Festivals and Special Events
JAN / 01st: Mariners’ Procession for Nosso Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes in Salvador.
Second Thursday of January: Procession and Washing of Bonfim in Salvador.
Last Sunday of January: São Lázaro Feast
FEB / 2nd: Yemanjá Feast: One of the most popular and crowdy during Salvador summer in Salvador Rio Vermelho neighborhood.
FEBRUARY or MARCH
CARNAVAL (depending on Easter date)
MARCH or APRIL
Holly Week Friday: Dead Lord Procession. From Basilica Cathedral in Pelourinho through Historical District streets.
Holly Week Sunday: Solemn Mass in Basilica Cathedral in Pelourinho.
APR / 23rd: São Jorge procession
MAY / 10th: São Francisco Xavier, patron of Salvador
JUN / 04th to 13th: 13-day Prayer Vigil and Feast to Santo Antônio in the Church of Santo Antonio, Historical Center of Salvador.
JUN / 24th: The June Festivities. Main commemoration happens in Pelourinho with forros dancing, and music shows during several days.
JUN / 29th: São Pedro, protector of widows and fishermen ends the June Festivities.
JUL / 02nd: Celebrations of Bahia Independence Day.
AUGUST (African Ancestrality Month)
AUG / 13th to 17th: Festival in honor of Our Lady of Good Death: City of Cachoeira. One of the most important for both Catholic and Candomblé religions.
AUG / 16th: Festival in honor of São Roque and São Lázaro / Omolu in Salvador
SEP / 27th: São Cosme and São Damião Festival / Ibeji Twins in Salvador. September is traditional month for caruru dish to pay tribute to the Holly Twins.
OCT / 04th: São Francisco de Assis
OCT / 12th: Our Lady of Aparecida Feast Day
OCT / 28th: Festival in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men in Pelourinho, Salvador.
NOV / 20th: Black Awareness Day
NOV / 25th: Baiana’s Day to pay tribute to the acarajé baianas with a mass in Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos church in Pelourinho.
DEC / 02nd: Samba Day: Historic District, Salvador.
DEC / 04th: Yansã / Oyá / Santa Bárbara procession in Pelourinho streets going to the firemen station.
DEC / 08th: Festival in honor of Our Lady of Conceição da Praia, patroness of Salvador, in her curch in Comercio district.
DEC / 24th: Christmas
DEC / 31st: New Year’s Eve with fireworks and concert at Barra Lighthouse
Tuesdays of the Blessing (Terça da Bênção):
Traditional Mass at São Francisco Church – Terreiro de Jesus
African Mass – Church of Our Lady of the Blacks,
Thursdays on the Stairs of Passo Church Music Performance
Music events on the main Pelourinho squares
Batucada (traditional drum bands) in Pelourinho streets.