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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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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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28 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Rīgas Ritmi 2018. Shenel Johns & Latvian Radio Big Band

28 Jun
Over the years, Rīgas Ritmi has deservedly gained the reputation as a world class music festival and continues to win the hearts of jazz lovers and becoming one of their summer destinations in Europe. The double concert of the evening will feature the up and coming American jazz star Shenel Johns and the Latvian Radio Big Band performing a musical program dedicated to the 120th anniversary of George Gershwin. Meanwhile, double bass phenomena from Israel Adam Ben Ezra will surprise the audience with his dazzling virtuosity and breath-taking performance.

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29 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Rīgas Ritmi 2018. Alfredo Rodriguez and Beady Belle

29 Jun
Over the years, Rīgas Ritmi has deservedly gained the reputation as a world class music festival and continues to win the hearts of jazz lovers and becoming one of their summer destinations in Europe. The double concert of the evening will feature the Grammy nominated piano virtuoso from Cuba Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Scandinavian diva Beady Belle.

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26 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

World Jazz Festival

26 Jul - 27 Jul
The annual World Jazz Festival brings world jazz legends to Riga each year. This year, jazz lovers will be able to enjoy three festival concerts - a free open-air concert in the heart of Riga on July 26 at Dome Square, which will also be the festival's opening concert. On the other hand, on July 26 at the Splendid Palace concert venue and on July 27 at Riga Congress Centre, two evening concerts will be held featuring world jazz stars.

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27 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

World Jazz Festival

26 Jul - 27 Jul
The annual World Jazz Festival brings world jazz legends to Riga each year. This year, jazz lovers will be able to enjoy three festival concerts - a free open-air concert in the heart of Riga on July 26 at Dome Square, which will also be the festival's opening concert. On the other hand, on July 26 at the Splendid Palace concert venue and on July 27 at Riga Congress Centre, two evening concerts will be held featuring world jazz stars.

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17 Aug

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Festival 2018

17 Aug - 19 Aug
On the nation's centenary, this year's Riga City Festival will feature the creative legacies of many great Latvians in the context of the country's history and culture. As Riga celebrates its 817th anniversary, one of the more special events to take place will the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Riga Latvian Society: for three whole days Vērmane Park and the Riga Society Building will turn back the pages of history, revealing to festival goers the time more than a century ago when the Riga Latvian Society was established. Cultural and historical facts, theatrical improvisations of great historical figures and open-air performances will allow Rigans and city guests to feel like they were back in the times of mid-19th century Riga.

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18 Aug

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Festival 2018

17 Aug - 19 Aug
On the nation's centenary, this year's Riga City Festival will feature the creative legacies of many great Latvians in the context of the country's history and culture. As Riga celebrates its 817th anniversary, one of the more special events to take place will the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Riga Latvian Society: for three whole days Vērmane Park and the Riga Society Building will turn back the pages of history, revealing to festival goers the time more than a century ago when the Riga Latvian Society was established. Cultural and historical facts, theatrical improvisations of great historical figures and open-air performances will allow Rigans and city guests to feel like they were back in the times of mid-19th century Riga.

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19 Aug

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Festival 2018

17 Aug - 19 Aug
On the nation's centenary, this year's Riga City Festival will feature the creative legacies of many great Latvians in the context of the country's history and culture. As Riga celebrates its 817th anniversary, one of the more special events to take place will the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Riga Latvian Society: for three whole days Vērmane Park and the Riga Society Building will turn back the pages of history, revealing to festival goers the time more than a century ago when the Riga Latvian Society was established. Cultural and historical facts, theatrical improvisations of great historical figures and open-air performances will allow Rigans and city guests to feel like they were back in the times of mid-19th century Riga.

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22 Sep

Festivals, Festivities

Baltic Charity Ball 2018

22 Sep
The event follows the format of the famous Vienna Opera Ball. More than 300 guests plan to attend the ball - representatives of cultural and business circles from Latvia and other countries. 24 debutant pairs will solemnly open the evening; during the Gala Concert guests will enjoy the performances of world-class opera and ballet stars accompanied by the Latvian Symphony Orchestra. The evening will offer a varied and rich dance program.

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