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.