August Festivals in Brazil

Post World Cup, Brazil is hosting a number of its traditional festivals in August. They include:

Festival da Pinga / Cachaça, Culture and Flavours is celebrated annually in Paraty, close to Rio de Janeiro, a beautiful coastal village with an unusual blend of nature and history. Started in the 1980’s and taking place in the last week of August in one of the country’s main cachaça-producing areas, it is a festival made for true lovers of pinga /  cachaça and brings together the strong Brazilian spirit, great food and amazing parties. The programme also includes live samba and a traditional Paraty music shows, attracting a large crowd of local and international visitors to celebrate the production, variety and character of the sugar cane spirit.

The Festa da Boa Morte (Feast of Good Death) is one of the most important events in the Afro-Brazilian religious calendar, taking place every August in Cachoeira, one of the towns in the Northeastern region known as the Recôncavo Baiano. Organised by the Irmandade da Boa Morte (Sisterhood of the Good Death), this celebration culminates in a procession that parades through the streets of the historical town on the banks of the Paraguaca River. During the festival, visitors can discover the Freedom Route (Rota da Liberdade), which explores Afro-Brazilian heritage by visiting communities of the descendants of escaped and freed slaves.

On 15 August, the Festa de Iemanjá (Goddess of the sea festival) takes place in Fortaleza, the state capital of Ceará in Northeastern Brazil and one of the World Cup host cities, bringing many visitors to the area. This annual festival celebrates Iemanjá, the mother of all the gods in the Umbanda religion, where participants celebrate, give thanks and offer perfumes, gifts and flowers to the sea.

The Folclore Nordestino Festival takes place in Olinda, a historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco that is located just north of Recife, bringing together art, music, museums, heritage, architecture and a showcase of colonial Brazil. Folklore is a key element of Brazil’s northeastern culture and in late August, the city holds this annual festival.