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.

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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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