Lisbon is all about good food, nice weather, warm people and, last but not least, a lot of things to do. If you're planning a trip over the summer make sure to add these events in Lisbon to your things to do list. From June till September, get ready for an eventful summer .
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The events in Lisbon you can't miss until the end of the year
David Byrne, Gregory Porter, Badbadnotgood, Van Morrison, Jessie Ware and Norah Jones. It would be too good to have them all play on the same day, but at least they will play in the same month. EDP Cool Jazz takes place in July in various venues in Cascais, including the Manuel Possolo Hippodrome or the Parque Marechal Carmona, and these are just the concerts that have already been announced. The shows are longer than the usual quick appearances made during festivals with a big line-up.
It started in Alcântara in 1995, then moved to Parque das Nações, then to a football pitch and for a while, on Meco Beach, with everyone camping. Three years ago, it came back to Lisbon, and since then it has been based at Parque das Nações, a few metro stops from the centre. The xx, Justice, Sevdaliza, Baxter Dury, Julian Casablancas & The Voidz and Travis Scott form part of this year’s line-up. The urban festival has the benefit of having some covered areas (the main stage is at Altice Arena) for the (remote) possibility that it may rain.
Set up in the middle of Parque Eduardo VII, in the centre of the city, this festival attracts electronic music artists. This “sound garden”, as they like to call it, has had DJs like Sven Väth or Carl Craig on its stage. This year’s line-up includes Maceo Plex, Antal, Daniel Bell and Jayda G. More to be announced before then.
Mount Kimbie, DJ Marky, Maribou State, Jon Hopkins, Gilles Peterson, Little Dragon and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are some of the artists coming to Nova Batida festival, at Village Underground and LX Factory. This Alcântara festival is new to the city, and happens at a time when everyone is back from summer holidays. The goal is “to show off to the world what a vibrant and creative city Lisbon is”.
Since the first edition, in 2014, that Sol da Caparica has bet on a line-up made (mainly) of music in Portuguese. This year is no exception. There are four days of fun, from Thursday to Sunday, for the entire family. Among the names confirmed for this year are some of the greatest of Portugal and PALOP music like Anselmo Ralph, the fado singer Carminho, the always popular GNR or the singer and composer Miguel Araújo. Expensive Soul, Linda Martini, Sara Tavares or Virgul, are also confirmed. The last day is dedicated to the kids, with Canções da Maria, Rita Guerra, singing Disney themes, and the new project of Manuel Paulo and João Monge, Pátio das Cantigas. And there is also an inflatable park, facial paintings, a paper puppets' atelier and other fun stuff for kids.
Have fun in Lisbon
Want to get to know the Portuguese capital like a local? Try one of the many Lisbon tours on offer. With these, you can tackle the city’s charming streets and take in sights and attractions on foot, by bike, bus, boat – even in an old school VW Beetle if that’s what you fancy.