Carnival; Shrove Tuesday: Like all Latin countries, Shrove Tuesday in Portugal is celebrated on the streets and makes for a great tourist attraction in Faro. The week preceding it is filled with parades and parties leading up to the main event on Mardi Gras. Join in – you’ll be shown what to do by Faro locals.
Festa da Ria Formosa; summer: For one week each summer, Faro celebrates its local seafood in Largo de São Francisco square. It’s a great opportunity to try regional specialities such as cataplanas (seafood stews), camarão frito com alho (fried shrimp and garlic) and octopus salads.
FolkFaro festival; August: Open-air shows, parades and dances by folk performers from around the world fill Faro’s streets during the annual FolkFaro festival. Keep your ears open for spontaneous eruptions of traditional Portuguese singing, or fado.