When is the best time to visit Brazil?

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The best time to visit Brazil is from September to October. This lets you avoid the busiest holiday periods, the harsh winters in the south and the peak of the wet season. Brazil’s warmest months are also its wettest, so it’s generally best to avoid the high season between December and March, particularly if you’re planning on wildlife watching in the Amazon or the Pantanal, which are best visited between July and September. Rio’s world-famous Carnaval takes place in February or early March, and it’s without a doubt one of the most unforgettable parties you can attend. If you’re into windsurfing or kiteboarding, a trip to São Miguel do Gostoso, Taiba or Cumbuco offer great conditions between May and February.

Monthly weather and travel tips for Brazil

It's the peak summer season in January, and with average temperatures around 27ºC, it’s certainly worth considering a trip to the beach. However, it can get very rainy this month so be sure to check forecasts and figure out whether you’ll need a beach towel or a brolly.

The maritime procession in Angra dos Reis on 1 January is a great way to see in the new year, as thousands of boats parade along the water. Three Kings Day, celebrated on 6 January, brings celebrations featuring musical performances and dancing to many cities across the country. The warm January weather means this is a prime time to visit Rio and Copacabana which offer a party atmosphere without the heaving carnival crowds of February.

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Events in Brazil in January

New Year's Day

1 January 2022

Brazil’s world-famous ‘Carnaval’ celebrations sweep across the country and swarms of beachgoers compete for the best spots to lay their towels. Crowd levels peak in February, but if you’re content to jostle, you’ll be able to attend one of the best parties on the planet. The weather remains hot and rainy with scorching temperatures up to 35ºC, so pack light layers and waterproofs.

Carnivals are held in lots of major cities like São Paulo and Salvador, but the most famous of all takes place in Rio de Janeiro. The event takes place in February or early March for the five days preceding Ash Wednesday. Join millions of revellers to watch the top dance schools in the country perform the samba during dazzling parades of colours, costumes and music.

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Events in Brazil in February

Carnival Monday

28 February 2022

Carnival Sunday

27 February 2022

Carnival Saturday

26 February 2022

Carnival Friday

25 February 2022

It’s still high season in most of Brazil as temperatures continue to hover around 40°C. Carnival celebrations may still be occurring in major cities if Ash Wednesday falls in March, so be prepared for extra crowds if this is the case. If the latter celebration isn’t occurring, this month can be more pleasant if you just want to explore different parts of the country, but the possibility of summer storms means you’ll want to pack waterproofs and a good umbrella along with light layers.

The annual Brazilian Beer Festival takes place in Blumenau every March over four days, with homegrown and international breweries offering you the chance to try over 140 styles of beer. If there are no carnival crowds around, head to São Paulo to treat your palate to some of the best food in the country or soak up some of the 8,000 km of shoreline which includes wonderful spots like Alter do Chao in Pará or the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

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Events in Brazil in March

Carnival end (until 2pm)

2 March 2022

Carnival Tuesday

1 March 2022

March Equinox

20 March 2022

As temperatures and crowd numbers begin to drop, April can be a very pleasant month to visit many parts of Brazil. The Pantanal enters its dry season towards the end of the month and Holy Week brings a host of religious celebrations, as well as a chance to try some homemade chocolate eggs. Heavy rain tends to continue in most regions and temperatures average between 18–31ºC.

While Holy Week festivities take place across the country, the celebrations in Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais are some of the most notable, as the city covers itself in flowers and colourful carpets laid on the streets. Other popular Holy Week events are found in Cidade de Goiás, Congonhas and São João del Rei. Lollapalooza Brasil usually takes place on the first weekend of April in São Paulo and gives you the chance to catch the biggest names in rock, hip-hop and electronic music over three days.

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Events in Brazil in April

Tiradentes Day

21 April 2022

Good Friday

15 April 2022

Easter Sunday

17 April 2022

Things quieten down in May and temperatures are noticeably cooler, especially in the south which falls as low as 14ºC on some days. This period between the rainy season (February to April) and the hot, dry season (September to November) is a good time to explore the Amazon, when you have the best opportunities for boat trips and hiking in pleasant weather.

The celebrations of Carnival and Holy Week may have passed, but there’s still plenty of events taking place in Brazil. São Paulo plays host to Virada Cultural Paulistana – the biggest 24-hour festival in the world. Not only is it free to attend but you’ll be able to attend various events around the city such as live music performances and films. The coastal town of Torres is also worth venturing to for its annual International Ballooning Festival. As well as lots of hot-air enthusiasts, it’s also home to concerts, films and extreme sports like skydiving.

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Events in Brazil in May

Labor Day / May Day

1 May 2022

Mother's Day

8 May 2022

Winter weather creeps across the south in June, with temperatures dropping to 12ºC. However, in the north, it’s a very different story, with parts of the country still hitting 30ºC, albeit with a lot more rain than the south.

São Paulo Gay Pride Parade takes place every June on the Sunday after the Corpus Christi public holiday and is the biggest of its kind in the world. Celebrate LGBT pride with millions of people in a parade of parties, cultural fairs and other activities aimed at celebrating diversity. In Rio, the best runners in the world take part in what is considered one of the most scenic marathons in the world, passing by mountainsides and seafronts. Other key events include the Festival Folclórico do Amazonas in Manaus which features a variety of regional folklore performances, as well as Festa de São João – a month-long party showcasing traditional music and dancing.

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Events in Brazil in June

Corpus Christi

16 June 2022

June Solstice

21 June 2022

Brazilian Valentine's Day

12 June 2022

July is Brazil’s coldest month, so no matter which part of the country you visit it’s best to bring a warm coat for the evening. Average temperatures fall between 28–12ºC, still warm enough to enjoy the beaches of Rio in the southeast, the tropical wetlands of the Pantanal and the Amazon rainforest. School holidays last for practically the entire month so expect most attractions to be busier than usual.

Despite the cooler weather, Brazil keeps the spirit of summer alive with a variety of fun events, such as the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival which features a whole month of live performances. There’s also FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty) between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where literary lovers can attend workshops, lectures and debates. Mountain regions are most popular at this time, as locals enjoy indoor skiing, hiking or sightseeing in places such as the Serra Gaúcha and the hills of Rio.

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Comfortable temperatures and minimal rainfall make August one of the best times to visit Brazil. You might want to consider exploring the Pantanal where you have a good chance of spotting jaguars basking on the banks of lakes and rivers. Daytime temperatures tend to be around the mid twenties but can fall drastically in the evening so be sure to bring a good coat.

The southern town of Gramado holds its annual international film festival in August, where the best offerings of Brazilian and other Latin American films of the year are showcased over nine days. In the midwest, the week-long Bananada music festival takes place in Goiânia, transforming the town into a hub of alternative music, culture, food and even skateboarding championships.

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Events in Brazil in August

Father's Day

14 August 2022

The mild weather continues into September, meaning it’s still a great time for wildlife watching in the Amazon and the Pantanal. Temperatures begin to climb as winter makes way for spring and flowers start to blossom all over the country.

The world-famous Rock in Rio alternates between its spiritual home of Rio and an international guest city every other year. The biggest bands take to the stage, with past headliners including Elton John, Guns N’Roses and Rihanna. To soak up some early spring colours, head to the charming city of Holambra – the largest producer of flowers and ornamental plants in Latin America. Their annual Expoflora festival gives over 400 local producers the chance to showcase their plants to more than 300,000 visitors.

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Events in Brazil in September

Independence Day

7 September 2022

September Equinox

22 September 2022

Spring has sprung and temperatures are on the rise across Brazil in October. It’s still low tourist season but there’s plenty going on to keep you entertained, including music festivals and religious parades.

Oktoberfest comes to many of Brazil’s cities in a big way, particularly in Blumenau where a big parade leads into over two weeks of beer drinking and folk music – the second-biggest celebration after the original Munich festival. By the mouth of the Amazon River, Belém's Círio de Nazaré parade centres around a small statue of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré (Our Lady of Nazareth), which is carried past millions of pilgrims on a flower-filled carriage. Electronic music fans head to Rio for the Ultra Brasil outdoor festival, featuring the world’s top EDM DJs and dazzling stage light displays.

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Events in Brazil in October

Public Service Holiday

28 October 2022

Our Lady of Aparecida / Children's Day

12 October 2022

Teacher's Day

15 October 2022

It’s still spring and off-season in November, meaning you can enjoy less-crowded visits to most cities and big attractions. Temperatures begin to rise with averages between 17–35ºC, as does the rainfall. Don’t let the unpredictable weather of this shoulder month put you off – there’s still plenty to see and do in Brazil.

São Paulo hosts one of the most important events of the sporting calendar in November when the Brazilian Grand Prix comes to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace circuit in the Interlagos neighbourhood. For wildlife spotting, it’s probably your last chance to venture out to the Amazon or Santa Catarina for whale watching before the temperatures soar to uncomfortable levels.

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Events in Brazil in November

Republic Proclamation Day

15 November 2022

All Souls' Day

2 November 2022

Black Consciousness Day

20 November 2022

Christmas holidays and warm weather mean December is a busy month in Brazil. Average temperatures tend to be between 19–35ºC but the return of the wet season sees rainfall across much of the country.

The first week of December sees the largest off-season carnival held in Natal. Known as Carnatal, it brings together crowds who dance through streets alongside trucks equipped with giant sound systems, known as trios elétricos. Comic Con Experience arrives in São Paulo for three days in December, full of exhibitions and artists related to the biggest comics, TV series, films and video games. As Christmas nears, cities are decorated in beautiful lights, but few more so than Gramado during its Natal Luz festival. You’ll also be able to enjoy a lakeside concert full of entertainers and dazzling special effects. To see in the new year in style, join millions of white-clad partygoers on Copacabana Beach in Rio on 31 December for an incredible fireworks display and lots of live music.

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Events in Brazil in December

Christmas Day

25 December 2021

New Year's Eve (from 2pm)

31 December 2021

Christmas Eve (from 2pm)

24 December 2021

Adhana Festival

26 December 2021

December Solstice

21 December 2021

Weather and temperature in Brazil

Brazil’s summer takes place between December and March, with the heat becoming more intense the further north you go. If you’re looking to enjoy hiking and sightseeing in major cities like Rio during this time, the cooler period between May and September offers better conditions. In the shoulder periods of April and October, expect it to be chilly in the south with dry and warmer weather along the coastal areas further north. To avoid the harsh winters in the south and the peak of the wet season, plan your trip between September and October.

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Cost of stay in Brazil

Want to travel smart? Here, you can check out the average cost of accommodation per night in Brazil.

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