There are things to do in Porto during every season of the year.  Some events include:

  • January
    • Dia de Reis is celebrated on January 6th and is considered the end of a series of Christmas-time celebrations occurring throughout the end of the year.  Visitors in the area at this time should be sure to try some of the “King’s cake” which is a critical part of the celebration.
  • February
    • There is a large film festival held in Porto every February, drawing in visitors from all over the filmmaking world.
    • Everything is in bloom in this month so it is an excellent time to travel.  For more about when to go to Porto in terms of weather and seasons, visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g18... .
  • May 
  • Serralves em Festa (www.serralvesemfesta.com) is the largest contemporary arts festival in Europe, it takes place on the last weekend of May (in 2011 will be on the 28th and 29th) and lasts for 40h hours non-stop,   showcasing more than 250 activities and arts for all ages, for the whole family and it's free. It takes place at Serralves Foundation which holds the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art , Park and a rare Art Deco Villa. 
  • June
    • With more than 80 Festa de Sao Goncalo takes place the first weekend of the month to celebrate fertility.  This is a romantic festival made up of lots of fun events.
    • Every year on the evening of 23th to 24th of June the São João festivity takes place. People go to the streets and beat each other with childish plastic hammers. It is one of the most important festivity in Portugal, the major one at Porto.
  • August
    • Assumption Day is celebrated on August 15th each year.  It is a festival made up of parades, street festivals, and costumed events throughout the day.  Once the sun goes down, the celebration culminates with fireworks.
  • December
    • There are a number of Christmas-time events held in the area, celebrated locally with parades and street festivals.  There are also arts and crafts fairs and other winter seasonal events at this time.