Portela samba school

Rio Carnival

Brazil's tradition of starting the year with a wild carnival began with the colonial Portuguese, and was adopted and streamlined into today's world-famous Brazilian event of the year. Carnival stems from a Catholic spring thanksgiving celebration dating from the Middle-Ages in Europe. Carnival...  see full details

Michael Schumacher

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

Often selected as the site of the final race of the Formula One season, the bumpy Interlagos Circuit of Autódromo José Carlos Pace is not a favourite with the drivers. But for spectators, it is one of the most thrilling circuits. The track is...  see full details

Bonfire Festival

June Bonfire Festivals

This integral part of Brazilian folklore and culture is a New World twist on an old European tradition; coinciding with the feasts of St Anthony, St John, and St Peter, where bonfire festivals are held in Rio's squares, clubs, schools, and churches in...  see full details

New Year in Rio

New Year's Eve

Brazilians know how to party and Rio's New Year (Reveillon) celebrations are ranked among the world's biggest extravaganzas. This jovial city hosts musical shows in several districts to bring in the New Year, the Copacabana beach hosts a crowd of more than two...  see full details