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Brazil - What's on When?

January

Festa do Bonfi
Bahia’s most colourful festival takes place in January. During this Catholic celebration of saints, thousands of locals, donning traditional Yoruba costumes, embark on a parade from Conceição da Praia to Bonfim Church. The festival ends with all-night socialising on the beach.

February

Carnival Carnival,
Brazil's most famous festival, takes place in February. Carnival, which has its origins in the pagan festival of spring, lasts a week and occurs before Lent. Although major cities like Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Olinda and São Paulo are particularly famous for their parties and parades, Carnival is celebrated countrywide.

March

Chocofest
Chocofest is Brazil's largest Easter festival with parades, craft fairs, culinary workshops, performances and lots of chocolate on offer.

April

Easter
Easter Weekend is celebrated with processions and concerts countrywide. A popular destination for the weekend is the town of Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 13 baroque churches.

May

Brasil Sabor Food Festival
The Brasil Sabor Food Festival takes place each May and is a celebration of national foods such as açaí fruit, catupiry cheese and chicken croquettes. The festival spans several weeks and involves thousands of restaurants across Brazil.

June

Festa Junina
Festa Junina is held to commemorate the birth of John the Baptist, a Catholic saint. On the eve of St John's Day over one million people gather in Campina Grande and Caruaru. These towns are over-run with forró bands, food stalls, firework displays and locals dressed as cowboys.

July

Festival de Dança de Joinville
Every year a dance festival, Festival de Dança de Joinville is held in the city of Joinville. The festival lasts eight days and features various events, such as dance competitions across a number of genres.

August

Rodeo
In August the largest rodeo in Brazil takes place in Barretos, in the state of São Paulo. The event is held in a large open-air stadium built by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

September

Festival do Rio
Festival do Rio is an international film festival held in Rio de Janeiro each September. Brazilian and international films are showcased.

October

October Free Jazz Festival
This three-day event features national and international jazz acts. The festival is held in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and entry is free of charge.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is held in Blumenau each year. Hosted by German descendants, the festival is a celebration of all things German - from food and beer to folklore and music.

November

Círio de Nazaré
This Catholic celebration is one of the largest in Brazil - attracting over 1 million pilgrims each year. Parades, live music acts and cultural events are all part of the festivities.

December

New Year’s Eve
Up to two million people gather at Copacabana Beach on New Year’s Eve for the largest free party in Brazil. Big-name musicians perform and the evening is capped with an impressive fireworks display.