When it comes to parties and festivals, no other country does it better than Brazil. One of the best things to do in Brazil is, indeed, to attend its many festivals, the most famous of which is Rio Carnival – the largest carnival in the world and one of the best places to visit in Brazil when it ignites the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
While summer in many parts of the world is winter in this South American country, there are still plenty of epic festivals and parties in Brazil that one will enjoy when visiting during this season. With summer in many parts of the world already looming, this is a good time to start making plans on how to attend these amazing parties and festivals in Brazil.
Square dance performing at the feast of Saint John, during Festa Junina at Parque do Povo, Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil
Festa Junina is, by many standards, the largest celebration in Brazil after Rio Carnival. The festival was first introduced to the country by the Portuguese colonizers, and it is held to celebrate the harvest and Christian saints, particularly Saint John the Baptist.
It is usually celebrated in June, and it features drinking and eating, dancing, and a display of spectacular shows.
- Dates: Throughout June
- Where: Most large Brazilian cities, but more so in Northern Brazil
Festa Junina is held in nearly every large city in Brazil, but the biggest celebration usually takes place in the Northern cities in the country, particularly in Campina Grande and Caruaru.
Enflor & Garden Fair
A close-up view of red flowers
Those interested in plants and flowers will love the Enflor & Garden Fair, as it features displays of colorful plants and flowers from around the world. It is a great place to get decorating ideas for homes, offices, and other things.
Just walking around and taking pictures at this event is a memorable experience, and one will also have flowers to take home, as many are up for sale.
- Dates: Mid to late July
- Where: Holambra, São Paulo
Festa Do Peao De Barretos (Cowboy Festival Of Barretos)
Two cowboys running after a horse in a Rodeo
Cowboy festivals are held throughout Brazil, but the Cowboy Festival of Barretos remains the most popular. It is also one of the largest cowboy festivals in the world, with nearly a million people in attendance every year.
Festa Do Peao De Barretos is held to celebrate the Cowboy culture and also to display some of the most intense bull and horse riding in the world. The event lasts for up to 10 days, and besides the performances, visitors will also be able to enjoy food, drinks, and shopping around the venue.
- Date: From mid-August
- Venue: City of São Paulo, Barretos
Parintins Folklore Festival
Boi Bumba, Brazil’s largest folklore festival, is a traditional dispute between two ox groups, blue and red, Parintins, Amazonas, Brazil
Parintins Folklore Festival (also called Festival do Boi-Bumbá and Bumba Meu Boi) is among the best summer festivals in Brazil and is held every year in late June to celebrate local Amazonian folklore about a resurrected ox.
The celebration lasts for three days, and it is one of the biggest festivals in Brazil. It also features interesting storytelling, which often involves singing and dancing, and displays of colorful costumes
- Festival dates: Late July
- Venue: City of Parintins, Amazonas
Festival De Chachaca
Horse and carriage on a cobblestone street in Historic Colonial Town, Paraty, Brazil
While Paraty is usually peaceful for the majority of the year, this city hosts the Chachaca Festival, which is one of the best summer events in Brazil. This event is held to celebrate the Chachaca, which is Brazil’s sugar cane liquor, and it features food, dancing, and lots of drinking.
- Dates: From mid to late August
- Venue: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
A close-up view of a glass of beer beside flowers
Bauernfest is a summer festival in Brazil that has its origins in Germanic traditions. This event is centered around beer, and it also features food and folk music. Bauernfest lasts for about ten days, and throughout the event, millions of dollars are spent by participants on tens of thousands of liters of beer and tons of German food.
Besides the food and beer, the event also displays Germanic architecture, costumes, and cultural performances that will keep participants entertained.
- Dates: From mid to late June. It usually ends before or a few days after June 29 which is the German settlement day.
- Venue: Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro
A close-up view of a Brazilian meal
Brazil Sabor is a gastronomy event that aims at showcasing the rich cuisine of Brazil. It is one of the best food festivals in the world, which makes it an amazing adventure for food lovers. The event usually lasts for three days, and throughout that time, hundreds of participating restaurants from more than 50 cities will be presenting their unique dishes to the world.
Besides being a great way to showcase the cuisine of Brazil, this event is also a great way for restaurants around the world to win the hearts of customers and also get public opinion about their food.
Rock In Rio
A phone recording of a live music show
Brazil is not just about carnivals and food festivals. It also features some of the most exciting music festivals in the world, one of which is Rock in Rio. This event lasts for more than a week, and it features a huge lineup of some of the best rock musicians from around the world.
Millions of people attend this event every year, making it one of the largest music festivals in the world.
- Date: Early September
- Venue: Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuaca, Rio de Janeiro
Oktoberfest Of Blumenau
People holding hands and dancing at Oktoberfest of Blumenau
Although not exactly held in summer (more toward the end of summer and the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere), Oktoberfest is worth mentioning for those who want an exciting event in Brazil regardless of when it is held. This annual event is the largest of all Germanic festivals in Brazil and is also considered the third largest of its kind in the world.
Like many other Germanic festivals, Oktoberfest of Blumenau is a celebration of Germanic culture, food, and beer. The event features music, dancing, interesting competitions and performances, and most importantly – lots of beer drinking.
- Dates: Mid-October
- Venue: Blumenau, Santa Catarina
A performance at Rio Carnival in Brazil
Rio Carnival is always worth mentioning in any list of festivals in Brazil, as it is one of the many once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences worth having. Although the event does not fall in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, it is held in Brazil’s summer, which lasts from December to February. Besides, it is the biggest and top on the list of the best places to celebrate carnival in the world, and that alone makes it worth traveling for.
Rio Carnival is held to celebrate the start of Lent (a period of fasting), and it features amazing samba performances, lots of eating and drinking, and displays of the different cultures from around the world.
- Date: Before Lent. Dates usually fall between February and March. Check out the Rio Carnival official website for more information.
- Venue: Sambradome, Rio de Janeiro