When the weather heats up, so does the calendar of events in Lisbon. From music festivals to historical parades and sailing races, here’s what’s coming up this summer
A sun trap on the south-westerly point of Europe, Lisbon is a popular summer destination. While the endless Portuguese sunshine and clear blue skies is an undeniable attraction, the warmer months also enjoy an action-packed events schedule. When not on relaxing the praia (beach), attend some of these events in Lisbon and discover the city’s cultural heritage at Lisbon Festival, music at Jazz em Agosto, sailing at the Tall Ships’ Races, and much more.
The month of June is dedicated to commemorating Portugal’s most popular saints. During Lisbon Festival (Fiestas de Lisboa), lively celebrations take place in towns and cities across the country. A highlight is the Santo Antonio Festival in Lisbon, dedicated to Portugal’s patron saint. The saint is commemorated on 12th June with a colourful parade through Lisbon’s streets, which are decorated with streamers and brightly coloured images of sardines – a popular local delicacy. Whether you’re interested in learning about Portuguese history or simply like a street party, this is a great time to visit.
The city’s summer festival season kicks off with NOS Alive, one of the leading music events in Lisbon. Bringing a stellar line-up of international acts to the capital, the festival will welcome headliners such as Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Pixies and Arcade Fire, to its stages, among many other local and international musical talents.
7th – 9th July 2016
The summer season continues with Super Bok Super Rock, a huge rock event at Nations Park. Taking to the Palco Super Bock stage are internationally acclaimed bands like Iggy Pop, Disclosure and Massive Attack, while the EDP stage will welcome acts like Jamie XX and Villagers. If you like to rock out, add this festival to your summer schedule.
14th – 16th July 2016
With wall-to-wall sunshine throughout the summer, Lisbon is the ideal location to host the biggest regatta of the Tall Ships Races. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, this year’s race is set to be an even greater spectacle than usual. Watch as more than 50 ships sail into the Lisbon port from Belgium and moor for a break and a few days of celebrations before setting off to the finish line at La Coruña, Spain.
22nd – 25th July 2016
While July was all about rock and pop, August celebrates jazz. Perfectly timed to fit in with the calm that takes over the city during this month, Jazz em Agosto (Jazz in August) presents a programme of performances by orchestras, musicians and groups from across Europe. Don’t miss highlight shows from the likes of American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne and the Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra.
4th – 14th August 2016
This summer, the National Ballet Company (Companhia Nacional de Bailado) presents Carnaval, a special show inspired by The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Several contemporary Portuguese composers will come together to create original compositions for each of the musical suite’s 14 movements, while dancers from the ballet will act out the scenes.
16th – 26th June 2016