Music in Monsaraz

Museu Aberto

Monsaraz heaves with jollity during its weeklong Museu Aberto music festival, held in July in even-numbered years.
Religious in Castelo de Vide

Easter Festival

Castelo de Vide’s big bash – and one of the most traditional of its festivals – is the four-day fair on Good Friday to Easter Monday when a couple of lambs go through the highs and lows of blessings and slaughter. P…
Music in Elvas

Festas do Senhor da Piedade e de São Mateus

Elvas starts to tap its blue suede shoes in late September, celebrating the Festas do Senhor da Piedade e de São Mateus, with everything from agricultural markets and bullfights to folk dancing and religious process…
Fiesta in Évora

Queima das Fitas

Like the famous celebrations in Coimbra, the Queima das Fitas features a riotous end-of-year celebration for University of Évora students finishing the term. Expect a week of outdoor concerts and DJ-fueled dance par…
Food & Drink in Évora

Rota de Sabores Tradicionais

A gastronomic festival that lasts for months, celebrating game in January, pork in February, soups in March, lamb in April and desserts in May. Traditional restaurants throughout the city serve specialities accordin…
Feria in Estremoz

Feira Internacional de Artesanato e Agro-Pecuária de Estremoz

The town’s biggest event is the Feira Internacional de Artesanato e Agro-Pecuária de Estremoz, a baskets, ceramics, vegetables and livestock bonanza, held for several days at the end of April.
Performing Arts in Portalegre

Festival Internacional do Teatro do Alentejo

For two weeks in early March, you can catch avant-garde theatre at several cities in the Alentejo, including Portalegre, Évora and Beja.
Carnival in Castelo de Vide


Held in February/March, this festival is great fun, with everyone out to watch processions of those in their homemade fancy dress.
Cultural in Évora

Festas Populares

Évora’s biggest, bounciest annual bash, and one of Alentejo’s best country fairs, held in late June.
Cultural in Monsaraz

Festa de Nosso Senhor Jésus dos Passos

Bullfights and processions feature in this festival around the second weekend of September.