Good news: festival season is around the corner.
Kick it off with a gala that promises "black tie — feathers and sequins optional."
Tomorrow night, Fort Mason will become the Sambadrome as Okizu (the summer camp for children and families affected by cancer) celebrates their 20th annual gala with a Carnaval ball.
Ogle the samba dancers swaying to the beat of Brazilian band Viva Brasil, or the showgirls and stilt walkers in your midst.
Taste the finest churrascaria and caipirinhas, then bid during live or silent auctions for prizes including a Hawaiian cruise and a vacation in Paris. The proceeds benefit Okizu's programs to support kids fighting cancer.
As the ball winds down, you'll sway to the nostalgic sounds of The Timebandits.
On the streets of Rio, they may dance until dawn. But in the Marina, you can stop off at the Wave Organ for a late night samba.