughout June:  Festas de Lisboa, Lisbon

June 4:  Corpus Christi

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

June 4–6:  Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)

June 5–14 (likely):  National Agriculture Festival, Santarém (dancing, bullfights, bull-running)

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

June 12–13:  St. Anthony’s Day, Lisbon (processions and dancing)

June 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

June 23–24:  Feasts of St. João, Porto (fireworks, dancing)

June 29:  St. Peter’s Day, Lisbon and Porto (dancing, processions)

Late June:  Arraial Pride, Lisbon

Late June–early July:  Festival de Sintra (classical music and opera)

July 4–13:  Festa dos Tabuleiros, Tomar (“Festival of the Trays”: huge procession of young girls balancing trays of bread that takes place every four years)

July 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

August 5–9:  Sudoeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar (four-day rock festival)

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

August 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

August 15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)

August 19:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

September 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

Mid-September:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival

October 5:  Republic Day (businesses closed)

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

November 1:  All Saints’ Day

December 1:  Independence Restoration Day

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

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

December 25:  Christmas Day (Natal, closures)

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