Events in Loulé

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Events in Loulé – Algarve – Portugal

Here you will find lots of information about events in Loulé in central Algarve, Portugal! See when and where the markets are in and around Loulé, what great annual events take place and when the Algarve bank holidays are so you don’t miss out on something or, on a practical note, get caught out by the supermarkets closing.

You can also find events in some of the villages around Loulé, like Querença, Salir and Alte, plus Faro and Quarteira are both only a short distance from Loulé!


Algarve Events June 2019 - Festival Med

Here are just some of the highlights from the Visit Algarve June 2019 Algarve Eventsprogramme!

  • Festival Med 27-30th June- Loulé – 4 days, 10 stages, over 80 hours of music with performances from 280 musicians from 22 countries!
  • Carvoeiro Black & White Night – 15th June – The Algarve’s first big Summer party will take place at the square behind Carvoeiro’s town beach, black and white clothes are a must and the party goes non-stop from 8.30pm to 3am!
  • “Marchas Populares” in Faro, Lagos, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel and Alcoutim – throughout June – Parades, music, dancing, entertainment, food and drink and entry is free!
  • Porches Craft Beer Fest 8-9th June – Vila Vita Parc in Porches – Sunshine and beer from 5pm!
  • Lagos World Beer Fest – 27-29th June – A choice of 25 Portuguese beers and ciders to try from 12am to 12pm!
  • Quarteira Popular Saints – 12th, 23rd, 28th June – Don’t miss one of Quarteira’s most traditional events on the seafront from 9pm!
  • Tavira Day of the City Commemorations – 19-29th June – All sorts of wonderful festivities to enjoy!




Annual Events in Loulé

Festa das Chouriças in Querença

Querença Chorizo Festival takes place in January and is a festival in honour of St. Luis (the protector of animals). Traditionally the families in inland Algarve raised a pig to sustain themselves through the year and asked St. Luis to keep it in good health. To thank the saint they offer their best homemade chorizo. The festival includes a procession, musical entertainment and, of course, lots of homemade chorizo!

Loulé Carnival:

3 days of celebration in February (or occasionally March) of parades, music and dancing, the 3rd day being Shrove Tuesday. The centre of Loulé (Avenida José da Costa Mealha) is shut off for the carnival and it costs a few euros for entrance. It is worth arriving early – the procession starts at 3.00pm but you will need time to find parking, especially if you haven’t been to Loulé before.

Loulé carnival   Loulé carnival

Festa da Mãe Soberana

Easter Sunday in Loulé marks the beginning of the celebrations ‘Feast of the Sovereign Mother‘, the patron saint of Loulé. The Small Feast (Festa Pequena) takes place on Easter Sunday when the statue of the patron saint is brought down from its sanctuary to the Church of São Francisco, where it will stay until the Festa Grande 2 weeks later. In the morning of the “Big Feast”, the statue of the Sovereign Mother leaves in a procession from the Church of São Francisco towards the Engineer Duarte Pacheco Monument, where there is a religious service. In the afternoon, the Eucharist is celebrated at the Church of São Francisco, followed by the procession through the main streets of the city, with the high point being the ascent to the Sanctuary. Several thousand faithful arrive in Loulé for one of the city’s most important religious festivals. Traditionally the day ends with fireworks.

Festa da Espiga

Festa da Espiga in Salir is a traditional festival on the Feast of Ascension (40 days after Easter). “Espiga” is an arrangement of ears of wheat (or other cereal) to symbolize abundance mixed with poppies, roses, daisies and marigolds to symbolize the beauty of the countryside and an olive branch for peace and hung inside of the house where it will stay until changed for a “new” espiga the following year. Folkgroups, a parade, music, local delicacies and fun for all the family make a special celebration.

WRC Vodafone Portugal Rally

The WRC Vodafone Portugal Rally takes place between March and May and is based at the Algarve Stadium in Faro.

Festival Med

Festival Med is in June. Loulé plays host to the thousands of people who come for one of the most important cultural entertainment events in the Algarve, Festival Med celebrates mediterranean music and culture, street entertainment, theatre, exhibitions, food and mediterranean inspired craftwork

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Algarve Bank Holidays 2019

  • Municipal holiday – Ascension day: May 30th
  • New Year’s Day: January 1st
  • Carnival (“Carnaval” – Mardi Gras; Shrove Tuesday): March 5th
  • Good Friday: April 19th
  • Easter Sunday: April 21st
  • Liberation Day (celebrating the 1974 revolution): April 25th
  • Labour Day: May 1st
  • Portugal Day: June 10th
  • Corpus Christie: June 20th
  • Assumption of Mary: August 15th
  • Republic Day: October 5th
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1st
  • Restoration of Independence Day: December 1st
  • Immaculate Conception Day: December 8th
  • Christmas Day: December 25th

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Markets in Loulé and surrounding areas

  • Loulé Market: Every Saturday at the end of Rua da Nossa Senhora da Piedade in front of Convento de St. António
  • Market in Almancil: 1st and 4th Sunday of each month next to Escola C+S (school)
  • Flea market in Almanci: 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month, next to Escola C+S
  • Market in Alte: 3rd Thursday of the month in Largo José Cavaco Vieira
  • Market in Ameixial: 1st Thursday of the month on the EN2
  • Market in Azinhal: last Saturday of the month, next to the Primary School
  • Market in Benafim: 1st Saturday of the month, Rua 25 de Abril
  • Market in Boliqueime: last Thursday of the month in the Church Square
  • Market in Cortelha: 2nd Saturday of the month
  • Market in Quarteira: every Wednesday at Fonte Santa, from 9am to 2.30pm

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