What’s On in Lisbon in March

From an animation festival to concerts by rock's oldest and newest talents, and plenty of art spanning centuries, March in Lisbon this year promises to be a nice spring blast.

March is one of the Goldilocks months to visit Lisbon. The tourists haven’t yet flooded the streets, the weather’s getting warmer, you’re more likely to spend a day on the beach, and this year, Carnaval falls on the 5th of the month, too.

But that’s far from all. March 1, one of Portugal’s most promising rising talents, Surma, is playing at CCB. And until the 10th, you can see the eccentric circus for adults (it’s safe for kids, too) that is Slava’s Snowshow. On the 15th, if you miss big hair and big guitar sound, you can catch Slash. For something different, the talented multi-instrumentalist and cross-genre maverick Ólafur Arnalds is playing at Coliseu on the 13th. 

Aficionados of electronic and urban sounds can head to the two-day ID-NO LIMITS festival, featuring the likes of Little Dragon and Moullinex. And film buffs — especially film buffs with kids — get to attend the 10-day MONSTRA animation festival, now in its 19th year.

There’s plenty of classical music performances, such as the Italian composer and conductor Ludovico Einaudi appearing at Coliseu on the 23rd, and the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa playing Mozart, Kurtág, and Ligeti at CCB on the 31st. 

Art lovers shouldn’t miss the excellent retrospective of Joaquín Sorolla at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. And if you like a bit of future with your art, MAAT is offering an interactive glimpse with its exhibit Hello, Robot. Between Human and Machine. 

Lisbon is also host to some excellent free programming this month. Casa de Achada is doing a mini-film festival of remakes they say are better than the originals, and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos opens its doors for a free concert on the 21st of music by Mozart and Alexandre Ouzounoff. Check out more free events in March here.

Top Picks for Lisbon Events in March

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