Sao Paulo Events
Okay, while it’s not exactly Rio, São Paulo’s celebrations beginning on the Friday before Ash Wednesday are a riot of samba school rehearsals, street parades and blocos (individually planned street parties). The Sambódromo, however, is the crème de la crème as it comes to life with samba schools battling for supremacy.Date: 21 February 2020 - 26 February 2020
A 24-hour, non-stop celebration of city culture that showcases everything from dance and film to art and theatre. Organisers lean heavily on the musical side of things as well with over 2,000 artists performing across the whole day and night. Taking its cue from the inversion of expectations, the event will have museums opening from dawn and plenty of the unexpected in the downtown area of São Paulo.Date: 30 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Venue: Various venues.
Prices vary from show to show.
São Vito Festival
Running over nearly two months each year, the São Vito Festival is a dedicated Italian community celebration based around St Vito, the patron saint of Polignano a Mare who hails from Puglia, Italy. Street parties, feasts of traditional food and lively processions make up this very Italian occasion, which is celebrated by São Paulo’s emphatic wave of Italian immigrants.Date: 01 June 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Rua Fernades Silva, Brás
Parada do Orgulho LGBT
The annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade is the world’s largest, attracting around four million people. Expect riotously colourful processions of floats and street dancing in a parade that stretches for 4.2km (2.6 miles), right through Avenida Paulista.Date: 14 June 2020 - 14 June 2020
Venue: Avenida Paulista.
São Paulo Art Biennial
Inspired by the Venice Biennale art festival, the São Paulo Art Biennial takes place every two years between September and December. Running since the early 1950s, the event allows Brazilian and international artists to display their works in the Oscar Niemeyer building in the Parque Ibirapuera.Date: 05 September 2020 - 06 December 2020
Venue: Oscar Niemeyer building.
Mostra Internacional de Cinema (São Paulo International Film Festival)
Stock up on popcorn because silver screen fever grips during this two-week celluloid fest. Premieres, retrospectives, foreign-language films, blockbusters and outdoors screenings, complete a dazzling cast at the annual Mostra Internacional de Cinema, which will show around 350 titles in 20 different venues.Date: 22 October 2020 - 04 November 2020
Venue: Throughout the city.
Brazilian F1 Grand Prix
Prepare for high octane thrills and spills as the Formula 1 circus wends its way to São Paulo for the annual grand prix. Two days of qualifying kicks off the weekend before the main event at the famed Interlagos racetrack, a course renowned for being one of the most difficult to master on the F1 circuit.Date: 13 November 2020 - 15 November 2020
Venue: Autódromo José Carlos Pace
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