New Year's Eve in the Algarve - what's on in Albufeira, Portimão, Lagos, Tavira

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Free parties, concerts and fireworks all across the Algarve

The Algarve welcomes the new year with parties all across the region. Most towns have a street party or concert followed by fireworks to get 2024 started with a bang. Best of all, most of these New Year's Eve parties are free of charge. Just turn up and have fun!
New Year’s Eve is the party night of the year. Say goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024 in the company of friends and family, with your dancing shoes on, and mesmerized by fabulous fireworks. The street parties and concerts organized by the local municipalities are usually free of charge.

Many restaurants have special New Year’s Eve menus where you can enjoy great food before heading off to see the fireworks, while some keep the party going all night long.
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Below is a round-up of New Year’s Eve 2023/2024 concerts and parties in the Algarve.
(Party plans are still being finalized in many towns - keep checking back for details)
These New Year’s Eve local parties are all free entry. Bring your own champagne to drink at midnight, along with 12 raisins, as Portuguese tradition dictates. They say you should make a wish as you eat each raisin with the 12 chimes of midnight.
New Year’s Eve in Albufeira – Carpe Nox!
This is the big one. Albufeira is known to be a party town during the summer and they put on a pretty good show for New Year’s Eve too. This year, for New Year’s Eve, Albufeira welcomes you to Carpe Nox 2024! - a multisensory show that will involve the various natural elements of Praia dos Pescadores - the beach, the ocean and the vast winter sky. The event will feature aerial acrobatics, an amazing sea and sky laser show, an international Street Food Festival (which is on from 28th to 31st Dec.), fabulous concerts and DJ sessions on the beach.

New Year’s Eve in Portimão
The party programme for 2023 - 2024 in Portimão is 3 nights of music and open-air concerts, held by the riverside, from 29th to 31st Dec.
29/12 - The Peakles (Portugal's biggest Beatles tribute band) |10 pm - midnight
30/12 - RFM Time Machine, hits from the 80's, 90's and 00's | 10 pm - 2 am
31/12 - Turb'Ó Baile | 10 pm - 2 am; Pyromusical Show | Midnight
The concerts are free to enjoy, just head towards the river in Portimão and join the fun.
On New Year's Eve, you can count on fabulous fireworks at midnight, plus a party that goes on into the early hours.
There are fireworks in Portimão, also in Praia da Rocha and at Alvor. Get to a high spot and you can see all 3 three fireworks shows at once! Plus there is a Christmas Village and plenty of entertainment throughout the festive period.
Find out more about Christmas fun in Portimão

New Year’s Eve in Monte Gordo
A very popular NYE destination, Monte Gordo has a great party lined up for the end of the year. Starting on 30th Dec. with the 'I Love Baile Funk' show at 10:30pm. 
On the 31st, Diogo Piçarra is live onstage followed by DJ Pete Tha Zouk. with spectacular fireworks at midnight, all at the Avenida Marginal. There will also be music and fireworks in the centre of Vila Real S. Antonio.
And on 1st January, the traditional "Cantar da Janeiras" takes place at Vila Nova da Cacela at 15:00h.
Find out about New Year's Eve in Monte Gordo

New Year’s Eve in Lagos
Two nights of great concerts to see you into 2024. On the 3oth Dec. at 22.30h head to Praça do Infante for a live concert by legendary Portuguese rock group GNR. On the 31st, Calema is onstage, followed by DJ TobyONE, with fabulous fireworks at midnight.
New Year’s Eve in Faro
Two nights of entertainment in Faro centre and by the harbour.
30th Dec. -  Pedro Mafama followed by DJ Nuno Silva (Cave do Bolas),
31st Dec. - Revenge of the 2000s with fireworks at midnight
New Year’s Eve in Tavira
Tavira has plenty of concerts and entertainment throughout the festive period and New Year's Eve is no exception. For the big party, Portuguese band Função Publika will be onstage at Praça da Republica from 22.30h, followed by fireworks at midnight at Ponte dos Descobrimentos.  

From early December through to early January there is plenty of Christmas entertainment with markets, ice rinks, Santa’s grotto and family fun to be enjoyed. Here’s our roundup of whats on this Christmas and New Year in the Algarve.

New Year’s Eve in Portugal is for everyone to enjoy. It is often an evening spent initially with family and then with friends. Generations of families head out together to watch the fireworks. After midnight, when champagne has been drunk and fireworks enjoyed, some people head home while more revellers head to all night parties. The 1st January is a national holiday in Portugal. However many restaurants and bars are open for lazy lunches and restorative pick-me-ups. While there are no guarantees with the weather, it is not unusual to start the new year with warm sunshine.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Alvor Beach, New Years Day 2018