Top 5 Things to do in Rio in October

October may be the tail-end of the spring season in Brazil, but the fun is just getting started in Rio in terms of all the events happening in and around the city.

With the Rio International Film Festival and a handful of Halloween parties, not to mention Children’s Day (which takes place on October 12th), if you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do during your visit to Rio, you won’t have to look very hard.

And even though people from all over the world will be making the pilgrimage to the small village of Aparecida to celebrate Brazil’s religious holiday (which honours the country’s patron saint on October 12th), Rio still offers a ton of activities for visitors during the month of October:

1. Watch some Brazilian indie flicks at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

If you’re a movie lover and itching to check out different types of movies and documentaries by some of the best up-and-coming directors on the planet then you’re in luck, as the Rio International Film Festival is back for its 18th run, and this year is bound to be a doozy.

Rio’s International Film Festival is largely considered to be the largest film festival in both Brazil and Latin America, and attracts over 250,000 movie nerds to the city each year. The festival has been around since 1999, and over the years has featured talents such as Roman Polanski, Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson and many more.

This year the festival will be taking place from October 5th to 15th, during which hundreds of both national and international films will be screened in different cinemas, theatres, museums and other cultural spaces around Rio. For its 2017 edition, some of the many films included on the screening roster include After The WarThelma, the French flick Barbara, and the Chinese film Angels Wear White, and documentaries like 12 DaysThe Venerable W.Alive in France and many, many more.

For more information on the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival click here.

2. Chug down some Butterbeer at Teatro Odisséia’s Halloween Potter Party

Just because you’re an ocean away from Hogwarts and Platform 9 3⁄4 doesn’t mean you can’t get into the Halloween spirit in Rio, Harry Potter style. Because on October 28th, Lapa’s Teatro Odisséia (Odyssey Theatre) will be hosting a wonderfully magical Potter Party: Halloween in Hogwarts event, where muggles can dance the night away underneath a stream of Halloween-y decorations, and try out some Unicorn Blood Shots and Alcohol Potion Vials; (oh yeah, and there will be Butterbeer, too).

The venue already has another Halloween party slated for October 20th (GoParty Halloween), but for Harry Potter lovers in Rio, the Potter Party definitely isn’t one to miss out on.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 28th at 11 p.m., and tickets cost anywhere from $25 to $40 depending on how early you buy them; (you can find more information on their official Facebook event page).

3. Get into the Oktoberfest spirit at OktoBeerFest Niterói

Who says you need to be in Munich in order to get into the Oktoberfest spirit? Because Rio’s annual OktoBeerFest is living proof that Oktoberfest is the type of festivity that can be celebrated anywhere in the world, even if you’re miles away from Bavaria.

Just as the name suggests, attendees can expect to see (and drink!) a whole lotta beer over this three-day-long event; and best of all: It’s free! Last year the OktoBeerFest was a huge hit, with an exciting draft beer tournament, 14 different food trucks offering lamb and funghi burgers, and over 150 handcrafted and specialty beer from all over the world.

This year over the course of a three-day-long weekend, Campo de São Bento (which can be reached via ferry from Rio’s city centre to the other side of the channel to Niterói) will be packed full of food trucks serving typical German food, live music and entertainment, and (obviously) specially-brewed beer.

The event takes place from October 6th to 8th from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free. (For more details you can check out the official Facebook event page here).

4. Sample some vegan cuisine at Veg Time

If you love vegan cuisine, art, yoga, music or tattoos (or all of the above!) then October is your lucky month, because on the 14thTempo Glauberwill be hosting an independent fair where attendees can shop around for different vegetarian products from small producers, listen to some live music, and take part in a ton of other activities related to the “esoteric universe.”

Visitors can also watch a fascinating documentary called “What The Health“, (which was directed by Kip Andersen and educates viewers on how to prevent and reverse various chronic diseases), get a Tarot reading for $10, or even splurge on a relaxing 15-minute massage for $15. Yoga instructors will also be at hand putting on a few lessons for as little as $15 per person (don’t forget to bring your yoga mat or canga, though!), and you can even wander around and admire various pieces of artwork and photography, or perhaps even splurge on a tattoo!

The event will be held at Rua Sorocaba, 190, and visitors are kindly asked to donate $2 (which will help pay for the musicians). For more information check out this Facebook event page.

5. Enjoy a good brew at the Mondial de La Bière festival

If you’re looking for an excuse to have a cheeky pint of beer during your visit to Rio, then now’s your chance! Because Pier Maua (located at Av. Rodrigues Alves, 10 – Saúde) will be hosting the anything-and-everything-beer related Mondial de la Bière festival, which is now largely considered to be one of the top beer festivals in the world after originating in Montreal back in 1994.

Last year’s Rio edition of the festival drew in a crowd of around 48,000 people, and attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the ancient traditional beer brewing process (which originated in Belgium) not to mention sample a variety of beers from all over the world as well.

This year the event will be taking place from October 11th to 15th, and visitors can wander around the venue sampling all sorts of specially-crafted beer while listening to some live music. You can even shop around for a few accessories and souvenirs at the “Beer Boutique,” and there will also be food trucks serving everything from hot dogs to shredded rib sandwiches with caramelized onion filling.

The event will be held between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. over the course of five days, and you can find more information on their official Facebook page.

Interested in exploring some of Rio’s top sights during your visit in October? Make sure you join us on our  Free Historical Centre Tour!