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Get Ready to Dance in Santos Populares Festival: Lisbon 2024

Don't miss June's Festas dos Santos Populares in Lisbon! Get ready to groove with Saint Peter, Saint John, Santo Antonio, and more. Your essential trip guide awaits!

Santos Populares Festival

Where to Experience Santos Populares in Lisbon:

The Santos Populares festivities kick off with Saint Anthony's feast day on June 13th, starting with the lively night before on the 12th.


The heart of the celebrations beats in the Alfama, Bairro Alto, and Graça neighborhoods, but the festive spirit spreads throughout the city.


Lisbon truly comes alive during this time, with one of the highlights being the Marchas Populares, a grand carnival parade along Avenida Da Liberdade. As night falls, traditional street parties ensue, accompanied by the infectious rhythms of Pimba music and the aroma of sizzling sardines.


The excitement builds towards Saint Anthony's feast day on the 13th, marking the beginning of a two-week extravaganza filled with Pimba bands and sizzling BBQ stalls serving Lisbon's favorite delicacy: grilled sardines.


In addition to the vibrant festivities, Lisbon adorns itself with dazzling decorations, including tinsel and streamers that rival the festive cheer of Christmas.

Santos Populares

Timeline of Festas dos Santos Populares in Lisbon:


Mid-May to End of June: Lisbon is adorned with streamers and tinsel in preparation for the festivities.


First Weekend in June to June 12th: Nightly street parties with lively music by Pimba bands.


June 12th: Casamentos de Santo Antonio wedding at the Se Cathedral and Lisbon Town Hall. Carnival parade (Marchas Popularis) along Avenida da Liberdade from 8 pm to 11 pm. Street parties in all Lisbon districts from 10 pm to 5 am.


June 13th to June 30th: Traditional music played by Pimba bands every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in celebration of Saint Anthony's feast day.


June 24th: Saint John's feast day with no special events in Lisbon. However, you can join the Festa de São João do Porto party on June 23rd starting the night.


June 29th: Saint Peter's feast day with no special events in Lisbon. Alternatively, you can participate in the Noite de São Pedro in Póvoa de Varzim on the night of the 28th.



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