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Pedra do Sal is a must-visit outdoor event for those who love samba music and want to experience Rio de Janeiro's rich cultural heritage. It takes place every Monday and Friday at 7 pm and brings together some of the best samba musicians in Rio for an impromptu samba jam. The event is held at a historical monument that has a unique and vibrant energy, being the birthplace of samba. The place was originally a quilombo village, and today an association group still lives there, formally known as the Fundação Pierre Verger.
The atmosphere at Pedra do Sal is truly special, with lively music and dancing people that will instantly make you feel happy. The musicians play outdoors on a central table at the base of the stone, and the sound of instruments such as the acoustic guitar, cavaquinho, bamboo reco-reco, cuíca, surdo, and pandeiro are amplified. The lyrics are sung live and gain voice with the accompaniment of the audience, who settle down all over the Largo João da Baiana. The result is an exciting popular gathering that you don't want to miss.
While you enjoy the music and dancing, you can also indulge in potent caipirinhas, the classic cold beer, and some local food. The event is a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of Rio de Janeiro, and it's a popular destination for both locals and tourists. So, whether you're looking for an alternative day or nightlife event, Pedra do Sal is the perfect choice to immerse yourself in the rich history and music of this beautiful city.
We partner with the best local providers to ensure you have the best tour possible. We are the go to option for your online tour concierge needs in Rio de Janeiro. Fun fact: With the intention of preserving the memory of genuine 19th century samba - introduced in the port region by the Bahian diaspora - a group of seven musician friends has been meeting for eight years in the historic Pedra do Sal (Salt Rock), to praise, with much respect, the ancestry of this Brazilian rhythm that enchants the world. To check availability and make a reservation please click on "Book Now" and enter your preferred date and time.