Rhode Island Day of Portugal
A celebration of Portuguese language, culture and history.
Since 1958, Rhode Island has been celebrating Dia de Portugal, or Day of Portugal, annually held on June 10 throughout the Portuguese-speaking parts of the world. Rhode Island may be small, but we have the highest percentage of people in the United States who claim Portuguese as their primary ancestry, and they are not afraid to tell you who they are and that they’re proud of their roots. Dia de Portugal is the perfect place to show off this pride. This year’s Day of Portugal Festival will take place June 8 and 9 as part of PVDFest.
The celebration includes fun, culturally relevant activities in Rhode Island. From June 1–8, the festival hosts Portuguese Restaurant Week, with special meal deals for lunch and dinner ($12.99 for lunch with soup or salad and $19.99 for dinner with soup or salad) at Portuguese restaurants around the state, including Spring Primavera, Beirão, O Dinis, Madeira, Riviera Restaurant, Galito Restaurant, Tugas Restaurant and more. Indulge in traditional Portuguese recipes, such as kale soup, chourico (spicy sausage), Portuguese steak topped with fried egg and served with chips or bacalhau (cod), paired with regional wines.
You can also attend the Miss Dia de Portugal event, a pageant held for girls and young women ages four to twenty-three. The pageant promotes self-confidence and self-esteem in girls and young women, while “fostering respect and encouraging individualism in a fun and engaging environment.”
The rest of the festival runs alongside PVDFest and will be held on June 8 and 9 starting at noon both days in Providence, including a parade that kicks off from the Rhode Island State House on Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Last year, the Prime Minister and President of Portugal were both in attendance! ridayofportugal.org