Things to Do in Lisbon in June

This post provides a list of fun and interesting activities you can do in Lisbon in June, updated for 2020, including a variety of family-friendly, nighttime and free things to do. 

 

 

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN LISBON THIS JUNE

Below we list many of the best attractions you can visit along with fun activity ideas such as concerts, festivals, tours, and other celebrations.

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1. Go to Rock in Rio

One of the largest music festivals in the world, Rock in Rio, takes place in Lisbon over two weekends: June 20-21 and June 27-29, 2020. It takes place at Lisbon’s Parque da Bela Vista.

It’s much more than a music festival. There are rides, activities, small stages with theatrical performances and activities just for kids.

 

 

The line-up is outstanding this year! Among the headliners are the Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Post Malone, The National, Liam Gallagher, Duran Duran and many, many more.

See what other bands are playing on StubHub’s concert calendar for June.


2. Take a Food Tour

If you need some help finding the best food in the area, consider taking a Lisbon Secret Food Tour to learn more about the types of dishes you can find in this city.

During this tour, you’ll make 5-7 stops and try at least 6-7 different samples of delicious meals such as Portuguese cheeses, ham, fish, tapas, pastries and more.

 

 

Guests can also expect to enjoy drinks such as white wine, red wine, Porto wine, Ginjinha, Beer and more.

Of course, if you want more to choose from, you can also purchase an upgraded drinks package.

Tour groups are kept to a max of 12 per outing, ensuring you’ll have the full attention of your guide and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the included food samples.

Book your Lisbon Secret Food Tour.


3. Head to Belem Tower

Located alongside the Tagus River and overlooking the ocean, this medieval tower is one of the best places to visit during the summer months.

The tower offers one of the best views of the water in the entire city and is almost always one of the stops on walking tours of Belém.

 

 

Tickets to this attraction are included with multiple tourist passes and combo packages, so you could even save some money on admission!


4. Celebrate Dia de Camões (Portugal Day)

Every year on June 10, the whole country celebrates Portugal Day with military ceremonies, concerts, pageants, parades and more.

The date commemorates the death in 1580 of the writer Luís de Camões who wrote the Lusiads, a literary epic about Portugal’s history and significant achievements.

 

Portugal Day Lisbon

 

Although many public and historic sites will be closed, the festivities throughout the city will keep you occupied.

This would be a good day to take a sightseeing tour which will be running on this national holiday. You may want to take a free walking tour, described just below.


5. Take a Free Walking Tour

June weather is excellent for taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.  There are tours that focus on just one neighborhood while other tours combine several areas. 

Some of the most popular parts of Lisbon to visit on a walking tour are Alfama and Belém.

 

 

For something a bit off the beaten track, check out Take Lisboa tours. They offer an Alternative Lisbon Tour and a Fado Tour.

Read our post about free Lisbon walking tours to see what other choices are out there.


6. 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.

 

 

Here are a few of the more notable locations and services included with Lisbon tourist passes:

  • Belem Tower
  • Jerónimos Monastery
  • Mafra National Palace
  • Pilar7 Bridge Experience
  • National Ancient Art Museum
  • National Music Museum
  • National Tile Museum
  • LISBOA Story Centre
  • National Pantheon
  • and more!

Some passes also include additional discounts on hop-on hop-off bus tours and other fun activities.

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


7. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour

While Portuguese wines are less popular than their European counterparts, there are several regional wines that are every bit as good!

You can learn more about Portuguese wine by taking the Lisbon Secret Urban Wine Tour.

You’ll also learn the history of each neighborhood you pass along the way.

Secret Urban Wine Tour Lisbon

 

This outing includes 5 stops in the city centre and multiple samples to drink along the way, giving you the opportunity to find a wine that you’ll enjoy.

You can purchase an additional appetizer food upgrade package if you’re looking for some snacks to enjoy as well.


8. Hear Free Music at the Sommersby Out Jazz Festival

If you’re interested in some free musical performances, the Out Jazz Festival is an excellent opportunity throughout the entire summer.

While other genres can be a bit more reliant on lyrics, the great thing about jazz is that it’s almost like a universal language, so anyone can come and enjoy the music regardless of what language they speak.

 

 

This music festival is held every Sunday from May – September, so you can expect 4 different opportunities to attend in June of 2020.

The Out Jazz Festival is held at Campo Grande Garden and shows start every Sunday at approximately 5 pm. 


9. Take a Sightseeing Bus Tour

Should you find yourself a bit hot on a day during your trip, try an air-conditioned hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

These tours allow you to get on and off the bus at several popular destinations in Lisbon. Stay cool as you travel between attractions.

 

 

There are also hop-on-hop-off boat tours, allowing you to see the city from the water.

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


10. Attend the Lisbon Book Fair

This annual event takes place from May 28 – June 14, 2020, at Eduardo VII Park and it’s free to attend! 

In addition to books, you’ll find other souvenirs on sale such as mugs, keychains, bookmarks and more.

 

 

Whether you’re looking for a good book to read, or you just want to see what they have at all the colorful stalls for this event, chances are you’ll have some fun exploring the book fair.


11. See a Live Fado Show

Fado is a form of folk music that is unique to Portuguese culture, and there are many Fado houses where you can enjoy a performance every night of the week.

 

 

If you want to do more than enjoy the show, there are also some Fado music tours that explain the history of Fado music and its importance in the city.

Purchase tickets or learn more.


12. Check Out the Pilar7 Bridge Experience

Located at the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge, this immersive exhibition provides a look at how the structure was created and the history behind it using multimedia presentations, VR experiences and more.

 

 

In addition to all the other activities, there is also an elevator that will take you to a panoramic observation deck where you can get a great view of the bridge and all of Lisbon.

Admission to the Pilar7 Bridge Experience is included with some Lisbon tourist passes, allowing you to save money on tickets.


13. Go to a Cultural Festival

June is the month of festivals in Portugal. On the night of June 12, 2020, Lisbon celebrates the annual Feast of Santo António (St. Antony).

As you walk around the city, you’ll see all kinds of free festivities happening. The main event is a brightly-colored parade on Avenida da Liberdade.

 

 

The other big festivals are the Festival of São João in Porto and the Festas de São Pedro in Sintra.

See our post on the best things to do in Lisbon for other activities, events, and attractions to enjoy during your trip.

 


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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.