Arte Doce fair

Lagos unveils summer events programme

There will be lots to do in Lagos between July and September

Lagos has unveiled its programme of summer events which will feature everything from concerts and fairs to sports events taking place between July and September.

In July, the programme will kick off with a new edition of Lagos Food Fest. The event will take place between July 13 and 16 at Praça do Infante and Jardim da Constituição, featuring “some of the most original national food trucks”.

Another highlight will be two outdoor concerts by the Algarve Orchestra, led by maestro Martim Sousa Tavares, at the ‘Antigo Ciclo Preparatório’ on Rua Vasco da Gama on July 14 and 15.

Martim Sousa Tavares
Martim Sousa Tavares

One of Lagos’ biggest events will also take place in July: the Arte Doce sweets fair and competition, which will be held from July 26 to 30 at the local sports complex. Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of traditional regional and national sweets, as well as food stalls, entertainment for children, showcooking events, and a musical line-up featuring some of Portugal’s biggest bands and artists: Xutos e Pontapés (July 26), Vitor Kley (July 27), Álvaro de Luna (July 28), Wet Bed Gang (July 29) and Carminho (July 30).


For those who love reading, Lagos will host a Book Fair between August 5 and 15 at Praça do Infante which will also have live music, dance performances, games, storytelling sessions and book presentations.

The same square will also host Lagos World Music, a festival which will bring artists from all around the world, such as Croatia, Brazil and Guinea to the Algarve on August 5, 6, 12 and 13.

The entertainment programme will also extend to the parishes of Odiáxere, which will host its 33rd Folklore Festival on August 5, and Bensafrim, where the 19th edition of FEETAL (Algarve Traditions and Arts Fair) will be held between August 11 and 13.

There will also be plenty of entertainment at Cais da Solaria, with the Lagos Summer Fest – Youth Festival on August 26 and 27, featuring Pete tha Zouk, Harold, and Miguel Azevedo, and the ‘Banho 29’ party, one of the most beloved traditions in Lagos which sees scores of people going for a midnight dip in the sea.

September will start with another edition of ‘Noites no Cais’ at Jardim da Constituição and Cais das Descobertas, with two concerts scheduled: ‘Correr o Fado’ by Quorum Ballet (September 1) and Maro (September 2), a Portuguese singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who won the ‘Festival da Canção’ (which selects who will represent Portugal at the Eurovising Song Contest) in 2022.

Quorum Ballet
Quorum Ballet

Lagos will also be one of the municipalities included in the Algarve’s famous tapas route ‘Rota do Petisco’ (September 15-October 15), as well as the European Mobility Week (September 16-22), which will be celebrated with several activities promoting environmental sustainability and a healthier lifestyle.

Sports fans will have a lot to look forward to this summer in Lagos, which will host the Regatta Portos dos Descobrimentos Palos de La Frontera – Lagos (July 7-9), Volta ao Algarve à Vela (July 20-22), 32nd Baía de Lagos Race (Meia Praia, August 6), which marks the end of the 21st Lagos City Athletics Circuit, and the Oceanic Regatta Lagos-Funchal (August 23-28).

By Michael Bruxo

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