The Algarve’s most popular summer events – such as Carvoeiro’s Black & White Night, Lagoa’s Fatacil, Silves’ Medieval Fair, Portimão’s Sardine Festival and Olhão’s Seafood Festival – have all been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic following a meeting of the region’s mayors on Monday (May 11).
Their reason: “Crowds must be avoided at all costs this summer.”
It’s a “historic moment for the wrong reasons” as some of these events have been taking place every year, uninterruptedly, since they were created.
Two major music festivals which were due to be held in Portimão in July – Rolling Loud, described as the largest hip-hop festival in the world, and Afro Nation, dubbed the “biggest urban music festival in Europe” – have also been postponed until 2021.
In São Brás de Alportel, the popular Feira da Serra has also been cancelled.
Carvoeiro’s Black and White Night, the party that signals the start of the region’s summer festivities, was among the first to be cancelled in the Algarve.