Carnivals and Festivals in Natal Ponta Negra Brazil
Posted by: Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention
Everyone has heard of the wildly festive Carnival in Brazil, but some lesser known festivals are popping up all over Natal year-round, bringing some cheer and culture right to the capital in every season. Although The Carnival de Natal tends to be much more subdued than ones in other cities, it still attracts small crowds with its samba parades. This beachfront celebration is held in late February or early March and is filled with live music, dancing, drinking, costumes, and sumptuous foods. Watch fire dancers light up the night and mingle with the locals from dusk to dawn. If traveling to Natal during Carnival, be prepared for a bit more of a party scene than usual. Celebrating Carnival in Natal is a great option for those easing into this Brazilian tradition. If you happen to be traveling to Natal during out-of-season Carnaval, Carnatal welcomes guests in early December and is the most significant “off-season” festival in Brazil. Similar to its attractions and shows, this 4-day beach party is known for its truck performances, dancing, and Cerveja & Coco (Beer & Coconut). One of the oldest and most anticipated festivals of the year in Natal is Festa Junina, held annually in mid-June. Also referred to as Midsummer Day, this Portuguese feast day is dedicated to St. John and in true Brazilian fashion; it includes fireworks, dancing, costumes, beach bonfires, and of course fantastic cuisine and spirits. If you plan to attend any of these festivals and celebrations, be sure to book your accommodations in advance at Praiamar Express Hotel, steps from all of the action.