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29 Sep

Markets

Mikelis Day Fair in Old Town Riga

29 Sep
Mikelis Day is celebrated during the autumn solstice, when the sun turns towards winter - this is the time when daytime and nighttime is the same length and the astronomical autumn sets in. This is an important time of the year for farmers, when the most important jobs have been completed before winter and it is time to celebrate the harvest. Market squares will be full of Latvian grown pumpkins, apples, pears, cranberries, cowberries and much more. The ladies of the house will be offering homemade jams, cheeses, traditional pastries and home-basked bread. Everyone will be able to enjoy and purchase fresh honey, as well as smoked meats and fish. Meanwhile, local craftsmen will also be on hand offering traditional and contemporary linens, ceramics, jewelry, wooden items and much, much more.

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08 Oct - 14 Oct

Festivals, Festivities

Autumn Riga Restaurant week

08 Oct - 14 Oct
During this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.

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02 Jun - 28 Oct

Exhibitions

1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

02 Jun - 28 Oct
The inaugural edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA), titled Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, runs from 2nd of June until 28th of October 2018. Curated by Katerina Gregos, the biennial takes place at various venues in Riga and Jurmala. Including works by 104 artists (a third of which are from the Baltic countries), the biennial presents a large number of new commissions, 10 outdoor sculptures and ‘site-specific interventions’.

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11 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

11th of November - Lāčplēsis Day

11 Nov
On November 11 every year, Latvia lights up numerous candles to commemorate the Latvian army's victory over the West Russian Volunteer Army led by general Pavel Bermont-Avalov on November 11, 1919. On this day Latvia honours Latvian Freedom Fighters.

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16 Nov - 19 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

Festival of Light Staro Rīga

16 Nov - 19 Nov
The festival of light "Staro Rīga" has become highly popular and anticipated among Rigans and tourists. "Staro Rīga" is an exhibition of outdoor installations, used to transform Riga's panorama using modern light and video technology.

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18 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

18 November — Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia

18 Nov
The Independence of Latvia was proclaimed on 18 November 1918 at the Latvian National Theatre. This day in Latvia is a public holiday — public institutions and the majority of private enterprises are closed, various events take place throughout the day.

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23 Nov - 06 Jan

Markets

Christmas Fair on Līvu Square

23 Nov - 06 Jan
Do you wish to return to the land of childhood? You are welcome to the Christmas fair on Līvu Square! The joyful sound of children's laughter, small bells of merry-go-rounds, fluffy snowflakes and the scent of spices, roasted nuts and almond will bring back the Christmas miracle from your childhood.

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25 Aug - 30 Nov

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Baltic Oaks

25 Aug - 30 Nov
The exhibition consists of Dutch and Flemish 16th–17th century paintings on wooden panels made of oak. The essence of this project is the identification of these oaks with DNA and dendrochronological methods to confirm the assumption that they are the Baltic oak trees sent to the Netherlands during the flourishing of the Hanseatic time.

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30 Nov - 06 Jan

Markets

Old Town Christmas Fair

30 Nov - 06 Jan
Christmas is approaching, and one of the signs testifying to this is the Old Town Christmas Fair with sweet-smelling mulled wine, roasted almonds, glittering glazed gingerbread and local handcraft. Visitors will have a chance to find their Christmas miracle here every day. Various concerts and workshops are on the programme, with Santa Claus entertaining kids and adults alike.

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07 Dec - 13 Jan

Exhibitions

The way through the Christmas Trees 2018

07 Dec - 13 Jan
It was in Riga, just over 500 years ago, where the first ever Christmas tree was set-up and decorated in market square. In honor of this event, each year Riga becomes the Christmas tree capital of the world - where many different and creative art objects are set-up throughout the city. These modern-day Christmas tree surprises with their originality, as well as the variety of materials used, from light installations, to wood, glass, bricks and the use of warmth. The exposition includes the best works by artists, students of the Art Academy as well as other creative professionals.

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31 Dec

Outdoor events

New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebration at the 11 November Embankment

31 Dec
Riga residents and guests are welcome to ring in the New Year at the November 11 Embankment. Visitors will be able to enjoy an extensive cultural program with performances by popular musicians and bands, as well as djs, followed by the New Year's Eve fireworks show. The perfect place for families and friends to celebrate the new year.

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26 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Classical music concerts at Our Lady of Sorrows Church

22 Aug - 26 Sep
When taking a tour of Riga and Old Town, visitors must certainly try to combine this with attending a classical music concert. Every Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., a classical music concert featuring a duet of talented local musicians will be held at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Old Town.

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26 Sep

Outdoor events

Street Food Festival

11 Jul - 26 Sep
On Wednesdays it is possible to visit the Kalnciems Quarter for its weekly Street Food Festival, where it is possible to enjoy a variety of street food prepared by professionals and enthusiasts, while at the same time enjoying a glass of good wine and some music outdoors with family or friends. Fun activities for the little ones are also always organized.

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26 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

01 Sep - 31 Dec
Experienced Latvian organ players, as well as guests from many other countries participate in concerts of organ music. This offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most splendid and valuable historic organs in the outstanding acoustics of the Riga Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral organ belongs to the highest achievements of organ building of the late Romanticism period and is an excellent monument to the history of music.

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27 Sep

Trade Fairs

International Medical Exhibition Medbaltica 2018

27 Sep - 29 Sep
The Baltics’ major medical exhibition Medbaltica brings together a variety of healthcare professionals, professional associations and manufacturers of the latest medical products, materials, services and equipment from Latvia and other countries in the areas of dentistry, surgery, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, ophthalmology and many others. The exhibition marks the development of the healthcare industry as a whole, delivers current news and provides an opportunity to meet serious and reliable industry players. In tandem with Medbaltica 2018, 11 different conferences will take place, which will gather thousands of medical professionals.

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27 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Orchestra RIGA's season opening concert

27 Sep
The first performance of the second version of Andris Vecumnieks' piece Concertino Art-i-Shock. Along with this opus, the concert programme will include the first performance in Latvia of Rihards Dubra's Divertissement No. 4, and the Zeppelin Symphony composed in 2008 by contemporary Austrian composer Thomas Doss. The Zeppelin Symphony in four parts reveals the history of the airship created more than 100 years ago, starting from the idea of its inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin up to the flight itself.

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28 Sep

Trade Fairs

International Medical Exhibition Medbaltica 2018

27 Sep - 29 Sep
The Baltics’ major medical exhibition Medbaltica brings together a variety of healthcare professionals, professional associations and manufacturers of the latest medical products, materials, services and equipment from Latvia and other countries in the areas of dentistry, surgery, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, ophthalmology and many others. The exhibition marks the development of the healthcare industry as a whole, delivers current news and provides an opportunity to meet serious and reliable industry players. In tandem with Medbaltica 2018, 11 different conferences will take place, which will gather thousands of medical professionals.

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28 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

01 Sep - 31 Dec
Experienced Latvian organ players, as well as guests from many other countries participate in concerts of organ music. This offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most splendid and valuable historic organs in the outstanding acoustics of the Riga Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral organ belongs to the highest achievements of organ building of the late Romanticism period and is an excellent monument to the history of music.

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28 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Concert cycle Born In Latvia. Iveta Apkalna and the Berlin Konzerthaus orchestra

28 Sep
One of the most active and sought-after solo organists Iveta Apkalna performs a concert together with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha in a tour of the Baltic States.

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28 Sep

Concerts (shows)

Art-Group Flamenco. International Festival of Art and Music - Rumi Fest

28 Sep
In his new art-project Sebastian Sanchez - a Spanish flamenco dancer renowned and reputable in many countries around the world - presents to the audience his concept of “flamenco puro” (authentic flamenco). Rhythmic percussion with feet – sapateado, handwork - floreo, castanietas, fusion of guitar, vocal and dance, all this refers to the distinctive culture and emotional expression of the people of Andalusia. Flamenco is not just a dance, it is a multilevel artwork, where a sophisticated rhythmic pattern is woven into a very theatrical performance, with every participant allowing oneself take the music to heart and express it in original and passionate improvisation!

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28 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Opera - The Flying Dutchman

28 Sep - 24 Nov
Fleeing the difficulties of his time in Riga, sailing off on a risky sea voyage gave the young composer Richard Wagner a vision of a new production that was to mark the beginnings of his original style.

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29 Sep

Trade Fairs

International Medical Exhibition Medbaltica 2018

27 Sep - 29 Sep
The Baltics’ major medical exhibition Medbaltica brings together a variety of healthcare professionals, professional associations and manufacturers of the latest medical products, materials, services and equipment from Latvia and other countries in the areas of dentistry, surgery, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, ophthalmology and many others. The exhibition marks the development of the healthcare industry as a whole, delivers current news and provides an opportunity to meet serious and reliable industry players. In tandem with Medbaltica 2018, 11 different conferences will take place, which will gather thousands of medical professionals.

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29 Sep

Markets

Fair at Kalnciema Quarter

29 Sep - 24 Nov
Every Saturday, Latvian farmers offer local goods at the Kalnciema Quarter Fair, and craftsmen come to sell unique pieces of handiwork. Children are invited to participate in creative workshops, free of charge, and to ride a colorful merry-go-round. The theme of the fair changes to reflect seasonal festivals, during which there also are concerts, exhibitions, open-air plays, and other activities taking place at the fair.

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29 Sep

Concerts (shows)

The SEMA ceremony accompanied by the Sigulda mixed choir Atvars and reed flute – Ney

29 Sep
One of the brightest and unforgettable events of International Festival of Oriental Art and Music "Rumi Fest" is the SEMA ceremony of whirling dervishes and performance of the Sigulda mixed choir “ATVARS”. The audience will see how masterful choral singing of Latvian vocalists merges with the ancient ritual of mystic whirling, how harmonic and pure sound brings everyone the feeling of piece, the feeling of something far beyond the world of everyday ado and routine.

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