Concerts, fairs and festivals

silves medieval fair

Over the coming week there are plenty of places to visit, festivals to enjoy and fairs to mosey around, take your pick and enjoy with a passion.

Tomorrow, August 14, at the Centro de Congressos do Arade, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and join in a 60-minute journey through Broadway’s successful musicals that include Phantom of the Opera, Memory, Beauty and the Beast, Hair, Mamma Mia and much much more. The show starts at 10pm so there is plenty of time to eat dinner locally, in Portimão or Ferragudo. Tickets are available online via Bol or at the theatre and cost €20 or €22. Children under 16 can enter free of charge with over 65s receiving a 20% discount and Algarve residents (you will need to take proof) a 15% discount.

Thursday August 15, is a public holiday in Portugal however everything is open as usual and from 10pm, in Carvoeiro square, visitors can enjoy the Summer Firework Concert free of charge . This year’s theme is Burning Love, a tribute to the king of rock, Elvis Presley. The Orquestra de Jazz do Algarve will play some of his greats with a synchronised firework display behind them. Definitely an event not to be missed.

In Lagos, every Friday throughout August, tango is on the menu. Taking place from 8.30pm in the Praça do Infante D. Henrique spectators are encouraged to join in dancing tango. No previous experience required!

Beginning on Friday August 16 Fatacil, the Algarve’s equivalent to a county fair, opens for its annual run of 10 days. Opening every evening at 6pm and with almost 800 exhibitors, there will certainly be something for everyone. Every evening will end with a live musical performance by some well-known artists including Mariza on August 24. For more information visit Fatacil’s website.

If you are interested in history then Silves is the place to visit until August 20. This year’s Medieval fair, which takes place in the streets surrounding the castle, links Silves to the Vikings back in the year 844 when an ambassador from Silves left to visit the Majus territory. As usual there is varied street entertainment of the medieval/Viking variety with many games such as jousting to watch and, of course, plenty gastronomic delights to try. Daily tickets are €2, €3 if you also buy an earthenware cup that can be refilled at many of the stalls. Costume hire is €3 for an adult and €2 for a child. Children up to 130cms have free entry to the fair itself.

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