Celebrate the birthdays of three Catholic saints at Festa Juninas (June Festival) in Rio de Janeiro with performances, music, fairs and parties.
- When? Throughout June.
- Where? Various locations in Rio de Janeiro.
- Price: Varies depending on the event/fair.
We're all guilty of dragging out our birthday celebrations, agreed? One day turns into a week and next thing you know you've been out for food five times and can't remember the last time you were sober.
Well the folks in Rio de Janeiro like to celebrate the birthdays of their patron saints for an entire month. Yes, visit in June and you'll find yourself in the middle of 4 weeks of non-stop celebrations centred around giant fairs that are packed with shops selling gifts, food and drinks, performers entertaining the masses and traditional Brazilian music.
You'll find arraiá (tents made of colourful flags that host fairs) throughout the city packed with tourists and locals watching performers at the Festival da Quadrilha (Square Dance Festival) or playing games at the Festival de Brincadeiras (Festival of Games). The most lively arraiá tends to be at the Centro Municipal Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas but you'll find other options throughout the city with celebrations in Tiradentes Cultural Edição Junina, Arraiá the Multibloco and Arraial Pérola da Guanabara. They all offer traditional food such as pamonha (sweetcorn) and queijadinha (sweet cakes) with plenty of drinks including quentão cocktails to wash it all down with.
So next time your family complain about how long your 'birthday' lasts, threaten them with a month-long party like they do in Rio de Janeiro and they'll happily settle on week long celebrations.
- Get there: Fly into Rio de Janeiro and get around the city using the subway and/or buses.
- Stay: Find accommodation near the Centro Municipal Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas as it hosts the best and biggest events.
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