Festivals in Lisbon

Aside from the national public holidays in Portugal, Lisbon, like other cities, has its own calendar of festivals based on religion, ancient tradition, sporting events, and music, among others. Your local host will let you know what festivals you can go when you visit Lisbon!

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Festivals in Lisbon

Every year, Lisbon’s calendar is jam-packed with music festivals, cultural events, and various religious festivals. Most of the city’s main festivals are held during the summer, but music festivals, film-related events, and other festivities are also scattered throughout the year.

If you’re visiting Lisbon to attend one of these festivals, it’s always better to have a local guide lead you to the best bars with good music, and help you experience how locals party on the streets of Lisbon, and point you to the best spots around the city where you can watch awesome fireworks.

Top tours in Lisbon

Lisbon Like a Local Private Walking Tour


€16.00 p.p.

Lisbon's Favourites and Hidden Gems Tour



€20.00 p.p.

Sunset Sailing Tour in Lisbon


€37.50 p.p.

Top 10 Festivals in Lisbon

  • Carnival (February 19-25) – At the end of each winter, Lisbon and all of Portugal celebrate Rio Carnival, famous for its vibrant processions and colorful masks everywhere.
  • ModaLisboa (March & October) – Lisbon’s Fashion Week shows off collections of Lisbon and Portugal’s top designers in March and October.
  • IndieLisboa (April) – One of the biggest festivals in Lisbon, IndieLisboa screens hundreds of international independent films during this week-long event.
  • Rock in Rio (May) – Originally held in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s biggest music festivals has been hosting world-class DJs, bands, singers and performers in Lisbon since 2004.
  • Festas dos Santos Populares (June) – Religious festivities, mixed with plenty of street parties, food, and musical events.
  • Sintra Music Festival (July) – This is the biggest festival about ballet and classical music all throughout Portugal.
  • BAIXAnima Street Festival – A beloved festival both by locals and tourists, BAIXAnima is held every weekend from July 3 to September 26. It involves dance, street music, theater, and the circus.
  • Queer Lisboa (September) – Aside from Gay Pride week in June, Queer Lisboa celebrates LGTBs with international films played in several theaters, focusing on gay issues.
  • Estoril Jazz Festival – A 15-day of live jazz performances from both local and international artists.
  • Alkantara Festival – Held twice a year, this performing-arts festival showcases Portuguese and international artists at free concerts, street parties, clubs, theaters, and other venues all throughout Lisbon.

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Joost Lisbon

Off the Beaten Track with a Local in Lisbon

We had a great time with Carlos as our guide through Lisbon. He could tell us a lot about the city and it's history. It was our first day in Lisbon so it was a great introduction for us. We really enjoyed the talks and the coffee with the pasteis de nata. Carlos took more than enough time to show us around and point out the best spots in the city. We said goodbye at one of his favorite restaurants where we enjoyed a lunch with Caldo Verde, olives, cheese and bread that he had recommended to us. Carlos is an excellent guide and we would recommend him to anyone!

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Jacqueline Lisbon

90 Minutes Kickstart Tour of Lisbon

Met up with Diana early in our trip to Lisbon....Diana was very friendly and knowledgeable about the local Lisbon core and we had a great walk round Lisbon.....note ...pay close attention to elevator locations....you will need them through the rest of your visit....

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Glenn Marco & Ricardo

A customized trip with Marco & Ricardo

Since I was a lone traveler, it was just Marco who came to take me around. I had a personalized tour with Marco that included Lisbon, Belem, Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, and Cabo de Roca. The list looks a lot but Marco even has time for a few more surprises! I love how he gave me several perspectives of the city - from several viewpoints to back alleys and local life. He knows I love the ocean, so he took me swimming and showed me a second beach with a fabulous view! We had several drinking and eating breaks, tasting different Portuguese cuisine. His motorbike was a great way to go around hilly Lisbon! I can see how I won't survive the day if I walked all those places we went to! All in all, the day was superb and I couldn't recommend Marco enough!