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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

Events marking Latvia's Restoration of Independence Day in Riga

04 May
To mark the anniversary of Latvia's restoration of independence, various celebratory events will be organized at Riga cultural centers and concert hall, as well as a series of events called - Stories of Brivibas Street, which will take place at several locations on Brivibas Street, from Brivibas Boulevard and the Freedom Monument all the way to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Latvia's freedom.

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21 Mar - 05 May

Exhibitions

Maija Nora Tabaka. Architecture

21 Mar - 05 May
The paintings by Maija Tabaka featured at the exhibition are provocative in their subject narrative, sparkling in their joyous color, and surprising in their imagination. This is where the magic of this exhibition is hidden: the expression of fantasies, daring to paint and expressing emotions in theatricalized compositions.

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07 May - 13 May

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Restaurant week

07 May - 13 May
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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19 May

Festivals, Festivities

Night of Museums 2018

19 May
Night of Museums is held simultaneously in all European countries free of charge.

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20 May

Sports

Lattelecom Riga marathon

20 May
Lattelecom Riga Marathon will bring together thousands of runners from all over the world. For the first-time visitor, the marathon offers great opportunity to get to know Riga, one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltics. There are several distances to choose from - full marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, and 6 km. The scenic course will meet the expectations of one and all, going through the Old Town, by architectural monuments, and over bridges. In 2007 the Lattelecom Riga Marathon was for the first time officially recognised and measured according to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races standards, and has since won international acclaim.

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02 Jun

Markets

Applied Arts Fair at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

02 Jun - 03 Jun
Since 1971, the Museum annually hosts its arts and crafts fair, which is traditionally held on the first weekend in June. In the forty-eight years of its existence, the fair has become an event of national significance – now it has become the symbol of crafts-work of Riga and Latvia and a festival for its participants and visitors.

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03 Jun

Markets

Applied Arts Fair at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

02 Jun - 03 Jun
Since 1971, the Museum annually hosts its arts and crafts fair, which is traditionally held on the first weekend in June. In the forty-eight years of its existence, the fair has become an event of national significance – now it has become the symbol of crafts-work of Riga and Latvia and a festival for its participants and visitors.

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21 Jun

Outdoor events

International folklore festival Baltica 2018 gala event

21 Jun
The theme of this year's Baltica folklore festival is ''Jāņi. Flowering'', thus highlighting the rich summer solstice traditions of the Latvian people, while at the same time getting to know the traditions other cultures from around the world have in connection with the summer solstice. The festival will conclude with a festive culmination at the November 11 Embankment in downtown Riga, where all of the festival's participants will gather to jointly celebrate the summer solstice - ethnographic ensembles, folklore troupes, musical collective, storytellers, individual performers and others.

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22 Jun

Markets

Līgo! market

22 Jun
To properly prepare for the annual Midsummer of Līgo! festival, a traditional market will once again be organized on Riga's Dome Square, where farmers and craftsmen from all over Latvia will offer flower bunches and garlands, oak leaf crowns, traditional teas and honey from Latvia's aromatic summer fields, country bread, cheeses, warm pastries, smoked meat and other goodies necessary to properly celebrate the merry festival. Furthermore, Latvia's best craftsmen will also be on hand, offering a wide range of items - wickerwork, clay dishes, linen tablecloths and bed covers, knitted items, wooden spoons, as well as traditional jewelry made of amber and silver. Meanwhile, traditional musical and dance collectives from Riga will maintain a merry festival atmosphere throughout the day!

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23 Jun

Outdoor events

Līgo! festivities on November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns

23 Jun
The Midsummer, of Līgo! festival, in Riga is traditionally celebrated on the November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns, where bonfires and Līgo! songs will be sung, and traditional festival dishes will also be served. Performing at the events will be various traditional musical and dance collectives. Everyone will also have the opportunity to find out about the merry traditions of Līgo! and greet the sunrise the following morning.

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15 Dec - 30 Jun

Events for children

Interactive exhibition for the whole family - Future Live!

15 Dec - 30 Jun
Giant video projections, virtual reality, a colorful book that comes to life, and the opportunity to travel in space - the exhibition Future Live! (in Latvian - Nākotne tagad) is an amazing technological adventure for the whole family. The exhibition combines the most advanced interactive technologies in the area of art objects and installations, where it will be possible and desirable for visitors to interact - 3D modeling, interactive projection, virtual and augmented reality.

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30 Jun - 08 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

Latvian Song and Dance Festival 2018

30 Jun - 08 Jul
For a whole week in the summer 2018 Riga will be taken over by the most grandiose festival in Latvia – the "Latvian Song and Dance Festival" gathering tens of thousands of singers and dancers from everywhere in Latvia, who will fill the city with sounds of folk music. This festival with its greatness, quality and diversity is a unique event on a world scale; therefore it has been included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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16 Mar - 23 Apr

Exhibitions

Inga Jurova solo exhibition - Tales From the Suburbs

16 Mar - 23 Apr
In this exhibition, Inga Jurova documents Riga through the architecture of the Maskavas suburb. The deeper perception of the exhibition is a story about people, their fates, love and death. Home is a metaphor, which allows to speak about the existing worldliness. Animals symbolize a spiritual dimension.

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23 Apr

Concerts (classical)

“Concerto Piccolo” — enjoy the unique sound of Riga Dome organ for 20 minutes

21 Mar - 30 Apr
“Concerto Piccolo” gives the opportunity to relish one of the most splendid and valuable historical organ in the outstanding acoustics of Riga Dome.

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25 Apr - 29 Apr

Exhibitions

Exhibition of orchids, tillandsias and carnivorous plants

25 Apr - 29 Apr
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Latvian Society of Orchid and Exotic Plant Friends. The exhibition is a parade of exotic plants from private collections of local plant growers. Visitors will be able to see interesting tropic orchid species and gorgeous hybrids, peculiar carnivorous plants and other exotic plants. Visitors will be able to receive consultations and attend educational events.

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25 Apr

Concerts (classical)

“Concerto Piccolo” — enjoy the unique sound of Riga Dome organ for 20 minutes

21 Mar - 30 Apr
“Concerto Piccolo” gives the opportunity to relish one of the most splendid and valuable historical organ in the outstanding acoustics of Riga Dome.

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25 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

25 Apr - 26 Apr
Dr. Faust is sinking into depression despite his many years, and the promise made to mysterious Mephistopheles - all his wishes granted in exchange for his soul. Charles Gounod's marvelous opera, based on the Goethe tragedy, had its world premiere back in Paris in 1859. Here and now, director Aik Karapetyan offers late-Gothic mileau, with touches of German Expressionism, including silent movies. "However, this does not mean a production that will be 'hopelessly serious," the director is quick to explain.

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26 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

25 Apr - 26 Apr
Dr. Faust is sinking into depression despite his many years, and the promise made to mysterious Mephistopheles - all his wishes granted in exchange for his soul. Charles Gounod's marvelous opera, based on the Goethe tragedy, had its world premiere back in Paris in 1859. Here and now, director Aik Karapetyan offers late-Gothic mileau, with touches of German Expressionism, including silent movies. "However, this does not mean a production that will be 'hopelessly serious," the director is quick to explain.

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27 Apr - 20 May

Exhibitions

Exhibition The Freedom Monument - Homage to Latvia

27 Apr - 20 May
The exhibition is dedicated to the Latvian national symbol - the Freedom Monument. The Freedom Monument is one of the most outstanding historical, architectural and artistic monuments of national significance in Latvia. It was constructed by donations from the people as a symbol of Latvian independence, a testimony to the love and respect the Latvian people have towards their fatherland and freedom. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Riga Monument Agency.

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27 Apr - 03 Jun

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Narcissus

27 Apr - 03 Jun
In the springtime, the museum comes to full bloom with the colorful exhibition Narcissus. Here visitors will be able to view art pieces and household items which are decorated with narcissus flower motifs. This exhibition continues the museum's tradition to organize exhibitions with flower motifs in art.

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27 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

01 Apr - 27 Jun
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 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Raymonda

27 Apr
This work by genius Marius Petipa represents the artist’s rebirth in the twilight of his life. The Master created "Raymonda" at the age of 80 as the quintessence of his rich life.

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27 Apr

Concerts (shows)

Rag'n'Bone Man

27 Apr
With heart-tugging bluesy vocals and compositions blending blues, rap and elements of gospel, British musician Rory Graham, known for his stage moniker Rag’n’Bone Man has been slowly winning the admiration of millions worldwide. Rag’n’Bone Man will be visiting Riga as part of his groundbreaking Grande Reserve Tour.

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28 Apr - 14 Oct

Exhibitions

Fashion Museum exhibition - Golden 20s

28 Apr - 14 Oct
The 1920s - these are the youth days of the 20th century, a magnificent time when it began to become clearer how the new century will look. This colorful era was characterized by the elegant Art Deco style - one of the most beautiful pages of the history of 20th century design. This unique exhibition at the Riga Fashion Museum will feature costumes, accessories and clothing in the Art Deco style from the 20th century - slender gowns with sparkling pearls, elegant shoes etc.

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