Festivals and Events
From mid-January to mid-February, Porto Alegre sizzles during Porto Verão Alegre (www.portoveraoalegre.com.br), a summer festival of dance, music, and theatrical performance held throughout the city for next-to-nothing prices.
In late September, Semana Farroupilha commemorates September 20, 1835, which marked the beginning of the Revolução Farroupilha. This popular uprising led to the declaration of the short-lived Republic of Rio Grande do Sul as well as a 10-year war of independence (the Guerra dos Farrapos) against imperial troops. The weeklong festivities include parades, traditional Gaúcho music and dancing and, of course, lots of food.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition