Your Guide to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

The Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro is the largest Carnival celebration in the world, with more than 2 million people flooding the streets to party. Are you going to be one of those people this year?

Officially, Carnaval starts on the Friday before Lent and ends on Ash Wednesday. This coming year, the official dates are February 6 to February 10, 2016, but many activities occur outside these arbitrary lines. Blocos (street parties) pop up throughout the month before and during Carnaval almost every day.

Key Ingredients of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

What makes Carnaval in Rio special? You’ll experience the soul of samba, boisterous bloco parties, and beautiful beaches.

Stephanie Kempker / Own Work
Stephanie Kempker / Own Work