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Carnival 2022

Program - 2022 Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Find out everything about the 2022 Carnival Events - schedule, event details, dates, times, location, recommendations and ticket details. Visit us regularly, because your 2022 Carnival Online Guide will be dynamically updated by our team to keep you abreast of all the details of this great party, of which the main guest is you!

The 2022 Rio Carnival officially begins on Friday, February 21th. and ends on Tuesday of Carnival, February 25th. If you arrive in the city before the official start of the Carnival, do not miss the chance to participate in some of the many events that shake Rio de Janeiro in the pre-carnival period. It's super nice!

Há 4 diferentes desfiles no Sambódromo.

Main Schools' Parades

Sunday, February 23rd. and February 24th.

This is the most important parade, the highlight of Rio Carnival. The show that makes Rio de Janeiro the capital of the world carnival is a must. Everything revolves around the Carnival of these two nights. The schools belonging to this group provide the best spectacle, they are magnificent, surpassing each year in increasingly elaborate and highly visual presentations. The two nights are similar, in which the 12 best samba schools are divided between Sunday and Monday. Choose the day that best fits your schedule. The gates open at 5pm, opening ceremony at 8pm, and the parades begin at 10pm.

Champions' Parade

Saturday, February 29th.                                    

The top 6 in the ranks of the main schools, parade in all their splendor again, with fireworks and great happiness to be among the Champions. A beautiful spectacle, without the proportions of the competition, but with the same fun of  the main days, Sunday and Monday. Undoubtedly, this is the second best parade. Parades begin at 10pm.

Preliminary Schools' Parade

Friday, February 21st.  and Saturday, February 22nd. 

There are 14 big samba schools in this group, where the Champion will parade between the 12 schools between the main schools the following year, causing a very interesting dispute. Due to the greater number of schools parading in a single night, the parade time for each of them is slightly lower than that granted to each of the main schools. The parades start at 9pm

Children's Schools Parade

Tuesday, February 25th.

Here you can see the next generations of each samba school from the earliest age already involved in Carnival, including the same disputes and rivalries. Children from all participating communities learn early to defend the colors of their schools. It is important to note that in order to participate in the parades, all children must prove that they are enrolled in school, since in most communities a very interesting social work is done throughout the year, and the fight against school dropout is the main line of action in all of them. As a prize for the year of study, the small samba artists can parade through their respective junior schools. Their parade follows the procedure of the great schools. The parades start at 7:00 p.m.

2022 Carnival Balls

Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Carnival, offers a huge variety of carnival balls that take place in the pre-carnival period and during the carnival. Certainly one of them will suit your profile. Most dances have tickets at very reasonable prices and take place in places where the reveler arrives without major difficulties. Tickets for most dances range from R $ 300 to R $ 700. The great exception is the dance at the Copacabana Palace hotel, the most luxurious in the city, aimed at an audience that wants to enjoy the carnival without giving up sophistication. In this ball the obligatory attire is black-tie or luxury fancy. Other great dances take place in Scala, located in the center of the city, very close to the Cinelândia subway station. Clube dos Caiçaras and the Hard Rock Café da Folia also organize lively fancy dance for adults and children.

In most carnival balls, there is no obligatory use of costumes, just wear a comfortable and appropriate clothing to the heat that makes in Rio de Janeiro in the period of Carnival. Either way, feel free to use a costume or even improvise one. This will greatly help in the relaxation and will make your night even more special. Remember that Rio is the capital of the carnival and that the whole city is partying in this period. Go, participate, use your favorite costume and fall for the party!

The best carnival dances usually have bands that play throughout the night, varying the repertoire between old carnival marches and sambas plot that were marked in the memory of the party.

The Magic Ball at  Copacabana Palace Hotel

Saturday, February 22nd.

This legendary Carnival ball is not only the highlight of Carnival, but also the most famous carnival ball in Rio de Janeiro and the natural choice for glamor and sophistication. Luxury costumes, black-tie evening dress are required. In this environment you can find a number of local and international personalities among the guests.

All tickets for this ball include buffet, dinner and drinks freely, as well as guarantee your access to all the ballrooms. The lowest value tickets are the individual tickets for the track, without the right to the table.

Although not having assigned seating, there are chairs available on the balcony and in other areas near the buffet.

Scala Rio Carnival Balls

In operation for 50 years, the Scala Rio offers themed dances every night during Carnival, being part of the grand Carnival of Rio. The place is big and well-known. Local: Scala Rio - Avenida Treze de Maio 23, Centro

You can buy your ticket for a table with 4 seats, stateroom or track, and in the first two cases, other revelers will share the same space with you, which is a good opportunity to meet new friends and create a funny group!
Lounges are per person and include free consumption of alcohol (except whiskey), free buffet with sushi, fruit and snack bar.
The minimum age of entry is 18 years


Black Beads Ball

Friday, February 21st.

Tonight is dedicated to the oldest band in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Going with the band shirt is almost a rule (white with black balls). It is one of the most popular of the nights.

Mangueira Carnival Ball

Saturday, February 22nd.

It is a good opportunity to experience the samba and atmosphere of one of the most traditional and well-known samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, without visiting its samba hall. The school is almost complete - its drumming band, its main samba dancers, and, of course, their flag-bearer and her escort. On this day, samba reigns with all the vigor of the host school. Feel free to dance samba all night long or if you resist the powerful drums and animation of the other revelers, which is one of the most awaited carnival in Rio.

Wonderful City Ball

Sunday, February 23rd.

This night is dedicated to the City of Rio de Janeiro, with carnival marches and old and traditional sambas of the city.

Beer Ball

Monday, February 24th.

Recently inserted in Scala's carnival calendar, the ball offers free beer all night long. Live music with a Carnival band taking turns with a DJ from Rio, making it one of the most eclectic dances in the city in terms of musical variety.

Gay Ball

Tuesday, February 25th.

This is probably the most famous night in the series. The exotic collection of characters, drag queens, transformers flood two floors of the club. The dance is broadcast all over Brazil. It always attracts a lush crowd and its admirers.

Although it is a gay-oriented party, it is recommended to anyone who wants to have fun in one of the city's most relaxed and tranquil events.

Terreirão do Samba

Location: Praça Onze, Centro

Tickets: available from R$30 to R$50, at the entrance gate 

This is an outdoor space that resurrects the atmosphere of Praça Onze, a large square near the Sambodromo, Terreirão do Samba according to some historians, is the cradle of samba in Rio de Janeiro. Started by Tia Ciata (a remarkable figure in the history of the city, extremely linked to Afro-religious culture) and her followers, friends and religion partners. 

Terreirão do Samba has been operating since before the official opening of the Rio de Janeiro carnival, with a huge and varied schedule of attractions every night. The relaxed atmosphere of the place also has a food court consisting of approximately 50 stalls, where you can make small meals and buy soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.

Lapa - Rio Folia

Every Carnival evening (from Friday to Tuesday) from 8pm. until the Sun rises up

Location: Arcos da Lapa

It takes place around the Arcos da Lapa, cultural center of the city, where young people usually meet on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year. Lapa, being perhaps the most eclectic neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, presents during Carnival a true experimental music festival, where new rhythms and styles are presented to the public. But do not worry, because the samba marks your presence every day. Best of all this is that event, as well as quite fun and relaxed, and free!

There is a popular eating area, with drinks and tents that serve sandwiches and small meals; all at very affordable prices. So if you come to Rio and want to have fun without spending a lot of money, Lapa becomes a must-have stop.



From Carnival Friday to Carnival Tuesday, 18:00-03:00 | Location: Praça Floriano, Cinelândia, Downtown                                     

The parties have begun to warm up long before Carnival, but from Saturday to Carnival Tuesday, there are outdoor parties throughout the city. Joy and spontaneity set the tone for this great collective celebration. The biggest party - and the most organized one - takes place in the Plaza de Cinelândia. All bars and sidewalks become a meeting point for relaxation and fun is guaranteed until the last reveler. It is also worth visiting the outdoor area on the outskirts of the Sambodromo, on the days of the Parades, where the concentration of people becomes huge, all wanting to take photos or simply witness the preparation of samba schools for entry into the parade.

The party lasts five days to the sound of well-known orchestras and singers. These are nostalgic performances by artists who built the history of Carnival, reliving the atmosphere of the grandiose carnival dances of the past.

The audience of this event is mostly composed of older people and workers, many of them seeking to recall the golden times of the radio, with some idols of this period presenting themselves to their faithful audience. The environment is therefore very cozy and family friendly.

Around Sambodromo


During the days of parades in the Sambódromo, its surroundings acquire an intense nightlife, with thousands of goers. Mixed in with this crowd, you can see some members of samba schools already dressed up, who are still going to parade and are spending time with friends, or have already paraded and celebrate the performance of their schools. The traffic of people is unbelievable, and some nearby alleys are overcrowded. Expect to find here all kinds of people, including those who could not drink so much, very lively groups of people for whom samba seems to have no end, and so on.


These are the rehearsals with the presence of the members of the School, and the drums' section more or less in the positions that will parade in the Sambódromo. However, they happen on the Samba Schools halls, which are sometimes distant and in areas of difficult access. You can go to the rehearsals of a school, but you can only participate in the parade of your own school.


There are huge rehearsals that take place in the Sambódromo. They are almost like a Parade, but without costumes and themed cars (sometimes they are replaced by buses) and the school does not always appear complete. The rehearsals usually start in December, always on weekends, almost all, until the day of the parade.

The last rehearsal in the Sambodromo takes place on the last Sunday that precedes the Rio Carnival.

Wait for the program!

You can go to the Grandstands, knowing that it is best to arrive early to ensure a good place, as the event occupies all the seats on this day. It's a good opportunity to warm up your tambourines for the big party that will happen during the Samba Schools Parade and see all that in preparation.

After the rehearsal, the most traditional band of Rio de Janeiro, the Cordão do Bola Preta (Black Beads Cord), parades on the catwalk of samba. Always with carnival marches and lots of samba. You will see a crowd following this band to the Aphoteosis. It is an unforgettable experience.

In its outer area, the Sambódromo counts on stalls that sell snacks and small meals, as well as drinks. All quite informal and simple, with very reasonable prices.

Events -  2022 Rio de Janeiro Carnival Schedule

Every day during Carnival

From February 21st. to February 25th., 2022

Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
Every afternoon

Cinelândia - Every night
Lapa - Rio Folia from 20:00
Terreirão do Samba -from 20:00
Scala Balls from 23:00
Main Events

Friday, February 21st.

13:00 - Opening Ceremony - The King of Carnival (King Momo) is crowned by the city mayor and receives the city keys
21:00 - Preliminary Schools' Parades in Sambodromo

Saturday, February 22nd.

09:30 - Street Band Cordão do Bola Preta (Downtown)
16:00 - Ipanema's Band, meeting point at General Osório square, Ipanema
20:00 - Street Bands' Contest at Av. Rio Branco, Centro
21:00  - PreliminarySchools'  Parades in Sambodromo
23:00 - Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace Hotel

Sunday, February 23rd.

21:00 - Main Schools' Parade in Sambodromo

Monday, February 24th.

21:00 - Main Schools' Parade in Sambodromo

Tuesday, February 25th.

16:00 - Ipanema's Band (last Carnival presentation)
21:00 - Children's Samba Schools Parades
23:00 - Gay Ball at Scala Rio

Rehearsals at Samba Halls
Each samba school in Rio has its Samba Hall. The Samba Hall plays the role of headquarters of the samba school, and throughout the year several community events take place there, such as lunches at weekends, feijoadas (Portela's is a prominent place in this item, but the others schools also offer this culinary delicacy), shows of popular singers, in addition to community projects mainly aimed to children and elders.

In the carnival period, the blocks open their doors and everyone is welcome to participate in the qualifiers to choose the samba that will sing the plot of the school. Each tie is a big party, which only increases until the day of the final.

From the choice of the samba song of the year, every week the halls receive visitors who learn to sing the chosen samba, have fun and of course, dance samba al night long. These events count on the participation of the main elements of the schools, such as the drumming band,samba singers the old guard, the latter composed by the oldest members of the associations.

The samba here is expressed in its purest essence, and the courts receive a very diverse audience, with people of all ages honoring their school and participating in the championship fight. Worth going at least once! Do not expect to find luxurious or very comfortable facilities, but the party is guaranteed! You can go to the court of any school. The best known: Mangueira, Salgueiro, Unidos da Tijuca and Vila Isabel are located within a distance that can be made by taxi at a very reasonable price, starting from the South Side of the city.

Other Samba Blocks are in the distant suburbs, so it's not advisable to go without someone who knows their way back. Some of them are very far, even outside the metropolitan area of Rio.

We recommend going to Mangueira, which has the biggest, safest and most famous hall, with lots of tourists and lots of security (although you can feel intimidated, if not shocked, at first).

A piece of advice: the Samba Schools halls are in very poor areas, often at the slum frontier, so do not dress in flashy and don't take your valuables. Besides this, enjoy your samba night!

People usually arrive much later than the announced time of departure, usually after midnight. You can arrive anytime after 23:30. Go by taxi (for security reasons). There is also plenty of taxis outside by the end of the samba night. There's usually entrance fee between R$ 15,00 and R$ 30,00
Samba Halls Rehearsals Schedule
Here are the rehearsal days and addresses of all Rio Samba Schools in the Special Group (the 12 best schools), which are preparing for the 2022 Carnival Parades.

Pracinha Wallace Paes Leme 1025 - Nilópolis
Thursday at 21:00

Avevnida Salvador de Sá s/n - Cidade Nova (Centro)
Saturday at 21:00

Ensaios: Colégio São José - Av. Presidente Kennedy
Friday at 22:00

Rua Professor Lacê 235 - Ramos
Sunday at 20:00

Rua Visconde de Niterói 1072 - Mangueira
Saturday at 22:00

Rua Coronel Tamarindo 38 - Padre Miguel
Saturday at 22:00

Rua Clara Nunes 81 - Madureira
Wednesdays at 20:00
Friday at 22:00

Rua Silva Teles 104 - Tijuca
Saturday at 22:00

Av. Presidente Vargas 3.102 - Centro
Fridays at 22:00

Estrada do Galeão 322
Cacuia - Ilha do Governador
Saturday 23:00

Clube dos Portuários - Av. Francisco Bicalho 47 -São Cristóvão
Friday and Saturday at 20:00

Av. do Contorno 16 - Barreto - Niterói
Tuesday at 20:00
Saturday at 22:00

Av. 28 de Setembro 382 - Vila Isabel
Tuesday at 20:00
Saturday at 22:00
Street Parties - Rio de Janeiro 2018

Street carnival is the trademark of the informality and relaxation of the carioca carnival. The revelers are joining little by little, taking a beer as a good excuse to stay a little longer with friends, to which are added others who arrive. There you go! This is the formula to join a huge group in a big party that in the case of Carnival street parties, can walk a few streets of the neighborhood where they are located or stay in the same place all night, always with the guarantee that the fun is right. Some street parties sell shirts or abadás to those who want to participate as a member, but the great majority only has the purpose of joining more revelers to pass. Do not miss the chance to leave behind these true joy rallies as it is free!

We offer you the best street carnival blocks in Rio, your Carnival 2018 route and their respective schedules. More than three hundred blocks are expected to take to the streets in the Carnival of Rio de 2018, so there will certainly be one or more of them in the immediate vicinity of your place of stay in Rio de Janeiro. Stay tuned and make sure you enjoy the party.

The biggest street demonstration takes place at Av. Rio Branco, Downtown. From Saturday to Tuesday you can see the widest variety of street parties, and it is where the good vibrations reaches their peak, with traditional groups such as the Cordão do Bola Preta, Cacique de Ramos and Bafo da Onça, to name just a few. A visit in the afternoon is always fun.

Banda de Ipanema
District: IPANEMA
Parading days: Saturday before Carnival and Carnival Saturday, 5 pm.
Itinerary: General Osório square, Ipanema and Leblon

Simpatia é Quase Amor
District: IPANEMA
Parading days: Saturday before Carnival and Carnival Sunday, 5pm.
Itinerary: Teixeira de Mello and Vieira Souto - Posto 10 (Country Club)

Imprensa Que Eu Gamo
Parading days; Last two saturdays before Carnival, 4pm. 
Itinerary: São José das Artes grocery, Rua Gago Coutinho

Parading day: Sunday after Carnival, 9 am
Itinerary: Av. Atlântica

Rancho Flor do Sereno
Parading day: Carnival Monday, 6 pm.
Meeting Point: Bar Bip-Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50
Itinerary: Av. Atlântica, along the beach                

Sovaco do Cristo
Parading day: Sunday before Carnival, 1pm.
Meeting Point: from midday at Bar Jóia (at the corner of Rua Jardim Botânico with Rua Faro)
Itinerary: Rua Jardim Botânico, Santos Dumont square, in front of Jockey Club

Bloco Que Merda é Essa?!
District: IPANEMA
Parading day: Carnival Sunday, 2pm.7
Meeting Point: esquina Rua Garcia d'Ávila e Nascimento Silva
Itinerary: Garcia d'Ávila, Vieira Souto to Arpoador

Parading day: Carnival Saturday, 00:01am and Carnival Tuesday, 11:59pm
Meeting Point: Bar Bip-Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50

Esse é o Bom, mas ninguém sabe
Desfile: Wednesday before Carnival, 6:30 pm.
Meeting Point: Quadra dos Guararapes, Ladeira dos Guararapes

Santa Teresa / Centro Céu na Terra
Desfile: segunda de carnaval 16:00
Concentração: Rua Dias de Barros, em frente do Bar do Serginho

Bloco das Carmelitas
Desfile: Sexta de carnaval 18:00 e terça de carnaval 17:00
Concentração: Na esquina da Dias de Barros e Ladeira de Santa Teresa
Percurso: Dias de Barros, Almte. Alexandrino e Largo do Guimarães

Escravos da Mauá
Bairro: CENTRO - Praça Mauá
Desfile: Quinta que antecede o carnaval 19:00
Concentração: Largo de S. Francisco da Prainha, próximo a Rua Sacadura Cabral
Percurso: Rua Sacadura Cabral, Praça Mauá, Av. Rio Branco, Rua Mayrink Veiga para Largo de Santa Rita, Rua do Acre, e volta para Praça Mauá

Cordão do Bola Preta
Bairro: CENTRO - (Cinelândia)
Desfile: Sábado de carnaval 16:00
Concentração: Rua Sacadura Cabral, 373
Percurso: Rua Araújo Porto Alegre, Rua México, Praça Melvin Jones, Av. Nilo Peçanha e Largo da Carioca