Changing of the Guard and Charanga
On the third Sunday of each month at 1100, tourists congregate to watch the ceremonial Changing of the Republican Guard in front of the Presidential Palace in Belem just outside Lisbon city centre. With cameras at the ready, tourists also gather to watch the Charanga which sees 28 horsemen from the Cavalry Regiment riding pure-bred Lusitano horses as they perform ceremonial military marches. The ritual dates back to 1910 and the end of the Portuguese monarchy.Date: 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Garden of Viera Portuense
Starts Almada and ends Belém.Date: 17 March 2019 - 17 March 2019
Festas da Lisboa (Lisbon Festival)
Street entertainment, festivals, cinema, music and theatre, parades and folk festivities are just some of the highlights of this summer event taking place in historic districts, along Avenida da Liberdade, and other major streets. Locals dance, listen to Fado, eat grilled sardines and drink. It is also traditional to hold a collective wedding ceremony where the brides are known as “Brides of Santo António”.Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Festas dos Santos Populares (Festivals of the Saints)
This festival takes place throughout the city, with decorations in the streets. The feast of Saint Anthony festival is celebrated mainly in the Alfama district and on the Avenida da Liberdade where there is a huge parade. The festival consists of singing and dancing, food and drinks, lanterns and streamers. Fado music can be heard and copious amounts of grilled sardines are eaten. The festival of São Pedro at the end of the month consists of street celebrations and a boat procession on the Tagus River.Date: 12 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
Venue: Throughout the city, particularly Avenida de Liberdade on the opening day.
New Year's Eve
The Tagus explodes with fireworks on the Praça do Comércio.Date: 31 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Various sites.
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