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10 THINGS TO DO IN LISBON (AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 08)

Wine Season

Wine Season

September–November • food

Witness grape harvesting and winemaking in one of Portugal's most famous​ wine regions

Sardines Season

Sardines Season

July–August • food

Sardine is the most popular fish in Portugal

Surfing

Surfing

September–May • activity

Surfers enjoy the vast coasts in Lisbon vicinity

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde

August–September • food

Light sparkling wines, perfect for summer heat

Arrábida Nature Park

Arrábida Nature Park

April–October (all year round) • nature

This area offers a wide selection of activities—hiking, diving, exploring flora and fauna, and local product tasting

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

There are plenty of places for relaxation in Lisbon surroundings

Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica Protected Landscape

Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica Protected Landscape

March–October (all year round) • nature

Picturesque prehistoric cliffs hang over vast beaches creating an impressive landscape

Tagus River Sunset Cruise

Tagus River Sunset Cruise

May–September (all year round) • activity

Looking at Lisbon from its waterfront gives you a different perspective

Diving

Diving

all year round  • activity

Reefs, wrecks, deep dives—a lot of opportunities are open to divers in the vicinity of Lisbon

Summer Jazz Concerts

Summer Jazz Concerts

May–September • event

During summer, dozens of jazz concerts take place around the city

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Lisbon Bullfighting

Lisbon Bullfighting

Easter Sunday–late August • event

Tauromaquia in Portugal is no less colourful than Spanish corrida

Rock in Rio Lisboa

Rock in Rio Lisboa

October 03–06, 2019 • event

One of the world's biggest music and entertainment festivals

Bacalhau

Bacalhau

December 25 • food

Star of the show on Portugese Christmas dinner tables

Carnaval de Torres Vedras

Carnaval de Torres Vedras

February 21–25, 2020 • event

Traditional drums and bagpipes, large-scale​ allegorical floats, groups of masked revellers—carnival as it used to be for centuries

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

October–May • activity

This fairy-tale town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The serene and picturesque area combines impressive architecture and unique nature

Magusto

Magusto

September 29 | November 01 | November 11 • event

A joyful harvest celebration when family and friends gather near the bonfire

Super Bock Super Rock

Super Bock Super Rock

July 16–18, 2020 • event

World rock stars gather in Lisbon to take part in one of the biggest European rock festivals

Flamingos in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

Flamingos in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

October–November • nature

Endless flocks of pink flamingos occupy the wetland for the winter season

Peixe em Lisboa or Lisbon Fish & Flavours

Peixe em Lisboa or Lisbon Fish & Flavours

April 04–14, 2019 • event

Creative fish and seafood tasting

Festival Silêncio

Festival Silêncio

September 27–30, 2018 • event

The participatory festival celebrates the word integrating it into all forms of contemporary art

Lisboa Dance Festival

Lisboa Dance Festival

March 09–10, 2018 • event

The sounds of electronic music shake the walls of this 19th-century weaving factory

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

March 22, 2020 • event

Take part in the record-holder half-marathon through one of the 20th longest bridges in the world

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

April–May • nature

See picturesque Algrave region when it's covered in orange blossom

Festas de Lisboa

Festas de Lisboa

June • event

Every June the streets of Lisbon are decorated, and the smell of grilled sardines fills the air for a few days

Festival of Iberian Mask (Festival Internacional da Mascára Ibérica FIMI)

Festival of Iberian Mask (Festival Internacional da Mascára Ibérica FIMI)

May 01–31, 2020 • event

During the first weekend of May people in masks and costumes take to the streets of Lisbon to celebrate historical and cultural ties that exist between Spanish and Portuguese regions

NOS Alive Festival

NOS Alive Festival

July 09–12, 2020 • event

An open-air indie, rock, and pop music festival near Lisbon

Brunch Electronik

Brunch Electronik

July 28–September 22, 2019 • event

A series of open-air weekend events full of electronic music and activities for both kids and adults

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

February–early March • food

An unusual Portuguese dish

CCB Summer

CCB Summer

July 09–September 15, 2019 • event

Listen to the jazz music and watch movies in the Centro Cultural de Belém

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

August 02–23, 2019 • event

Free concerts gather people in the Sculpture Garden of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado every August

São Silvestre de Lisboa

São Silvestre de Lisboa

December 28, 2019 • event

Every year since 2008 this race occupies the streets of Lisbon

LISB-ON

LISB-ON

September 06–08, 2019 • event

This three-day festival combines electronic music and contemporary culture

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–April • nature

During the migration season, Lisbon and its vicinity turn into a wintering site and migration stop-off point for thousands of birds

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

May 29–June 16, 2019 • event

Residents of Lisbon know how to make a large-scale cultural event.

Epiphany Cake

Epiphany Cake

December 24–January 06 • food

A traditional Catholic holiday marked with a crown-shaped cake, dances and singing

Sumol Summer Fest

Sumol Summer Fest

July 05–06, 2019 • event

Beach vibes, surfing plus lots of hip-hop and best Portuguese DJs

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

December–February • food

A traditional​ soup is one of the best winter comfort foods of all times