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What you can't miss this weekend in Matosinhos

Get to know the suggestions to make the best of your weekend in Matosinhos

March Campaign: Swimming Pools and MS Fit

Take advantage of the campaign offering registration and insurance!

Be part of the Matosinhos Sport universe: 7 indoor municipal swimming pools (Custóias, Guifões, Leça do Balio, Matosinhos, Perafita, São Mamede de Infesta and Senhora da Hora) and the MS Fit gyms located at Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinhos and at the swimming pools of Custóias, Guifões and Perafita.

When: until March 31st

Where: Swimming Pools and MS Fit

"O Cheiro dos Velhos" - Save the Language of Camões

The cycle "Hail the Language of Camões" aims at the defence and dissemination of the Portuguese language, through dramatized readings of emerging and consecrated authors of Lusophone literature.

"In the dramaturgical work O Cheiro dos Velhos, the action arises from the conflict between reality and fiction, between truth and lies, between the smell of cowardice and the smell of the old, a metaphor about the musty smell of the old and lapsed bureaucratic State, embodied by Osvaldo Pio - by the way, not at all pious - civil servant, and A Velha, a user for whom one has no respect, since without a name and without an identity."

Manuel Brito-Semedo

In an age geared towards theatricality, where the play of media fantasies and the histrionic colours with which everyday banalities are adorned blur the boundaries between "truth" and "lie", is reason on one side, in the middle or nowhere?

Information and reservations: / 229392410

Entry: €1,00

When: March 31, at 21h30

Where: Quinta de Santiago Museum

Chocolate Party - Fair

Chocolate lover? Then this message is for you! The Chocolate Festival is back to Matosinhos.

There are more than 25 exhibitors! From chocolates to bonbons, chocolate bars to brigadeiros, not forgetting hot chocolate which tastes so good on colder days, there is something for everyone.

The Chocolate Festival takes place in a large air-conditioned tent located in front of the PSP of Matosinhos, next to the Town Hall, thus ensuring all the necessary conditions for visitors and exhibitors to have the best possible experience.

Organized by the Matosinhos City Hall in partnership with ANDARTE - National Association for the Development of Handicrafts, the event promises a lot of entertainment through workshops and showcookings.

When: March 31st to April 16th

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12h00 to 23h00

Friday from 12h00 to 24h00

Saturday from 11h00 to 24h00

Sunday from 11h00 to 23h00

Where: Front PSP Matosinhos

"Hora do Conto" - Storytelling

Come and celebrate the International Children's Book Day with CMIA Matosinhos!

For March 31st we will organize 6 sessions of the workshop "Storytime".

With this workshop we intend to awaken in children a taste for reading, develop the imagination, language and creativity and promote knowledge of the sea and its biodiversity.

Free activity with compulsory registration at

When: March 31st and April 1st

Where: Municipal Library Florbela Espanca

International Children's Book Day

Meeting with children's literature writer Rita Rocha and presentation of the book "Luzia and the cat Roni" illustrated by Maria Giraldes.

Free activity with compulsory registration at

When: March 31st and April 1st

Where: Municipal Library Florbela Espanca

National Stroke Patient Day

We are counting on you to fight against stroke!

On March 31 the Stroke Unit team (Medicine Department of the Pedro Hispano Hospital) marks the National Day of the Stroke Patient in the Matosinhos Municipal Market. A day open to the community, dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of this disease which is still the main cause of death and permanent disability in Portugal.

Within the scope of this initiative, several screenings related to vascular risk assessment will be carried out, along with the transmission of essential care to prevent stroke, as well as the need to know how to act and ask for help, alerting to the importance of early detection of signs and symptoms for timely medical intervention.

There will also be an opportunity for some advice and recommendations on healthy lifestyles, with special emphasis on food with the realisation of a show-cooking in which Chef Hélio Loureiro will share some secrets about healthy cooking.

The afternoon will be dedicated to stroke patients and families, with activities in which a set of good practices associated with rehabilitation will be addressed, essential to maintaining a good quality of life.

This initiative is supported by the Matosinhos City Council.


08h30 | Vascular risk evaluation (screenings: hypertension, glycemia, arrhythmia)

12h00 | Workshop on healthy cooking with Chef Hélio Loureiro

14h00 | And after the stroke? I Activities for stroke patients and their families - food, therapeutic adherence, exercise, sexuality

When: 31st March

Where: Matosinhos Market

Green Walk - Walk

On April 1st the "Green Walk" is back! An initiative of Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos with the purpose of strengthening the bonds between the local population and the trees: these millenary beings.

The 2nd "Green Walk" goes from Praça das Sete Bicas to Parque do Carriçal, in Senhora da Hora and the meeting point will be at the Sete Bicas Church.

Don't miss this opportunity. We count on your participation!

This initiative contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 3, 13 and 15.

When: 1st April

Time: 09h30 to 12h00

Audience: General public

Where: Sete Bicas Church (meeting point) + Carriçal Park

Registration: Mandatory from March 27, through the following link:

Sounds of Nature - Concert

The Matosinhos City Hall promotes, next Saturday April 1st, the Sounds of Nature Concert by Orquestra Prescrição Musical.

Directed to the directors and professionals of the municipality's Social Solidarity Private Institutions, the concert, within the commemorations of the World Health Day (April 7th), intends to create a moment of well-being for the professionals of the social network partner entities that intervene in the social and health fields.

The show, with free admission, will take place in the Auditorium of the Parish Hall of Leça da Palmeira, at 6pm, and will be conducted by the conductor João Pedro Fernandes.

The Music Prescription Orchestra, created during the pandemic, unites music and medicine. It is composed of health professionals from different careers with the aim of providing well-being to those who listen and those who play.

When: 1st April at 6pm

Where: Auditorium of the Parish Hall of Leça da Palmeira

27th Anniversary Quinta de Santiago Museum - Commemorations


- 10h00 - 17h00 - A Stencil Flower - Free admission for the general public

- 10h00 - A Flower in the Garden - Giant construction with families, under registration

- 16:00 - A conversation around the portrait in António Carneiro - Prof. Dr. Laura Castro

- 16h30 - An animated visit - For families, registration required

- 17h30 - Happy Birthday!

Information and reservations: / 229392410

Admission: Free of charge

When: 2nd April, from 10am to 6pm

Where: Museu Quinta de Santiago

"Casa das Partidas" Orchestra of Families - Music

Orquestra de Famílias presents "Casa de Partidas" live, 2nd April, at 16h00, at CARA - Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, in Real Vinícola. A kind of open rehearsal where we try to answer the question: what does it take to build a house? Between tricks and jokes, merry-go-rounds and ribbons that take us back to a circus, we search for some clues packed with songs from all times.

The repertoire will include "A Casa" by Vinícius de Morais, "A Minha Casinha" by António Melo (music) and João Silva Tavares (lyrics), "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Lennon-McCartney, "Dinky Toys" by António Pinho Vargas, "Canção do Miradouro" by Jorge Prendas, and the traditional "House of the Rising Sun" and "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round".

Guided by Sara Vilar, Ana Conceição and Beatriz Rôla, the Family Orchestra is a project of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos educational programme, created in 2018, with the support of the Matosinhos City Council.

Inclusive and multidisciplinary, with fortnightly sessions and free access, this is an informal orchestra of parents and children, uncles and grandparents, which deepens family ties through the development of creative musical and arts skills, in groups and individually.

The Family Orchestra has already performed live at the Rivoli Theatre, at the Matosinhos Municipal Market and at the Real Vinícola.

Entry: Free entry

When: April 2nd, 6 p.m.

Where: Real Vinícola

Pequena CircOOnference - Conference

Pequena CircOOnference is a conference about the circus! Dedicated to a small audience, the performance fluctuates between the historical rigour of the History of the European Circus, and the dreamlike dimension of a historian who aspires to be a Circus performer. Inspired by the different bibliographical registers, we encourage the will of fictionalising a story, from the facts of its own history! The route is not linear, and the idea is to stir, to make people reflect, to form critical mass. Antipodean by nature, poetic, rebellious and dreamy, the circus imaginary is part of the collective memory of the general public. CircOOnference is an act of freedom in the reconstruction of Circus History, written and interpreted with elements of humour, risk and poetry, and transversal to all generations!

Tickets on sale: here

When: April 1st and 2nd, at 3.30pm

Where: Constantino Nery Municipal Theatre

The struggle of the fishermen of Matosinhos during fascism - Documental Exhibition

This is a documentary exhibition, with a shared organization between the Matosinhos City Hall and the Direction of the Regional Organization of Porto of the Portuguese Communist Party, seeking to make known and to pay tribute to generations of fishermen who, in Matosinhos, fought for their rights and for better living conditions, while facing the repression of the fascist dictatorship that haunted the country for almost half a century.

Particular emphasis is given to the 71-day strike between April 10th and June 20th 1959, from which the fishermen emerged victorious, highlighting also several other days of struggle carried out by the class until the revolution of April 25th 1974.

When: April 1st until May 14th

Where: Municipal Library Gallery Florbela Espanca

[From the Archive] Matosinhos Not Built - Exhibition

This is the first exhibition entirely produced by the Casa da Arquitectura and dedicated to the collections in the care of the Archive.

This exhibition has as its theme projects that were partially built, built and demolished or never built by names such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, Fernanda Seixas, Francisco Melo, Jorge Gigante, José Almeida, José Gigante, Manuel Correia Fernandes, Pedro Mendo, Pedro Ramalho, Teresa Fonseca.

When: until April, during box-office hours

Where: Casa da Arquitectura

Architecture for all - Free Guided Tours of the House of Architecture

The Casa da Arquitectura promotes, starting next Sunday, guided tours to the Casa da Arquitectura. The initiative is free and will take place every Sunday at 11am.

When: Sundays, at 11am

Where: Casa da Arquitectura

"Sapatilhas - Marcas Portuguesas do Estado Novo ao Virar do Milénio" - Exhibition

At a time when sneakers are gaining a global dimension as one of the icons of contemporary culture, Casa do Design inaugurates this exhibition curated by Pedro Carvalho de Almeida, to showcase a part of the legacy of the national sports footwear industry. Starting from a unique collection of over 500 models of sneakers representing a universe of 100 brands designed and manufactured in Portugal, this exhibition explores the cultural, social, political and economic significance that the brands represent. It proposes a brief historical contextualization, an in-depth reading of the Sanjo and Cortebel brands, but above all the revelation of a surprising collection of other brands characterized by small series, models for different sports practices and their packaging.

When: until August 27, 2023

Where: Casa do Design

JOÃO CARLOS - Exhibition

The retrospective exhibition "João Carlos" was the last exhibition of 2022 to open at Casa do Design, in Matosinhos.

Dedicated to João Carlos Celestino Gomes, whose activity as an illustrator and designer developed from the twenties until his death in 1961, the exhibition is curated by the designer Jorge Silva and displays a total of 111 pieces that include prints on panels and shop windows, books, magazines and brochures.

When: until April 9th | Schedule: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12:30pm, and from 2pm to 5:30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 3pm to 6pm.

Where: Casa do Design, Matosinhos

“Matosinhos, Lugar e Memória" - Exhibition

The temporary exhibition of the Museum of Memory "Matosinhos Place and Memory" was inaugurated in August 2022, as part of the celebrations of the 1st anniversary of the Matosinhos Memory Museum.

Using a selection of photographs by Gabriele Basilico, belonging to the Municipality's collection, the exhibition contrasts these same records today: the urban and industrial landscapes captured by Basilico in the project "A City Like This" (1996), are now portrayed in the present time.

More than 25 years separate these photographic captures, and in this counterpoint it is possible to see and feel the city: its evolution, the response it has given to new civilizational challenges and the growing needs of its population.

Admission: 1,00€ (includes visit to the permanent exhibition + temporary exhibition)

When: until March 2023

Where: MuMMa - Museu da Memória de Matosinhos

“Linhas de Vento. Percursos Artísticos na Natureza” - Works from the Serralves Foundation Collection - Exhibition

The group exhibition is composed of a set of works by international artists associated with the land art or earthworks movement, such as Richard Long, Hamish Fulton and Ana Mendieta, who, from the late 1960s, took nature as a starting point for the creation of works conceived outside their studios. The show establishes a dialogue between the works of these artists with the works of some of the biggest names in Portuguese contemporary art, such as Alberto Carneiro, Fernando Lanhas, Lourdes Castro, and Luísa Cunha.

In "Lines of Wind. Percursos artísticos na natureza" a cross between painting and drawing, sculpture, photographic and audiovisual record of actions and performance in the natural environment, thus establishing their artistic works in close relationship with territory, anthropology, geology as well as ecology.

When: until April 23rd, 2023

Where: Municipal Gallery of Matosinhos

"António Carneiro. The poet with brushes" - Exhibition

In the year that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist António Carneiro (1872-1930), the Matosinhos City Hall remembers the painter widely represented in the municipal art collection with the inauguration of the retrospective exhibition "António Carneiro. The poet with brushes".

The show, the largest in the last 50 years of this poet and painter, takes place in Matosinhos, at Quinta de Santiago Museum, and will be open until February 26, 2023.

There are about 70 works, objects and documents, some of them unpublished or almost unknown, from the only Portuguese symbolist painter, which can be seen in this museum in Leça da Palmeira from Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 1pm and 3pm and 6pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 3pm and 6pm.

António Carneiro (1872-1930) was born in Amarante on September 16th, 1872. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of this great painter, considered one of the greatest Portuguese painters of the late 19th century and early 20th century.

A singular artist, of a dreamy and melancholic nature, "a painter bigger than the country", besides being a landscape painter, he was also a portraitist, history painter, illustrator and poet.

Admission: 1€ (without ATM terminal) - Free admission at the opening and every Sunday

When: until April 30, 2023

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 3pm-6pm. As of April 1, the Museum opens with summer hours and the exhibition can be visited Tuesday through Sunday 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.

Where: Quinta de Santiago Museum

We are counting on you! - Storytelling

Give wings to your imagination and come fly through the magical world of books and charming stories!

During Storytime, the stories, almost always simple narratives and short stories, are told to excite and awaken the imagination of the younger ones.

When: Saturday at 11am or 3pm

Where: Municipal Library Florbela Espanca

ECO-MARKET - Organic products fair

On Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Jardim Basílio Teles, there is an organic produce fair, where you can find alternatives for a healthier and tastier diet.

More information: here When: Saturdays from 8am to 1pm

Where: Basílio Teles Garden


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