Friday • 20th of March

How about starting the weekend getting to know Porto?

10:45 – 12:30

Porto Walking Tour

Start the weekend with getting to know a bit about Porto!  Join us for a walking tour around the UNESCO classified historic city center Porto. Away from the main streets, you will see how Porto was shaped over its many centuries of existence. Strolling through the narrow streets of the city center, accompanied by enthusiastic local guides, who will share with you not only the history, but also their favourite stories and anecdotes.

More detailed information is on our activities page.

Meeting point •  Praça dos Leões, next to the fountain  (pay on arrival)

14:00 – 20:00


You can check in and get your festival wristband starting at 2:00pm at the Ginásio Academia de Artes do Porto, where many of the classes will be today.

We’ll have chekc-in and info desk here doing late check-ins until 8:00pm, so if you arrive late, come find us here to check in!  There will also be a small info desk at Casa da Música Café, where we’ll help direct you to the room where the African dance classes are.  However, there will be no check-in available at Casa da Música.

15:00 – 19:40


You’ll have your first three hours of classes on Friday so don’t arrive too late to Porto! Exact times for each level can be found on the Festival Timetable page.

* The Curious Workshop has classes only Saturday and Sunday

23:00 – 4:00

Welcome Party

Bring your Blues mood and all of your energy and good vibes and let’s dance, enjoying live music with Stefano Ronchi.  Can you find familiar faces from last year?  Start getting to know new ones as well – make sure you ask some of them to dance!

The prelims for the Social Dance and Solo Blues competitions are tonight so be at the party by 23:30 to make sure you’re ready to go when it’s announced!  Bring on your best moves for a chance to win a full pass to Drag the Blues in Barcelona, The Spoonful in Edinburgh, Korea Blues Camp in Seoul or Atlantic Blues 2020!

Don’t miss the shop in the corner with the lovely Marta Figueroa from Catrela.  She makes personalized postcards and pins for you if you send her a photo.  What a fantastic souvenir or gift for friends and family!

Live MusicStefano Ronchi

Venues •  7th Floor Restaurant @ Casa da Música