The CarnivalThe Rio Carnival is a world-famous event but did you know that it all started in Lisbon? It is
One of the major events in Portugal, celebrated all over the country. It takes place at the end of the winter which is a great time to visit the city. The Rio Carnival happens on the streets and is full of fun, music, dance, costumes, beer, and traditional Portuguese food. The history of Carnival in Portugal goes way back hundreds of years to its Catholic roots. The tradition originally began in Italy, where people dressed in shocking costumes on the day before Lent began.
Lisbon Book FairA beautiful book fair held annually at the Eduardo VII Park, the largest park in Lisbon. Inaugurated in the 1930s, it is one of the oldest cultural festivals of the city. Lisbon Book Fair usually happens at the end of May and lasts to the mid of June. It is an amazing experience for all bookworms and comic nerds because there are more than 120 exhibitors every year offering a great collection of books. No matter if you are looking for a rare book in English, or some comic books, this event will send you right to the nerd heaven.
Lisbon MarathonAre you ready for a run? To be precise, a 42km run. Grab your trainers and prepare for a long, but satisfying journey through your own strength. In case you feel kind of lazy that day, just go and see the famous Lisbon Marathon. It is the most famous marathon in Europe, attracting more and more runners every year. Lisbon Marathon takes place in October, starts at the Praça do Comércio and makes its way through three circular routes, viz- east, west and north.
Festival dos OceanosDo you want to learn some cool new stuff and leave Lisbon a little bit smarter? The Ocean Festival is a free-entry cultural event that takes in the first half of August, continues two weeks and offers its visitors free entrance to a bunch of conferences, exhibitions, plays, street entertainment and concerts. Every year there is a different festival theme. Some of the previous ones are The Oceans, The World Cultures, The Sea, International Year of Astronomy etc.
One of the main purposes of the festival is to promote cultural richness of Lisbon.
Festival Santa Casa AlfamaHave you ever heard of fado? If you have - great, you probably love it. If you haven’t - go and listen to Mariza or Dulce Pontes and then you will love it, too. Fado is music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon. It is soft, tender and powerful at the same time and the annual Festival Santa Casa Alfama is a must-visit event for every music fan.
It is a two-day music festival celebrating authentic and traditional Portuguese music with ten stages and more than forty performers of all ages.