Every May for three days, Paraty turns into the jazz capital of the world. The Bourbon Festival is an international music festival featuring jazz, blues, r&b, and soul artists from all over the world. All concerts are completely free, and street musicians perform all over town.
I wasn’t planning on being in Paraty for the festival, but the night I arrived and saw how lively the streets were, I realized it was a fortunate surprise. I was able to attend two nights of concerts at a stage set up near Praça Matriz. The first night, I hadn’t heard of the artists before but it was still enjoyable.
The most famous artist I got to see was Patti Austin. She performed on my second night.