Carvoeiro Black & White Night – June 18
Carvoeiro Black & White Night – June 18

Major events kick off Algarve summer season in June

Carvoeiro Black and White Night and MED Festival among highlights

The start of summer will be celebrated in the Algarve this month with several major events, headlined by a one-night super party in Carvoeiro and a four-day international festival in Loulé.

The Carvoeiro Black and White Night party is returning on June 18 between 8.30pm and 3am after being cancelled for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The party is one of the main events of the Algarve’s summer calendar, said to attract over 30,000 people to Carvoeiro for just one night of live performances, DJ sets and street entertainment.

Loulé MED Festival – June 30 to July 3
Loulé MED Festival – June 30 to July 3

As the name suggests, visitors are highly encouraged to dress in black and white in line with the town’s streets which will also be stylishly decorated. Meanwhile, the town’s beach is turned into an outdoor dance club with DJs keeping the party going into the early hours of the morning.

Another major highlight is Loulé’s 18th MED Festival. The event is returning to its original format between June 30 and July 3, with 33 bands from all over the world due to perform in the town.

The festival was cancelled in 2020 and, in 2021, it was held under a new name, ‘interMEDio’, and in a smaller format due to the pandemic.

Organisers are promising 90 hours of live music, 66 concerts and over 300 musicians from 21 countries who will be performing on 12 stages spread out throughout the town’s historic centre.

Algarve Sevens, Vila Real de Santo António – June 11/12
Algarve Sevens, Vila Real de Santo António – June 11/12

The list of festivities continues with the Secret Project Festival, due to take place at Portimão’s Praia da Rocha between June 17 and 19. The event will feature hours of live house and techno music, state-of-the-art technology, and art.

Art lovers will also be able to visit an exhibition by Lino Gonçalves entitled ‘Sem Trajeto Nem Palavras’), which will be on display until June 27 at Pintor Samora Barros Art Gallery in Albufeira.

Secret Project Portugal, Praia da Rocha – June 17-19 (Photo: SECRET PROJECT)
Secret Project Portugal, Praia da Rocha – June 17-19 (Photo: SECRET PROJECT)

Sports-wise, Vila Real de Santo António is gearing up to host Algarve Sevens, one of the largest international rugby sevens tournaments in Europe, between June 11 and 12.

Information on these and other events can be found in ‘Guia Algarve’, a guide in Portuguese and English launched every month detailing what is going on in the Algarve. The physical guide is also distributed for free at Faro Airport, hotels, travel agencies, rent-a-cars and golf courses.

By Michael Bruxo
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