A beautiful historic city with a great party scene, Lisbon also has a host of festivals and events taking place. Here are our top tips to enjoy Lisbon’s festivals this summer.
The first thing about Lisbon is they like a festival – from Fado music performances in the Lisbon’s Castle to performances on water so don’t be surprised if you find them around every corner.
Check out Festas Lisboa for some of the best neighbourhood parties and holidays from 1st to 30th June there’s the “Manjericos” festivities to celebrate St Anthony with plenty of music and of course Portugal’s favourite grilled sardines! The traditional dish is the caldo verde soup accompanied with wine.
NOS ALIVE Festival 7th-9th July
Electronic music festival NOS ALIVE is back this year with a crazy line-up including The Chemical Brothers, Arcade Fire and Radiohead. Don’t miss out on tickets for camping on the waterfront and enjoying the best atmosphere in Lisbon! Book your tickets here
Out Jazz Festival ’16, Every Saturday & Sunday until 27th August
Free jazz around the city! What’s not to love? Every Saturday and Sunday for the whole summer you can enjoy sunset music shows around the city, from public gardens and famous museums and galleries to public parks, squares and gardens. Live music is performed by a variety of bands, solo artists and DJs. Don’t miss out on these free events! From 5pm Sunday and 6pm Friday. Find out who’s playing where here
Jazz em Agosto – Jazz Festival 4 – 14 August
The 33rd edition of this festival is also the 60th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with highlights including outdoor amphitheater performances. With some of the biggest international performances, this year aims at a ‘contemporary’ feel.
Find out about what’s on when here
This famous jazz festival takes place in Oeiras near Lisbon, and includes performances from international famed musicians such as Jill Scott, Seal, The Cinematic Orchestra, Marisa Monte and Omara Portuondo & Diego el Cigala. Performances take place in Parque dos Poetas (The Poets Park) and the landscaped gardens of Jardins Marques de Pombal.
Find out more about the programme here
This 2 week long traditional medieval market runs from Thursdays to Sundays and is a unique step into the past. There is a lot of dressing up and fighting with real swords, and they also have medieval food! All in the setting of the scenic town of Obidos near Lisbon.
Find out more about the market here
Equity Point Hostel Lisbon
If you’re visiting our amazing city this summer then check in to Equity Point Hostel Lisboa in the heart of the city. With all the usual excellent facilities including a bar, this hostel also boasts huge rooms and ceilings as part of a 19th century mansion in the best part of town. Book your bed here