Salvador Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)

Typically Brazilian in their character, the residents of Salvador certainly like their festivals and the city boasts a very comprehensive calendar of annual events, with things to do and enjoy most months. Bahia enjoys its folkloric events and religious celebrations, while it is the annual Salvador Carnival which reliably draws the biggest crowds - more than one million people each year.

The summer and early autumn (December to March) forms the high season in Salvador and many of the city's principal festivals take place at this time of the year. Also worth noting are Tuesday nights, when partying in the Pelourinho district is almost mandatory, every week throughout the year.

Salvador Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015

The main festivals of the year in Salvador include the following:

  • Processao do Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes (Procession of the Lord Jesus of Boatmen) - January 1st
  • Festa da Lapinha (Feast of Lapinha) - January 6th
  • Lavagem do Bonfim / Festa do Bonfim (Washing of Bonfim Church / Feast of Bonfim) - second Thursday each January
  • Festa de Sao Lazaro (Festival of St. Lazarus) - last Sunday each January
  • Festival de Verao Salvador (Bahia Summer Music Festival) - late January
  • Festa de Iemanja (Festival of Iemanja) - February 2nd
  • Lavagem da Igreja de Itapua (Washing of Itapua Church) - February (15 days before the carnival events begin)
  • Salvador Carnaval (Carnival) - late February / early March
  • Festa de Sao Joao (Festival of St. John) - June 23rd and 24th
  • Festa Santa Barbara (St. Barbara) - December 4th to 6th
  • Festa de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao (Festival of Our Lady of Conceicao) - December 8th
  • Passagem do Ano Novo (New Year's Eve) - December 31st