What’s on in Lisbon?
WHAT’S ON IN LISBON: PLAN THE PERFECT CITY BREAK
Arts and food festivals, traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations, Carnival parades and the iconic Half Marathon all feature in the city’s event-packed winter and spring calendar
New Year’s Eve Party
31st December 2015
The most entertaining option to welcome the New Year in Lisbon: on the evening of 31st December, Praça do Comércio hosts street entertainment, music performances and a colourful fireworks display for everybody to enjoy free of charge. Visitors should not forget to eat 12 raisins, one for each month of the year, as the clock strikes midnight… a Portuguese tradition! Lisbon Carnival February 2016 (exact dates tbc)If you are in Lisbon for the Carnival season, you will find the streets crowded with excited partygoers. Celebrated every year with a number of street parties and free events across the city, the highlight is the Carnival Parade, which takes place on Shrove Tuesday, which in 2016 falls on 9th February. Expect dazzling costumes, bright masks and of course lots of confetti. Monstra (Lisbon Animated Film Festival)3rd – 13th March 2016Monstra is a festival to promote the world’s best animated films, including documentaries, cartoons, short films and the latest 3D and computer productions. Aimed at both adults and young people with its “Monstrinha” version, the 2016 edition of Monstra will screen up to 500 films in its ten-day programme, which will also include workshops and master classes.www.monstrafestival.com Lisboa Dance Festival4th and 5th March 2016Lisbon’s trendy LX Factory will be the centre stage of this electronic music festival which will welcome the best house, techno and afro beats. Sven Väth, Prosumer and Move D are some of the renowned artists and DJs confirmed to perform at the former industrial estate turned into a Lisboan meeting point. Tickets are now on sale.www.lisboadancefestival.com Lisbon Half Marathon EDP
20th March 2016
Keep the New Year’s resolution in check by running the iconic Lisbon Half Marathon. The race traverses some of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks but its pinnacle is crossing the 25th April Bridge free of vehicles – which was the main idea behind the very first half marathon back in 1990. British athlete and Olympic champion Mo Farah was the winner of the 2015 edition.
Peixe em Lisboa
7th – 17th April 2016
‘Lisbon Fish and Flavours’ festival is the country’s biggest food event offering some of the finest fish and seafood delicacies that the destination has to offer, including of course the famous bacalhau (cod). Visitors can improve their cooking skills by taking part of a live cooking class given by a variety of top Portuguese chefs and restaurants – an event highlight!