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Summer Nights: Brazilian Fun and Food at the Bahia Carnaval!

Looking for some family fun things to do in San Diego this summer?


View of the bay from the Bahia, San Diego


If you live here, or are traveling to San Diego this summer, Bahia Carnaval it is! Set at the beautiful Bahia Hotel on Mission Bay, guests take part in a wonderful night time event, every Thursday night this summer. No need to travel to Brazil to experience the fun, enjoy a delicious Brazilian buffet and dance to some Samba music all while watching the sun set on Bahia’s private beach!


Summer Brazilian Carnaval at The Bahia Hotel on Mission Bay


The Atmosphere


Tiki torch is lit at the Bahia Carnaval, San Diego


I went to the first show of the summer with my family on behalf of the Bahia Hotel. We were greeted with caipirinhas (the kids got lemonade) and immediately seated. The event is set up in the sand overlooking the bay, and as we listened to the live music, people got up to look around and mingle, and even take their shoes off! 


flowers as a centerpiece on the table runner



Guests mingling at the Bahia Carnaval


The Brazilian Buffet


Roast at the Bahia Carnaval, San Diego


When the food was ready, we couldn’t wait to eat. The buffet features traditional Brazilian dishes, such as g roasted Churrasco style beef with chimichurri sauce, Feijoada (Pork & Black Bean Stew), Moqueca de Peixe (Brazilian Fish Stew) and Brazilian Beer Marinated Chicken.


Food at the Bahia Carnaval


There were delicious salad choices and a whole tray of miniature desserts, including cakes, Brazilian pastries, and Pudim de Laite (Brazilian Flan). Everything was delicious!

Desserts at the Bahia Carnaval Brazilian Buffet


Live Entertainment!


Summer nights dancers at the Bahia Carnaval


When the sun goes down, the tiki torches are lit and the stage comes alive with a live performance, featuring traditional Brazilian costumes, music and dancing! What a treat, I love the upbeat rhythm of samba music. There were male and female dancers in traditional, and super colorful costumes. They did a few numbers and invited the kids onto the stage to dance along with them!


Kids dance on stage at the Bahia Carnaval


Oh, and if it’s your birthday… you’re getting on that stage and dancing your heart out! The adults were a little shy to come up at first, but they ended up having a great time. Alos, the male dancers gave quite the show, they did a fighting style performance and it was pretty cool!


Crowd dances at the Bahia Carnaval, San Diego


Watch as the day…


View of Mission Bay from the Bahia Hotel, San Diego


Turns to night…


sunset over the bay, Bahia Hotel, San Diego


Carnaval at the Bahia is a Must-See!


We all couldn’t stop staring at the sunset, it was magical. What a great evening, my kids loved the high energy! Be sure to catch Bahia Carnaval, every Thursday night this summer! Check the website for the complete schedule, menus and entertainment.  You will LOVE it!


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