What and Who Is Coming to Lisbon in 2013

Lisbon Concerts - Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi

If you’re coming to Lisbon in 2013, you may want to make your visit coincide with some of the city’s main events and concerts. To help you mark your calendar, here’s what you can expect to find (more events and shows will be announced throughout the year):

The major concert season starts in March and lasts through the summer. The first will be teen pop sensation Justin Bieber on March 11th (Tickets: Justin Bieber concert tickets), while the other big names will come later in May. On the 5th of that month will be The XX, while on the 26th will be boy band One Direction (tickets: One Direction concert tickets), Rihanna on the 28th (Tickets: Rihanna concert tickets), and Iron Maiden on the following day (tickets: Iron Maiden concert tickets).
In June comes Bon Jovi (on the 26th – tickets: Bon Jovi concert tickets) and Alicia Keys (on the 28th – tickets: Alicia Keys concert tickets). The biggest summer festival arrives in July, from the 12th to the 14th. It’s the Optimus Alive series of concerts which this year will include Green Day, Depeche Mode and Kings of Leon (Tickets: July 12, July 13, July 14).

As for the city’s main annual events, the gastronomic festival “Peixe em Lisboa” dedicated to the best talents and their creativity in fish happens in April, from the 4th to the 14th. That’s followed by IndieLisboa, a very popular international independent film festival (April 18 to 28).
The top sports event of the year is also in April (the 27th until May 5th), the Estoril Open, for fans of tennis.
In late May (the 29th, until June 2nd) comes Arte Lisboa, the contemporary art fair that reunites galleries, artists and collectors.

After the summer it’s time for Queer Lisboa, the 17th annual edition of the international gay and lesbian film festival (September 20-28th). Another festival happens in October, from the 27th to November 3rd, the international documentary film festival DocLisboa.

But the biggest events in 2013 take place in the later part of the year. The Architecture Triennial presents a number of exhibitions all over the city from September 12 to December 15. During that time (from November 7 to December 31st), you’ll also find the Experimenta Design biennial, a major event in several venues with design-related exhibitions, workshops and conferences.

Finally, in December, Lisbon’s famous Bairro Alto neighborhood turns 500 years old so if this is the main partying area of the city on any regular weekend, you can only imagine what will be planned for this major milestone…