Cultural in Paraty


Since launching in 2003, Paraty's international literary festival has grown into one of the year's biggest cultural events, bringing in authors from around the world for five days each July. Author panels, debates, …
Sports in Saquarema

Oi Rio Pro Saquarema

This 10-day international competition is the highlight of Saquarema's annual surfing calendar.
Religious in Paraty

Semana Santa

Holy Week celebrations include the beautiful Procissão do Fogaréu, a torchlit procession through the historic center starting just past midnight on the Thursday before Easter.
Food & Drink in Paraty

Festival da Pinga de Paraty

The Paraty region produces excellent cachaça (sugarcane alcohol), and in 1984 the town council inaugurated this annual celebration. Housed in a giant tent just over the bridge from the historical center, this food-a…
Music in Paraty

Estações Musicais em Paraty

Launched in 2017 and spanning nearly nine months, this music festival brings dozens of instrumental and chamber music concerts to local churches, with additional performances at Paraty's Casa da Cultura and the hill…
New Year in Copacabana & Leme

Reveillon & Festa de Iemanjá

New Year’s Eve (Reveillon) in Rio is celebrated by millions of people. Tons of fireworks explode in the sky over Copacabana. New Year’s Day coincides with the festival of Iemanjá, the sea goddess. Wearing white, the…
Cultural in Petrópolis


In the mid-19th century, Germans constituted the vast majority of Petrópolis's population. This Germanic legacy is celebrated with music, dancing, German food and free-flowing beer during the city's 10-day Bauernfes…
Cultural in Paraty


Carnaval here is a big street party – check out the Saturday procession of the Bloco da Lama, in which young people come in droves to cover themselves in mud and dance through the streets. See photos at www.paraty.c…
Cultural in Rio de Janeiro

Festas Juninas

The June Festival is one of the most important folkloric festivals in Brazil. In Rio it’s celebrated in various public plazas throughout the month, primarily on June 13 (Dia de Santo Antônio), June 24 (Dia de São Jo…
Food & Drink in Visconde de Mauá

Concurso Gastronômico

Since 1996, Mauá has hosted this popular culinary festival featuring workshops, tastings and other events, with special emphasis on the local trout and pinhões (giant nuts from the native araucária trees).