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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Portugal

Alfama neighborhood, Lisbon, 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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January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

February–March:  Carnival (a.k.a. Entrudo, particularly vibrant in Lisbon and Algarve towns, some closures on March 5 for Shrove Tuesday)

February 25–March 8:  Fantasporto International Film Festival, Porto

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

March 22:  Lisbon Half Marathon

April 2–12 (likely):  Lisbon Fish & Flavors (a.k.a. Peixe em Lisboa, gourmet seafood festival)

April 5–11:  Holy Week (Semana Santa, religious processions, especially in Óbidos and Porto)

April 10–April 13:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

April 23–May 3 (likely):  Óbidos International Chocolate Festival

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

April 30–May 10 (likely):  Indie Lisboa International Independent Film Festival

May–September (weekends):  Out Jazz Festival (free outdoor concerts; includes soul, funk, hip-hop), Lisbon

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

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

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

June–October (likely):  International Garden Festival, Ponte de Lima

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

June 6–14 (likely):  National Agriculture Festival, Santarém (dancing, bullfights, bull-running)

June 6–November 6 (likely):  Sandcity, Algarve (sand sculture showcase with live music, theater, dance and circus arts)

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

June 11:  Corpus Christi (closures)

June 11–13:  Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)

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

June 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

June 20 (likely):  Arraial Pride, Lisbon (LGBT pride festivities)

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

June 23–24 & 29–30:  Rock in Rio, Lisbon (outdoor rock concerts)

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

July 4–25 (likely):  Festival ao Largo, Lisboa (symphony, ballet, theater performances)

July 4–26:  AgitÁgueda, Águeda (music and performances)

July 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

July 25 (likely):  Unite with Tomorrowland, Porto (electronic music festival)

July 28–August 4:  Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova (Burning Man-like arts festival)

August 4–8:  Sudoeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar (rock festival)

August 6–8 (likely):  Madeira Wine Rally

August 6–September 13:  Feira de São Mateus, Viseu

August 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

August 15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)

August 19:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

August 27–29:  EDP Vilar de Mouros Festival

August 30–September 13:  Madeira Wine Fest

September 8:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (procession, concerts, folk dancing, bullfights, fairs)

September 13:  Minor pilgrimage to Fátima

September 18–October 12 (likely):  Festival de Sintra (classical music and opera)

October 5:  Republic Day (closures)

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

November 1:  All Saints' Day (closures)

December:  Vila Natal, Óbidos (Christmas lights, ice rink, performances)

December 1:  Restoration of Independence Day (closures)

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)