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events in Portugal

Our guide to some of the major, upcoming cultural and sporting events in Portugal- whether national, international, professional, amateur, traditional or quirky! Some websites listed may only be available in Portuguese so where possible we have included an email address for entries or more information, please also contact us with any queries about any event or to list your upcoming events in Portugal for free! If you are coming to Portugal we can arrange accommodation, car hire and activities for family members at highly competitive rates so please contact us for any help regarding upcoming events in Portugal. Are you a runner? Check out our list of races in Portugal. Please note some 2016 dates are still to be confirmed.

Events in Portugal Calendar

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  • 20th Funchal Marathon, also half marathon and 7km race, Funchal, Madeira sign up

  • February
    One of February's main events is Carnaval (carnival) which will be celebrated in towns all across the country between 5th and 9th February with the main displays at the weekend and on Tuesday 9th. Some of the best celebrations can be found in Podence and Lazarim in Northern Portugal, in Lisbon, Torres Vedras, Estarreja, Ovar, Mealhada, Sesimbra, in Loule in the Algarve and on the island of Madeira but wherever you go there'll be partying!

  • 16th February to 3rd April Vilamoura Atlantic Tour, one of the largest showjumping competitions in Portugal the tour attracts competitors from across the world, spectators are free. Find out more.
  • 26th February to 5th March Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival More details.

  • March

  • 16th February to 3rd April Vilamoura Atlantic Tour, one of the largest showjumping competitions in Portugal the tour attracts competitors from across the world, spectators are free.
  • 26th February to57th March Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival More details.
  • 1st to 9th March Algarve Cup International, international women's football tournament games schedule.
  • 3rd to 13th March Monstra Film Festival Animated film festival find out more.
  • 4th to 6th March Algarve Bike Challenge international mountain biking over three stages get on your bike!
  • 20th Lisbon Half Marathon, also a 5 mile mini marathon, Almada, Lisbon sign up
  • Opens 20th March Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival, find out more
  • 23rd to 27th March Holy Week, Obidos one of the most spectacular celebrations of Easter in Portugal
  • Easter Week Easter celebrations across the whole country- Braga and Obidos are particular highlights.

  • April

  • 7th to 13th April Madeira Flower Festival Madeira's world famous flower festival- unmissable but book your trip early as accommodation gets fully booked very quickly!
  • 7th to 17th AprilLisbon Fish and Flavours Festival enjoy the best fresh fish and seafood!
  • 16th April to 3rd May Obidos Chocolate Festival indulge yourself in the best chocolate in the walled town of Obidos!
  • 23rd April Madeira Island Ultra Trail take on this challenging 115 km on spectacular but mountainous tracks around Porto Moniz, Machico, Encumeada, Ruivo (1861 m) and Areeiro. details and entries
  • 24th AprilColour Run, Coimbra run or walk in the rainbow!
  • 23rd to 25th April 18th Norte Dance Festival international dance competition, showcases, workshops, a dance fair and more! Contemporary dance, classical dance, jazz dance, street dance, country dance and tap, full details.
  • 25th April to 1st May Madeira Film Festival one of Europe's most respected independent film festivals. Find out more
  • 27th April to 2nd May Santo Cristo Festival, Christian festival culminating in torch light festivities on 5th Sunday after Easter in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Sao Miguel, Azores

  • May

  • 3rd to 7th May tbc Festivity of the Crosses a picturesque festival celebrating Monsanto's heroic resistance to a siege. Usually the 3rd May or the following Sunday is the main day.
  • 4th May Indouro Fest indie and rock festival, Gaia,
  • 7th May Lisboa Triathlon half ironman distance,
  • 8th May Wings for Life World Run 35 locations, six continents and one simultaneous race! The Portugal one is in Porto, sign up!
  • 12th and 13th May tbc Pilgrimage to Fatima the largest gathering of the year at the shrine of Fatima with a candlelit procession on 12th
  • 15th May Douro Half Marathon one of the world's most beautiful half marathons, there is also a 6km race, sign up!
  • 19th to 22nd May 12th International Black&White Audiovisual Festival Porto.
  • 20th to 28th May Rock in Rio music festival, Lisbon, line up.
  • 20th to 22nd May Rally de Portugal international drivers battle it out to win one of the most hotly disputed stages of the World Rally Championship, line up
  • 20th to 21st MayImaginarius - Street Arts Festival Santa Maria da Feira
  • 21st to 22nd May Estrela Grand Trail 85km and 25km race and hike in fantastic mountain scenery,
  • 28th MayAzores Trail Run 22km and 48km runs through breathtaking surroundings (in both senses of the word!), Faial, Azores,
  • date tbc Islamic Festival, Mertola a celebration of the town's Moorish history.
  • May tbc Reids Palace Classic Car Show Madeira
  • tbc FIMFA - International Festival of Puppets and Animated Forms Lisbon programme
  • tbc Madeira Orienteering Meeting three days of orienteering open to all,
  • May tbc Senhor de Matosinhos Festivities
  • May tbc Jazz on A Summer Day Estoril international jazz festival, near Lisbon.

  • June

  • Throughout June Festivities of Lisbon outdoor entertainment throughout the month
  • Throughout June Feasts of São João, Porto.
  • 2nd to 4th JuneRally Azores knuckle biting racing along some of Sao Miguel's most beautiful roads and trails
  • 4th, 11th, 18th 25th June Atlantic Fesitval a whole month of festivities, shows, concerts and fireworks in Funchal, the capital of Madeira.
  • 9th to 11th June Primavera Sound, music festival, Porto. the line up
  • 18th June Lisbon Eco Marathon nocturnal marathon and 19km races in hilly but beautiful Monsanto sign up!
  • 24th to 25th June Sumol Summer Fest, Ericeira, the line up
  • 30th June to 6th July Festival Med, Loule, Algarve.
  • date tbc Sanjoaninas Festivities one of the biggest and most colourful of the Azores festivals, Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
  • date tbc Ponte de Lima Horse Fair one of Portugal's largest equestrian events with competitions, exhibitions and gastronomy.

  • July

  • 4th to 26th July AgitÁgueda, the famous umbrella festival, shading and beautifying the streets of Agueda, central Portugal.
  • 9th to 17th July Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival Vila do Conde
  • 7th to 9th July NOS Alive Music Festival Oeiras, near Lisbon, the line up
  • 14th to 16th July Super Bock Super Rock Festival Lisbon the line up
  • 14th to 16th July Mares Vivas Music Festival Vila Nova da Gaia the line up
  • 16th July to 2nd August Obidos Medieval Market
  • 18th to 30th July tbc Coimbra Arts Festival
  • 18th to 29th July Obidos International Piano Week
  • 19th to 31st July Cool Jazz Festival Oeiras
  • 21st to 24th July tbc International Motorcycle Meeting thousands of bikers from all over the world descent on Faro for three days of music, festivities and rides
  • 22nd to 25th July Tall Ships Race Lisbon
  • 26th to 28th July Vilar de Mouros Festival the oldest music festival in Portugal, who's playing
  • 28th July to 7th August Expofacic Agricultural Fair music, exhibitions and more.
  • 28th to 30th July Rally Vinho da Madeira The European Rally Championship in Madeira
  • July tbc World Music Festival Sines
  • July tbc Walk and Talk Arts Festival, Azores
  • July/August tbc Santa Maria da Feira Medievel Fair
  • July tbc Red Bull Cliff Diving Vila Franca do Campo, Azores
  • July/August tbc Atlantis Cup sailing regatta amidst the beauties of the Azores
  • July/August Pirate Week Armação de Pera, Algarve- concerts, markets, shows and more.
  • July/August 38th National Craft Fair lots to see at Portugal's biggest craft fair, Vila do Conde.

  • August

  • 1st to 7th August Andanças, International Traditional Dance and Music Festival Castelo de Vide
  • 3rd to 7th August Festival Sudoeste the biggest summer music festival, Zambujeira do Mar, Alentejo, the line up
  • 4th to 6th August Neopop 10th edition electronic music festival, Viana do Castelo.
  • 5th to 14th August Silves Medieval Fair
  • 5th to 7th August Vagos Open Air 2016 heavy metal and rock festival the line up.
  • 6th to 7th August tbc Festas Gualterianas 4 days of festivities and entertainment in Guimarães, Northern Portugal.
  • 7th to 14th August Sea Week, Azores a festival including swimming, diving, water-polo, sail and whale boat regattas, rowing, canoeing, jet skiing and angling competitions, Horta, Faial, Azores
  • 16th to 20th August 22nd Azores Paragliding Festival Sao Miguel, Azores
  • 17th to 19th August Paredes de Coura Festival rock music festival on a river beach, Northern Portugal the programme
  • 18th to 20th August Festival Maré de Agosto sea festival, Santa Maria, Azores
  • 18th to 21st August Pt281+ Ultramarathon 281km race along spectacular but challenging trails!
  • 25th to 27th August Forte Festival dance music festival, Montemor-o-Velho the line up.
  • 28th August to 4th September Madeira Wine Fest
  • August tbc Ruas Floridas- Flower Adorned Streets Redondo near Evora, a tradition dating from 1838.
  • August tbc Bons Sons Festival 2016 Portuguese music festival, Tomar.
  • August tbc Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia Viana do Castelo
  • August/September tbc Festivities of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios the hightlight is the procession of the triumph where an image of the Virgin Mary is pulled by yoked oxen, making Lamego the only place in the Catholic world where a statue of the virgin is transported by animals! Lamego, Nothern Portugal
  • 19th to 28th August tbc Vila do Conde Gastronomy Fair one of the country's best!
  • end of August tbc Medieval Days in Castro Marim
  • August tbc S. João D'Arga Pilgrimage Serra d'Arga
  • throughout August, join in the Beach Games Praia Grande, near Sintra and free keep fit activities on Algarve beaches

  • September

  • 30th August to 6th September Madeira Wine Fest
  • August/September tbc Festivities of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios the hightlight is the procession of the triumph where an image of the Virgin Mary is pulled by yoked oxen, making Lamego the only place in the Catholic world where a statue of the virgin is transported by animals! Lamego, Nothern Portugal
  • September tbc Madeira Islands Ultra Swim 25 swimmers aim to swim simultaneously 42km between the islands of Porto Santo and Madeira.
  • September tbc Caramulo Motorfestival
  • September tbc Sintra Portugal Pro the only stage of the world bodyboarding championship to be held in Europe
  • 17th to 19th September Columbus Festival a celebration of the explorer's life and times, Vila Baleira, Porto Santo
  • 16th to 24th September Queer Lisboa Film Festival Lisbon
  • September tbc SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro a prime event in the World Qualifying Series of the Professional Surfers’ Association.

  • October

  • 4th to 9th October Madeira Nature Festival
  • October tbc Portugal Masters watch some of the world's top golfers at Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura
  • 2nd October Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Lisbon also half marathon and mini marathon, sign up!
  • tbc Rip Curl Pro Portugal championship surfing in this stage of the ASP World Tour, Carcavelos, Guincho and Supertubos
  • October tbc Baja Portalegre 500 cross country motor racing, Alentejo

  • November

  • 6th November Porto Marathon also 15km and 6km races sign up!
  • 7th to 14th November tbc Golega National Horse Fair a must for horse lovers a fantastic week long celebration of the horse in the capital of Lusitano horse breeding

  • December

  • Obidos Christmas Village
  • 31st New Year's Eve Celebrations across the country, don't miss Madeira's world famous fireworks!.
  • São Silvestre Runs in towns across the country
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