The weekend is here. Learn what you can see for free in Lisbon and Porto

Discover the tassels you can enjoy this weekend in Lisbon and Porto.

Music remains the main course in September, with many diverse genres to see and hear. But there is more and without that implies emptying the wallet.

Porto, the main highlight remains the Book Fair in the gardens of the Crystal Palace. A space for reading but where you can also enjoy other activities, including a movie cycle.

In Lisbon, the tempo is marked by the rhythm of the music. The RTP Andamento Festival will bring Portuguese sung music to Alameda and some well-known names will take the stage.

In a different musical style, the Gulbenkian Orchestra will distribute love in the Valley of Silence in the form of opera arias. A different and inviting setting to hear the interpretation of great themes … at zero cost.


RTP Festival Progress

Summer goes on with the music. Alameda Afonso Henriques receives this Sunday the Festival RTP Andamento. There will be 12 hours of music in Portuguese and you can hear names like Pedro Abrunhosa, Mayra Andrade, Salvador Sobral or António Zambujo. Concerts start at 11:30. You can find out the full program here.

Love in the Valley

The Gulbenkian Orchestra will once again bring major opera arias to the Silent Valley Park, an unusual venue for this music genre but quite enchanting. Conductor Nuno Coelho will direct a selection of arias around the love theme of names such as Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky. The show takes place this Saturday and starts at 9:30 pm. Here’s the full program.

The Out Jazz on the final stretch

Out Jazz is already one of the hippest traditions in Lisbon. Outdoor music and good weather with friends at the end of Sunday. The recipe is foolproof and is to be taken weekly. In May, the Out Jazz took place in the Torre de Belém Garden. In June, he moved to the Campo Grande Garden, in July, it was the turn of the Estrela Garden to ‘perform at the service’. In August, Ribeira das Naus was the meeting point. Now there is a new space to consider this September: Bela Vista Park. The music is always on Sundays and starts at 17h. This weekend you can listen to Ingombota and Spirit Talk.

Open-air cinema … at the zoo

On Fridays of September, in addition to the usual sounds of animals, cinematic sound effects will echo in the Zoo. Do not be surprised. The Lisbon zoo will be the open-air cinema stage within Cinecidade. This Friday you can watch the classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The movie starts at 21h. The event is free, but is limited to existing seats. To secure a place for yourself and your family, you should pick up your ticket at the Visitor Support Center, next to the Zoo shop, in the open area, from 9.30am to 7 pm, Monday through Wednesday at the week of the session. You can find out more here.

Jazz in the square

The 9th edition of Jazz in the Square will take place this month and will be in the female. Organized by the Parish Council of Penha de França, the Jazz on the Square will take place at Paiva Couceiro Square every Friday at 19h. Today you can listen to Paula Sousa Trio. After the concerts, the music doesn’t stop there. There are jam sessions starting at 9 pm at the PENHA SCO cooperative. You can learn the full schedule of Jazz in the square here.

Hats on the street

During the weekend you may be surprised to see someone doing stunts on the street, especially if you are passing through the Campo Martyrs da Patria or Largo do Intendente. Between Friday and Sunday, the street will be the stage for circus performers, jugglers, acrobats, clowns, theater and music. This is Chapéus na Rua, a festival that promises to bring a lot of animation to the streets of the capital. You can consult the programming here.


Porto Book Fair

The Porto Book Fair will be in the Crystal Palace Gardens until the 22nd of this month. This year’s edition honors Eduardo Lourenço and will feature debates, an exhibition, a film cycle, educational program and animation actions. And as usual many authors will go through the Book Fair. Here’s the schedule.

Treetop Walk

The Serralves Foundation will open this Saturday the new Treetop Walk, a treetop-level course that will allow to observe and study the fauna and flora of Serralves. The foundation expects this project to have an impact on environmental education and conservation. To mark the opening of the route, admission is free. The visits are made between 10h and 20h.

The Beat’a’licious Funk

Funk sounds will cheer up Friday night in the TASTY District. The concert starts at 10 pm at the usual venue, door number 57 near the end of the Batalha tram line.

Porto Belo Market

Invicta has a version of London’s famed Portobello Market. With a befitting name, beautiful Porto Market takes place every Saturday at Carlos Alberto Square between 10 am and 7 pm.

Dominguinhos at MAR Shopping

Dominguinhos are already a classic for the young, offering different activities every Sunday. This weekend there is a painting workshop, ‘Overlays’. Run between 11am and 12:30 pm on floor 0 of MAR Shopping.

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