What’s on in Lisbon in July

How are you feeling? Tired? Have the Festas de Lisboa beaten you down? Well, there’s no time to rest because July still holds so much to do! The sun may be roasting and the streets drenched in beer, but we’re going to get out in search of a little bit of that thing we like to call Culture. Here’s a selection of some of the best events July has to offer:

Festivals

Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Estoril, the (not literal) birthplace of James Bond. And is there are more stylish way than at a classical music festival? The Estoril Coast Music Festival has been running since the ’70s and will return once more from July 5 to 27. Highlights include the Portuguese premiere of “Marco Polo” by Isabelle Aboulker and Vasco Negreiros debut of “Pilgrimages,” among many others. Some shows are free, so check out what’s on!

Fancy something a little more freeform than operas and classical concerts? The Goethe Institute of Portugal is hosting the 15th edition of the annual JiGG: Jazz in Goethe Garden, with tickets starting at just 3€ for the very young and very old (you know who you are). Performers are coming from all over Europe including Spain, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland between July 3 and 12.

Bairro Intendente em Festa returns once more to bring us a month of concerts, shows, cinema, exhibitions, workshops, conversations, fairs, and more. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s for the whole family (until a little later at night).

Performances

Free events are fun events, and JA International Theatre’s set of three plays promises to tick all your cultural boxes. Monologue by Harold Pinter, Iphegenia-In Orem by Neil LaBute, and Medea by Neil LaBute will run each night from July 3 to 7, but book your tickets in advance, free tickets don’t stick around for long.

Music legend Gilberto Gil is touring Portugal with his show “OK OK OK,” directed by his son Bem Gil. It offers up “eight fabulous musicians,” and special guest singer Roberta Sá to celebrate a life of music. July 19, Belem. Be there.

“Parasomnia” by Patrícia Portela is a multimedia project hosted in the beautiful Reservatório da Mãe D’água das Amoreiras, which is worth visiting in its own right. According to the organizers, this is “an invitation to slowing down our bodies during the daily rhythm of our working days.” Sounds pretty nice right about now.

Activism

ImpactHub is hosting a debate, or, as they put it, an “informal conversation on climate and the arts.” This talk is focused on the impact artists can have on climate change, and while there is sure to be a mix of nationalities, speaking Portuguese will probably help you out.

Food & Drink

What’s jazzcore? What’s veganism? Am I hip and young enough to be part of this? Answer these questions and more as “Disgraça presents Albarte,” a jazzcore ensemble, alongside some tasty vegan grub. Monday, July 1: dinner at 20h, music at 21h.

You may think you like wine, but you ain’t got nothing on our man Dionysus. Luckily, you can tip a toast to this drunk deity on July 25 at Museu Lisboa: Teatro Romano, when there will be live music to accompany a tipple or two for Bacchus Hour.

Film

The first two weekends of July will see CineConchas screening open-air movies in Lisbon’s second largest public park, Quinta das Conchas. Completely free of charge, there is a mix of films so check out the lineup, grab some popcorn, and get comfy!

Top Picks for Lisbon Events in July

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