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Things to Do in Lisbon in September

Updated: July 28, 2023
 By Justin

Wondering what to do in Lisbon as autumn approaches? This post covers some of the best family activities, evening events, and free attractions you can visit during September.

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

A free walking tour lets you explore a city on foot, free of cost. These tours, led by knowledgeable guides, take you through the streets while giving insights into the city's history, culture, and attractions.

August Street is one of the locations included on some free walking tours in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Julia Orige.

In Lisbon, September is the perfect time to take a free walking tour as the weather gets pleasant. Discover the winding streets of Lisbon's old town, past iconic landmarks like the São Jorge Castle, and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Check our list of free Lisbon walking tours for more details.

2. Go to a Concert

Music lovers visiting Lisbon in September are in for a treat. The city will be hosting concerts by world-renowned artists. Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk will perform at the Altice Arena, promising an eclectic and groundbreaking music evening. 

And if you prefer pop-rock, the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at Campo Pequeno. You’ll love the city's vibrant music scene and enjoy a night of memorable performances. Make sure to book your tickets beforehand!

3. Attend an SL Benfica Game

For sports enthusiasts, attending an SL Benfica game is a must when in Lisbon. The city's beloved football team plays their home matches at the Estádio da Luz, a venue that buzzes with energy and passion. 

In September, several games are scheduled, providing ample opportunities to witness the thrilling spectacle of Portuguese football.

Luz Stadium during an SL Benfica match. Image source: Pixabay user celsoferreira0.
Luz Stadium during an SL Benfica match. Image source: Pixabay user celsoferreira0.

Experience the roar of the crowd, the strategic plays, and the exhilarating moments that make each game a memorable event. 

4. Experience the Santa Casa Alfama Festival

You can enjoy the soulful sounds of Fado at the Santa Casa Alfama Festival. Held in September, this festival transforms various spots in the Alfama neighborhood into concert halls, featuring both new and hit Portuguese Fado singers. 

This year, the festival pays tribute to Hermínia Silva, a significant figure in Portuguese popular culture.

Artists such as Camané, Lenita Gentil, and Pedro Moutinho will grace the stages, offering a unique opportunity to experience the depth and emotion of Fado music. 

  • Availability: 29th and 30th September
  • Starting time: 17:00 h
  • Price:
    • 1 Day Pass: € 23
    • 2 Days Pass: € 32 
  • Book here or learn more.

5. Get Scared at MOTELX

MOTELX, Lisbon's International Horror Film Festival, is a must-visit for those who enjoy a good scare. This festival has showcased the top international horror films and premiered emerging Portuguese genre films since 2007. 

It occurs at the iconic Cinema São Jorge and attracts nearly 20,000 visitors annually. Its diverse programming includes featured and short films, kid’s cinema, micro shorts, and documentaries. 

6. Go on a Sunset Sail

You will love to experience the magic of Lisbon with a sunset sail along the River Tagus. This boat tour offers breathtaking views of the city's historic waterfront, including iconic landmarks like the 25 of April Bridge, Belém Tower, and the MAAT Museum. 

A sailboat drifting along the water near Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Birgit.
A sailboat drifting along the water near Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Birgit.

As you glide under the grand bridge and past the monuments, you'll learn about Lisbon's rich history from the live commentary provided by the crew. Toast to the experience with a welcome drink, and watch as the city lights up in the golden hues of sunset. 

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7. Ride Tram 28

One of the most iconic experiences in Lisbon is a ride on Tram 28. This vintage yellow tram winds its way through the city's most historical districts, presenting a one-of-a-kind way to discover Lisbon.

The historic Tram 28 in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Andreas64.
The historic Tram 28 in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Andreas64.

From the narrow streets of Alfama to the sweeping views from Graça, and the bustling squares of Baixa, Tram 28 takes you on a journey through the heart of the city.

It's more than just a mode of transport - it's a rolling tour of Lisbon's rich history and culture.

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8. See a Live Fado Show

Why not immerse yourself in the soulful melodies of Fado, Portugal's traditional music, with an intimate live show in Lisbon?

At the heart of Downtown Lisbon, you'll be treated to a performance by talented Fado singers, accompanied by a classical guitarist and a Portuguese guitarist. 

The artists perform without microphones, creating a raw and authentic experience that truly captures the spirit of Portugal. Enjoy a glass of Port wine included with your ticket as you listen to the melancholy tunes. 

Book here or learn more.

9. Spend time at the Oceanarium

Dive into a world of marine wonder at the Oceanário de Lisboa, the largest indoor aquarium on the continent.

You'll meet over 8000 marine creatures representing four ocean habitats: the Tropical Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, Temperate Pacific, and Antarctic.

From sharks and coral reefs to the only two sea otters in Europe, the Oceanarium offers an immersive and educational experience for all ages. Who would want to miss out on this enchanting journey into the underwater world?

Book here or learn more.

10. Go Snorkeling With the Family

For an unforgettable family adventure, go on a snorkeling trip in the crystal-clear waters of the Arrábida National Reserve Park.

This excursion offers a chance to marvel at the diverse marine life in their untouched habitat, including colorful fish, squid, and octopuses. 

The tour also includes sightseeing and a trek through the beautiful landscapes of Arrábida, its breathtaking seas, sky, and mountains. You’ll get all the snorkeling equipment; a local guide will ensure your safe and entertaining experience. 

Book here or learn more.

11. Learn How to Cook Portuguese Food

For foodies, the traditional Portuguese cooking class would be a fun experience. This hands-on class will guide you through preparing a conventional 3-course meal under the instruction of experienced chefs.

Pastel de Nata, a popular dessert in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user CarolinaP.
Pastel de Nata, a popular dessert in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user CarolinaP.

You will learn about the spices and cultural approach to Portuguese cooking while enjoying snacks, finger food, wine, and beer. At the end of the class, you will also feast on the dishes you have prepared. Not a bad deal, right?

Book here or learn more.

12. Go on a Pub Crawl

You can also experience Lisbon's vibrant nightlife with a fun-filled pub crawl. This guided tour takes you to some of the city's coolest bars in the popular bohemian neighborhood of Bairro Alto.

You can meet other travelers and locals and enjoy an open bar with beer, sangria while playing lively drinking games.

You'll also receive free shots at the first and third bars, adding to the festive atmosphere. The night ends with VIP access to one of Lisbon's most famous clubs, where you can dance the night away. 

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13. Visit the Banksy Museum

Art enthusiasts should visit the Banksy Museum in Lisbon. This immersive exhibition celebrates the iconic creations of Banksy, the master of street art.

You'll encounter 100+ reproductions of his most famous creations, like "Girl with Balloon" and lesser-known works from his early career.

The museum also features a reproduction of the famous Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, providing a unique insight into the artist's world.

Book here or learn more.

14. Experience the Miradouros of Lisbon

And of course, when in Lisbon, who wouldn’t want to experience its Miradouros, with breathtaking panoramic city views? You can also enjoy leisure time at charming cafes or historical monuments nearby. 

An excellent view from just one of the many miradouros in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Steffen Zimmermann.
An excellent view from just one of the many miradouros in Lisbon. Image source: Pixabay user Steffen Zimmermann.

Some of the most popular Miradouros include Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, offering a sweeping view of the city's skyline, and Miradouro de Santa Luzia, known for its beautiful azulejo tiles. Don't miss the Miradouro da Graça for a stunning sunset view.

15. Discover the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience

End your Lisbon adventure on a high note with the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience. This interactive center offers a unique perspective of the 25 de Abril Bridge, one of the world's architectural marvels. 

You'll ride an elevator up to a panoramic viewing point 80 meters high and take in stunning views of the city and the Tagus River. The experience also includes a virtual reality tour that lets you explore parts of the bridge that are usually inaccessible. 

Book here or learn more.

About The Author


Justin is a travel content writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the field. He graduated from Portland State University in 2012. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest his whole life and knows the American West Coast very well. Justin has been part of the Free Tours By Foot content team since 2017.
Updated: July 28th, 2023
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