Portugal is home to many traditional Portuguese festivals that are celebrated in towns and villages across the country. These annual festivals are an integral part of Portuguese culture and heritage, and they draw thousands of locals and tourists alike each year.

In this post, learn what to expect visiting these festivals, and when are they held. This can help you to choose the best time to visit Portugal, if you want to attend any of them.

Though festivals in Lisbon and Porto are the most popular ones, some other cities in Portugal have even larger celebrations and biggest events. From the colorful Carnaval or somber Easter celebrations in the Algarve region to the lively street parties during the Santos Populares, you can find some traditional festivals to attend.

Many of these events are deeply rooted in tradition, with customs and rituals passed down through generations. While they are fun events to visit for us to learn local culture and traditions, these festivals are mostly the chances for the community to unite, mingle and keep their heritage alive.

Good Friday procession in front of a church in Olhao, Portugal & custom sign: 'Traditional Festivals
Good Friday procession in front of a church in Olhao, Portugal & custom sign: 'Traditional Festivals

Traditional Portuguese Festivals: guide to best festivals

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Famous Festivals in Portugal

There are a few major festival in Portugal that are particularly popular. Here are the best festivals :

  • February: CarnivalApril/May: Holy Week
    May: Fatima Pilgrimage

  • May: Festa das Cruzes, Barcelos
    June 12th: Festa de Santo António (Festival of Sardines)

  • June 23rd: Festa de São João do Porto, or Saint John the Baptist festival

  • July: Festa do Colete Encarnado
    August: Festa da Sé.

  • August: Medieval Santa Maria da Fiera festival.

  • October: Sintr