Can you believe it’s September already? If you’re lucky enough to be in Porto in September, you’ll be rewarded with some pretty magical events in town. September in Porto is brimming with plenty of events and safe activities to do. What are the best things to do in September? Just scroll down our September guide for the full deets.
What to do in Porto in September
#1 GO TO PORTO BOOK FAIR
The Porto Book Fair 2021 will be held in the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal until September 12th. Like last year, this event features a series of free concerts with bands from the city. The performances start at 7 pm and, even though the access is free, tickets must be collected on-site. Can you think of a better way to celebrate summer’s late afternoons? We can’t!
#2 RUN LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW
The Meia Maratona do Porto (Porto Half Marathon) is back! Entries are now open for the race, which is taking place on the third Sunday of September, the 19th. There’s a virtual version for those who want to run and keep a safe distance apart. Just a quick reminder: this competition boasts the prestigious “Bronze” title, awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), since 2019.
#3 DRINK PORTUGUESE CRAFT BEER
If you missed the Porto Beer Fest, worry not! Some of our favorite brewers are still in town and can give you a taste of different craft beer. Here are our top picks:
- Catraio, the craft pioneers of the city;
- Fábrica da Picaria, amazing craft beer brewpub in town;
- Armazém da Cerveja, the “Beer Warehouse” of Porto.
#4 TAKE THE TRAM IN PORTO
Trams are one of the charms of Porto. It is one of the things that visitors are keen to try on their visit to Porto. This vehicle is much more than a means of transport, it’s a piece of history: it survived wars, regime changes, and other historical events. In 2021 we celebrate 126 years since the first tram ride in the streets of Porto. Do you need a ride?
#5 VISIT THE HANDICRAFT FAIR IN BATALHA
The Handicraft Fair in Batalha is a must-go if you want to understand the important role played by handicrafts in the life of this city. The market operates every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
#6 BOOK A TASTE PORTO FOOD TOUR WITH US
If you are dreaming of an autumn adventure, come and explore beautiful Porto with us. Rain or shine there we go for a tour. Join us for a slice of Porto that you’ll never forget! Book your place today, but hurry up. Tickets tend to sell out!
#7 MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Enjoy the daily pipe organ concerts at Clérigos Church. Every day at 12 pm.
#8 WHEN IN PORTO, EAT EAT EAT
#9 THE HARVEST SEASON HAS ARRIVED
There is no fixed date for the Douro harvest season to start but it usually happens in the second half of September, it depends on the weather conditions throughout the year and how the vineyards have reacted to it. There are many activities available only during this season. You can participate in the harvest with the locals, help to produce wine from the grapes by stomping away, and some wineries even allow you to take home with you the “fruits” of your labor. Can you imagine sharing a bottle of wine you produced with your friends?
The harvest is one of the oldest wine activities in Portugal and certainly one of the most genuine and traditional ones. There are a number of wineries with special harvest programs. Two of the best wineries in the Douro region are Quinta do Popa and Quinta das Carvalhas, which we mention in our One Day Trip To Douro article, and both offer harvest experiences to visitors.
#10 EXPERIENCE SERRALVES EM LUZ
A large outdoor and night exhibition worth visiting. The surprising route of illuminations is designed in a one-way format, passing through various points of interest in the Park and offering the public a very varied and complete sensory journey. It happens daily, from 9 pm to 11 pm.
And there you have it, some of the best things to do in Porto this September are right here.
Enjoy your time in Porto,
Taste Porto Foodie Team