Festas de Lisboa 2024: Atlas’ Top Event Picks

The Festas de Lisboa is an annual vibrant celebration that captures the spirit and culture of Lisbon. Throughout the month of June, the city hosts a series of neighborhood parties, concerts, and parades, all dedicated to Saint Anthony, Lisbon's patron saint, and of course Lisbon's lesser saints: sardines and bifanas.

Sure you’ve got your friendly neighborhood arraial underway, but there’s more to the festas than chilling outside with your neighbors. The Festas de Lisboa is a time when locals and visitors come together to celebrate the unique charm and lively atmosphere of Portugal’s capital city, and we’ve picked a few things going on this year that you won’t want to miss. Free concerts, parades, sixteen marriages, and more await! And yes…you might have to venture outside your own freguesia to attend them.

Still not sure what we’re celebrating and need some survival tips? Read more here.

May 31 – June 8: Singing, dancing, colorful costumes, and huge basil plant-hot air balloons? Check. The Neighborhoods of Lisbon are back at MEO Arena, competing in one of the city’s most cherished traditions and the highlight of the Lisbon Festivities: The Marchas Populares, and this is their dress rehearsal. Check the schedule to see when you should be in the front row supporting your ‘hood!

June 2, 9h: Starting in Belém the 12th edition of the Santo António Race will hit the road. Starting and finishing at Praça do Império, this year there are two races to choose from: the traditional 10km run and a 4km walk. Join the party and run off those midnight bifanas! Register to join at corridadesantoantonio.com.

June 8, 10h: Check out the historical Tagus-style boats all in one spot at Cais das Colunas celebrating “Tagus Navy Day.” Don’t forget your camera…and bring something to drink. It’s gonna be a hot one.

June 9, 18h: Largo de Santo António da Sé is holding a free concert by Orquestra Geração, a project of social inclusion through orchestral music, presenting a repertoire dedicated to the Lisbon Festivals. Then, on the 10th at 3pm, there’s a free Organ concert featuring the Soprano soloist Raquel Alão at the Church of Santo António!

June 12, 11h30 and 14h: The most popular wedding in Lisbon is back and unites 16 couples, in civil and religious ceremonies. The party begins at Paços do Concelho, at 11:30 am, with civil weddings, and continues at 2 pm with Catholic weddings, at Sé de Lisboa. Started in 1958, the tradition of Santo António Weddings was interrupted precisely fifty years ago, with the April Revolution, and resumed in 1997 by the Lisbon City Council. Since then, 400 weddings have taken place. Keep your eyes peeled for the procession of the newlyweds in some super cool old cars!

June 12, 21h: Post up on Avenida Liberdade and watch the most famous of the festival traditions in progress: The Marchas Populares, with ALL of the neighborhoods duking it out to win the best in show. Expect the unexpected but also expect lots of pimba. 

June 15, 19h: The Gulbenkian is hosting a journey through different styles and sounds starting with the Concerto for the Harp and finishing with an orchestral performance of the Barber of Seville!  Admission is free but you must grab the tickets from the box office starting at 5pm onward. First come, first serve.

June 27 – July 13: See an assortment of films in a bunch of different languages (German, Finnish, English, Italian, etc.) at the Jardim da Quinta das Conchas for free! The shows start at 21h45 and range from comedy and adventure to romance and horror. Check the program here to see what’s on.

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Party with your neighbors, get in good with the restaurant on the corner, and make like the Portuguese and get the party started early. We’ve made it easy for you to find out what’s going on around you, what to do, and what to avoid.


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