Annual festivals and events in the Algarve
The Algarve has an endless programme of events running throughout the year, located across the region.
During the summer months while the weather is at its best, open air concerts will be found alongside gastronomy festivals, local produce and tradition is celebrated with lots of street dancing and outdoor fun!
Annual sporting events attract spectators and competitors from across the world, including kite surfing, surfing, cycling, tennis, golf and the long standing annual motorbike convention
Cultural events are plentiful throughout the year with most towns having art galleries showing varied exhibitions from both international and local artists.
Religion is a big part of Portuguese life and many celebrations centre around these religious dates and saints, with wonderful processions and street parties taking over whole towns.
Whatever time of year you visit the Algarve there will be something going on, below is a list of some of the main annual festivals and events in the Algarve
January - Chourico (local sausage) festival - Querenca
February/ March - Carnival - Loule and many other towns
March - Easter - Flower torch festival - Sao Bras
Festival of Sovereign Mother - Loule
April - Liberation day - celebrated by towns across the region
May - Caracols (Snails) festival - Various towns
June - celebrations of the popular saints - across the region
Festival Med (music)- Loule
July - Motorbike concentration - Faro
Ria formosa festival - Faro
August - Fatacil (local businesses, agriculture and handicrafts) - Lagoa
Medieval fair - Silves
Sardine festival - Portimao
Seafood festival - Olhao
September - Fisherman's festival - Albufeira
October - Festival of birdwatching - Sagres
Golf - Portugal Masters - Vilamoura
November - Sweet potato festival - Aljezur
December - Father Christmas walk - Albufeira
Various Christmas events and celebrations will be held across the region
Public holiday dates for 2016 Portugal
On Public Holidays, Banks, Post Offices and some shops will be closed.
1st January New Years Day
9th February Carnival (This is not a national holiday but is celebrated widely across the region)
25th March Good Friday
27th April Easter Sunday
25th April Liberation Day
1st May Labour Day
10th June Portugal Day
13th June St Anthony day (Lisbon only)
15th August Assumption Day
8th December Immaculate Conception
25th December Christmas Day