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Festivals in the Algarve

The Algarve is a bright and bustling region, and hosts many vibrant festivals throughout the year which both locals and visitors alike simply love. Algarve Housing like to share with you some of the best festivals of the Algarve.

Festivals Algarve 2018

There is something for everyone. From colorful local festivals in the Algarve where you may see, and even get involved with, traditional dance, folklore and music, to the larger festivals Portugal, celebrated in all major towns and cities in the region which have become famous across the country and beyond, and attract people from all over the world. 

In the Algarve there is always a reason for celebration, with a temperate climate, and stunning scenery you can often find local festivals in small towns and villages taking place – these are well worth keeping an eye out for in order to absorb the traditions, culture and history of the area. Many festivals in the Algarve, revolve around religion, but also pay homage to the wonderful food and drink that is produced in the Algarve too.

Here are some of the best festivals of the Algarve

Olhao-Seafood festival

A perfect summer festival in the Algarve is the Seafood Festival where you can enjoy dancing, music and fine quality seafood of every variety imaginable. This lively festival takes place in Jardim Patrao Joaquim Lopes, Olhao – right by the Spanish bank, and lasts for 5 days in mid-August.

Portimao- Sardine festival

In the second week of August the fabulous sardine festival in the Algarve, takes place in sunny Portimão in the Western Algarve. This popular festival is a treat for both tourists and locals alike. Each day during the festival there is a colorful parade leading to the festival area where not only can revellers enjoy freshly cooked sardines but a wide variety of other perfectly cooked fish, as well as watch and take part in cooking demonstrations, sample local beers and wines and  enjoy a brilliant firework display which takes place at the end of the last evening of this fantastic festival

Algarve music festivals

The Algarve International Music Festival is not to be missed! This classy festival takes place over June and July with wonderful musical performances as well as song and dance covering a range of genres including jazz, ballet, choral ensembles and the traditional Fado. The festival is celebrated  throughout the region so if you are visiting during this time it will be hard to miss it.

Carnival Loule

If you come here to party then the Loule Carnival will not disappoint. This three day carnival takes place on the streets of Portugal and is a bold, bright and colorful affair involving street processions, music, food and drink and dance. A festival in the Algarve not to be missed!

Easter Loule

Mae Soberena takes place on Easter Sunday and is the region’s most significant religious festival of the Algarve. Mae Soberena, or the Sovereign Mother Festival, sees a statue of her being carried through Loule from her hill shrine. Two weeks later she is returned and flowers are scattered as the procession takes place.

Fatacil Lagoa

The nine day agricultural celebration, Fatacil, takes place during the last nine days of August and involves food, drink, arts and crafts, and music – a great festival in the Algarve, if you are visiting with children.

Silves Medieval Festival

History lovers will enjoy Silves’ Medieval Fair which takes place each August in historic Silves. The festival is held in its town center and involves packed markets stalls, performers and musicians. The Medieval Festival is one of the best visited festival of the Algarve.

White Night Loule

The ‘White Night’ is another fantastic festival in the Algarve. Again taking place in August this cool celebration see’s party-goers out on the streets, all dressed in white. Relaxed music is played and there are plenty of street performers to keep you entertained.

Of course these are just come of the festivals in the Algarve that take place throughout the year in the wonderful Algarve region. This is a place buzzing with energy, color and life, so if you are planning to visit the Algarve and can take part in a festival or celebration while you are there, you are sure to have a brilliant time.

Querença-Sausage Festival

Festivals of the Smoked Sausage. This is a wonderful festival usually held on the last weekend in January. It is held in Largo da Igreja/Church Square, Querença and an auction of smoked sausage takes place with any money raised gong to charity. The festival is to celebrate Sao Luis, who is the patron saint of animals.

Summer Festivals 2018

Algarve Summer Festivals 2018- complete list

Summer in the Algarve is coming up, together with many, many festivals Algarve. Algarve Housing made a list for you, so you will not miss any festival in the Algarve summer 2018.  

14 June the Worldcup Football 2018 start! Portugal won 2 years ago the European Cup, that was a big street party! What will happen this year? Ronaldo and his team are playing their first game on Friday 15 June 18 pm against Spain, I think they need support!


16 June

Carvoeiro Black and White party

Entry: Free

Start: 8 pm till late

Several music stages and street entertainment through the streets of Carvoeiro. Dress code: black and white. Nice open air festival Algarve!

22/24 June

Lagoa Jazz, Fontes das Estombar

This open-air festival Algarve takes place at the incredibly scenic Fontes de Estombar – the stage background is the Arade river winding its way through the countryside. 3 days of top jazz in a fabulous location Portugal.

28/30 June

Loule, Festival MED

Festival MED is one of the biggest festivals of the Algarve.  Dozens of bands, international musicians and street performances can be found on one of the main stages or in the streets of the historic town of Loulé. From percussion and beat box to Fado, plus other entertainment and food, the MED festival is one giant party. 

30 June

Albufeira Water Festival


Marina Albufeira

The biggest boat party of the year!

This year's Albufeira WATER FEST & YACHT DAY will be held on 30th June and features, once again, DJs Carlos Manaça, Dj China andMónica Avillez.

This is an annual event aboard several catamarans, which set sail, with sound transmitted simultaneously on 100.1 FM for all boats, including private boats that are invited to join the party FREE of charge.

Capacity on board the catamarans is limited, so make sure you book your place for this unique annual floating party.

If you have your own boat, join the party - surf and dance with Belize Boats.


5/8 July

Lagoa, Festival of light


Faro, bike fest

The biggest bike festival of Europe. Every year between 20 and 30 thousand bikers from all over the world find their way to FARO Portugal! This event includes live concerts, erotic shows, and an enormous amount of two-wheelers and a motor cycle parade into the city of Faro.


Portimao, Lota Cool Market

The Lota Cool Market Algarve, is a five day event packed with entertainment, art, design, gourmet and street food on Portimão’s riverbank.


Faro, Alameda Beer Fest

5pm till late. Festival Algarve in the Alameda Park Faro, with lots of music, DJs and other entertainment, like show cooking and workshops.


Senhora da Rocha, Pirate week

This Festival Algarve, brings fairy tales and history together in a fun recreation of the days of piracy. Great family entertainment Portugal.


BOOM Festival

Not in the Algarve, but this is the biggest festival of Portugal, so I thought I mention this one too!

Online tickets are already sold out! So you have to try your luck to go to this famous festival of Portugal.

Boom Festival is stepping into the potential of what human existence can be. It is a week of love, sharing, alternative culture, music and conscious living with people from all over the world... literally.

For first-time Boomers, the experience means stepping into another dimension, calling “home” a formerly unknown land, embracing a new family. Regular Boomers will tell you how this gathering changed their life, the joy they feel at every edition, knowing that they are coming back to something that holds a whole community together - shared values, shared ideals, shared ambitions for the future. 



Portimao, Sardine Fest

The most famous Summer Festival in the Algarve, Portimão celebrates this tasty fish with music and entertainment, plus lots of sardines grilled over charcoal.


Guia, Festa do Frango (chicken)


Carvoeiro, Sons do Atlantico


Ferragudo, Sons do Atlantico


Olhao, Festival do Marisco

This summer festival Algarve is a hugely popular celebration of seafood Algarve. Pile your plate high and enjoy the live music and concerts.



Noite Branca


Santa Luzia (near Tavira), Festa dos Pescadores


Faro, Folkfaro

Biggest folklore festival of the Algarve. The streets of Faro will be filled with music, dance and activities. 300 different countries will attend this Folklore festival Algarve.


Castro Marim, Medieval Fest

A recreation of medieval days at the castle Castro Marim. Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theatre performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts fair.


Alvor, Pirate week.

This Festival Algarve brings fairy tales and history together in a fun recreation of the days of piracy. Great family entertainment Algarve.


Lagos, Festa do Banho

Big beach party at the biggest beach of the Algarve, to celebrate the end of the summer season.

 10/19 August

Silves Medieval Festival

It’s one of the must-visit summer events in the Algarve. At the Feira Medieval de Silves there are horseback tournaments, belly dancers, snake charmers, acrobats, fire shows and loads of food and handicrafts. Feel like you’ve gone back in time as history comes alive in the town centre of Silves, the capital of the Algarve during the Arab occupation.

17/18 August

Portimao Summer sound

NoSoloAgua, Praia da Rocha

Electric Music Festival right at the beach. 2 days and nights electro music festival with international DJs, in association with MTV Summer Sessions at NoSoloÁgua beach club in Portimão. Pool parties, DJ sessions and beach parties. 

30 augustus/1 September

Faro, Festival F

Festival in the old center with live music and entertainment.



Portimao, The BPM Festival

This is the 2nd edition of the huge House and Techno music festival, and brings thousands of music lovers to the beaches Algarve and clubs of Portimão and Praia da Rocha. 4 days, 8 venues, mega parties.

We like to see you at one of the above festivals Algarve. The list is not complete, but it does come close! Please contact us for any information regarding the Festivals in the Algarve.

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