As we approach the sunny summers of Portugal, the city’s cultural events are as inviting as their festive surroundings. From acclaimed international stars to interesting Portuguese artists, there will be something in Lisbon in the following months to fulfill your cultural needs. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the beach though, you should never ignore the beach as our amazing coastlines speaks for themselves.

Festival Internacional da Máscara Ibérica – in Jardim da Praça do Império, Belém – from 17 to 20 of May

A showcase of Portuguese and Spanish folk culture centred on the theme of the mask. During these three days the sumptuous Praça do Império in Belém will be the home of ancient, iconic figures of the Iberian Peninsula common imaginary.

Alkantara Festival – in Lisbon – from 23 of May to 9 of June

The multi-platform Alkantara Festival celebrates in 2018 its 25th anniversary. This festival will combine acclaimed international performers like Radouan Mriziga or Toshiki Okada with some of the most notorious Portuguese names in stage arts like Vera Mantero or João Fiadeiro. The festival will take place in iconic Lisbon sights like the São Jorge Castle , Culturgest and all the main Lisbon theatres. The conversations with the performers and the concerts with exciting acts like Conan Osiris promise to make the 25th edition of Alkantara Festival a true benchmark in its rich history.

NOS Alive – in Passeio Marítimo de Algés – from 12 to 14 of July

In the summer the stars fall upon Lisbon, it’s the best time of the year to be a music fan in Portugal. With festivals like Rock in Rio, Super Bock Super Rock and Sumol Summer Fest choosing only one festival to attend isn’t a fun task. If that’s your case however names like Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Pearl Jam as well as the Portuguese Blasted Mechanism and Orelha Negra seem too big to ignore. The beautiful Passeio Marítimo de Algés, where the festival takes place, is also a very strong argument in favour of this festival.

AURA – in Sintra – from 2 to 5 of August

The mystical city of Sintra (23km away from Lisbon) is well known for its beautiful elevated scenery. A must-stop destination to every Lisbon visitor, and one of the favourite cities to personalities like Lord Byron or Aleister Crowley, is the ideal place for a light installation art festival like AURA. During thses 3 days the city’s natural landscapes and historical buildings will stage inspiring projections in one of the most original art festivals in Lisbon.