It’s less than two weeks before carnival. Last weekend was already full of blocos, but coming weekend really has a full program. There are lots of great events and we are sure you will find something for you to do while hanging out in the Marvelous City. Just have a look at the events in Rio de Janeiro this week and make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.
Tuesday February 11th
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 21h. 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 12th
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 13th
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: AC/DC 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 AC/DC. 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
Friday February 14th
One of the oldest clubs in Rio de Janeiro, and completely dedicated to rock music. The place has several rooms where you can listen to different kind of music, more heavy metal, popular rock or a mix of everything. If you put your name on the wall of the FB-event page, you will get on the list and receive a discount to enter. The place stays open until 6.00 in the morning.
The Rock Bar presents: Legião Urbano 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 Legião Urbano, one of the greatest Brazilian rock bands of all time. 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
Saturday February 15th
Sambinha da Gigoia
A great Samba party in the garden of a house at Gigoia island. Officially the party starts at 15 hours, but we advice to arrive around 17 hours. It goes on till after midnight. If you arrive before 18h the entrance is free. This is great to combine with an afternoon visit to the island which is located just behind the Jardim Oceanico metro station. Take a look at the event page on Facebook for more info. map
Perola da Guanabara (Bloco)
One of the best blocos to go to this Saturday. It starts at 14.00 hours, but you will need to get the ferry to the island Paqueta. This will take a little bit more than one hour. But since the expectation is that the bloco will attract around ten thousand people, you can imagine it will take a while for everybody to get to the island. To get a ticket for the boat to Paqueta, you will have to buy it in advance on Thursday or Friday at the ticket office of the ferries, at Praça XV in the city center. It is definitely worth the effort, because the party will be awesome.
Simpatia é Quase Amor (Bloco)
One of the most famous blocos in Rio de Janeiro. it will start around 16.00 hours at Praça General Osório in Ipanema, it is impossible to miss because it will be busy. Make sure to prepare yourself for a crowded carnival street party! Check out the FB-page of the event for more info or last minute changes.
Sunday February 16th
This Sunday is full of blocos, since it is the week before Carnival in Rio. Here we will give you the three best pre-carnival parties in Rio for today.
Bloco Amigos da Onça
This one is a local favorite. It starts at 8.00 hours in the morning at the beach of Flamengo. The vibe is amazing and you will have an incredible view of the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf mountain. This bloco is a great option to experience carnival in Rio. You can follow them on Instagram (check their profile) and Facebook. But they are really active on Insta, so for the last updates maybe best to look there.
Fogo e Paixão
Today there will be a handful of blocos in the city center, so wherever you go, it will be easy to find a party. But this is a classic street party starting at 8.00 hours from one of the most historical places in Rio de Janeiro, Largo São Francisco de Paulo. You can get the metro to station Uruguaiana and from there it is a five minutes walk to the square from where the bloco will leave.
Empolga as 9
This one takes place at the beach of Ipanema, close to posto 9. It starts at 14.00 hours and this one is also impossible to miss. Have a look at the event page on Facebook for more info.
Monday February 17th
Pedra do Sal
One of the most traditional samba parties in town. It is for free and starts at 19 hours. It is in the city center, near Praça Maua. Don’t bring a lot of stuff and arrive and leave with a taxi, since the area around the place where the samba takes places is a bit dodgy at night.
Samba do Trabalhador
This one is for the real local experience. It would be good to go here with somebody that is from Rio or knows the place, but if you are not to shy, it is perfectly safe to go there by yourself. Get the metro to station Uruguai and from there it is a short walk, but maybe best to get a taxi to make sure you don’t get lost. Check out the FB-event page for more info.
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.