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Rio de Janeiro Events

Rio de Janeiro 2014 events

FLIP – Paraty International Literary Festival

Date :
30 July 2014 - 3 August 2014

Launched in 2003, this book-fest in the historic little coastal town of Par ......

Launched in 2003, this book-fest in the historic little coastal town of Paraty, close to Rio, is now rated as one of the best of its kind in the world. Leading Brazilian authors are joined by major international names, with previous visitors including Margaret Atwood, Carol Ann Duffy, Nadim Gordimer, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Colm Toibim. The five-day festival features readings, conferences, and round-table debates, plus a lively mix of music, food and dance.

Venue:
Various venues in Paraty.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Website:

Category:
Art & Literature

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Rio International Film Festival

Date :
24 September 2014 - 8 October 2014

The 'Festival do Rio' is the city's International Film Festival. In recent ......

The 'Festival do Rio' is the city's International Film Festival. In recent years Brazilian films based in Rio, such as Central Station, City of God, and Favela Rising have received worldwide acclaim. This major festival showcases well over 500 feature films, documentaries and shorts, with screenings taking place in various venues throughout the city. Proceedings are dominated by the award of the coveted Golden Lion prize. In addition to the films, there's also an entertainment programme including live music and parties.

Venue:
Various venues in Rio.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Category:
Theatre & Film

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Rio de Janeiro Pride

Date :
11 October 2014

The Rio de Janeiro Pride (Parada de Orgulho Gay) is one of the biggest gay ......

The Rio de Janeiro Pride (Parada de Orgulho Gay) is one of the biggest gay pride parades in the world. More than two million people take part in parties, on the Zona Sul beaches and across the city, in celebration of sexual diversity and equality. Visitors will be hard pressed not to find a samba band or sounds system somewhere around the capital.

Venue:
Throughout the city.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

The parade is free, but separate events may by ticketed.

Category:
Gay & Lesbian

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Fashion Rio

Date :
8 November 2014 - 11 November 2014

One of the biggest events in the Brazilian fashion calendar is Fashion Rio, ......

One of the biggest events in the Brazilian fashion calendar is Fashion Rio, a twice-yearly event taking place in the summer and winter. It will feature major Brazilian designers as well as showcasing of the most exciting emerging young talent around.

Venue:
Jockey Club Brasileiro.

Address:
Píer Mauá, Avenida Rodrigues Alves, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Category:
Spectacle

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Reveillon

Date :
31 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Outdoor concerts and parties all over the city culminate in a massive firew ......

Outdoor concerts and parties all over the city culminate in a massive fireworks display on Copacabana Beach to mark Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, its second biggest bash after Carnival. Up to one million people gather on the sands, so get there early to stake your place.

Venue:
Copacabana Beach and seafront.

Address:
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Free.

Category:
Spectacle

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Iemenjã

Date :
31 December 2014

Iemenjã is a watery tribute to the Afro-Brazilian Mother-Goddess of the Se ......

Iemenjã is a watery tribute to the Afro-Brazilian Mother-Goddess of the Sea, with religious ceremonies taking place at sunset on beaches along Zona Sul. In this visually impressive and moving event, Umbanda devotees dressed in white take to the sea to make offerings in little paper boats to Iemenjã.

Venue:
Zona Sul beaches.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Free

Category:
Religion

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Rio de Janeiro 2015 events

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Date :
28 February 2015 - 4 March 2015

Simply the world's greatest party, the annual carnival in Rio de Janeiro is ......

Simply the world's greatest party, the annual carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the wildest extravaganzas on the planet. The main carnival parade in the huge, purpose-built Sambódromo comes alive with a riot of colour, outlandish floats, throngs of gyrating dancers and pounding drummers, all shaking to intoxicating samba rhythms.

Rio's carnival starts on Saturday and ends on Ash Wednesday. Escolas de Samba ('Samba Schools') from each city neighbourhood compete to see which can parade the best, loudest, and most creatively decorated floats, carrying samba bands and accompanied by dancers and other performers. Before, during and after the main parades (held on Sunday and Monday), there are many other events across the city, including music shows, carnival balls and separate parades for the lesser samba schools.

Venue:
Sambódromo and throughout the city.

Address:
Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

From US$150 upwards. Sambódromo ticket prices vary.

Category:
Dance

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Good Friday

Date :
3 April 2015

The most important date in the Catholic calendar, Rio marks Holy Week with ......

The most important date in the Catholic calendar, Rio marks Holy Week with religious processions, ceremonies and masses across the city. One of the biggest ceremonies takes place at the Catedral Metropolitana, home of Rio’s patron saint, Santo Sebastião, with a commemorative liturgy celebrating the passion and death of Christ. Afterwards there is a procession accompanied by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, bearing a fragment of the Holy Cross. The Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Copacabana (Church of Our Lady of Copacabana) also conducts a procession, with drummers and participants dressed as Roman soldiers.

Venue:
Catedral Metropolitana, Avenida República do Chile 245, Centro, and throughout the city.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Free

Category:
Spectacle

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Dia do Indio (Indian Day)

Date :
19 April 2015

The annual Day of the Indian is an important date celebrated throughout Bra ......

The annual Day of the Indian is an important date celebrated throughout Brazil, but with special activities held in Rio’s superb Museu do Indio, honouring the nation’s 600,000 indigenous peoples. Events at the museum include ceremonial dances, live music performances, exhibitions and film screenings.

Venue:
Museu do Indio.

Address:
Rua das Palmeiras, Botafogo 55, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Category:
Theatre & Film

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Festas Junina

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2015 (June)

This is a New World twist on an old European Catholic tradition, brought to ......

This is a New World twist on an old European Catholic tradition, brought to Brazil by the first Portuguese settlers. In Mediterranean countries, the Fiesta de San Juan (Saint John) falls on the summer solstice, and is celebrated with bonfires. Rio extends this June festival to include Santo Antonio (Saint Anthony) on 13 June, São João (St John), 11 days later and São Pedro (Saint Peter) on 29 June.

On three separate evenings, in private homes, in clubs, and in public places all over Rio, stalls are set out to resemble village market places and are decorated with streamers and lanterns. Against the glow of bonfires there is much dancing, eating and drinking. In mock weddings, couples follow the old tradition of leaping the flames. Many other events also take place in the weeks before and after the saints’ days, in venues all across the city.
 

Venue:
Various.

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Free

Category:
Spectacle

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Rio de Janeiro 2016 events

Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Date :
7 August 2016 - 21 August 2016

Over 200 nations will complete in the world’s biggest sporting spectacle ......

Over 200 nations will complete in the world’s biggest sporting spectacle when the summer Olympics roll into Rio in 2016. Disciplines range from archery to weightlifting as athletes go for the gold. 35 venues around the city will host sports, but the main action will be in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã.

Venue:
Various venues around the city

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Tickets start from $90.

Category:
Sport

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Rio 2016 Paralympics Games

Date :
7 September 2016 - 18 September 2016

Along with the Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro has been chosen to hold ......

Along with the Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro has been chosen to hold the Paralympics in 2016. This will be the first time the multi-sport event for the disabled has been hosted in South America. Expect some breathtaking action across 22 disciplines from archery to wheelchair tennis. There will also be debuts for canoeing and triathlon competitions as the Paralympics take place all across the city.

Venue:
Various venues around the city

Address:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event cost:

Tickets start from $90.

Category:
Sport

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