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 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…
Carnaval in Centro & Praça Mauá

Cordão do Bola Preta

The oldest and biggest banda still in action. Costumes are always welcome, especially those with black-and-white spots. Held near Rua Rosário.
Film in Rio de Janeiro

Rio International Film Festival

The festival is one of the biggest in Latin America. Some 250 films from more than 60 countries are shown at 20-odd theaters. Runs over two weeks.
Carnaval in Ipanema & Leblon

Banda de Ipanema

This long-standing banda (procession) attracts a wild crowd, complete with drag queens and others in costume. Don’t miss it.
Carnaval in Santa Teresa & Lapa


A crazy mixed crowd (some dressed as Carmelite nuns) parades through Santa Teresa’s streets.
Carnaval in Ipanema & Leblon

Banda Simpatia é Quase Amor

A favorite Ipanema banda, with a 50-piece percussion band.
Carnaval in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Suvaco de Cristo

Very popular bloco (whose name means ‘Christ’s armpit,’ in reference to the open-armed Redeemer looming overhead). It also meets on Carnaval Saturday but doesn’t announce the time (to avoid overcrowding), so ask aro…
Art in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Portas Abertas

Santa Teresa’s artists open their studios and the neighborhood becomes a living installation for a weekend each year in winter. Dates have varied between June and September, making it rather difficult to plan for.
Carnaval in Centro & Praça Mauá


Rise and shine! This huge bloco attracts upwards of 500,000 revelers who, nursing hangovers (or perhaps still inebriated), gather near Av Vargas in Centro for a final farewell to Carnaval.