February 27 - March 5, 2014. Two million people, 6 days, 5pm-5am, dance "pipoca" in open streets, or in secure "abada" areas with Trio/Bloco groups; or watch from "camarote" cabins. Book early. For English see bahiacarnival.info or the official site in Portuguese:
Mid-September annual events, Praça do Campo Grande, parade departs at 3pm down Av. 7 de Setembro, past St. Benedict, through Castro Alves Sq, Rua Carlos Gomes, & Senator Costa Pinto, to front of former Tropical Hotel Bahia. A half million people typically attend.
November 20-23, 2014, at Vila Galés Marés Resort, up the coast from Salvador, 4-day electronic music festival, 7 parties, afternoon/ night sessions. All-inclusive resort services, giant pool, good food, full package deals. See online for more details as announced.