New Year’s eve 2019

Oporto will celebrate the New Year 2019 with 3 days of cultural events leading to the famous 16 minutes of fireworks that blow over Avenida dos Aliados every year. This year, the Oporto City Council is expecting a record number of people welcoming the New Year in the street. Latest forecasts are pointing at 200 000 people.

If you are going to be around, the line up for New Year’s celebrations is the following:

29th December 2018:

17:00 to 21:00 – Flashback  – DJ Tiago Sousa (Coreto do Jardim da Cordoaria)
21:00 to 01:00 –  Réveillon na Praça by Mateus  -DJ Mero, DJ Vítor Oliveira e DJ Pedrinho K  (Praça de Gomes Teixeira (Leões))
22:30 –  Diogo Piçarra concert (Avenida dos Aliados)

30th December 2018
21:00 to 01:00 – Réveillon na Praça by Mateus – DJ Vítor Oliveira, ...

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2.3 million Xmas lights in Oporto

More than 2 million LED lights will be installed in 59 streets, avenues, gardens and buildings in Oporto to celebrate Xmas and New Year’s eve 2018. This is one of the biggest investments in Xmas lights from the Oporto City Council and the lights should be available from the 1st December 2018 until the 6th January 2019. To celebrate this investment, there will be a special event on the 1st December at 18h00 with all Xmas lights being switched on in Avenida dos Aliados (the place where one of the biggest Xmas trees of Portugal can be found – 40 metres height and 29 000 lights).

Besides lights, there will also be other elements of Xmas decoration being used throughout Oporto.

If you are going to be around for the holidays, then you must check the Xmas lights and visit the Xmas tree in Avenida...

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End of year Oporto race – São Silvestre

The 25th edition of the Oporto São Silvestre Race will take place on the 30th December 2018. The race starts at 18h00 in Avenida dos Aliados and will finish as well in Avenida dos Aliados. There are two different options to participate in this race:

  • The 10km race with a limit of 10 000 runners.
  • The 5km walk with a limit of 5 000 participants.

The São Silvestre is organised by Runporto and is sponsored by the Oporto City Council. Enrolment is already open for this year’s edition and if you want to know more about this event, please visit the Runporto website for more info!!

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Classical Music Concerts – September 2018

To celebrate the end of the Summer 2018, there will be a series of classical concerts in Avenida dos Aliados on the 7th and 8th September. These concerts are going to be performed by well-known and reputed national orchestras and they are sponsored by the Oporto City Council and the House of Music Foundation.

Concerts start at 22h00 on Saturday and Sunday and access is free, so everyone is welcome to listen to the last classical sounds of Summer.

If you are around and you are into classical music, this is surely an opportunity you cannot miss … 🙂 🙂

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Saint John holiday at Oporto

This year, the Saint John party will take place on saturday’s night. Considered as one of the biggest celebrations in Portugal, and the biggest in Oporto, this is a party that attracts many tourists. In 2018, the main list of events scheduled by the City Hall for the holiday is the following:

  • 22nd June at 21h30 – Avenida dos Aliados – Saint John Parade with typical groups singing and dancing
  • 23rd June at 22h00 – Avenida dos Aliados – tribute to António Mafra
  • 23rd June at 24h00 – fireworks in River Douro
  • 24th June at 00h30 – José Cid concert – Avenida dos Aliados
  • 24th June at 17h00 – Saint John concert – Avenida dos Aliados

Additionally, there should also be many private and neighbourhood parties that you can enjoy. Most of these are free, so you should be up for the time of your life...

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Fatboy Slim Live – 6th June – Oporto

The acclaimed DJ Fatboy Slim will be playing live for free in Oporto on the 6th June 2018. This performance will be a promotional warm up for the Nos Primavera Sound Festival that will place between the 7th and the 9th June in Parque da Cidade.

Fatboy Slim will play in Avenida dos Aliados in what promises to be a memorable gig!!

If you still did not know about this, then do not forget to stick it on your agenda. It is a great opportunity to listen to one of the world top DJ’s for free!! Something you surely do not want to miss …

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New Year’s Concert – Oporto

In the afternoon of the 1st January 2018, there will be a New Year concert in Avenida dos Aliados. The concert will start at 16h00 and will be performed by the Portuguese Synmphonic Band!!

The performance layout is the following:

Dimitri Shostakovich
“Abertura Festiva”

James Barnes
“Symphony Fantasy Variations of a Theme of Nicolo Paganini”

Philip Sparke
“Year of the Dragon”

Duarte Pestana
“Paisagem Ribatejana”

J. Strauss II
“Danúbio Azul”

Bert Appermont
“Twinkling Tunes”

Definitely, a good way to start year!! If you are in the vicinity, do not miss this opportunity to listen to some classic songs!!

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Christmas Lights – Oporto

For the 2017 Christmas season, Oporto will have more and brighter lights. Christmas decorations will be on in Oporto from the 1st December (bank holiday) until the 8th January. Lights will be on everyday from 17h30 and they will be covering more blocks and streets than ever before.

There will also be a 30 meters Christmas tree in “Avenida do Aliados”. The tree will be decorated in blue and gold, and should have an impressive set of Christmas lights with a 4 meters wide star on top!

The season officially starts with a major event at 17h30 in “Avenida dos Aliados” that will include a music parade, fireworks and a multimedia show. In order to save power, almost all lights will have LED technology.

If you are around or thinking of visiting Oporto, then this is an additional reason to pay us a ...

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