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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2014

September 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

Mid-September:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (Nazaré)

October 5:  Republic Day (businesses closed)

October 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

November 1:  All Saints’ Day

December 1:  Independence Restoration Day

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (closures)

December 25:  Christmas Day (closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

March 4:  Mardi Gras Carneval

March 29–April 4:  Holy Week

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

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

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

May 30–June 30:  Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon)

June 4:  Corpus Christi

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

June 13:  St. Anthony’s Day (Lisbon); also pilgrimage to Fátima

June 24:  St. João Day (Porto)

June 29:  St. Peter’s Day (Lisbon)

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

July 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

August 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

August 15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)

August 19:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

September 13:  Pilgrimage to Fátima

Mid-September:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (Nazaré)