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Last update on November 01, 2019

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

Rick Steves

Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at [email protected].