Top 10 Music Festivals in Portugal – Summer 2024

Written By Becky Gillespie

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for an amazing lineup of artists from around the world all descending on the enchanting country of Portugal to light up the stages. From the buzzing cities of Lisbon and Porto to the beachside vibes of the Algarve and hilltop mountain villages of the Alentejo, you are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to summer music festivals in Portugal. Let’s dive into 10 of our favorites below and get ready for one amazing summer!

1. NOS Primavera Sound

When – June 6-8 2024
Where – Parque da Cidade, Porto
TicketsGeneral 3 Day Admission = 175€, VIP Tickets are already sold out

This large and popular music festival takes place over three days in the Parque da Cidade (City Park) in Porto each June, bringing an incredible line-up of national and international artists playing across several stages. In 2024, SZA, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey, Pulp, and the National are scheduled to headline. Due to the popularity of NOS Primavera Sound, try to book your accommodation well in advance.  

Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau, NOS Primavera Sound, Flickr

2. Rock in Rio 2024

When – June 15-16, 22-23 2024
Where – Parque Tejo, Lisbon
Tickets A daily pass costs 84€ and a weekend pass is 147€. VIP tickets are also available.

Rock in Rio started in Brazil and has become the largest music festival in the world. For the last 20 years, it has hosted a lineup in Lisbon every two years. In 2024, Rock in Rio will take place over two weekends with Evanescence, Jonas Brothers, Scorpions, Dojo Cat, and Ed Sheeran scheduled to perform along with many others!  

Rock in Rio Lisboa, Flickr

3. Waking Life

When – June 19-24, 2024
Where – Crato, Portugal (about a 2.5 hour drive from Lisbon)
Tickets Regular participation tickets are available for 250€ in addition to a 10€ refundable waste deposit  

If you’d like to get deep into the Portuguese countryside and immerse yourself in art and music of many varieties, this well-organized, six-day festival that celebrates creation and experimentation just might be for you. With multiple stages set up around a large lake and several days of camping involved, this is an experience you won’t soon forget. Don’t worry about going hungry. There are several types of food vendors set up around the space along with shower facilities.

4. NOS Alive

When – July 11-13, 2024
Where – Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Lisbon
Tickets Tickets for July 13 are already sold out, but you can still get tickets for July 11 and July 12 for 79€.

NOS Alive is one of the more popular summer music festivals in Portugal due to its proximity to central Lisbon and its ever-exciting lineup. 2024 will see The Smashing Pumpkins, Jessie Ware, Dua Lipa, Sofi Tukker, and many more. Despite its popularity, NOS Alive is known for being incredibly organized. Just be sure to stay hydrated, as it can get quite hot in Lisbon by July.

NOS Alive, RTP, Flickr

5. Cool Jazz

When – July 9-10, 19, 26-27, 30-31, 2024
Where – Cascais at the Hipódromo Manuel Possolo, 30 minutes west of Lisbon
Tickets Tickets start at 30€ for standing in the grass and go up to 55€ for the Gold Zone.

Cool Jazz plays over seven different nights throughout July in the gorgeous gardens of Cascais, a short 30-minute drive or train ride from Lisbon. Artists including Air, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Dino D’Santiago, and Fat Freddy’s Drop have already been announced. Cool Jazz has three concerts per night. It starts at 8:00 pm with the Cascais Jazz Sessions by Smooth FM. Then, the first concert begins on the main stage followed by the final grand concert.  

6. Super Bock Super Rock

When – July 18-20, 2024
Where – Meco Beach, a 40-minute drive south of Lisbon
Tickets Daily tickets start at 72€ for access to the venue and 154€ for daily concerts + camping. Golden Circle (VIP) tickets start at 154€ without camping and 279€ with camping.

2021 Eurovision champions Måneskin are headlining on July 18 while 21 Savage and Black Coffee are performing on July 19. More artists for July 20 remain to be announced. This is another great option if you’re staying in the Lisbon area, as it’s easy to take direct buses to the venue or even splurge on a ride-share, which will only run you about 30€ one-way per car. You can choose to camp here or just come down each day.  

Super Bock Super Rock, RTP, Flickr

7. Marvão International Music Festival

When – July 19-28, 2024
Where – Marvão in the Alentejo (about 2 hours and 45 minutes by car from Lisbon)
Tickets Ticket costs vary by day, with prices starting at 25€  

Deep in the Aletenjo lies the beautiful town of Marvão. Enjoy classical music and dance in stunning open-air venues over ten days in this hilltop village. Due to the small size of the town, be sure to book your accommodation well in advance if you are planning to attend one of the evening performances. Several other performances begin at 11:00 am, so plan accordingly.  

Playing at the Marvão International Music Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Flickr

8. EDP Vilar de Mouros 2024

When – August 21-24, 2024
Where – Vilar de Mouros, Caminha (about 1 hour north of Porto)
Tickets Daily tickets cost 53.50€  

EDP is a rock festival held in Vilar de Mouros, one hour north of Porto every August. It is the oldest festival in Iberia, with its first edition held in 1971. Last year’s festival sold out two of its days, so don’t procrastinate on buying your tickets if you want to attend. Queens of the Stone Age are the only performers that have been announced for 2024 thus far, with many more to join in the next couple of months.  

Photo taken in 1971. Photo by EDP Vilar de Mouros IG @edpvilardemouros

9. MEO Kalorama

When – August 29-31, 2024
Where – Parque da Bela Vista, Lisbon
Tickets You can grab a 3-day pass for 145€  

Heading back to Central Lisbon, MEO Kalorama is an exciting way to end the summer. In 2024, Sam Smith, Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, Peggy Gou, Jungle, and many more will play in Parque da Bela Vista. With such a large lineup at a popular time for tourists to visit the city, you may want to book your accommodation well in advance.

Meo Kalorama 2022, Festivals, Flickr

10. Eco Festival Azores Burning Summer

When – August 30-31, 2024
Where – Parque dos Moinhos, São Miguel, Açores
Tickets You can grab a daily ticket pass for 20€ and both days for 30€  

If you’re not feeling like being in Lisbon for the final weekend in August, splurge on a flight to the Azorean island of São Miguel for the 10th edition of this Portuguese summer music festival. Moullinex and Mayra Andrade are set to headline this summer festival which is a wonderful combination of music, community, and nature. We recommend spending a few more days hiking some beautiful trails, visiting the hot springs, and trying some delicious seafood in the area.  

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