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Top events in Latvia

Looking for a reason to visit Latvia in 2020? Look no further as we bring you excellent reasons – the biggest events of the year.

The Latvian Government has declared a state of emergency in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 i.e. coronavirus epidemic. The situation means special measures, which also affect organized events in Latvia.

We inform you that mass gatherings and events are allowed with some restrictions. Government has prolonged the state of emergency until June 9th.

More information about COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia.

#1 Riga Restaurant Week

Riga Restaurant Week

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.

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#2 RIBOCA2

RIBOCA2

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.

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#3 Rimi Riga Marathon

Event is postponed, new dates will be published after June 9th.

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.

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#4 Riga Opera Festival

Riga Opera Festival

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. 

 

#5 Midsummer or Jāņi

JUN 23

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!

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#6 Riga Jurmala Music Festival

Riga Jurmala music festival

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.

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#7 Riga City Festival

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.

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#8 Christmas markets in Riga

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!

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Last updated: 
08.05.2020