February – Carnival Parade
The largest carnival parade is held in Loule but parades are also held in Carvoerio and Alte. Loulé carnival entry is by ticket only. The party starts at 3pm, so get there early and have lunch ahead of the procession.
Easter period – Religious festival, Loule
The Feast of the Sovereign Mother is a two week affair and starts off with the Festa Pequena (small feast). The image of the Sovereign Mother is carried down to the São Francisco Church, where it remains for the duration of the two week festival. The Festa Grande (large feast) concludes the celebration two weeks later.
July – Beer Festival, Silves
Held over a number of days and serving beer (of course), but also other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Delicious food is available from the many food stalls. Bands and singers perform too.
August- Medieval Festival, Silves
During the annual Medieval Festival all the streets leading up to the castle become a medieval market. The streets are filled with musicians, jugglers and you can enjoy BBQs and spits roasts in the outdoor dining areas. Moroccan goods, arts and crafts and jewellery are on sale from the stalls set up in the historical city.
July/August – Annual Sardine Festival
Enjoy freshly grilled sardines on the beach promenade from 8pm. This lively festival is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
New Year – New Year’s Party, Albufeira
The Fishermen’s beach is known for beach parties and concerts in the summer and well known for its annual New Year party with many international singers and bands attending.