Parties in Portugal

Hey guys, I’m Diogo, a student in Lisbon, originally from Coimbra who once was just like you: a student in a foreign country with no idea about what to do and where to go. I did Erasmus in Poland and one of the things I appreciated the most was the help and feedback I got from other students when I asked for places to go, parties to attend to, food to experience, etc.

Now I’m doing the same for you and just put together some parties from Portugal you may find it interesting to experience!


Carnival (9 to 14 of February)

Torres Vedras

Known as the oldest and “most Portuguese” Carnival of Portugal, the city of Torres Vedras fills with thousands of people every year, making it one of the best carnival events of the country!


Semana Santa em Braga (Holy Week in Braga)

It is considered the most touristic attraction of the city of Braga, made by traditions that have been kept for centuries, it gathers thousands of visitors. It is a unique celebration that differs from all the religious festivities in the Iberian Peninsula.

Óbidos International Chocolate Fair (February till March)

During this time, this medieval village turns into a giant chocolate dream where everything is made of chocolate.


Festa da Flôr (Flower Party)

Funchal – Madeira

The Flower Festival is a cultural event that intends to show other aspects of Madeira’s culture, such as the creation of the beautiful flower carpets and also Madeira’s traditional music and dances are presented through the performances by folk groups.


Queima das fitas (Coimbra)

Known as the city of knowledge, Coimbra hosts the biggest student party of Europe called Queima das Fitas. Apart from its rich history, Coimbra is known for keeping the students traditions all over the centuries, with a unique student spirit that lives and is loved in that city.

P.S: Do not miss the Serenade (where you can hear the best of Fado de Coimbra) and the cortejo académico (academic parade)! It is a parade where hundreds of cars, made by the students, show off their course colors and critics to society.

Outjazz (till September)

Looking for somewhere to chill and take sunbaths? Come to Outjazz, a free event that happens every Sunday, during the afternoon, from May till September.


Serralves em festa

With hundreds of activities occurring in various parts of the Serralves Foundation and with hundreds of Portuguese and foreign artists from around the world, Serralves em Festa is Portugal’s biggest contemporary cultural event and one of the largest in Europe. Every year the event receives tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, from Portugal and abroad.

Santo António (Lisbon)

In Lisbon, people from every neighborhood parade down Avenida da Liberdade, filling this major road with colorful characters in costume, folk music, and throngs of spectators. But the crowds and liveliness also fill the narrow back streets, particularly in Alfama, but also Graça, Bica, Mouraria, and Madragoa. In the medieval squares and alleyways, people eat cabbage soup and grilled sardines, singing and dancing the whole night long.

São João (Porto)

The festivities are just as colorful and lively in Porto, in the more traditional neighborhoods that include Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, and Massarelos. But Porto has other habits and customs: the old tradition was for revellers to beat each other on the head with a leek, but now they use plastic hammers; and besides the firework display at midnight on the River Douro in the centre of Porto, people also release colourful hot air balloons into the sky, making one of the most beautiful spectacles in these popular celebrations. For many, the night ends on the beach, to see the sunrise, and some still follow the tradition of taking an early morning dip in the sea.


Mercado Medieval de Óbidos (Óbidos Renaissance Fair)

Brunck Eletronik

Cheer up your Sundays on Brunch Eletronik, enjoying the sounds of electronic artists under the sun.


Feira Medieval de Santa Maria da Feira (Lisbon) Feira Medieval de Silves (Silves – Algarve)

Two of the most important Renaissance Fairs of Portugal, join this journey to the past and live like people used to live during the time of Kings and Queens.



LUMINA is a unique event in Portugal that recreates the city’s urban space with shows of light and color, multimedia projections, and interactive installations. The festival, considered by The Guardian one of the 10 best Light Festivals in Europe, highlights the historical heritage of the streets of Cascais through a walk while providing unique moments of discovery among family or friends.

The best thing? It’s free!


Festa das Latas e Imposição de Insígnias aka Latada

Festa das Latas e Imposição de Insígnias, known as Latada, occurs during six nights and it starts with a “Serenata” (serenade where you can hear Fado of Coimbra) on Sé Nova. The parade is the peak of the week where as a tradition, the freshman parade with costumes made by the older students using cans and other noisy objects.

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