Recognizing the importance of the development and consolidation of the "Cycling & Walking" product in the affirmation of the region as a Destination of Nature Tourism and in combating seasonal demand, the Municiplaty of Lagos decided to join forces with Almargem Association (NGO) to hold in2018, the 1ºWalk Festival taking place in the municipality of Lagos, designated Barão de São João - Walk & Art Fest.

The initiative integrates the Algarve Walking Season (AWS) event calendar which includes the other 2 hiking festivals in the Region (Festival de Caminhadas de Alcoutim). The AWS is an initiative coordinated by the Cooperativa QRER - Cooperativa para o Desenvolvimento dos Territórios de Baixa Densidade and was Support for the Tourism Board.

The Barão de São João - Walk & Art Fest will take place from November 01 to 04 of 2018 with its headquarters in the Centro Cultural de Barão de São João.
The Festival promises 4 days filled with activities composed of environmental education activities for children and families, technical workshops, talks and 8 to 10 daily walks that can be short or long distance or themed (botany, bird watching, archeology, geology, cultural heritage).

This Festival will have a strong artistic component, combining the local artists that make Barão de São João such a unique place. These artists will be involved in the dynamization of activities ranging from the realization of workshops to guided tours allied to their work. In addition to some inhabitants of the parish who will guide paths in a unique way the land where they live and will tell many secrets that will not leave anyone indifferent.

The event also counts with numerous partnerships with tourist animation companies and other entities that will energize many of these actions for free.