The summer is in full swing in Rio. We have lots of great events in January 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 January 21th
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 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, entrance R$ 20. The location is HUB-RJ map, in the Harbor area. Have a look at the event page on Facebook. We advice to go by Uber.
Samba que elas querem
One of the more famous Rodas da Samba in Rio de Janeiro, Entrance if for free and officially it starts at 18 hours, but if you arrive there at 19 hours, it is a perfect time to join the party. Location is Praça Cinelândia, next to the National Library. A great local vibe and a typical Rio street party. Get more info on their FB-page.
Wednesday January 22th
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 at the door getting there until midnight and R$50 after that. Venue: New Mariuzinn in Copacabana map
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. This week the soccer will be great, because the city classic between Rio rivals Flamengo and Vasco da Gama will be played.
Thursday January 23th
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.
60 years of Beatles
Nova Orquestra and Bloco Do Sargento Pimenta get together at Vivo Rio map to celebrate the 60th anniversary of British band The Beatles in a very Brazilian way — full of samba! If you have never been to a Sargento Pimenta’s concert, you will love it! They turn Beatle’s songs into a carnival beat and it’s really fun! Google it and we are sure you will love it! The event starts at 9:30pm but the doors will be open at 7:30pm if you want to get there earlier. Tickets starting at R$40 and can be bought here.
Urca Blues Jazz Beer Fest
From 4pm to 10pm, IED Urca map will be hosting a Blues JazzFestival with live music, dance, food and art stands, craft beer and more. Free event. Venue: Rooftop of IED Urca.
Friday January 24th
A cool event organized by Caminhos Language Centre in front of their school in Ipanema map. Meet other Gringo’s and locals and enjoy good and cheap Caipirinhas for only R$ 5. It starts at 17h.
A pre-carnaval party with one of the most popular blocos and the drum band from the Magueira Samba School that won last years carnaval parade. If you are not in Rio with Carnaval you can get a good taste of it at this party. It’s in the Circo Voador in Lapa. A concert hall just behind the arches. map
Saturday January 25th
Spanta is one of the bigger music events in Rio de Janeiro, with over 50 attractions divided into 4 days of party — during January 11th, January 18th, January 25th and February 1st. Among the attractions are Sorriso Maroto, Vitor Kley, Mc Rebecca, Kevin O Chris, Luan Santana, Ludmilla, lots of different samba schools and also ‘blocos de carnaval’. This is going to be huge! Click on this Facebook event to check all the attractions and the dates they are playing. Tickets are ranging from R$120 (half price for one day) to R$800 (full price for the 4 days of festival). Venue: Marina da Glória map.
Diogo Nogueira + Baile do Saddam
A free concert at the beach of Ipanema by this famous Brazilian singer songwriter. It starts at 17.00 hours and it is at posto 10. But it will be impossible to miss, since it is a big stage and a lot of people will be there assisting the show. Afterwards there is a party with DJ.
Dennis & Friends
Dennis DJ is only the biggest DJ in Brazil. He is organizing this pool party full of guests and fun! The party will go on from 4pm until 2am. The location is on a little island just behind the Jardim Oceanico metro station in Barra de Tijuca. You can check further information at their Facebook event. Tickets are being sold here.
Jazz in Morro da Conceição
A jazz night in Morro da Conceição, one of the most historic places in Rio de Janeiro. The music starts at 20.30 hours, but you are able to enter the place already at 18 hours, to assist the sunset over Rio de Janeiro. The entrance fee is 10 reais and the party takes place in the city center. Have a look at the event page on Facebook for more info. Best, and safest, way to get there is by uber or taxi.
Sunday January 26th
Cidade Negra + Festa Eu Amo Baile Charme
A free concert at Ipanema Beach by this popular Brazilian reggae band. It starts at 17.00 hours and it is at posto 10. Afterwards there is a party with DJ.
Live Samba Music at a nice local sunday market in Gloria. Food, live music and art. It starts at 14h and is a great way to experience a local Sunday afternoon. The market is in a park close to the Gloria metro station. map
Monday January 27th
Pedra do Sal
One of the most traditional samba parties in town. It is for free and starts at 19 hours. 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.
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.