February 13-17, 2015, the most famous carnival, Friday-Fat Tuesday. Gay clubs & street parties, Banda de Ipanema, Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace, Sambadrome parade, Street Band Competitions, Parades of the Samba Schools, Gay Costume Ball in Rio Scala -- & more.
March 22, 2015, Fetish party at Club Mix Bar, Rua do Merdado 25. Periodic 18+ men-only underwear/naked nights, with live sex shows / audience participation. See website for more dates.
July 3-12, 2015, annual LGBT film festival, at Odeon Petrobras, Cine Cultural Justiça Federal/ Instituto Cervantes (Av. Rio Branco 241). International festival, full-length films and shorts, Brazilian and foreign, addressing gender and sexuality.
November 12-15, 2015 (to be confirmed), the 20th edition, floats on Avenida Atlantica along Copacabana Beach, 2 million expected. Spring temperature in the 80's, packed beaches, low airfare + hotel prices = a good time to visit the Cidade Maravilhosa. See website for program and venues.
Late December, 2015 (?) Last year had DJs COSTTA, BRUNO PACHECO, GUGA RAHNER, ANDRE GARÇA, TOMMY LOVE, FELIPE LIRA, CHUS + CEBALLOS, MAYA SIMANTOV, THIERRY b2b FÁBIO CAMPOS. Program: SUN 5pm-5am Warm Up at 00 Club; MON 10am at Submarine Waterpark; TUE midnight R:EVOLUTÍON Official After Party at Platinum Club; THU Pool Party 4pm at La Isla Beach Club.
New Year's Eve each year, huge beach party in Copacabana, millions party all night at all the nightclubs and in streets all over town.