Algarve Festivals

The best festivals and fairs all year round

Find the best festivals in the Algarve. Hot list of summer music festivals, concerts by the beach, Black & White nights, Medieval festivals, food fairs and sporting events - all year round you can find great festivals and events in the Algarve, from the traditional to the modernly edgy. Below you wil find information on the best annual festivals in the Algarve. This information is updated regularly so check back for new dates and details or check our Events Calendar to find out what's on. Dates for 2019 festivals have not yet been finalized for some events -we'll update the info as it becomes available.

Summer Festivals in the Algarve
Porches Craft Beer Fest - VILA VITA Beirgarten - 8 - 9 June 2019. Ticketed entry
Annual craft beer festival featuring VILA VITA Parc's Porches Craft Beer, plus several other national craft beers, a diverse choice of delicious street food and live concerts.

Carvoeiro Black & White Night – 15 June 2019. Free entry
The first big party of the summer, there are several stages with live music through the night at Carvoeiro Black & White Night. Plenty of street entertainment food and drink. The main festival area is at the square by the beach. The party kicks off at 8pm and carries on into the early hours.

Carvoeiro Black & White Night

Festival Med, Loulé  - 27 - 30 June 2019 dates TBA. Ticketed entry
Festival Med World Music festival in Loulé with live performances over 4 days on 10 stages within the area. Tickets are available online. Under 12s go free. Full programme to be announced May.

Albufeira WaterFest – - 10 August 2019. Ticketed entry
Albufeira WaterFest is the biggest boat party of the year. Board the Algar Experience catamarans for a boat party where other catamarans and private boats can join in, with DJ sessions transmitted simultaneously to all the boats. Over 18’s only. Tickets available from Algar Experience.

Alameda Beer Fest - 4 - 6 July 2019.
The 2018 Alameda Beer Fest had over 200 varieties of beer on offer! Don't miss the 2019 event this summer. Sample some amazing craft beers from around the world as well as some local stars, brewed in the Algarve. There's plenty of live music to keep the party going.

Lagos Food Fest - 11 - 14 July 2019
Fab street food festival on the streets of Lagos. A diverse range of food and drink, and live entertainment every day.

Silves Beer Fest - 17 - 21 July 2019
A great annual beer festival in the historic town of Silves. Entrance to the festival is FREE and visitors get the chance to sample some unique flavours of their favourite brew. There's also  crafts, gastronomy, workshops and showcooking, plus a programme of live music to keep everyone entertained.

Faro International Motorbike Meet - 18 - 21 July 2019
Faro's International Motorbike Meet is an annual gathering of bikers from across the globe, which has become Europe's 'Biker Mecca' and promises a fantastic festival atmosphere in the Algarve sunshine. With live music concerts, shows and more.... 

Alvor Medieval Festival - 26 - 31st July 2019 - FREE ENTRY
The annual Alvor Medieval Festival is a colourful event of Medieval street entertainment, music, market stalls, food, drink and more, for all the family!

Baixa Steet Fest, Faro - (TBA) 2019
Baxia Street Fest is an international festival of street art held every summer in downtown Faro. The event attracts a wide varierty of street entertainers from busking musicians, living statues and fire eaters, to the unique and bizare! Great fun and well worth a visit!
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

Al-Buhera Festival, Albufeira - (TBA) July 2019
Albufeira's Fisherman's Square is transformed into a world of Arab culture for the Al-Buhnera Festival. There are live concerts, numerous stalls displaying beautiful pieces of craftsmanship, from leather and cork goods to  jewelery, and plenty of food and drink vendors offering regional delicacies, such as cheese, honey, chouriço, sweets  and regional wines.
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

Afro Nation Festival, Praia da Rocha - 1 - 4 August 2019. Ticketed entry.
This is a first edition! Afro Nation promises to be the biggest beach festival dedicated to urban music in Europe and covers music styles from afrobeat, hip hop, R&B to dancehall.

Sardine Festival, Portimão – 7 - 11 August 2019. Ticketed entry – approx. €3
The most famous Sardine Festival in the Algarve, Portimão celebrates this tasty fish with music and entertainment, plus lots of sardines grilled over charcoal. 

Silves Medieval Festival - 9 - 18 August 2019. Ticketed entry from €3.
Probably the biggest and most popular summer festival, the Silves Medieval Fair should definitely be on your list of things to do in the Algarve. The old Moorish capital of the region turns off its lights, hits the switch on all things neon, dresses in medieval garb and celebrates the town's rich history in a lively and fun fair.

Summer Sound Portimão – (TBA) 2019. Ticketed entry.
Summer Sound Portimão Electro music festival at NoSoloágua right by the beach. 2 days and nights electro music festival with international DJs, in association with MTV Summer Sessions at NoSoloÁgua beach club in Portimão. Pool parties, DJ sessions and beach parties.
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

FOLKFARO -  2019 - 17 August 2019 - Tickets required for Opening Gala 
Traditional songs and dances of the world are showcased at FOLKFARO, the largest festival of its kind south of Lisbon. The event opens with a spectacular gala and runs for nine days.
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

The BPM Festival Portugal, Portimão – 12 - 15 September 2019. Ticketed entry.
This will be the third edition of the huge House and Techno music festival, the BPM Festival Portugal brings thousands of music lovers to the beaches and clubs of Portimão and Praia da Rocha. 4 days, 8 venues, mega parties with beach parties every day, both day and night.

Open Music Festival - (TBA) September 2019 - Algarve Stadium.
This is an all-nighter, so not for the fainthearted! Programme of top DJs throught the night until 6am. Plus there's street art, food and more.
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

Lagoa Jazz Festival – 22 – 25 June 2019. Ticketed entry.
The  open-air Lagoa Jazz Festival takes place at the incredibly scenic Fontes de Estombar – the stage background is the Arade river winding it’s way through the countryside. 3 days of top jazz in a fabulous location.
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

The BPM FEstival at NoSoloAgua

Olhão Seafood Festival – Festival do Marisco 9 - 13 August  2019 -Ticketed entry
The Olhão Seafood Festival is a hugely popular celebration of seafood. Pile your plate high and enjoy the live music and concerts.

Pirate Week, Alvor and Senhora da Rocha. (TBA) July/August 2019
Free entry

Pirate Week brings fairytales and history together in a fun recreation of the days of piracy. Great family entertainment. 
2019 event details available soon - check back here.

Medieval Days in Castro Marim – 28 August - 1 September 2019. Ticketed entry from €3.
A recreation of Medieval days at the Castro Marim castle. Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theatre performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts fair.

Lota Cool Market, Portimão – 18 - 20 July 2019. Free entry
The Lota Cool Market is a five day event packed with entertainment, art, design, gourmet and street food on Portimão's riverbank.

Festival F, Faro – 5 - 7 September 2019. Ticketed entry.
Faro, the Algarve’s capital welcomes the 6th edition of Festival F . Dubbed the 'Best Lusophone and Hispanic Festival' at the 2019 Iberian Festival Awards, this year's edition promises another fantastic programme of concerts performed by some of the greatest Portuguese artists.

Algarve Nature Fest, Olhão​ - 20 - 21 September 2019. FREE
Three days of organised outdoor activities for all ages and ability. All activities are free of charge and include Sailing and diving baptisms, stand-up paddle, mountain biking, boat trips, bicycle outings, segway experiences, birdwatching and rambling.

Autumn Festivals in the Algarve
Oktoberfest, VILA VITA Biergarten, 26 September to 6 October 2019. Free entry
Enjoy a real Bavarian Oktoberfest at VILA VITA Biergarten – there’s tasty bavarian food, lots of good humour, an oompa band and beer….lots of beer.

Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2019 - 10 - 13 October 2019.
Each October, Sagres, on the Algarve's stunning west coast, hosts a mega birdwatching festival at a time when the Sagres peninsula becomes the main crossing point in Portugal for many varieties of migratory birds, as they head towards the warmer climes of Africa.
One of the most important birdwatching festivals of the year.

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, Pine Cliffs, Albufeira  – 1 - 6 October 2019. Ticketed entry.
Pine Cliffs hosts the 2019 edition of the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival bringing jazz lovers and musicians together in a relaxed celebration of jazz. Daily concerts, jammin’ sessions and more.

LUZA Festival 2018 - (TBA) November 2019
LUZA - Algarve International Festival of Light in Loulé, brings together Portuguese and international artists who use light as their raw material. A stunning show!

Loulé White Night 2019  - 31 August 2019
This event happens every 2 years. Billed as one of the region’s largest summer parties, this White Night event has become known for drawing thousands of visitors with its street entertainment, live music and top DJs. Admission is free.

Festival Didgeridoo FATT - Tavira - 29 August - 1st September 2019
Annual didgeridoo music festival - a unique four-day festival of inspiring didgeridoo music, dance, workshops.....
Ticketed entry.

Cockle Festival - Figueira, Portimao - 14 - 15 September
Two day annual cockle festival, with music and entertainment for all the family. About two tons of cockles are prepared and presented in many different ways, including cockle dough, cockle rice, cockle potatoes, cockle patties and, of course, natural cockles.

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Winter Festivals

Plan your festive get away here (updated every October) - Christmas and New Year in the Algarve.

Algarve Classic Festival - 1 - 3 November 2019 - ticketed entry
Ever since the Algarve circuit was built in 2009, every year the Autodromo International do Algarve has been hosting this fabulous international classic car festival, geared to Historic Racing.

Run Quinta - Quinta do Lago - 8 -10 November 2019
RUN QUINTA is a new, premium running festival at the exclusive Quinta do Lago Resort, with live music and elite facilities for all participants.

Aljezur Sweet Potato Festival 2019 - (TBA) November 2019
The Festival da Batata-doce de Aljezur is one of the greatest autumn food festivals in Southern Portugal, celebrating the famous 'sweet potato' from the Algarve's Aljezur region. It takes place every Autumn.

Paderne Medieval Festival 
Usually held  over the Christmas and New Year period, the Paderne Medieval Festival is great family entertainment.

Tango Festival - Faro - 18 - 20 January 2019
Annual Tango Festival - a three day celebration of the Argentinean Tango, with workshops, milongas and a stunning show. Ticketed event.

Loulé Carnival - 2019 dates  - events will run from 1 - 5 of March
A fun carnival that casts an irreverent eye on portuguese political happenings, with music, samba and lots of fun.

International Festival of Guitar - 3 - 31 March
Festival of guitar music featuring masterclasses and 15 concerts ranging from jazz to classical music, bossa nova and electronic music, and traditional Portuguese music. 

Smugglers Festival - Alcoutim - 29 - 31 March 2019
The Festival do Contrabando - Smugglers Festival, Annual festival to remember the smuggling activity between Portugal & Spain. A great event for all the family with an amazing floating bridge across the Guadiana river, so you can cross on foot during the festival.

Traditional Festivals
Querença Sausage Festival - Querença - 20 January 2019
Quernça is a beautiful village in the central Algarve hills and home to the Sausage Festival where you can sample all sorts of locally made chorizos and sausages.

Humorfest Lagoa  - 16 - 30 March 2019
A great annual festival of humor, with a programme packed full of great humor and comedy, including Ladies Day performed by talent theatre group The Algarveans (in English).

Festival da Mãe Soberana - Sovereign Mother festival, Loulé - 21 April - Festa Pequena / 25 May - Festa Grande
Held at Easter, the Festival da Mãe Soberana is a traditional and religious festival in honour of the town's sovereign mother, Our Lady of Mercy. The statue is paraded through the streets of Loulé and the festival is attended by thousands.

Festa das Tocha Floridas - Flower Festival - São Brás de Alportel - 21 April 2019 (Easter Sunday)
The Easter Flower Festival is one of the most colourful festivals in the Algarve. The streets are lined with flower displays, the paths coverd with petals, residents decorate their homes and terraces. The highlight is the Resurrection Procession when beautifully crafted flower "torches" are carried through the town.

Festival do Perceve - Goose Barnacle Festival - Vila do Bispo
Held in September each year the Goose Barnacle Festival celebrates this tasty seafood delicacy, revered by top chefs around the world.

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