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August and September events round-up
With summer still in full swing, there’s no shortage of outdoor events to consider including in a Latvia itinerary, from music festivals to celebrating the anniversary of a narrow gauge railway. Here’s a round up of what’s coming up in August and September.
3rd – 5th August, Ratnieki, Līgatne Parish
Laba daba international music festival
Marking ten years of the festival, this year’s edition promises to be a memorable one. The festival gathers international acts in a family-friendly setting. This year, visiting bands include Mum from Iceland, Obi Trio from Brazil, Ferris Wheel from Belarus and many others that will be playing alongside Latvian artists such as Laima Jansone & DJ Monsta, Satellites LV and PND.
3rd – 5th August, Ventspils
Ventspils City Festival
A celebratory market, dance night, fireworks, a concert by Latvia’s much-loved band Brainstorm, and flower festival are just some of the highlights of the city’s annual festival. Throughout the weekend, events will be popping up at central squares and venues so visitors can drift from one to the other.
10th – 12th August, Susēja, Aknīste Parish
San Susī alternative chamber music festival
A festival combining academic music with the vibe of a popular music festival in the great outdoors in rural Latvia. The musical programme is accompanied by installation art, theatre, dance and contemporary circus performances. Visitors can see all musical performances as there are no conflicting schedules.
17th – 18th August, Riga
Riga City Festival
Neighbourhood fetes, pop-up food markets, light shows, contemporary circus performances, concerts and more combine to create a wonderful festival atmosphere. Visitors can indulge in sports, dining, art, listening and plenty other activities. Venturing from one event to another is a great way to explore the city’s different areas.
8th – 9th September, Riga
Baltā nakts – White Night
The international White Night initiative sees many unusual Riga venues open up to the public to showcase art installations and performances by local and international artists. Venues are both indoors and outdoors, and include the National Library of Latvia, Sporta 2 creative quarter, cinemas, galleries, churches and other buildings, as well as parks and courtyards which aren’t always open to the public.
1st September, Gulbene, Alūksne, Stāmeriena
Narrow gauge railway festival
A celebration in honour of the last remaining narrow gauge railway in the Baltics to run regular passenger services. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities taking place at three stations along the line. There will be dance performances, fire shows, markets and exhibitions.