The first few days of March in Rio promise to be filled with celebration as the samba school carnival winner is announced, leading to a frenzied final parade performance. The rest of the month keeps up the momentum with a party in Latin America’s largest water park, the arrival of Justin Bieber and long-weekend surf trips among some of this month’s exciting events in Rio.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1–WEDNESDAY MARCH 8
STREET PARTY | Join in the fun at Rio’s street parties
📅 Friday, March 3
The carnival is still in full-swing in March and this bloco (street party) has at least 11,000 people estimated to attend. Each bloco has a theme and this one, known as Bloco Me Beija que Eu Votei no Freixo (“Kiss me for I voted for Freixo”), is light-heartedly based on Freixo, one of the candidates running for Mayor of Rio last year. Known for his liberal views, he was popular among the younger crowd yet was outvoted in favor of Marcelo Crivella. It’s not all politics though; expect plenty of samba, drinking and good times.
PARADE | The final parade of the carnival champions
📅 Saturday, March 4
The carnival finally comes to an end this week. The samba school champions are announced on March 1, and will give their final grand finale at the Sambódromo on March 4. The school ranked in 6th place will start the parade at 10PM. Each hour, the next placed school will enter the Sambódromo’s carnival catwalk until the winner performs between 3:25AM and 4:15AM.
📍 Sambódromo, R. Marquês de Sapucaí – Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2976 7310
PARTY | Celebrate the ‘second’ New Year in Rio
📅 Saturday, March 4
Palaphita Gavea, one of Rio’s most stylish nightclubs with an outdoor lounge area and a view of the Christ the Redeemer, will host the “Rioveillon” party, in keeping with the local joke that the year in Rio de Janeiro only really starts after carnival. Local DJs popular on the Rio scene will be performing live, including Bernardo Malta, Kako and Silvio Rio. There will also be an open bar all night of vodka, whiskey, beers and other drinks.
📍 Palaphita Gavea, Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1314 – Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 9 9982 9195
FOOD | Save some appetite for the festival of churros
📅 Starts Tuesday, March 7
Just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, the festival of churros will take place over three days in Niterói. There will be 15 stalls that sell over 30 types of gourmet churros, freshly made on site. There will also be 10 food trucks with various snack options such as homemade chips, gourmet hamburgers and innovative hotdogs, and stalls selling locally-made beer. The entrance is free and there is a playground area for kids too.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
MUSIC | See British singer Jake Bugg live
📅 Friday, March 10
British singer Jake Bugg will stop in Rio de Janeiro on March 10 as part of his tour in Brazil to promote his third album, On My One. Bugg – who will turn 23 shortly before he performs in Rio – has already released two successful albums, with the third expected to be the ‘make or break’ album according to NME. His music genre slips between indie rock, indie folk and folk rock.
📍 Circo Voador, R. dos Arcos, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2533 0354
CULTURE | Be entertained at the party of everything
📅 Saturday, March 11
The party of everything sounds vague, but Festa Sifuxipa truly is a party of everything. Starting at 3PM and continuing until at least 3AM the following day, there will be live DJs, live bands and theater performances throughout the day and night. There will also be an open tattoo parlour, renouned local artists painting live, photo exhibitions and a food truck area with locally produced beer and gourmet food options.
📍 Casa da Gloria, Ladeira da Glória, 98 – Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3259 3554
MUSIC | Listen to a wonderful live piano performance
📅 Wednesday, March 15
Música no Museu is coordinating a month dedicated to women in music, both composers and performers. At the Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Adriana Kellner will perform live on the piano, showcasing her talent with an array of classic Brazilian and international pieces.
📍 CCBB, Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3808 2020
THURSDAY, MARCH 16–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
WATER FESTIVAL | Go to one of Latin America’s largest water parks for a two-day festival
📅 Saturday, March 18–Sunday, March 19
Just outside the tourist area of Rio is one of Latin America’s largest water parks that holds annual festivals inside its venue. The Freshwater Festival will be an electronic music party with 40 water attractions, two simultaneous stages, over 20 confirmed DJs and a food court. Pack your swimwear and get ready to party alongside thousands of other party-goers.
PARTY | Get covered in colored powder
📅 Sunday, March 19
At Quinta da Boa Vista at 12:30PM, there will be the festival Hi Colored Edition: Explosion of Colors. The party sells sacks of colored powder to throw around and paint the scene in bright colors. It is recommended to come in white or light colored clothes (and ones that you won’t mind throwing away after) to get the full spectrum of colors. The party makes a point of saying it is liberal and open to any sexual orientation.
📍 Quinta da Boa Vista, Av. Pedro II, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2234 5341
THURSDAY, MARCH 23–FRIDAY, MARCH 31
SPORTS | Go on a girls’ four-day surf and yoga trip
📅 Thursday, March 23
Rio Surf n Stay will organise a four-day trip that leaves from their offices in Recreio to go to Ubatuba, a beautiful coastal region in the state of São Paulo. The trip is just for girls and has plenty of surf classes and practice opportunities, skating and yoga classes. It’s suitable for beginners up to advanced and is a great way to meet fellow travelers.
PARTY | Enjoy some of the best of hip hop and electronic music
📅 Saturday, March 25
The recently renovated area in the city center of Rio next to the bay has become one of the city’s hottest spots for parties, exhibitions and festivals. On March 25, the BASE party will be held at the Armazém 3 warehouse at Pier Maua and will host some of the best hip-hop and electronic music DJs on Rio’s music scene. The party starts at 11PM and will continue until past sunrise.
SAMBA | Relive carnival with live samba at the samba school, Portela
📅 Saturday, March 25
Jorge Aragão, Leandro Sapucahy and Soul Mais Samba are legendary acts on the Rio samba scene and will be performing live at Portela, reliving the carnival beats. Grab a cold beer and settle down to watch an animated live performance with plenty of dancing, singing and a lively atmosphere.
📍 Portela, R. Clara Nunes, 81 – Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3217 1604
MUSIC | Justin Bieber comes to Rio de Janeiro
📅 Wednesday, March 29
As part of his world tour, Justin Bieber will be performing live in Rio de Janeiro in a venue that has a capacity to hold 31,000 people. For Bieber fans, this event will be unmissable.