09.06.2022- The Popular Saints' festivities in Lisbon take place already on June 13th! Learn more about the history and where the party can take you!
The charismatic figure of Saint Anthony, with a reputation as a matchmaker, patronizes the Weddings of Saint Anthony, which became an official part of the Lisbon Festivities. To this tradition were added the marches, the consumption of caldo verde and sardines in bread and the sale of manjericos (sweet basil).
Arraial is synonymous with music and food and is taking place in the centre of the city, and the night of June 12 to 13 is going to be one of the liveliest. We can find these celebrations by the river, at Doca da Matinha; in the villages and alleys, Arraial da Vila Berta; in the squares, Arraial P'ra Sempre and Arraial de São Vicente; on the farm, Arraial de Santos a Campolide; in gardens, Grande Arraial das Avenidas Novas; in belvederes, Arraial da Misericórdia; even in the market, with Arraial a Minha Pena é Linda. If you pass through all you find to know half Lisbon already!
The month and the festivities continue the 18th and 19th, with fados at the Castelo de São Jorge and with Festa da Diversidade, at Ribeira das Naus. Praça do Comércio will also host the Arraial Pride, on the 25th, and the closing concerts Cheira a Lisboa, on the 30th.
All the parties are free and are explained here, come jump from arraial to arraial and get to know Lisbon's festivities.