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From Cascais to Berlin: Unveiling the Top 4 Music Festivals and Free Summer Events




Summer is just around the corner with the eagerly anticipated festivals and events that take place during this time of year all over the world. In Portugal, there isn't a village, town, or city that doesn't come alive with celebrations, offering a wide range of programs and activities. For those seeking the best fun without breaking the bank, we've done the research and selected the top summer parties. From Cascais to Berlin, discover 4 unmissable suggestions to enjoy great music, celebrate, dance, have fun, make friends, and explore new cultures!

1. Festas do Mar, Cascais

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There's no party like this one! And the proof is that this "festival" is the big winner in the "Best Festivity" category at the 7th edition of the Iberian Festival Awards! Since 1964, it has been a stage for the presentation and launching pad for famous Portuguese bands, where at least one of the members is from the municipality of Cascais. Artists like Carolina Deslandes, Quatro e Meia, The Black Mamba, Paulo Gonzo, and Cuca Roseta have performed there. Don't miss the procession that ends in the sea on August 28th in honor of Our Lady of the Navigators! Learn more at:

2. Somersby Out Jazz 2023, Oeiras

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The sounds of jazz are back in Oeiras for the 17th edition of the beloved Somersby Out Jazz festival. Throughout the summer and until September, starting at 5 PM, the city's main green spaces host jazz, soul, funk, and hip-hop. Leon Baldesberger's Meersalz, Gira, José Dias Feat Melo D, OORT, and Vampiro Submarino are some of the unmissable names performing on the various stages of the event, at Parque dos Poetas, Quinta Real de Caxias, Parque Urbano de Miraflores, Parque Urbano do Jamor, and Jardins do Palácio Marquês de Pombal. Check out the program:

3. Summer Carnival in Sesimbra

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It's true, you read it right! There's also Carnival inSesimbra during the summer! From July 28th to 31st, organized by the Escola de Samba Bota no Rego with the support of the Sesimbra City Council, the streets will be filled with the colors and rhythms of Brazil, with a program of events including samba school parades, drumming encounters, and axé music groups - not to mention the obligatory food stalls. A must-attend event in Sesimbra's summer that attracts thousands of tourists every year!


4. Fête de la Musique, Berlin

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If you've never seen an entire city celebrating music literally on every corner, pack your bags and head to the Fête de la Musique in Berlim. On June 21st, come and celebrate the summer solstice at this free festival where musicians, bands, DJs, choirs, orchestras, and other artists from around the world take over the city streets, turning them into a true musical show. With over 200 stages and music venues scattered throughout the city, from clubs to churches, shops, and gardens, there's something for everyone. Learn more at: