Our friends at the Four Seasons Lisbon sent us a quick guide to the local festivals, we found it interesting and wanted to pass this great information along.
Portugal has a full calendar of festivals and public holidays throughout the year and each region has its own calendar of festivities, fairs and pilgrimages. Most of the festivals have their origins in ancient tradition and religion, often celebrating Saints’ Days while some mark the end of harvests or sporting events and showcase; dance, processions, firework displays, music, markets, food and drink.
Santo Antonio, June 12th and 13th: The feast of Saint Anthony festival is celebrated in Lisbon with a huge parade, notably in the Alfama District (near the Four Seasons Lisbon) on the Avenida da Libertade. The Festival consists of singing and dancing, food and drink with the locals decorating the streets with lanterns and streamers. Fado music can be heard throughout the city and grilled sardines are the holidays’ signature meal. During this festival, it’s tradition to offer a small pot of basil to loved ones.
Sao Pedro, June 29th: The festival consists of a boat procession along the Tagus River and accompanied with street celebrations, dancing and singing.
Festa Da Senhora Da Consolacao, Month of September: A celebration of Portugal’s patron saint in the town of Sintra, with lively parties and events in the Assafora area.
Non-Religious Festivals in Lisbon
Jazz in Agosto, Early August – A popular annual jazz festival held in the gardens of the Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon. One of Lisbon’s best museums!
Carnival, March 8th – One of the more important events of the Portuguese festival calendar is celebrated throughout Portugal, with spectacular costumes and floats. The parades, particularly in the Lisbon and Southern Portugal areas are influenced by the Rio de Janeiro carnival.
Estoril Music Festival, July and August – An annual music festival with a program of modern jazz, classical music and chamber recitals. The festival is heavily attended by musicians from around the world.
Festival De Musica De Sintra, June and July – A combination of classical music, recitals, concerts and ballet with Portuguese and International performances.
And when visiting Lisbon be sure to ask your Stellar Travel Advisor to book you at Four Seasons Lisbon. Stellar clients receive:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily American Buffet Breakfast for up to two in-room guests
- Port wine and Portuguese pastry on arrival with welcome card
- $100 USD Spa credit per room, once during stay