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Events not to be missed in Porto in 2019

Throughout the year, the city of Porto hosts events for all tastes, from festivals to popular festivities, not to mention art, sport and cuisine.
See below the events not to be missed in 2019:

Experience academic traditions at the Queima das Fitas

5 to 11 May

This is the university students’ celebration. During this week, there are concerts, serenades and the high point, the Academic Parade - where thousands of students from the different faculties of the University of Porto parade through the city in full academic attire, wearing the colours of their course.

Visit Serralves em Festa, the biggest contemporary cultural event in Portugal

31 May to 2 June 

The Serralves Foundation organises an event that brings together dance, music and theatre for the biggest contemporary arts festival in Portugal. It is also possible to visit exhibitions by national and international artists on event days. An event to experience as a family!

Dance to the music at NOS Primavera Sound

6 to 8 June

A music festival held in Porto City Park which hosts big name artists from home and abroad. See this year’s line-up:

Try the best sardines and release balloons on Saint John’s Eve

23 June

The biggest tourist draw in Porto. A night of pure tradition and fun! Barbecues and music on the street, the best grilled sardines and the launch of traditional paper balloons!! The fireworks show is the culmination of the celebrations, but we guarantee that the fun will carry on well into the night !!

Enjoy summer nights at the MEO Marés Vivas festival

19 to 21 July

This music festival is held annually in Vila Nova de Gaia. You can purchase a daily ticket or a 3-day pass, depending on what interests you in the line-up. This year, Sting, Morcheeba, Keane, Snow Patrol and Portuguese artists Ornatos Violeta and HMB have already been announced.

Restock your library at the Book Fair

date to be confirmed

The Porto Book Fair is an event organised by the City Council. About 130 stands offer visitors thousands of publications to choose from. The event features a varied programme including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, presentations and concerts. An authentic literary festival!

Run for a medal at the Porto Marathon

3 November

An iconic event in the city of Porto which welcomes runners from all over the world! The course is particularly interesting: it starts and finishes in Matosinhos, passing Castelo do Queijo fort, the City Park, the Port of Leixões, Capela da Foz, Arrábida Bridge, D. Luís Bridge and the Gaia riverfront. Register here.

Buy Christmas presents in Santa Catarina

Christmas and New Year's Eve in Porto are two great events in the city. Avenida dos Aliados is the setting for celebrations this holiday season, with free concerts and fireworks that can be seen both in the city centre and on the river. Visit the Christmas Markets in the city streets and the craft market located in Praça D.João I during the festive season.

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