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Lisbon’s events calendar



February/March: Brazilian-style carnival parades and costumes, mainly at Parque das Nações.

Lisbon half-marathon

March: The half-marathon traces a route across Ponte Vasco da Gama, finishing in Parque das Nações (wmaratonaclubeportugal.com).

Peixe em Lisboa

March/April: Fish festival held in Pátio da Galé, with masterclasses by top chefs (wpeixemlisboa.com).

Rock in Rio

May: A five-day biannual mega rock festival held in even years, in Parque Bela Vista to the north of the centre (wrockinriolisboa.sapo.pt/en).

Santos Populares

June: Street-partying to celebrate the saints’ days – António (June 13), João (June 24) and Pedro (June 29). Celebrations for each begin on the evening before the actual day. Santo António is Lisbon’s main event.

Arraial Pride

June: Gay Pride event, in various venues (warraialpride.ilga-portugal.pt).

Handicrafts Fair

June/July: A state-run handicrafts fair, with live folk music, is held in Estoril on the Avenida de Portugal, near the Casino. A similar event occurs during the same period at FIL (wfil.pt), at the Parque das Nações.

Sintra Music Festival

June/July: Performances by international orchestras, musicians and dance groups in parks, gardens and palaces in and around Sintra (westorilportugal.com/events).

Super Bock Super Rock

July: Rock festival featuring local and international bands in various venues (wsuperbock.pt).

Jazz em Augusto

August: Jazz festival at the Gulbenkian’s open-air amphitheatre (wmusica.gulbenkian.pt), with a similar event in Cascais.

Festival dos Oceanos

August: Ocean-themed festival featuring concerts, environmental awareness events and fireworks at various riverside venues (wfestivaldosoceanos.com).

São Martinho

November 11: Saint’s day celebrated by the traditional tasting of the year’s wine which is drunk with hot chestnuts, in memory of St Martinho, who shared his cape with a poor man.


December: The build-up to Christmas begins in early December with Europe’s tallest Christmas tree filling the centre of Praça da Comércio. Distinctive hooped bolo-rei (dried-fruit “king cake”) appear in shops and pastelarias.

New Year’s Eve

December 31: There are usually fireworks in Praça do Comércio, at Cascais and the Parque das Nações.

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