Highlights of Brazil’s many festivals are listed below. See the regional chapters for details of these and many other events.


  • Bom Jesus dos Navegantes Four-day festival starting on the second Sunday in January, Penedo, Alagoas.
  • Festa de Santo Amaro January 23 to February 2, Santo Amaro, Bahia.
  • Lavagem do Bonfim Second Thursday in Janu­ary, Salvador, Bahia.
  • Processao do Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes January 1, Salvador, Bahia.


  • Festa de lemanja February 2; Salvador, Bahia.
  • Shrove Tuesday and Carnaval February or March depending on the Easter date; the famous Fat Tues­day celebration and the days preceding it. Nationwide.


  • Semana Santa The week before Easter, in March or April; celebrations in Congonhas, Ouro Preto, Goias Velho.


  • Cavalhada Held 50 days after Easter, Pirenopolis, Goias.
  • Festa do Divino The first Sunday after Ascension Day, Alcantara, Maranhao.
  • Festa do Divino Espirito Santo In May or June, 40 days after Easter, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state.
  • Micareta In April or early May, Feira de Santana, Bahia.


  • Boi-Bumba Three days in late June, Parintins, Amazonas.
  • Bumba Meu Boi From late June to the second week of August, Sao Luis, Maranhao. Festa de Sao Joao Held June 22 to 24, Cachoeira, Bahia.
  • Festas Juninas Celebrated throughout June in Rio state and much of the rest of the country.
  • Festival Foldorico do Amazonas Throughout June, Manaus, Amazonas.


  • Fortal Last week of July, Fortaleza, Ceara.
  • Festival de Danca Second half of July, Joinville, Santa Catarina.
  • Regata de Jangadas Second half of July, Fortaleza, Ceara.


  • Festa da NS de Boa Morte Held in mid-August, Cachoeira, Bahia.
  • Festa de lemanja Held August 15, Fortaleza, Ceara.
  • Foldore Nordestino In late August, Olinda, Pernambuco.


  • Festa de NS de Nazare On September 7 and 8, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro state.
  • Festa de NS dos Remedios On September 8, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state.
  • Festa do Caire Second week of September, Alter do Chao, Parb.
  • Jubileu do Senhor Bom Jesus do Matosinhos Takes place from September 7 to 14, Congonhas, Minas Gerais.


  • Cirio de Nazare Starts the second Sunday in October, Belem, Para.
  • NS do Rosario Second half of October in Cachoeira, Bahia and October 23 to 25 in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais.
  • Oktoberfest The middle two weeks in October, Blumenau, Santa Catarina.
  • Rio Jazz Festival Varying dates in October, Rio de Janeiro.


  • Dia do Romeiro e Festa do Padre Cicero Held November 1 and 2, Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara.
  • Maceio Fest Held in the 3rd week of November, Maceid, Alagoas.


  • Carnatal First week of December, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
  • Festa Santa Barbara Celebrated December 4 to 6, Salvador, Bahia.
  • Reveillon and Festa de lemanja December 31, Rio de Janeiro.