Lisbon Travel Guides

February

Lisbon Fado Festival: featuring traditional music and famous Fado singers. Each year, Lisbon invites a different port city to come and join the city’s singers in live performances.

March

The King Juan Carlos' Cup: this sporting event attracts hundreds who come to watch various teams compete in the regatta named after King Juan Carlos.

April

Great World Orchestras: each year, orchestras from around the world come to play in Lisbon at this event, which is organised by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Estoril Open: Portugal’s most important tennis tournament sees international tennis stars compete, with the first two days given over to the qualifying rounds, after which the main tournament follows.

World Amateur Golf Festival: golf courses along the Costa Azul and around Estoril-Sintra host this 10-day festival. There is also a range of events to entertain those who are not golf enthusiasts.

May

Opening of the Bullfighting Season: with a capacity to hold 10,000 spectators, the Campo Pequeno bullring is the main venue of corridas and bullfighting events. If you can’t get tickets here, try Santarém, Chamusca, Nazaré and Vilafranca bullrings, all within easy driving distance of Lisbon.

June

Cascais Sailing Week: organised by the Estoril Coast Tourist Board, this annual sailing event is launched at Cascais Bay and sees international sailors compete. Lisbon Festivities: held in mid-June, the Feast Days of the Popular Saints (Festas dos Santos Populares) is celebrated across the city. Lisbon comes alive with decorations including paper lanterns, streamers and lights, which can be seen on every street. In addition to parades and musical and dancing events, people give token pots of basil and paper carnations with poems to each other. The districts of Alfama and Mouraria are the places to head for grilled sardines and parties.

July

Jazz on a Summer’s Day: early July sees thousands of jazz lovers head to Cascais’ Palmela Park Auditorium for exceptional performances by both Portuguese and international jazz stars.

August

Estoril Coast International Dogs' Show: held annually in mid-August, this prestigious dog show sees hundreds of breeds compete for prizes. The international jury inspects everything from Spaniels to mastiffs, Dalmatians and Pointers.

September

BaixAnima Street Festival: running throughout the summer months and culminating in September, this city festival, celebrated only on weekends, is a fun mixture of music, dance, sport, circus and theatre. Hosted in the Baixa, this is a tourist-orientated festival, not to be missed by visitors.

October

Republic Day: marking the declaration of the Portuguese Republic in 1910, October 5th is now observed as a public holiday in commemoration.

November

Wine Festival: known by Portuguese as the Festival do Vinho, wine lovers gather at this event to sample wines from across the globe.

December

Independence Day: the first day of December is a public holiday commemorating the restoration of independence from Spain in 1640.

Christmas: like most Europeans, Christmas in celebrated in Lisbon with gusto. Expect decorations, present-giving, Santa Claus and religious services.