After Carnaval the visiting crowds disperse, though the weather stays hot and the tropical rain showers continue. Ongoing summer concerts and events make it a festive time to visit.
Dia da Fundação da Cidade
The city commemorates its founding in 1565 with a March 1 Mass in the church of its patron saint, Igreja de São Sebastião dos Capuchinos (Rua Haddock Lobo 266, Tijuca). A procession, concerts, a children's parade and one massive birthday cake are part of the festivities.
Sexta-Feira da Paixão
In March or April (depending on when Easter falls), Good Friday is celebrated throughout the city. The most important ceremony re-enacts the Stations of the Cross under the Arcos da Lapa, with more than 100 actors.
Festival é Tudo Verdade
Latin America's most important documentary film festival (www.itsalltrue.com.br) takes place over 10 days in March or April; more than 100 films from Brazil and abroad are screened at theaters in Rio and São Paulo.