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
The Porto Book Fair (Feira do Livro do Porto) is held every year at the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal in early September. Every year this event features a series of free concerts, talks, performances, exhibits, and much more for all ages. Can you think of a better way to celebrate summer’s late afternoons? We can’t!
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 15th. Just a quick reminder: this competition boasts the prestigious “Bronze” title, awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
#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 add charm to Porto, and many visitors are excited to ride them during their visit. These vehicles are not just transportation; they’re also pieces of history, enduring wars and historical changes. The first tram hit Porto’s streets in 1895. Ready for a ride?
#5 VISIT THE HANDICRAFT FAIR IN BATALHA
Feira de Artesanato da Batalha (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 the 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 Porto Food Tour 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 noon.
#8 WHEN IN PORTO, EAT EAT EAT
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 Pôpa and Quinta do Seixo, which we mention in our One Day Trip To Douro from Porto article, and both offer harvest experiences to visitors.
#10 JOIN THE FESTA DO OUTONO (AUTUMN FESTIVAL) IN SERRALVES
This event takes place on the first weekend of autumn to celebrate its arrival and is very family-friendly. Besides, it’s free. We hope to meet you there!
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