The 12 Biggest Events in 2012 in Lisbon

Oceans Festival, Lisbon

MONSTRA FESTIVAL
Bringing some color to the first days of spring will be Lisbon’s annual animated film festival. March 19 to 25 with productions from around the world.

PEIXE EM LISBOA
The city’s main gastronomic festival, naturally dedicated to seafood, takes place from April 12 to the 22nd.

INDIE LISBOA
For almost a decade the best independent films have been shown in Lisbon in what is now the city’s biggest film festival. This year it’s happening from April 26 to May 6.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO
The large temporary exhibition space of the Electricity Museum will once again reunite the best of the world’s photography and photographers. It takes place in April and May.

ROCK IN RIO-LISBOA
The self-dubbed “biggest musical festival in the world” returns to Lisbon in late May and early June with dozens of musical acts. Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz and Metallica have been confirmed. Ticket information here.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RALLY
If you’re a fan or motorcycles, and particularly of Harley-Davidson, head to Lisbon’s coast in June for Europe’s biggest concentration of Harleys. You’ll see them from June 14 to the 17th by the sea in Cascais.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The beginning of summer will call you closer towards the beach with this sailing event on the coast of Lisbon.

OPTIMUS FESTIVAL
It’s one of the city’s biggest musical events every year, this time in mid-July. Confirmed so far are Radiohead and Mazzy Star. Ticket information here.

TALL SHIPS RACES
The world’s greatest ships will sail the waters of Lisbon July 19th to the 22nd.

OCEANS FESTIVAL
Lisbon’s award-winning citywide summer festival returns with sea-themed activities throughout the month of August.

100 YEARS OF INTERIOR DESIGN
The Portuguese architect recently selected to become the contemporary architecture curator of New York’s MoMA will also be responsible for a major exhibition in Lisbon this year. It will happen in September in the Design Museum and will focus on 100 years of interior design/architecture in the country.

QUEER LISBOA
Said to be Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian film festival, it’s showing gay-themed productions from September 21st to the 29th.

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