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Local Festivals & Culture
This 10-day jazz fest takes place in Cascais and Estoril in July.
This festival in late August celebrates Cascais’ maritime heritage with outdoor concerts, nautical parades and fireworks.
This festival brings classical and jazz concerts to both Cascais and Estoril in July.
Feel the pride as whistling, rainbow flag– waving gays and lesbians parade from Marquês de Pombal to Praça do Municipio. Expect sizzling after-parties.
Baixa’s summertime shindig entertains the crowds for free on weekends from July to September with circus acts and live music, improvised theatre and mime.
The cutting-edge Alkantara Festival lures theatregoers with a fortnight of innovative, boundary-crossing performances.
Ring in the ano novo (new year) with fireworks, free concerts and DJs down by the river.
One of the best free events of the summer, Out Jazz happens on Fridays and Sundays from May through September, with a band playing at a different park around the city each week. DJs follow the live music...
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian welcomes established and fresh talent to the stage at this soulful jazz fest.
Classic and new-generation fadistas perform in the atmospheric setting of an illuminated Castelo de São Jorge. Catch free fado performances on trams every Thursday and Sunday in June.
From Friday to Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Lisbon celebrates with abandon at music-filled street parties and big events (including costume balls) at nightclubs.
‘Tis the season to work up a festive appetite at Lisbon’s pre-Yuletide dash from Praça do Comércio to Belém.
Lisbon’s biggest music bash, the biannual Rock in Rio (held on even-numbered years) takes over Parque da Bela Vista with a star-studded line-up. The Cidade do Rock spins nonstop electronica.
Classical-music buffs see world-renowned orchestras perform at this three-day festival held at Centro Cultural de Belém.
Dive into Lisbon’s seafaring heritage at this two-week festival of swashbuckling parades, world beats, regattas and riverside fireworks.
Fine Art & Photography
In the spotlight: the contemporary art of 40 Portuguese and international galleries at this massive fair in Parque das Nações.
Lisbon’s wackiest race is this downhill boneshaker through Alfama. Competitors rattle across the cobbles, negotiating hairpin bends and gravity-defying jumps. First down gets the crown…
Alto Ajuda’s environmentally sustainable festival stages three days of live music under a starry sky – from reggae and fado to mellow Brazilian grooves.
Film & Cinema
This spring filmathon brings 10 days of indie features, documentaries and shorts to Lisbon’s big screens.
Food & Drink
Seafood lovers won’t want to miss this week-long culinary extravaganza, put on by a dozen restaurants (including chefs with Michelin stars).
Lisbon’s pinkest 10-day flick fest screens 100 homegrown and international gay and lesbian films in late September.
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