Annual events around Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and offers visitors a wealth of annual events and attractions to suit all tastes and budgets.

Some of the best events in and around Lisbon include:


The Festival of Kadampa Buddhism

Held in late January and offering a relaxing insight into meditation and Buddhism


The International Festival of Classic Guitar

Held in February and March this celebration of classical guitar offers performances by local and international musicians.


The King Juan Carlos Sailing Cup

From early March to late April each year, the King Juan Carlos Cup brings the very best in springtime sailing to Portugal, and is held between Cascais and Estoril.


The Lisbon Golf Festival

From early April to May with many of Portugal´s top players taking part.


The Estoril Open

This is where the world´s top tennis players perform. Thousands of fans flock to the clay courts.

Bullfighting Season

From May to September the bullfighting season comes to Lisbon. The bullfights take place at the Camp Pequeno on the Avenida da Républica.


The European Wave Funstyle Freeboard Championship

Taking place in June and July, some of the world´s top surfers take part. Massive crowds from Lisbon gather at Guincho Beach to watch incredible displays of surfing.

The Alkantara Festival

Taking place throughout June are theatrical performances in some of Lisbon´s most famous theatres. A fantastic visual arts festival.

Super Bock Super Rock

Taking place in June and July at various venues across the city – open air pop and rock concerts.

Cascais International Sailing Week

From late June and throughout July – a top class sailing event around Lisbon´s stunning coastline.


Festival de Sintra

A music festival in the neighbouring town of Sintra with concerts and performances taking place at the Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre and other venues.

Jazz Festival

Throughout July, jazz concerts are staged around Lisbon and in Cascais and Estoril.

Estoril Craft Fair

The Estoril Craft Fair runs from late July to early September and a busy vibrant market is held within the fairground beside the Casino Estoril. A great place to pick up Portuguese souvenirs.


The Canine Expo

In late August the summer dog show of world class standards is staged at the Estoril Casino Gardens which is a beautiful location.


The Festival of Gastronomia de Leiria

Throughout September visitors can enjoy delicious Portuguese cuisine with many restaurants taking part and serving up traditional dishes.


Great World Orchestras

Running from October to May, these concerts are performed in venues around Lisbon by world orchestras.


The Estoril and Sintra Golf Week

A real celebration of golf in Portugal with some of the top international golfers taking part.

The National Horse Fair

From mid-November this leading equestrian event is held in Golega just north east of Lisbon.


The Lisbon Marathon

Takes place in early December and top runners from around the world race through the streets.

New Year´s Eve

Known as the Noite Magica, New Year´s Eve sees traditional partying and celebrations leading to a stunning firework display at midnight.

If you are planning a trip to Portugal, book a guided city tour and explore the hidden gems in Lisbon and Estoril. Gastronomic tours, Cultural tours and adventures tours in Lisbon come highly recommended.