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Rio Carnival 2020

Rio Carnival 2020 Guide and Program

The 2020 Rio Carnival festival is set to take place February 21-29, 2020 in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro. With all the excitement surrounding Rio, the Sambadrome during Rio Carnival will play host the biggest party on the planet! 

On RIO.com you’ll find everything you need to make the most out of your trip to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: from the legendary Rio Carnival Balls to the glorious Samba Parades Rio Carnival 2020 tickets. Explore your many transportation options and book your spot on the RIO.com 2020 roundtrip hotel/Sambadrome shuttle transfer.

Buy HERE your Rio Carnival tickets

The Complete 2020 Rio Carnival Package

Explore the Rio Carnival Costumes section to learn how to take advantage of the unique and exciting opportunity to parade down the samba runway with a real samba school in front of 80,000 screaming spectators!

Book your Rio Carnival 2020 hotel accommodations with RIO.com and secure your roundtrip shuttle transfer from your hotel or cruise ship to the Sambodromo.

On a night when you’re not at the unbeatable Sambadrome Parade, dance the night away at the legendary Rio Carnival Ball, the exclusive Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel. You can buy your Magic Ball ticket right here!

Rio Carnival 2020 Special Group Sambadrome Parade Schedule:

February 23rd (Sunday) February 24th (Monday)
09:15 PM Estácio de Sá São Clemente
10:30 PM Viradouro Vila Isabel
11:45 PM Mangueira Salgueiro
1:00 AM Paraíso do Tuiuti Unidos da Tijuca
2:15 AM Grande Rio Mocidade
3:30 AM União da Ilha Beija-Flor
4:45 AM Portela

2020 Rio Carnival: A Spectacle not to be missed!

From the sexy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to Rio Carnival and the steamy Rio de Janeiro nightlife, the energy emanated by the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro is nothing short of electrifying. Even more exhilarating are the deliciously bronzed and toned samba dancers, the pulsating samba music, the frantic applause of the spectators, and of course, partying at Rio Carnival.

Rio Carnival is held every year in the week leading up to Lent and attracts visitors from all across the globe looking to let loose and explore the Carioca Carnival culture. It is inconceivable to think of Rio de Janeiro without thinking of Rio. Anticipation builds and the excitement grows as the Carnival time gets closer and closer. Bar none, Rio Carnival is the favorite holiday celebration in Rio. The city glows with the smiles and energy of the locals — or Cariocas.

Samba music can be heard coming from neighborhoods and favelas all throughout the city and crowds gather to dance and make merry all day and night. It is the inherent spirit of the Cariocas and their true joie de vive that makes Rio Carnival such a glorious success year after year. 

Mestre Sala and Porta Bandeira - Rio carnival parade in Brazil

Samba Schools and the Sambadrome

The center of attraction is, of course, the Sambadrome in downtown Rio, where the Samba Parade has been held since 1984. As tourists begin to arrive, the city virtually comes to a halt for all four days leading up to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. While the Sambadrome may be the focus of the Carnival, the focal point is undoubtedly the samba schools and their vivacious women samba dancers, who are a quintessential part of the Carnival.

Buy your tickets to the Samba Schools Parade now!