Religious in Ribeira

Festa de São João

Porto’s biggest party is the Festa de São João. For one night in June, on the 23rd, the city erupts into music, competitions and riotous parties; this is also when merrymakers pound each other on the head with squea…
Fiesta in Porto

Festa de São Pedro da Afurada

The fishing village of Afurada pulls out all the stops for this festival in the days building up to 29 June. Dressed in traditional fishing garb, locals parade through the streets with statue-topped palanquins (cove…
Music in Foz do Douro

NOS Primavera Sound

Porto switches into party mode for NOS Primavera Sound, one of the biggest indie music festivals of the summer, drawing top-name acts to the stage over the course of a weekend in early June. Recent headliners includ…
Fiesta in Aliados & Bolhão

Queima das Fitas

Porto’s black-caped students play a leading role in one of the city’s biggest shindigs in early May with this week-long festival of gigs, entertainment, parades, parties, music, booze and all-round revelry. A huge d…
Music in Porto

MEO Marés Vivas

Over a weekend in mid-July, Afurada dusts off its party clothes to host the Marés Vivas (Living Tides), welcoming big rock and pop names to the stage. Headliners in recent years have included Keane, Snow Patrol, Sti…
Cultural in Porto

Serralves Em Festa

This huge (free) celebration runs for 50 hours nonstop over one weekend in early June. Parque de Serralves hosts the main events, with concerts, avant-garde theatre and kiddie activities. Other open-air events happe…
Food & Drink in Ribeira

Essência do Vinho

The Palácio da Bolsa is the opulent backdrop for this wine-driven event, where some 3000 wines from 350 producers – many hailing from Portugal – are available for tasting.
Sports in Foz do Douro

Maratona do Porto

Kicking off at Parque da Cidade, Porto's marathon warms up the colder days of November and follows what must surely be one of the most scenic routes in Europe, along the seashore and riverfront.
Sailing in Ribeira

Regata dos Barcos Rabelos

Tying in with the Festa de São João on 24 June, this regatta is a prime opportunity to see barcos rabelos – the traditional boats once used to transport port wine – sailing once again.
Sports in Porto

Meia Maratona do Porto

September is a fine month for Porto's riverside half marathon. Full details on the course and registration are available online. The starting point is Ponte do Freixo