Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. Instituto Moreira Salles

    Gávea | Film

    Surrounded by beautiful gardens, spectacular modernist architecture, and an interesting museum, the institute creates the perfect atmosphere...Read More

  • 2. Theatro Municipal

    Centro | Opera

    Built in 1909, the stunning Municipal Theater at Cinelândia is the city's main performing-arts venue, hosting dance, opera, symphony concerts...Read More

  • 3. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro

    Andaraí | Dance

    The samba school Salguiero holds its pre-Carnival rehearsals only on Saturdays, from 10 pm. The school also runs Samba Experience events from...Read More

  • 4. Beija-Flor

    Nilópolis | Dance

    The several-times winner of Rio's annual Samba School competition, Beija-Flor holds public rehearsals on Thursdays at 9 pm in the months leading...Read More

  • 5. Centro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro

    Cinelândia | Film

    The last remaining movie palace in historic Cinelândia—once the focal point of moviegoing activity in Rio—is one of the most well-preserved...Read More

  • 6. Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas

    Santa Teresa | Music

    With a glorious view of Guanabara Bay and downtown, the Parque das Ruinas houses the remains of a mansion building that was Rio's bohemian epicenter...Read More

  • 7. Cidade das Artes

    Barra da Tijuca | Concerts

    This enormous cultural complex and live-music venue opened in 2013 and is now the largest concert hall in South America, seating 1,780. Designed...Read More

  • 8. Escola de Música da UFRJ

    Lapa | Music

    The music school auditorium, inspired by the Salle Gaveau in Paris, has 1,100 seats, and you can listen to chamber music, symphony orchestras...Read More

  • 9. Estação Net Ipanema

    Ipanema | Film

    The charming two-screen Estação Net Ipanema cinema is part of a lively area of small restaurants and bookstores, perfect for hanging out before...Read More

  • 10. Estação Primeira de Mangueira

    Mangueira | Dance

    One of the most popular schools and always a challenger for the Carnival title, Estação Primeira holds its rehearsals on Saturdays at 10 pm. ...Read More

  • 11. HSBC Arena

    Barra da Tijuca | Concerts

    HSBC Arena hosts big-name rock and pop stars....Read More

  • 12. KM de Vantagens Hall

    Barra da Tijuca | Music

    This huge venue hosts some of the biggest Brazilian and international names playing in Rio, such as Caetano Veloso, Adele, Smashing Pumpkins...Read More

  • 13. Sala Cecília Meireles

    Lapa | Music

    A popular concert venue for classical music in the city, the Sala hosts regular performances in a midsize hall and is known for its excellent...Read More

  • 14. Teatro das Artes

    Gávea | Theater

    Located in a shopping mall in well-heeled Gavea, this theater hosts popular productions. Two smaller theaters are reserved for less commercial...Read More

  • 15. Teatro João Caetano

    Centro | Theater

    The city's oldest theater dates to 1813, and while the building itself is less than spectacular, the 1,200-seat venue hosts some interesting...Read More

  • 16. Teatro Villa-Lobos

    Copacabana | Theater

    This 463-seat theater close to Copacabana Beach presents excellent drama productions and occasional dance performances. ...Read More

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