16 events in Porto you can't miss this year

From concerts to music festivals these are the events in Porto you should keep an eye on

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Porto is all set for a full year - from small concerts to some of the biggest music festivals, to exhibitions and the typical festivities. Grab your calendar and be sure to pin these down as they are definitely the 16 events in Porto you can't miss this year.

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16 events in Porto you can't miss this year

São João Night

São João Night

On the night of June 23, people take to the streets to party. Basil is one of the symbols of this celebration, along with colourful plastic hammers used to softly-knock on people’s heads. Join the party and have fun releasing a hot air balloon into the sky.


Vinho Verde Wine Fest

This wine festival takes place in the Alfândega Congress Centre, where you will find exhibitions, wine tastings, gastronomy, enotourism, guided samplings, cooking shows and other activities to pass the time. There’s also a music agenda throughout the event.

Thu Jul 12 - Mon Jul 16

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso is (finally) coming back to Porto for a much-awaited concert with his three sons, Moreno, Zeca and Tom. The Brazilian composer will sing his own and his stage partners’ songs.

Coliseu Porto , Santa Catarina Monday July 30 2018

Festival MEO Marés Vivas

The 12th edition of MEO Marés Vivas, one of the largest music festivals in the north of Portugal, will take place at Antiga Seca do Bacalhau, in Lavadores, Gaia. The line-up includes the Irish band Kodaline, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jamiroquai and David Guetta, among others.

Antiga Seca do Bacalhau , Vila Nova de Gaia Friday July 20 2018 - Sunday July 22 2018

Fado at Casa da Música

On this day, the restaurant of Casa da Música will become a real fado house, where fado will be “served” by distinguished singers, honouring our tradition, but also the best of modern Portuguese fado.

Casa da Música , Boavista Friday September 21 2018

Beach House

North American band Beach House visits Porto for a show at the Sá da Bandeira theatre. The Baltimore duo’s new album, “7”, includes the singles ‘Lemon Glow’ and ‘Dive’.

Teatro Sá da Bandeira , Santa Catarina Wednesday September 26 2018


This exhibition, held at the Guerra Junqueiro House-Museum, displays the variety of the artist and writer’s work, and documents the intimate bond he developed with our country.

Guerra Junqueiro House Museum , Sé Tuesday July 17 2018 - Sunday September 23 2018

Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd comes back to Portugal at the start of autumn to present his new album, Storm Boy. The Australian singer, composer and musician will show his work at Hard Club.

Hard Club , Flores Monday October 15 2018

Mallu Magalhães

Coliseu Porto is preparing to welcome Mallu Magalhães, one of the most beloved Brazilian artists in Portugal and a frequent Porto visitor.

Coliseu Porto , Santa Catarina Saturday October 27 2018

Rodrigo Leão

This year, Rodrigo Leão celebrates 25 years of his solo career. “Aniversário” is a stage production targeted at a broad audience at Coliseu Porto.

Coliseu Porto , Santa Catarina Thursday November 8 2018

Enóphilo Wine Fest

It’s considered the largest Porto wine festival, on the riverfront. There, you can try the best wines in a careful selection of 40 national producers, with over 200 white, rosé, red, sparkling, fortified wine and wine liqueur references.

Alfândega do Porto , Miragaia Saturday November 17 2018

Porto Handicraft Fair

This winter handicraft (Mid December) fair showcases national and foreign craft works in a municipal initiative that gathers nearly 80 tradesmen every week at Praça de Parada Leitão.



The lead singer of one of the most successful Portuguese bands of our times, The Black Mamba, showcases his solo work at Casa da Música.

Casa da Música , Boavista Wednesday December 19 2018

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