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Lagoa celebrates its patron saint

September 8 is the borough’s holiday and there are a variety of events taking place to celebrate it – not only religious but also cultural.

Lagoa’s patron saint is Nossa Senhora da Luz and on September 8, after a service at the parish church starting at 6.30pm, she will be taken from the church and paraded through the streets of the town with the Silves Philharmonic band and also the local scout band accompanying.

Ending on September 7, at Lagoa’s Carlos de Carmo Theatre, a show featuring dancers, musicians and a singer is showcasing the “lost art of fado dancing”.

The show begins at 7pm. Tickets cost €8 and can be purchased at the theatre itself, Fnac or Worten and online.

A tribute to ABBA, performed by Banda Companhia Ilimitada, will start at 9.30pm also on September 7, in front of the same theatre. There is no charge for this.

The following day, after the street parade, the GNR (police) band will play outside the theatre from 10pm followed by a firework display.

Check out other saint’s days in the Algarve with a little history thrown in.

International Guitar Festival

Taking place from September 10 to October 1 Lagoa’s International Guitar Festival will host international musicians performing at different locations in the municipality and will celebrate different musical genres.

Tickets cost €10 for each concert and are available from local outlets including the post office, Lagoa’s theatre and the Convento de São José.

For more information click here.

Centenary celebration of Alfanzina Lighthouse

And finally, the Alfanzina lighthouse (Farol de Alfanzina) celebrates its centenary this year and an exhibition opens on September 7, running until December 5, at the Convento de São José in Lagoa.

For more information about the Algarve’s lighthouses click here.

Portimão celebrates percussion

From September 9 to 11 Portimão is hosting the second Dias da Percussão (Percussion Days).

Over the three days percussionists from Portugal and abroad will offer workshops, masterclasses and concerts with tickets costing between €3 and €5.

Parades will take place at various times of day and in different locations, all promise to be fun to watch and/or follow.

For more information click here.

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