Lisbon Summer 2010 Preview


Spring has barely sprung, but we’re already looking forward to summer in Lisbon. They are days of sun, sand, and a lot of partying, considering the special events scheduled. Perhaps the biggest one is another edition of “ROCK IN RIO – LISBOA” which happens every two years, this year bringing Leona Lewis, Elton John, Shakira, Muse, Miley Cyrus, Rammstein, and Megadeth among others to Lisbon. It takes place over 5 days and you can get tickets here: ROCK IN RIO LISBOA TICKETS

Another summer music festival is OPTIMUS ALIVE which this year has already announced Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, and Gossip in the lineup of bands performing on July 8, 9, and 10. Get tickets here: OPTIMUS ALIVE TICKETS

Another annual event includes the FESTAS DE LISBOA, which start with the mass weddings blessed by St. Anthony and end with a parade down Avenida da Liberdade where every Lisbon neighborhood competes for best march (including costume and song), in between a lot of street partying. That’s on June 12, and around the same date the city celebrates its GAY PRIDE festival which this year should be extra special, as it seems Portugal will be permitting gay marriage starting this May.

Also of note is FESTROIA, a film festival in the Troia resort south of the city, and the FESTIVAL DOS OCEANOS, the ocean-themed festival with events and activities around the city in August, culminating with a parade of sea creatures in Parque das Nações.

Also in August is the JAZZ EM AGOSTO festival that takes place every year at the Gulbenkian Foundation, welcoming jazz musicians from around the world to perform over several days.

Added to all of this are the city’s beaches, warm weather cooled off by the Atlantic, and a lively street life with outdoor cafés and entertainment.

All upcoming events in Lisbon: LISBON EVENTS

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