5 best summer festivals in Brazil Yes, there’s the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and FIFA has put Brazil is on the radar for soccer fans with the World Cup this year. But there are plenty more reasons to visit Brazil. Check out these five amazing summer festivals that are sure to delight. By Doug O'Neill 5 best summer festivals in Brazil Slideshow View Slideshow 5 best summer festivals in Brazil Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 11 best places to go glam 6 great Canadian campgrou Top honeymoon destination 1. International Folklore Festival of Passo Fundo The Folklore Festival of Passo Fundo (August 15 to 23) takes places every two years in the the city of Passo Fundo, which is located in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. It's a long flight from Canada, but you can get deals on discount travel services such as Expedia.ca. Highlights: Expect storytelling performances by students, amateurs, and seasoned artists and other folk entertainers. The mission of this folk festival is to promote world peace. 2. Dia dos Namorados Dia dos Namorados (June 12), which basically translates as "lovers day," is sometimes called Day of the Enamored, or Boyfriends’/Girlfriends' Day. In short, it's the Brazilian Valentine’s festival. It's just the occasion for Brazilian Briageiros candy. Highlights: Arpoador Rock, between Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, is ‘the’ spot for a romantic selfie-of-two. 3. Jangadas Regata Jangadas Regata (July) draws huge crowds along the Cove of Fortaleza, which is the fifth-largest city in Brazil, to watch the regatta or catch a ride on a jangada, a traditional fisherman's boat. Highlights: Praia do Futuro beach, in Fortaleza, is also popular for kitesurfing, surfing and wind-surfing. 4. Brasilia Rock Festival Brasilia Rock Festival (June 6), also called Porão do Rock, is the largest music festival in the Brazilian capital. Highlights: last year's performers included Mark Lanegan, Soulfly, Capital Inicial, the Mono Men, Rocca Vegas and other international rock stars. Tip: for flight deals to various parts of Brazil, visit Expedia.ca. 5. Festas Juninas Festas Juninas (June Festivals) are celebrated throughout Brazil, with celebrations honouring various saints: St. Anthony (June 13), St. John (June 24) and St. Peter (June 29). Festivities include music, dancing and lots of food. Highlights: Many visitors, of course, head to the iconic Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, the 30m tall statue of Jesus (with outstretched arms) that towers over the city, while others are drawn to the hugely popular June festivities in Campina Grande.