A wide range of cultural events are held in Porto Alegre. In addition to the traditional celebrations, a wide variety of activities are organized at Porto Alegre during the different seasons.
During the summer, for example, the "Porto Verão Alegre" takes place in this city. This celebration consists of a number of performances and exhibitions. In 2005 about seventy plays could be enjoyed.
At several occasions (in the summer 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005) the World Social Forum has been hosted in Porto Alegre. This event gathered more than 100,000 people from more than 100 countries each year. The main aim of these meetings is to discuss and deal with social issues.
In September the "Acampamento Farroupilha" takes place in Harmonia Park, where thousands of people set up their tents and eat typical food to commemorate the Farroupilha Revolution.
In October Porto Alegre holds the greatest Book Fair in America; an event that has been taking place since 1955. Each year about 2,000,000 people attend this fair.
Moreover, the MERCOSUR biennial exhibition is held in Porto Alegre every two years between October and December. This is an important art and cultural event that attracts a large number of tourists as well.
Important universities can be found in the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre, such as the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, the Vale dos Sinos University and the Lutheran University of Brazil, which attract students and teachers from Porto Alegre and from abroad.