Things to Do in Lisbon in April

In this post, you’ll find all the best events and things to see and do in Lisbon this April. We have a Top 10 list of things to do that is updated for 2020. 

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL IN LISBON

Here is our list of the top 10 concerts, games, festivals, and other things to do in Lisbon this month.

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1) Attend a Concert

Lisbon has plenty of music venues throughout the city, which means you’ll never be without music to enjoy. If you’re looking for some big-name touring artists, there are a few you can find in town this month:

 

 

You can find all the concerts in Lisbon here


2) Catch a Sporting Event

Lisbon locals are loyal to their home teams, which include SL Benfica and Sporting Lisboa. Football (soccer) is definitely the most popular sport in Portugal – and you’ve most likely heard of Cristiano Ronaldo, the most famous Portuguese footballer.

There are several home games in April to attend:

 

 

Find all the sporting events in Lison here


3) MotorClassico 2020

Gearheads and fans of classic and exotic car design flock to MotorClassico every year in Lisbon. This year, the car show will be held from April 25 – 26, 2020. 

Attendees can wander the show floor and grounds to admire all the vehicles on display. There will also be model cars, manufacturer memorabilia, clothing, and design artwork for sale.

 

 

You can find auctions for cars and memorabilia, as well as talks about motor vehicle history and the future of design.

Kids can be entertained too! A miniature train runs around the show floor.

Find more information on the event page here.


4) Celebrate Freedom Day

This national holiday on April 25 celebrates the 1974 revolution when Portugal became a democracy. One year later, April 25, 1975 was the day of the country’s first free election. 

The peaceful Carnation Revolution got its name thanks to soldiers taking to the streets with flowers – instead of bullets – appearing out of their guns. 

 

 

You might hear it called Freedom Day or Liberty Day. Either way, throughout the country you’ll see both large-scale celebrations and locals having fun with their own community traditions.

Many public buildings and businesses will be closed on Freedom Day, but head to any major square to find live music and festivities! You can expect fireworks after dark. 

There will also be a parade from Marques do Pombal Square to the Rossio. 


5) Save More with a City Pass

If you’re planning on seeing more than one historical attraction or taking several tours, you could purchase a city pass to save both time and money. 

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you should be able to save between 20% – 40% off retail admission prices.

 

 

From ancient art and bus tours to history and architecture, if you’re looking to pack your days with interesting activities, you should consider getting a discount card!

For more information, please read our post covering Lisbon tourist passes.


6)  AfroFest Lisboa

AfroFest Lisboa 2020 is a fun, upbeat dance weekend celebrating Afro culture that features DJs and live music at multiple venues and dance studios across the center of Lisbon. 

 

 

Some events are for casual social dancing, while others feature dance instructors for workshops in Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha, and Afro-house. The entire weekend offers a great mix of Afro and Latinx dance. 

The weekend runs from April 10 – 12, 2020. 

Find more information here.


7) Holy Week and Easter Celebrations

Good Friday is a public holiday in Portugal, so keep that in mind when planning activities in Lisbon on Friday, April 10, as some local businesses may close. Local school children will also be out, so family-friendly activities might be a bit more crowded. 

Don’t let the crowds put you off, though! Expect to find processions through city streets to and from the churches and cathedrals on Good Friday and live music performances throughout the weekend. 

 

 

You can also take part in local traditions of eating codfish on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and roast lamb on Easter Sunday. 

Don’t forget to pop into a bakery and enjoy Folar de Pascoa, which is the sweet bread that symbolizes the Last Supper. 


8) IndieLisboa 

IndieLisboa, the city’s International Film Festival, begins on the last day in April. From April 30 – May 10, 2020, the festival will be screening almost 300 films as well as awarding the best indie submissions in multiple film categories and offering industry workshops.

 

 

You don’t have to be part of the film industry to enjoy the screenings and a few other activities! 

IndieLisboa’s aim is to give more exposure to deserving cinema, which means they are open to the public.

In 2019, there were over 42,000 spectators! 

Find more information and tickets here


9) Explore Local Cuisine with a Secret Food Tour

Whether you want to learn more about Lisbon’s culinary history or you just want to find the best foods to eat in this city, there are food tours available that cover a variety of great dishes.

Secret Food Tours will show you the best local foodie spots, which includes approximately 5 – 7 stops and samples such as local cheeses, meats, fish, and pastries.

 

 

This tour also includes drinks, like the Portuguese liqueur known as ginjinha that is made from sour cherries.

This 3.5-hour walking tour will give you lots of insight into the local culture thanks to their food! 

Purchase the Lisbon Secret Food Tour or learn more.


10) Sightseeing Tours

Having a guide in Lisbon means you won’t miss any of the biggest sights or attractions! This is why hop-on-hop-off bus tours are popular – in addition to an audio guide in many languages, you have the chance to jump off and spend as much time as you want at each of the stops.

 

 

There are also hop-on-hop-off cruises, allowing you to see the maritime city from the water. You could also take a more traditional sightseeing cruise or a sailing experience to fully appreciate this coastal city.

Don’t forget – you’ll be sure to find several sightseeing tours on the Lisbon city passes

If you’re exploring Lisbon on a budget, take a look at these pay-what-you-like tours of the city

 


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Vania Silva
Vania has lived in Portugal for 15 years, where she is a local photographer, writer, and mom to a beautiful daughter. She is a published author on many well-respected travel & hospitality websites including Restaurant Insider, Level Up, SevenRooms, and more.