Celebrating People’s Saints: SANTOS POPULARES FESTAS and the MARCHAS POPULARES in the Alentejo – All Events in June 2019!

The Festas Santos Populares, the Fests of the People’s Saints, are the highlight of the year in Portugal ,also the Alentejo: The Saints Santo António, São Pedro and São João are celebrated everywhere in June with bailes, concerts, festivals, religious processions, and the very unique Marchas Populares – the People’s Marches.

The main fests in Portugal ones are the Festas de Lisboa, on 12th and 13th of June (Santo António), and in Porto on the 23rd and 24th of June (São João).

São João is celebrated very big on 29 June in the Alentejo in Évora (World Heritage). Évora has held the Feira de São João (Feast of St. John) since the 16th century. It is one of the largest fests in southern Portugal and a municipal holiday.

In all these festivals, there is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire and offering your girlfriend or boyfriend pots of aromatic basil, containing four-line verses often speaking of love, especially because these feasts are linked to the summer solstice and ancient fertility rites.

The Marchas Populares

The Marchas Populares are the highest points of the celebrations of the Santos Populares in June. The Desfile das Marchas Populares, a colourful parade in which the groups of each town and village of their region represent their costumes, dances and songs, competing for the best presentation.

Like all of their traditions, the Alejanos and Alentejanas take their Marchas Populares very serious. The preparations of the costumes and dances take some time and are carried out with lots of regional pride and love for details. The songs often talk about the history of their village, about old traditions, and people born there. The winning groups receive the glory of the year 🙂

The Marchas Populares are normally first presented be the groups in their villages, and the finalists present their Marchas then in the final show.

The Marchas Populares are very big celebrated throughout the whole month of June with a festival in the district of Odemira, in the districts of Avis (Portalegre), Grandola – and many more.

All Events for the Santos Populares and Marchas Populares in the Alentejo:

Date/Time Event Category
06/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
9:00 pm
Popular Marches 2019 - Marchas Populares, Program for the Concelho of Avis
Concelho de Avis, Avis, Avis
07/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
All Day
Festas de São João - Arronches
Arronches, Arronches, Arronches
12/06/2019 - 29/06/2019
All Day
FESTIVAL DE MASTROS - São Teotónio
São Teotónio, São Teotónio, Odemira
19/06/2019 - 20/06/2019
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Arraial Popular 2019
Taberna 2 à Esquina, Alcácer do Sal,
19/06/2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Desfile de Marchas de Beja
BEJA Cidade, Beja,
21/06/2019
12:00 am
9th Festival de Marchas Populares - São Luís
São Luís – centro da aldeia, São Luís, Odemira
21/06/2019
8:00 pm
Há Festa na Vila de Ourique 2019
Praça Padre António Pereira, Ourique, Ourique
21/06/2019
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Ana Moura - Feira S. João '19 Évora
Feira de S. João, Évora,
21/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Feira de São João 2019 ÉVORA, June 21-30 - PROGRAM
Feira de S. João de Évora, Évora, Évora
22/06/2019
12:00 am
9th Festival de Marchas Populares - Zambujeira do Mar
Zambujeira do Mar, Zambujeira do Mar, Odemira
22/06/2019 - 23/06/2019
All Day
Feira de São João - Colos
Feira de São João – Colos, Colos, Odemira
22/06/2019
All Day
Night of São João - Noite de São João - Marvão
Praça de Touros de Marvão, Santo António das Areias (Marvão), Marvão
22/06/2019 - 24/06/2019
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Festas de S. João
Aldeia Nova Da Favela, Beja, Portugal, Aldeia Nova da Favela,
22/06/2019 - 23/06/2019
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Arraial de São João- Santana da Serra
Santana Da Serra, Beja, Portugal, Santana da Serra,
22/06/2019
10:00 pm
Baile de São João and Popular Marches - Baile de São João e Marchas Populares
Landeira, Landeira, Vendas Novas
22/06/2019
10:00 pm
Baile dos Santos Populares -- Odivelas
Largo da Praça de Odivelas, Odivelas, Ferreira do Alentejo
22/06/2019
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Esperanza Fernandez | Feira de S. João'19 Évora
Feira de S. João, Évora,
23/06/2019
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Happy Mess "Dear Future" | Feira de S. João'19 Évora
Feira de S. João, Évora,
24/06/2019
All Day
Festa de S. João - S. João dos Caldeireiros (Mértola)
S. João dos Caldeireiros, S. João dos Caldeireiros, Mértola
24/06/2019
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Encontro De Etnografia E Folclore | Feira de S. João'19 Évora
Feira de S. João, Évora,
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