Summertime … and Lisbon’s jazz festival is free – and a great way to see the city

Sounding summery … Baba Soul and band at the Out festival, Lisbon

Lisbon is best explored on foot, and in the summer you could be strolling to a jazz soundtrack: the Out Jazz Festival runs every weekend until 24 September. There are free open-air concerts and DJ sessions in gardens, parks and squares across town, from 5pm each Sunday and on the last Saturday of each month. In its 11th year, the festival, founded by events guru José Filipe Rebelo Pinto, aims to get more people exploring the capital and enjoying live music alfresco.

Every month it unveils a new location around the Lisbon, Cascais and Estoril area. This month, the concerts are being held in the iconic Parque Eduardo VII in central Lisbon; they will move to the Jardim da Estrela, near the basilica of the same name, in August, and to the immense riverside Parque Tejo in September.

Crowds at one of the festival’s many park-based events in and around Lisbon.
 Crowds at one of the festival’s many park-based events in and around Lisbon.

The lineup wanders beyond jazz, with soul, funk and hip-hop, too. Artists to look out for include Baba Soul, Tayob J, Kiloco, Vaarwell, The Amplectors, Lokomotiv and Dj Rykardo. There’s a community feel as locals (and visitors) settle down with picnics – the perfect way to while away a summer evening in the city.