This is week is the week of Carnival. From Friday the biggest party on earth is on! That means that our weekly selection of events in Rio de Janeiro is only about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. For Carnival, we made a special selection of the best street parties for you and we advise you to follow our Instagram for the latest update. Some of the best parties are only announced shortly in advance. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!
General things to know about events in Rio:
- When you go to a party where you need tickets, or you go to a club we advise you to take a copy of your passport or ID. A copy will do, don’t take your passport with the risk you lose it.
- A lot of parties have a system where the tickets get more expensive when it gets closer to the party date. So, when possible, by your tickets on time.
- A lot of parties use a “friends list”. Writing your name on their Facebook Page will put you on that list and gives you a discount on the entrance fee.
- There is a difference between Gringo-time and Carioca-time. When going to a paid party you can add up about two hours on the time they say the party starts. At the official start time you will probably find yourself in an empty space.
Tuesday February 18th
The best street party in town on a Tuesday. Nothing to fancy, just a nice place to hang out with the locals, grab a beer and talk to your friends. Starting after work and goes on until midnight. If you are still around at closing time, you can continue your night at Emporio, a small club with awesome rock music and the possibility to party until the early morning.
A cool event for people who want to practice their language skills and easily meet up with other gringos and locals. You get flag stickers for the languages you speak when you enter and then the conversations start flowing. The event is usually attended by 50% foreigners and 50% Brazilians who love to practice their English, or other foreign languages, with you. Have a drink, meet new people and make a dance, because there is a DJ as well. Location is Jungle Garden Pub in Botafogo, Check out the FB-page for more info. map.
Ensaios de Veraww
A great party with a famous carnival bloco Amigos da Onça and DJ’s to get the feel of Rio’s Carnival. It starts at 20h. The location is HUB-RJ map, in the Harbor area. Have a look at the event page on Facebook. We advise to go by Uber.
Wednesday February 19th
True Latin party in Zona Sul! Prepare to spend the night with lots of salsa, reggaeton, cumbia and bachata. Two for one drinks all night long. Also, beer and caipirinha for free from 10pm until midnight. It can’t get better than this. Price is R$40 (make sure to write your name on the wall on Facebook) at the door getting there until midnight and R$50 after that. Venue: New Mariuzinn in Copacabana map
Pagode do Teles
Every Wednesday you will have the perfect Carioca deal at Arco dos Teles map in the City Center: Futebol and Samba. Watch a soccer match on a big screen with the locals and enjoy live Samba music. It starts at 18h. Check out the FB-page for more info.
Forró da Gávea
A cool local party with the typical Brazilian forró music. It starts at 22 hours and is held at Dumont Arte Bar in Gávea. map If you write your name on their Facebook Page you will be on their ‘list of friends’ and you only pay R$ 20 when arriving before the band starts. Check out the page on Facebook for more info.
Thursday February 20th
Samba at Fuska Bar 2.0
One of the fan favorites of the locals. The so called roda de samba started a couple of years ago and is now the place to be on a Thursday night. Outside of a little insignificant bar in the neighborhood Humaíta hundreds of people enjoy the music, beer and the conversations. This area is pretty interesting since there are a lot of restaurants that are worth going to. Definitely not a place where you will find lots of tourists, but a great local experience. it starts at 19hr and the music stops playing at 22hr. After that the bar is open until after midnight to have some drinks before leaving. map.
The Rock Bar presents: 90’s Tribute
There are special rock nights held in the beautiful Jockey Club this summer with live tribute bands and a DJ afterwards. This night is all about the hits of the 90’s. The entrance is free and till 22H it is happy hour (note that most people usually come later). The party goes on until 5 in the morning. The Jockey Club or Rock Bar as it is called these nights is located in Gavea and offers one of the better events in Rio de Janeiro: great location, beautiful people and entrance for free. Take a look at the FB-event page for more info. map
Check our agenda for the street parties in Rio de Janeiro here. Like this you will know exactly where to go with carnival in Rio from Friday until Wednesday, the last day of carnival.
When in need of help finding the right info about a party, you can always contact us via email. If you didn’t find an event of your liking, maybe you’ll find what you are looking for at some general articles we wrote about events in Rio de Janeiro, like all about street parties in Rio de Janeiro, the famous and alternative praça São Salvador, visiting one of the many samba schools in Rio in preparation of the carnival, or go to one of the many markets in Rio.