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.
After an enforced break in festival fun, festivals are back in 2022!
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 2022 festivals have not yet been finalized for some events. We'll update the info as it becomes available. In many cases, this year's editions of events will be on dates proximate to previous editions (the most recent editions for most festivals was in 2019).
Festivals are back in 2022!
Portimão welcomes not 1, not 2, but 3 huge festivals this summer!
- Secret Project Portugal - 17th to 19th June
- Afro Nation - 1st to 3rd July
- Rolling Loud Portugal - 6th to 8th July
Summer Festivals in the Algarve
THIS SUMMER FESTIVALS SECTION IS UPDATED REGULARLY WITH INFO FOR 2022 - KEEP CHECKING BACK.
If a link below leads to information to previous years, bear with us, we're updating information as soon as we receive it.
Carvoeiro Black & White Night – 18 June 2022 - 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
Afro Nation Festival, Praia da Rocha - 1 - 3 July 2022. Ticketed entry.
Afro Nation is back for another Portugal edition! this 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. The party is in Praia da Rocha on the beach. Expect hot sounds, hot weather and hot parties!
After enforced cancellations, the party is back! Afro Nation is just one of three great festival happening in Portimão this summer.
Rolling Loud Portugal, Praia da Rocha - 6 to 8 July 2022
Rolling Loud Portugal International hip hop festival. Headliners include A$AP Rocky, Future and J. Cole and featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, DaBaby, D-BLOCK-EUROPE and many more. 3 days of great music by the sea!
Secret Project Portugal, Praia da Rocha - 17 to 19 June 2022
From LA to Praia da Rocha, the first edition of Secret Project Portugal brings 3 stages, close to100 DJs including Adam Beyer (also Drumcode), Eric Prydz (and Cirez D), Richie Hawtin, Andy C, Charlotte De Witte, Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber B2B Paco Osuna and many more.
Faro International Motorbike Meet - 2022 dates TBA. Ticketed entry
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.... Good humoured and fun, the final day parade aloing the streets of Faro is famous!
Lota Cool Market, Portimão – 21 to 24 July 2022, Free entry
The Lota Cool Market is a five day event packed with entertainment, art, design, gourmet and street food on Portimão's riverbank.
Sardine Festival, Portimão – 3 to 7 Aug. 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 - 2022 dates TBA. 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. Hope to see this one back in 2022. It is usually held within the first 2 weeks of August.
Festival Med, Loulé - 2022 dates TBA
Festival Med World Music festival in Loulé with live performances over 4 days on muliple stages within the area. Tickets are available online. Under 12s go free. Line up and acts TBA.
Festival F, Faro – 2022 dates TBA. 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. Usually held in early September.
Oktoberfest, VILA VITA Biergarten, 28 September to 9 October 2022. 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. This is an Autumn festival, but the weather is generally mellow during the festival. Perfect for enjoying cold beers and lots of fun. Oktoberfest is fast becoming one of the most popular events in the Algarve, so reserving your table in advance is advised.
VILA VITA Parc celebrates 30 years of fabulous hospitality in 2022 and have a great range of events and parties to mark the occasion. Find out more about VILA VITA 30 year celebrations.
FOLKFARO - 2022 dates TBA 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.
Lagos Food Fest - 2022 dates TBA
Fab street food festival on the streets of Lagos. A diverse range of food and drink, and live entertainment every day.
Baixa Steet Fest, Faro - TBA
Baxia Street Fest is an international festival of street art held every summer in dowtown 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!
Al-Buhera Festival, Albufeira - TBA
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.
Lagoa Jazz Festival – 2022 dates TBA 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.
Olhão Seafood Festival – 2022 dates TBA -Ticketed entry
The Olhão Seafood Festival is a hugely popular celebration of seafood. Pile your plate high and enjoy the live music and concerts.
Medieval Days in Castro Marim – 2022 dates TBA. 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.
Loulé White Night - TBA
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 - 2022 dates TBA
Annual didgeridoo music festival - a unique four-day festival of inspiring didgeridoo music, dance, workshops.....
Autumn Festivals in the Algarve
THIS AUTUMN FESTIVALS SECTION IS UPDATED REGULARY WITH INFO FOR 2022 - KEEP CHECKING BACK or check our EVENTS CALENDAR.
Cockle Festival - Figueira, Portimao . 2022 dates TBA
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.
Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2022 - 2022 dates TBA.
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.
LUZA Festival - 2022 TBA
LUZA - Algarve International Festival of Light in Faro, brings together Portuguese and international artists who use light as their raw material. A stunning show!
Keep going....there's more!.......
THIS WINTER FESTIVALS SECTION IS UPDATED REGULARY WITH INFO FOR 2020 - KEEP CHECKING BACK.
If a link below leads to information from last year, bear with us, we're updating information as soon as we receive it.
Plan your festive get away here (updated every October) - Christmas and New Year in the Algarve.
Algarve Classic Festival - dates TBA - 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.
Aljezur Sweet Potato Festival 2022 dates TBA
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 - 2022 dates TBA
Annual Tango Festival - a three day celebration of the Argentinean Tango, with workshops, milongas and a stunning show. Ticketed event.
Loulé Carnival - back in 2023
This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time - Louléwood". A fun carnival that casts an irreverent eye on portuguese political happenings, with music, samba and lots of fun.
International Festival of Guitar -TBA
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 - back in 2023
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.
Querença Sausage Festival - Querença - 2023 dates TBA . Free entry
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.
Festival da Mãe Soberana - Sovereign Mother festival, Loulé - TBA
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 - 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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