The Buzios Jazz and Blues Festival in Brazil

May 29, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Free Things To Do, Unforgettable Experiences

Buzios, Brazil. Photo courtesy of Chris Breikss via Flickr.

Buzios, Brazil. Photo courtesy of Chris Breikss via Flickr.

There are many reasons to make your way down to this picturesque peninsula, 176 kilometers (109 miles) east of Rio de Janeiro. Travelers come year round for Buzios’ beautiful beaches, world-class surfing, or just enjoying the elegant shops, fine dining and festive nightlife.

The best time to visit is during one of Buzios’ festivals. The city gets decked out several times a year, starting with Brazil’s biggest party, Carnival. There are other events that are unique to this prettiest piece of the coast, including the Buzios Food Festival in October, a huge event in this city known for its excellent eateries; the Buzios Film Festival in November, a fine time to visit the spot made famous by French actress Brigitte Bardot; and the Buzios Jazz and Blues Festival, held every July in clubs, public plazas and parks all over town.

The four-day festival was founded in 1998, created and organized by the group Chez Michou. Today, the party is a much-anticipated event on Buzios’ social calendar. From July 19th to July 22th, some of the city’s best music venues put on music performances, including Pousanda Jazz Bar, Restaurant Chez Michou, Patio Havana, and several more. Free shows are held all around the city.

There are a handful of jazz festivals held around Brazil, including the Circuito do Jazz in Sao Paul; Festival Pro-Jazz, in Juiz de Fora; and the biggest of all, Rio Das Ostras Jazz e Blues in Rio Das Ostras in early June, which brings tens of thousands of people to that small but musical beach town about half an hour north of Buzios. So come out to Brazil, and Buzios, to support local music while working on your tan!

-Paige Penland

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