Festivals and Events All Year Round

Check out our listings of Lisbon’s events organised by month.

For full up-to-date coverage of events, pick up the free magazines Follow Me Lisboa and Agenda Cultural (in Portuguese) available at tourist offices and hotels.

January

New Year’s Concert

The Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra celebrate the New Year with a traditional concert on 1 January. Ticket prices range from €5 to €18.

February

Carnival

Carnival parades and parties take place around Lisbon (especially Torres Vedras and Sesimbra) with samba music and Brazilian carnival costumes. Some nightclubs in Lisbon organize costume ball parties.

March

Meia Maratona de Lisboa

Lisbon’s Half Marathon is a great opportunity to walk across Ponte 25 de Abril over the Rio Tejo, and admire the grandeur of Lisbon’s cityscape. The Meia Maratona finishes in front of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Unesco World Heritage Site.

April

Indie Lisboa

Indie Lisboa is an independent 11-day film festival that offers documentaries, shorts and experimental film exhibitions (both Portuguese and foreign) of all genres. A parallel events programme includes talks, debates and special activities with filmmakers, programmers, distributors, critics and other film professionals.

Peixe em Lisboa

This is an annual festival dedicated to seafood lovers. The event takes place in Pátio da Galé at Praça do Comércio, and includes cooking demonstrations by Michelin-starred chefs.

Dias da Música

Dias da Música is a 3-day non-stop music festival, held at Centro Cultural de Belém during the spring. The programme includes jazz, opera and classic music concerts, workshops and activities for all ages.

May

Rock in Rio Lisboa

Rock In Rio is a biannual festival that takes place at Parque da Bela Vista on the eastern part of the city. It’s a mega event featuring national and international renowned bands. The precinct includes an amusement park and food stalls. Animation is provided by street art performers.

June

Santos Populares

June is a month of celebration in Lisbon with several events happening at the same time. Street parties, theatre performances, and open air music concerts are held on several stages throughout Lisbon.

The main festivity areas are the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama, Castelo, Bica and Bairro Alto, with daily street parties (known as arraiais) taking place throughout the month. But the big night happens on 12 June with the Feast of St Anthony, which includes a festival of sardines and a parade down Avenida da Liberdade.

July

NOS Alive

NOS Alive is a 3-day music and arts festival at Algés riverside in Oeiras near Belém. The festival was considered one of the best 12 European festivals by the UK magazine NME.

Festival ao Largo

In front of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, free outdoor classic music concerts, opera, ballet and dance performances usually occur in late July.

BaixAnima

Free live music and theatre performances bring buzz to the Baixa neighbourhood’s weekends from July to September.

Delta Tejo

Delta Tejo is an ethnic music festival that takes place in the Alto da Ajuda district. The event offers three days of music from different latitudes, including the Portuguese fado, the Cape Verdean coladera and the Brazilian grooves.

Super Bock Super Rock

One of the main rock festivals held in Portugal takes place at Lisbon’s eastern waterfront area near Parque das Nações. This is a 3-day event with internationally renowned bands, and lots of sun and beer.

Calendar events in Lisbon

Festivals and Events

August

Jazz em Agosto

Since 1984, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian welcomes during the summer Lisbon’s most important annual jazz event, with concerts by world acclaimed musicians performed in the open air amphitheatre.

Festival dos Oceanos

This celebration of the oceans is a two-week cultural event that takes place during the first fortnight of August at different locations in Lisbon’s riverfront area (Parque das Nações and Belém) and in the historic neighbourhoods. The festival includes exhibitions, theatre shows, street performances, music concerts and conferences.

September

Happy Holi – Colour Festival

Happy Holi is a festival of music and colour that includes DJ performances, dance music, and lots of fun. One of the most interesting moments of the festival is when coloured powders are released to the public turning the space into a colourful atmosphere.

October

DocLisboa

The DocLisboa festival is exclusively dedicated to documentaries. It’s an 11-day event, screening the best contemporary documentaries made by acclaimed international filmmakers.

MOTELx

MOTELx is an International Horror Film Festival that takes places at Cinema São de Jorge on Avenida da Liberdade. If you are a horror movies fan, this is the one event you cannot miss.

Caixa Alfama Festival

A festival dedicated to fado music that takes place in the Alfama neighbourhood featuring several stages where you can listen to promising and renowned fado singers.

November

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

The Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival (Leffest) is one of the main film festival held in Portugal with film exhibitions from all over the world, and the presence of famous actors, actresses and filmmakers. Parallel events are also part of the festival, including masterclasses, art exhibitions and workshops.

December

Christmas

During the Christmas season, Avenida da Liberdade and the main squares and streets of Baixa and Chiado neighbourhoods are decorated with Christmas lights featuring a dazzling array of configurations and colors. Don’t miss some of the season’s delicacies including the famous roasted chestnuts and Bolo Rei, the traditional Portuguese Christmas cake.

New Year’s Eve

By the river, Praça do Comércio and Parque das Nações are two of the most popular places in Lisbon to celebrate the New Year’s Eve featuring fireworks, music concerts and DJs performing throughout the night.

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