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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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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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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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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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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

May 4 — Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

04 May
Every year on May 4, Latvia celebrates the day when in 1990 the Supreme Council of the Latvian SSR adopted the Declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia" and Latvia became an independent state, free from Soviet rule. On this day, numerous events take place all over the country.

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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

Tent for fans for 2018 IIHF World Championship

04 May - 20 May
It is clear to everyone that Latvians are avid ice hockey fans, and therefore it is no surprise that once again this year in a prime location in Riga (Congress Center Square) a large waterproof tent will be set up for fans desiring to watch any or all games from the World Championship. Fans of any team are welcome to come here for viewing on mega-screens, pleasant atmosphere, food&drink, games and contests, the appearance of special guests and other surprises. Follow the action live or on tape. Come and root for your team!

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04 May - 20 May

Festivals, Festivities

Hockey Fan House 2018

04 May - 20 May
The Dinamo Riga Hockey Fan House invites all hockey fans to support the Latvian national team at the 2018 Ice Hockey World Championships together, where live broadcasts of all of Team Latvia's matches, as well as many other matches, will be shown of large screens in Ķīpsala on the territory of Riga Islande Hotel!

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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

Events marking Restoration of Latvian Independence Day

04 May
Various events will be held throughout the day outside the VEF Palace of Culture to mark the anniversary of the restoration of Latvia's independence - lectures, discussions and master classes, as well as musical concerts on two stages.

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12 May

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at the Small Guild

14 Apr - 09 Jun
Ballroom dancing – these are dances for people who like to and want to dance. Both your partner and the tune could be completely unknown to you.

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01 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

Night of Churches 2018

01 Jun
The cultural event Night of Churches invites everyone to discover the cultural and spiritual heritage of churches in Riga and Latvia.

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09 Jun - 20 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Festival 2018

09 Jun - 20 Jun
The Riga Festival is annual musical event gathering world stars of academic music and our own most brilliant artists.

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09 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at the Small Guild

14 Apr - 09 Jun
Ballroom dancing – these are dances for people who like to and want to dance. Both your partner and the tune could be completely unknown to you.

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16 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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17 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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18 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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19 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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20 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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20 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

Midsummer warm-up event at Ziemeļblāzma - Weaving the Midsummer Wreaths

20 Jun
Performing at the event will be the post-folk group Zāle (Grass). The event will be a merry gathering of song and dance, with performances also from the Ziemeļblāzma children's folk-dance collective Bitīte (Bee), the folk-dance collective Pērkons (Thunder), the middle-aged folk dance collective Auda, and the senior folk dance collective Ziemēļblāzma (Northern Light). The dancers will actively involve the audience as well. Participants will also be able to try weaving their own midsummer oak-leaf crown or flower wreath.

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21 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun - 21 Jun
The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.

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