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 in 2018, the 1º Walk 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 3 hiking festivals in the Region (Walking Festival Ameixial, Festival de Caminhadas de Alcoutim and Festival de Caminhadas de Monchique). 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 4th to 6th of 2022 with its headquarters in the Centro Cultural de Barão de São João.