Samba dancers © PlidaoUrbenia
One of the biggest carnivals staged outside Brazil, and undoubtedly Austin's biggest and reportedly wildest party, is the colourful Carnaval Brasiliero. The festival is a tradition in the city every February since it was started in 1975 by a group of home-sick Brazilian students at the local university. Carnaval was adopted enthusiastically by Austinites and today the crowds of more than 5,000 partygoers pack into the Palmer Events Centre to samba, march, and drum the cold winter night away. Live Brazilian bands provide music for the duration of Carnaval, and visitors are encouraged to dress up as much as possible, showing as much skin as you dare! Face and body painters are available to add to costumes for a small fee. Cash bars are scattered throughout the venue for easy access and quick service, and the ballroom foyer is set up as a quieter decompressing and resting area. There is no food available at the event, and visitors are not permitted to bring in their own food or drinks.
Venue: Palmer Events Centre