Cultural in Salvador


Salvador’s Carnaval is Brazil's second largest and, for many, the best. It’s characterized by parades of axé and pagode bands atop creeping trios electricos (long trucks loaded with huge speakers). A trio or drum co…
Religious in Salvador

Festa de Iemanjá

Perhaps Candomblé’s most important festival, the event pays homage to the orixá (deity) Iemanjá, goddess of the sea and fertility. Devotees descend on Praia Rio Vermelho in the morning, where ceremonies are held to …
Cultural in Porto Seguro


Porto Seguro’s Carnaval, Bahia’s most famous after Salvador’s, is relatively small and safe, consisting of a few trios electricos (long trucks loaded with huge speakers) cruising the main drag blasting axé music. Th…
Religious in Salvador

Lavagem do Bonfim

Salvador’s biggest festival outside of Carnaval honors the saint with Bahia's largest following – Senhor do Bonfim, associated with Candomblé. A procession of baianas (women dressed as Bahian ‘aunts’) in ritual dres…
Religious in Salvador

Festa de São João da Bahia

Pyrotechnics, street parties and forró (popular music of the Northeast) performances spring up all over town for a week near the end of June. Bahia's so-called festas juninas (June celebrations) take place in Salvad…
Religious in Salvador

Processão do Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes

A maritime procession transports the image of Bom Jesus from Igreja NS da Conceição in Cidade Baixa north along the bay to Igreja de NS da Boa Viagem. A festival ensues on Praia da Boa Viagem.
Folkloric in Cachoeira & São Felix

Festa de São João

The largest popular festival of Bahia’s interior, celebrated with folklore, music, dancing and a generous amount of food and drink.
New Year in Salvador

Passagem do Ano Novo

New Year’s Eve is celebrated with all the zest of Carnaval, especially on the beaches.
Religious in Cachoeira & São Felix

Festa de NS D'Ajuda

Features a ritual lavagem (washing) of the church and a street festival.
Religious in Cachoeira & São Felix

Festa de NS do Rosário

A religious festival featuring great music and food.