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

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