2018 will be filled with several cultural, sports and musical events in the Algarve. Discover some of the top events taking place in the region this year and start planning your next visit.
MARCH TO NOVEMBER | FIESA – Algarve’s International Sand Sculptures Festival
Pêra – 01st March to 10th November
From March to November, the town of Pêra hosts the renown International Sand Sculptures Festival. The event, which is over 15 years now, is perfect for a family visit, where visitors have the opportunity to see several impressive sand sculptures. This year the theme will be “Minions” and “Star Wars”.
APRIL | 6º Walking Festival Ameixial
Loulé – 27th to the 29th April
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Walking Festival Ameixial’s 6th edition will be taking place from the 27th to the 29th of April. This pioneer walking festival is based on the theme of the “Southwest’s Writing”, a primitive form of communication that can be found between the mountains of Mú and Caldeirão, in the Algarve. The festival is made of a series of trekks as well as workshops, yoga classes and much more.
APRIL/MAY | FIMA- Algarve’s International Music Festival
Several locations – 2nd March to the 24th May
FIMA, the Algarve’s International Music Festival, which is now celebrating its 33rd edition, is dedicated to the celebration and promotion of classical music through several concerts that will be taking place in several different locations throughout the Algarve, until the end of May.
MAY | Ecofest
Olhão – 4th to the 6th May
The Ecofest is a festival that looks to combine Entertainment with the Algarve’s cultural and natural heritage. Taking place from the 4th to the 6th May in Olhão, the programme is made of walking tours, birdwatching, visits to the natural nurseries and salt plains, boat trips in the Ria Formosa and the release of rescued wild animals. There will also be taking place several performances, storytelling sessions, theatre plays in the Roman ruins and the water mil and several world music workshops and concerts.
MAY TO JULY | Culin’art Dinners
VILA VITA Parc – several dates
VILA VITA Parc is launching the first edition of the Culin’art Dinners: a series of 4-Hand dinners taking place at its 2 Michelin star Ocean restaurant, its Japanese restaurant Mizu-Teppanyaki and its traditional Portuguese Adega Restaurant. The dinners will be prepared by several national and international guest chefs (some with 3 Michelin stars) that will be joining the resident Chefs. The first dinners of the event are scheduled for the 5th and 6th May, at the Mizu-Teppanyaki restaurant with guest chef Daniel Rente, from the Avenida Sushi Café, and for the 23rd June at the Adega Restaurant with guest chef Nuno Barros from the 1300 Taberna Restaurant.
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JUNE | Porches Craft Beer Festival
Porches - 1st June
On the 1st June, VILA VITA Parc will be celebrating its Porches Craft Beer, the resort’s own craft beer, through the Porches Craft Beer Festival. The Festival will be taking place in an area located next to the VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, and will be filled with high quality beer and delicious food in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, with the live performance of the Portuguese band Dead Combo. Free entrance.
JULY | Algarve Classic Cars 2018
Several locations and VILA VITA Parc – 6th to the 8th July
From the 6th to the 8th of July, the Algarve welcomes the timeless elegance of the classic cars participating in the Algarve Classic Cars event. The several stages of the competition wil be taking place throughout the Algarve with the winners being announced on the 8th July at VILA VITA Parc. On the same day, all the participating cars will be on display at the resort.
SEPTEMBER | FIM Superbike World Championship (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)
Portimão – 14th to the 16th September
The Superbike World Championship returns to the Algarve’s International Racing Circuit between the 14th and the 16th of September. Tickets may be acquired directly through the Racing Circuit’s website.
SEPTEMBER | Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival at VILA VITA Parc
VILA VITA Parc – 16th to the 21st October
The Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival returns to VILA VITA Parc between the 16th and the 21st of October, for its 3rd edition. Following two very successful editions, the festival is back with some of the biggest names in the world of smooth jazz, funk and soul such as Norman Brown, Paul Taylor e Lindsey Webster, amongst many others.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER | Oktoberfest at VILA VITA Biergarten
Porches – 27th September to the 6th October
From the 27th of September to the 6th of October, VILA VITA Biergarten will once again host the Oktoberfest. The celebration of the best beer and German food, served by Biergarten’s staff dressed in traditional costumes, will be accompanied every night, for 2 weeks, by live traditional Bavarian music, which will guarantee a lively and very enthusiastic atmosphere.
OCTOBER | Algarve Classic Festival (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)
Portimão – 19th to the 21st October
Classic cars aficcionados from all over the world will not be able to resist yet another edition of the Algarve Classic Festival, taking place between the 19th and the 21st of October at the Algarve’s International racing circuit.
OCTOBER | European Le Mans Series (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)
Portimão – 26th to the 28th October
The Algarve’s International Racing Circuit welcomes once again one of the main motosport competitions in the World, between the 26th and the 28th October.