We all know Brazil is bustling with soccer fever, but what about those looking for alternatives to all that hype? According to the Tourism Board of Brazil, Brazil is the most visited country in South America and those thinking about a summer getaway -- but without the flag-waving or face-painting -- should consider the following "football-free" events Brazil has to offer this summer, as compiled by the folks at Expedia.ca:
1) Festas Juninas (June) - Throughout the month of June, residents from coast to coast will participate in saintly celebrations across Brazil in memory of St. Anthony (June 13), St. John (June 24) and St. Peter (June 29). Not only will Brazilians be paying homage to these famous saints, but they will also be feasting with family and friends while enjoying food, fun and festivities. For a really memorable experience you can visit the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, a 30m tall statue of Jesus Christ that looks over the city with outstretched arms, or check out Campina Grande, Pernambuco, to partake in Brazil's largest Festa Junina festival.
2) Dia dos Namorados (June 12) - While Canadians praised their sweeties with sweets of their own earlier this year, Brazil will be celebrating its Valentine's Day on June 12. What could be more romantic than celebrating 'Dia dos Namorados', translated as 'lovers day', in romantic Rio or sizzling Salvador. If you do end up in Rio de Janeiro, be sure to visit Arpoador Rock for a sunset that will leave you breathless -- perfect to share with the one you love.
3) Brasilia Rock Festival (June) - If your idea of fun involves loud and lively, but not in the roaring soccer fan way, check out 'Porão do Rock', the largest music festival in Brasilia, Brazil's capital. Celebrating its 16th season, this concert extravaganza will have you rocking and rolling to local favourites in no time.
4) Jangadas Regata (July) - If you believe 'the sea is for me', join the many crowds along the Cove of Fortaleza during the annual sailing festivities of Regata da Jangadas in July. And if you're the adventurous type consider a ride on a jangada, a fisherman's boat, for the best view on deck.
5) Folklore Festival (August 15 - 23) - Every two years, the city of Passo Fundo hosts it famous international folklore festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Americas. Featuring performances from students throughout the day and entertainment from the community into the evening, this festival was originally created to share culture around the world and to promote peace among people. Now that's folk-tastic!
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