Rick Steves: Festivals in Portugal
We offer you a list of the most important festivals and annual events in Portugal.
Festivals in Portugal: 2011
- Here's is a list of the most important events in Portugal for 2011. For more information on these and other festivals, see www.visitportugal.com and www.whatsonwhen.com.
- NOTE: Before planning a trip around a festival, make sure that you verify the festival dates at the festival or local TI's website.
- Related travel information in Portugal.
Jan 1: New Year's Day (Portugal)
March 8: Carnival (Portugal)
April 17-23: Holy Week (Portugal)
April 24: Easter Sunday (Portugal)
April 25: Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade- commemorates Carnation Revolution that ended fascist regime; parades, fireworks, closures) (Portugal)
May-June: Algarve Music Festival (Algarve)
May 1: Labor Day (closures) (Portugal)
May 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
June 2: Ascension Portugal
June 10: Portuguese National Day (Dia de Portugal - closures) (Portugal)
June 13: St. Anthony's Day Lisbon
June: Lisbon City Festival (Festas da Cidade - music, theater) (Lisbon)
June 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
June 29: St. Peter's Day (Lisbon)
July 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
Aug 1 - 15: Oceans Festival (Festival dos Oceanos - rowing races, fireworks, food fair, theater, film) (Lisbon)
Aug 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption (Portugal)
Sept 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
Mid-Sept: Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (Romaria da Nossa Senhora de Nazaré - singing, dancing, bullfights, carrying image of Our Lady to the sea) (Nazaré)
Oct 5: Republic Day (closures) (Portugal)
Oct 13: Pilgrimage to Fátima (Fátima)
Nov 1: All Saints' Day (closures) (Portugal)
Dec 1: Independence Restoration Day (closures) (Portugal)
Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Portugal)
Dec 25: Christmas
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