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Top 10 Events in Latvia
Looking for a reason to visit Latvia in 2020? Look no further as we bring you ten excellent reasons – the biggest events of the year.
MAR 23 – 29 and OCT 5 – 11
During this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious flavors for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros in a three-course meal.
MAY 16 – OCT 11
Following the first edition in 2018, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) will retain its strong European focus and regional profile, taking the rich history of the Baltic States as its foundation, by highlighting artists from the wider region, and allowing international artists to engage with its cultural, historical and socio-political context.
MAY 16 – MAY 17
One of the fastest growing marathons in Northern Europe! The scenic route weaves through central Riga and passes spectacular architectural gems like the Latvian National Museum of Art, as well as crosses the River Daugava.
The weather in May is usually pleasantly mild to warm.
JUN 5 – JUN 14
The festival is highly anticipated by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad, which form the majority of all Riga Opera Festival fans.
A magical night in summer when the mythical fern flower is said to blossom. Friends and families gather around the fire to be together and mark the shortest night of the year. We boast many traditions surrounding this special night. A popular favourite is jumping over the fire which is said to rid a person of misfortune.
In preparation for Jāņi, many families make their own cheese with caraway seeds. It goes well with beer!
JUL 10 – AUG 30
Riga Jurmala Music Festival showcases world-famous orchestras and conductors, as well as outstanding soloists. During four weeks Riga Jurmala Music Festival offers more than 20 symphonic and chamber music concerts.
Festival’s dual location of Latvia’s historic capital city, Riga, and the forested seaside resort of Jūrmala appeals to visitors, who enjoy the unique settings for this new music festival.
JUL 17 – JUL 18
Nominated once again for the Best Medium-sized Festival award at the European Festival Awards 2017, Positivus Festival is still going strong ten years after its first edition in 2007. Artists over the years have included M83, Bastille, The XX, Ellie Goulding, Hot Chip and Hurts.
Each year, Positivus gathers festivalgoers on the scenic beaches and surrounding forest and parkland in Salacgriva, North Latvia. While taking a break from the gigs, visitors can pick up Baltic designer pieces and vintage clothing at the on-site shopping area.
JUL 24 – JUL 26
One of the greatest parties on the Baltic Sea coast. Stages are set up right on the beach. Previous headliners include Cheat Codes, Mika, Calvin Harris and Lost Frequencies. The Summer Sound festival is also a great place to find out about emerging Baltic artists.
AUG 14 – AUG 16
A series of free events to mark the city’s anniversary each year. Highlights include the pop-up restaurant at Spīķeri Creative Quarter where visitors can savour contemporary Latvian cuisine, the arts and crafts market at Vērmanes Garden, and the fireworks.
Free public transport is an added bonus making it a good value weekend.
DEC 1 – JAN 6
No Christmas market would be complete without kiosks serving steamy mugs of aromatic mulled wine but have you ever tried hot blackcurrant juice with a dash of Riga Black Balsam? The popular Latvian spirit is claimed to have healing properties. As a cocktail, the juice and balsam is a warming, sweet and sticky seasonal hit.
Enjoy an evening at Riga’s Christmas markets with a mug of juice and balsam and other gourmet delights, like wild boar sausages and homemade gingerbread.
Feeling inspired? Keep on reading for more suggestions on what to include in your itinerary. Latvia awaits.