Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Portugal

Lisbon is home to a series of festivals every June.
  • 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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March 31–April 25:  Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

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

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

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

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

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

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

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

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

July 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

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

August 11–18:  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 (procession, concerts, folk dancing, bullfights, fairs)

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

December:  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, 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)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

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

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

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

Mid-March:  Lisbon Half Marathon

March or April:  Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

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

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