Upcoming Festivals and Public Holidays in Portugal 2017

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January
1:  New Year’s Day (closures)
6:  Epiphany (Dia de Reis; bands of carolers go from house to house)

February
28. Carnaval (a.k.a. Entrudo, particularly vibrant in Lisbon and Algarve towns, some closures for Shrove Tuesday

March
19:  St. Joseph’s Day (Dia de São José), Santarém

19:  Lisbon Half Marathon, road closures in Lisbon, contact us for registration super scenic race over the bridge

March or April:  Obidos International Chocolate Festival

April
7-8: Lisbon Fish & Flavors  (a.k.a. Peixe em Lisboa, gourmet seafood festival)
10–15:  Holy Week (Semana Santa, religious processions, especially in Obidos and Porto)
14–16:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)
Late April:  Music Days in Belém (classical music marathon)
25:  Liberty Day (parades, fireworks; closures)

May
1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)
3–14: Indie Lisbon International Film Festival
8–13:  Queima das Fitas, Coimbra (“burning of the ribbons”: graduation festivities)
13 – 17 Pope Francis visiting Fatima
11–28:  Festival de Sintra (classical music and opera)
13:  Major pilgrimage to Fatima  (Peregrinação de Fátima); 2017 marks the centennial of the Apparition of Our Lady

Throughout June:
Festas de Lisboa, Lisbon (series of festivals with celebrations peaking on St. Anthony’s Day)
10:  Portuguese National Day (Dia de Camões; closures)
Early June (1 week):National Agricultural Festival, Santarém (dancing, bullfights, bull-running)
Early June 8–10: Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)
12–13:  St. Anthony’s Day (Dia de Santo António), Lisbon (processions and dancing)
23–24:  St. John’s Day (Dia de São João), Porto (fireworks, dancing)
29:  St. Peter’s Day (Dia de São Pedro), Évora (dancing, processions)

July
Musical Festival season – NOS Alive,Superbock, Primavera NOS, Mares Vivas, etc

August
1-5:  SudOeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar (four-day rock festival)
11-18 (1 week): Boom Festival,  Idanha-a-Nova (Burning Man-like arts festival)
15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)
September
8:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (procession, concerts, folk dancing, bullfights, fairs)

December
All month of December Vila Natal,  Óbidos (Christmas lights, ice rink, performances)
8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição, closures)
24:  Christmas Eve (Véspera de Natal, midnight mass then feast)
25:  Christmas Day (Natal, closures)
31:  New Year’s Eve (Noite de Ano Novo, fireworks, banging of pots and pans)

For more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt