Lagoa’s hugely popular Fatacil fair will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year between August 16 and 25. To mark the occasion, organisers will be offering two free tickets to anyone born on June 21 – the day when the first Fatacil was held in 1980.
Back in its inaugural edition, the event was known as the Feira Regional de Lagoa (Regional Fair of Lagoa) and featured only 11 local exhibitors, having welcomed just around 1,500 people.
A year later it was renamed Fatacil (Feira de Artesanato, Turismo, Agricultura, Comércio e Indústria de Lagoa), the name which it has kept until today and is recognised by so many people across Portugal and even by holidaymakers who visit the Algarve during summer.
The fair has slowly but surely become one of the biggest events of its kind in the south of Portugal and last year attracted around 190,000 people.
Since its creation, Fatacil has already showcased the work of 20,000 exhibitors and welcomed over four million people.
This year, organisers are once again expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be eager to purchase traditional arts and crafts, enjoy live music and performances and browse through the various stalls that Fatacil is famous for – 700 exhibitors are expected this year.
There will also be a selection of delicious regional food to enjoy, equestrian events and even a “technological tent with videogames” to keep the younger visitors entertained.
The event’s musical line-up has become one of its biggest selling-points and this year Portuguese rock legends Xutos e Pontapés are the headlining act and will be performing on the opening day.
The list of performers also includes Calema (August 17), Wet Bed Gang (August 18), João Pedro Pais (August 19), Matias Damásio (August 20), Quim Barreiros (August 21), Blaya (August 22), Jorge Palma (August 23), Mariza (August 24) and Richie Campbell (August 25).