FLIP- Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (July): Held annually since 2003, FLIP is usually held in July; during the World Cup years, it's held in August. One of the most coveted literary festivals of the country, FLIP plays host to an impressive roster of foreign authors who participate in readings, seminars, presentations, etc. Tickets sell fast, so book yours well in advance.
Festival da Pinga (August): Known for its local brews made from sugarcane, every third weekend in August cartloads of distilleries come together and offer their piece de resistance for tastings and subsequently for sale! Complete with live music performances, the Festival da Pinga is a great way to spend a weekend, even for teetotalers.