Cavalera is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Max Cavalera, Brazilian heavy metal songwriter and musician, brother of Igor Cavalera
  • Igor Cavalera, Brazilian heavy metal drummer, brother of Max Cavalera
  • Nadia Cavalera, novelist, poet and literary critic
  • Richie Cavalera, lead singer for rock band Incite, stepson of Max Cavalera
  • Zyon Cavalera, drummer for rock bands Soulfly and Lody Kong, son of Max Cavalera