Can’t get to Rio? Não um problema.Lace up your samba shoes. Slip into your finest sequined duds. And crank up your Carnaval float. Even if you can’t get to Rio this year, you can still get your sparkle on.
Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Miami
SushiSamba puts the second half of its name first during the annual Carnaval celebration. The festive chain’s five locations offer food and drink specials, samba dancers, drummers and a live event feed from Rio. March 5, www.sushisamba.com
Chicago Samba, a Brazilian music group, throws a party that features dancers decked out in authentic Carnaval costumes, a dance lesson and $5 caipirinhas (which help with the dancing). $15; March 5, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., www.chicagosamba.com
In honor of Carnaval, traditional Brazilian cuisine — including Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil — takes the plate March 5–8 at chef Julian Medina’s Yerba Buena restaurants. Two locations: 23 Avenue A and 1 Perry St.; www.ybnyc.com
Feet all mixed up? Don’t delay! Get ready for Carnaval season by enrolling in BloomBars’ weekly samba class. $10, 3222 11th St. NW, www.bloombars.com
Get your groove on when Renni Flores hits the stage with the Swingueira Baiana Band at the Brazilian Carnaval Ball. Join in on the dance floor or just watch the Aquarela Brazilian Dance Group do its thing. $35; March 5, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana St., www.kidoideira.com