Explore Porto


Porto is situated along the Douro River in Northern Portugal and is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon.  Almost 2 million people live in the Porto metro area. One of the top destinations in all of western Europe, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency in 2017.

Travelers that explore the areas around Porto are in for great experiences.  Ancient archaeological sites abound, such as the Celtic village of Citania de Briteiros.  There are many castles can be explored including Guimarães Castle. Porto is on the Portuguese Way path of the Camino de Santiago. Northern Portugal is famous for Port wine and the Douro River Valley is home to many famous wineries.

It certainly is a really nice place to explore by walking around and to meet people make sure you go out at night. You will also find Porto’s atmosphere to be, by far, more authentic than Lisbon.


This area is rich in history and considered the birthplace of country itself. Porto is one of the oldest European centers.  The Celts settled in and around Porto in 300 BC.  Porto was a Roman Empire outpost as late as the 5th century AD.  After that, Germanic tribes and then the Moors occupied Porto until the reconquest in 868.  Porto was later invaded by Vikings and Arabs until eventually became an important city of Portugal. It’s no wonder that the historical core of Porto is a World Heritage Site.


Residents of Porto are very proud of their city and you may hear the expression that “o Porto é uma nação” which means Porto is a nation. People from Porto are often called the Tripeiros, or tripe eaters.  The city’s inhabitants went without meat during the Portuguese conquest of Ceuta in North Africa in 1415 to help provision the fleet, hence the name Tripeiros.  Instead of meat, they  subsisted on tripe soup.  Visitors to Porto may recognize that sometimes it feels like it is all business – as the saying goes, “Porto works, Braga prays, Coimbra studies, and Lisbon gets the money.”


Porto’s climate is semi-Mediterranean climate.  The Atlantic Ocean makes Porto cooler than other cities with this climate. Temperatures rise as high as 40°C in August during occasional heat waves. Winters are mild, rainy and humid, with occasional cold nights when temperatures can drop below 0°C.

Getting Around

Porto Metro light rail/subway system is modern and is the best way to get around Porto even though some parts of the city don’t have good coverage yet.  You need to purchase and store tickets on an Adante card at the station.

You can also purchase a Porto Card for 24, 48, or 72 consecutive hours of unlimited access to public transportation and includes free access to some museums and other discounts.

Don’t Miss

While in Porto, make sure you don’t miss the following experiences:

  • Aliados Avenue
  • Rua de Santa Catarina (shopping street)
  • Visit Livraria Lello – the library that inspired  JK Rowling to write Harry Potter
  • Cross the Ponte de Dom Luis (The Dom Luis I Bridge) bridge on the top and lower bridges.
  • Tour one of the Port Wine cellars (on the Gaia side of the Douro River)
  • Grab a beer and enjoy the sunset at Serra do Pilar viewpoint on the Gaia side of the Douro River)
  • Ribeira (Porto’s Riverside area)
  • Sao Bento’s train station
  • Take in the views from the area outside Se Catedral Porto
  • Enjoy the night out around Galerias
  • Capela das Almas and the surrounding area
  • Try the traditional “Francesinha” with a nice and cold beer at lunchtime
    • Cafe Santiago (go early)
    • Lado B
    • Bufete Fase
    • Barcarola Café
    • Brasao Cervejaria

Suggested Afternoon Itinerary

Start your walking tour at Sao Bento station, head down to Ribeira, buy a combined ticket for a boat trip on Douro river plus visit to one of the Port wine cellars (ask for the time with English guide). Cross the bridge on the lower side to Gaia, visit the Cellars, do the boat trip, have some fun at the rooftop terrace bar Espaco Porto Cruz on the side of Sandeman Port Cellar. Then walk up or take the cable car to Serra do Pilar and enjoy the sunset over there.

General Tips

Here are some general tips to help you enjoy your time in Porto:

  • If traveling to Porto from Lisbon (Lisboa), visit Obidos on your way
  • Order an expresso Italy and Portugal and Italy are the best places to have expresso.   You will not be disappointed!
  • Always buy bread or pastries at a traditional Patisserie (Pastelaria)
  • Ask for the menu of the day when having lunch (in Portuguese, “Menu do Dia”). A lot of restaurants use this method for lunch.  The Menu do Dia usually has soup, a main course, coffee and drink and is cheaper than ordering off the regular menu.
  • Always ask for the house wine at meals, it normally is as good as any other wine and it is the cheapest one. The wine is generally very cheap in Portugal so you can always buy some and drink on the street or in a nice place elsewhere.
  • Complement fish or shellfish dishes with some cold Vinho Verde, a unique Portuguese wine from the north.

Electric Feels. Indie Rock + Indie Dance Night.

ELECTRIC FEELS is a new immersive party that is here to make you dance. We’ll be playing all your favorite Indie Rock + Indie Dance jams, both old and new! We’re excited to be back at the the ECHOPLEX in Echo Park on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29th. We have some really fun stuff planned for you there. First 100 people get in FREE with RSVP, so come out and have some fun with us!

Featuring the songs of…
Phoenix • MGMT • The Killers • Miike Snow • Glass Animals • The Strokes • Lykke Li • Passion Pit • Arctic Monkeys • Empire of the Sun • Tame Impala • Vampire Weekend • Peter Bjorn & John • Foster The People • Modest Mouse • alt-J • BØRNS • Toro y Moi • Yeah Yeah Yeahs • The Shins • The White Stripes • Gorillaz • Bloc Party • Metronomy • The Black Keys • Neon Indian • Grizzly Bear • STRFKR • Justice • Bag Raiders • Foals • The Postal Service • Metric • CHVRCHES • M83 • The Naked & Famous • LCD Soundsystem • Washed Out • The Knife • Ratatat • Hot Chip • Sylvan Esso • Miami Horror • Friendly Fires • RAC • Weezer • Franz Ferdinand + more!
with Jeremy Burke + Special Guests
First 100 people free, $10 after with RSVP: ElectricFeelsParty.com9pm – 2am | 21+
Lights, Art and Vibes from Josh Schillace, Allison Harvard & Brian Dales
ECHOPLEX1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026



Music Tastes Good is comin’ back to Marina Green Park on September 29th and 30th for another two days of over 40 amazing music performances, a curated culinary adventure, and the best crowd we’ve ever had the pleasure to party with!

Saturday, September 29:
New Order, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Princess Nokia, Lil B, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Qunitron & Miss Pussycat, No BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer, Manuel the Band
Sunday, September 30:
James Blake, Janelle Monáe, The Black Angels, Parquet Courts, The Church, Lizzo, Sun Kil Moon, Hollie Cook, Bill Callahan, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, The Blow, De Lux, Ladama, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui

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Music Tastes Good is rain or shine.

All acts, times, and locations are subject to change without notice

Children 5 & under get in free with ticketed adult

Discounted passes for children ages 6-12 available for $35/day with ticketed adult (available only at the box office; subject to capacity)

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California Vegetarian Food Festival 2018

The California Vegetarian Food Festival brings amazing eats, speakers, & entertainment back to Hollywood!
Foodies, locavores, vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians, and those who simply want to find out more about living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, this is the festival for you!

Innovative food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors will congregate in Los Angeles to celebrate the delight of plant-based food and cruelty-free living at the California Vegetarian Food Festival.
The festival will feature food sampling and purchased meals, environmental and animal welfare information tables, and live entertainment and activities throughout the day. Please visit for updates.
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15th Annual, Rods, Rides & Relics Classic Car Show on the Redondo Pier

15th Annual Rods, Rides & Relics Car Show on The Redondo Beach

Pierpresented by Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach & Redondo Pier AssociationSunday, September 30, 2018Car Show: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Live Music featuring The Stingrays: 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.Redondo Beach Pier 100 Fisherman’s WharfRedondo Beach, CA 90277FREEOpen to the publicCars by invitation onlyOver 100 antique cars will be displayed along the Redondo Beach Pier. New this year, live music on the International Boardwalk and don’t forget to vote for your favorite car!

Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Gathering

The Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Gathering is a 3 day festival celebrating Southern California’s outdoor community, brands and lifestyle. The Festival’s mission is to connect outdoor enthusiasts and the outdoor curious with our SoCal outdoor community. Drawing from our lifetime of experiences and connections, we’re offering education, instruction, insider access to premiere brands… everything necessary to power your outdoor adventures!

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in climbing, slacklining, yoga and skateboarding events; watch professional demos; participate in open contests; engage with pro athletes, outdoor industry brands and advocacy experts; browse vendor tables and get festival only deals on equipment; enjoy music, friendship, eating, drinking, and of course, watch awe-inspiring films!CLICK HERE to check out video highlights from our 2017 Gathering.

Join us Friday night at Adventure 16 Outfitters.

5:30pm – Happy Hour: Sponsored by Sufferfest Beer and Sierra Nevada Beer, Chilled by Yeti – (suggested donation benefitting Access Fund and American Alpine Club) and Socializing
7:00pm – “Overcoming Injuries and Adversity” panel with pro adventure athletes Hans Florine (Outdoor Research), Heidi Wirtz (The North Face), and Arian Chamasmany (Loaded Boards). Q&A to follow.
8:00pm – Replenish your beverages and socialize
8:30pm – Movies begin – “The Road to Wanderlust” (yoga / adventure short), “Peer Pressure” (rock climbing / adventure short), “No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica” (freeride skiing / expedition / adventure feature – North American Premiere)

To see the complete Festival Schedule and to book climbing, slacklining, acro-yoga, and yoga clinics, visit

Capacity is limited, so reserve your space today!
Please RSVP ONLY if you plan to attend.Attendees will be admitted on a first come-first-served basis until capacity is reached.
MAFF Gathering: September 28th-30th, 2018Benefitting: The Access Fund and American Alpine Club

Van Nuys Art Festival

The Van Nuys Arts Festival is back! On September 28th the Van Nuys Civic Center will become a virtual forest and play host to live music, art installations, family activities, local artists, food trucks, and even a 3D dance party! Best of all, admission is free!————-
Art Installations:
Interactive, large-scale artworks designed to immerse attendees in a virtual forest.

Christine Marie: 3D Dance Machine
GR818ERS: Block Party and Live Graffiti Battle
Spencer Sterling by 818 Arts: Live Projection Mapping
Immersive Mist Cloud & Light Installations by Dyson & Womack

Live Music:
This diverse group of VNAF Mainstage performers provides an exciting, eclectic soundtrack to the festival.

Los Cambalache 6:00pm
NOVALA 6:40pm
Maya Jupiter 7:45pm
Lesser Pieces 8:35pm
Cutty Flam 9:20pm

Experience a live Graffiti Battle and more at the VNAF Block Party Stage.

CHAMPS Charter High School   6:00-8:00pm
Van Nuys High School 6:00-8:00pm
GR818ERS Graffiti Art Battle 8:00-10:00pm

Local DJs keep the party going all night.

DJ Les Ortiz (Mainstage DJ and Master of Ceremonies)
DJ Jason Correa (3D Dance Party)
GR818ERS (Graffiti Battle and Block Party)

Interactive Pop-Ups & Workshops:
Make your own animal print stamps or pose for a 3D selfie thanks to our local art partners.

LACMA: 3-D Instagram Photo Booth and Artmaking
Discovery Cube LA:  Animal Track Printmaking
Sun Valley Youth Arts Center: Artmaking Workshop
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural: Artmaking Workshop
Off the Wall Graffiti: Graffiti Workshop
Van Nuys High School: Robotic Animals Pop-up
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment: Pin making
SFV Roller Derby: Live Skating Exhibition
Van Nuys Comedy Club: Stand-Up Comedy Performances

Partners and Outreach Booths:
Discover more about your community through our local partners’  display and outreach booths.

Pacoima Beautiful Arts Incubator
CSUN Performing Arts
Los Angeles Public Library – Van Nuys
High Tech LA Middle School
Panorama High School
Department of City Planning
LA Metro

Beer Garden:
Quench your thirst with local brews curated by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild.

818 Brewing
Hand-Brewed Beer
MacLeod Ale
San Fernando Brewing
Brought to you by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild

Food Trucks:
Grab dinner or a cool treat from a diverse array of food trucks.

Kogi Korean BBQ
The Churro Man
The Fix on Wheels
Word of Mouth
The Bollywood Kitchen
Humble Crust
Peaches Smokehouse
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Discover local art and artists.

White Canvas
Purgatory Pond
Darlene Kerns Art
Café y té Collective
White Label Vinyl
XOM3 Botanical Solutions
Beat Swap Meet – Vinyl Records
Sol De Cobre
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Tacos and Beer Fest

A party like no other! Tacos & Beer Festival Kicks off a fun and festive Cinco De Mayo weekend.

Tacos and Beer Festival Brings you  a cultural experience with the best party-fiesta ambiance, tacos, beer, micheladas, tequila and margaritas, Mariachis, live bands and  So. Cal DJs.  Attendees may participate in games such as a tug-o-war,  a piñata breaking party, a fiesta costume contest or ride a mechanical bull —OLE!  Muchachos and muchachas, bring the Mexican sombrero, serape, folklore skirts, the maracas, la guitarra, the trumpet or just join the fun!  My friends…Salud!
The Tacos and Beer Festival will take place at L.A. Pershing Square Park, from noon to 7pm.  Your GA ticket includes admission to the festival and participation in all the games, but does not include food nor drinks. The VIP ticket includes four drinks, unlimited tacos, private restrooms, and a VIP tent located next to the main stage.
Everyone will get a wristband and you may go in and out of the festival as long as you wear the wristband.

21+ only – General admission tickets do not include food and beverage. All food and beverage may be purchased for cash and credit card throughout the festival grounds. ATM’s will be available for your convenience No Refunds—No exceptions. Event is RAIN OR SHINE!