February 4-9, 2016. Two million people, 6 days, 5pm-5am, dance "pipoca" in open streets, in secure "abada" areas with Trio/Bloco groups; or watch from "camarote" cabins. Official opening: Thur Feb 4. Carnaval Sunday: February 7. Parades begin noon from the Farol (Lighthouse) da Barra or from Campo Grande. See bahiacarnival.info or salvadorcentral.com
June 24, 2016. Celebrations in Salvador and many more towns throughout Bahia celebrating the nativity of St John the Baptist. Brazilian celebrations follow from European Midsummer Solstice festivities that predate Christianity. Here they begin the Brazilian winter to continue throughout the whole month of June with parades, fireworks, bonfires, concerts, folk dancing and costumes.
November 3-6, 2016 at Vila Gale Cumbuco Resort, Caucaia, north from Fortaleza -new venue/resort/beach/parties, 4-day electronic music gay festival, multiple parties, afternoon/ night sessions. All-inclusive resort services, giant pool, good food, full package deals. See for details TBA.