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25 Mar

Outdoor events

Events of the commemorative day for victims of the Communist genocide

25 Mar
Remembering victims of the deportations of March 25, 1949, and the Communist genocide, commemorative events and concerts are held in Riga - a commemorative event by Skirotava railway station, a march from the Occupation Museum to the Freedom Monument.

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17 Apr

Outdoor events

Riga Tourist Guide Day

17 Apr
Would you like to enjoy a fascinating excursion around Riga? And while you’re at it, help preserve the city’s architectural heritage? Then come along to Riga Tourist Guide Day!

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01 May

Outdoor events

Opening of new summer season and 80th anniversary of Zemgale farmstead at Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

01 May
When the trees are all green and flowers are in full bloom in the fields, it is time for the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum to open the new summer season. The sounds of chirping birds and singing voices can be heard throughout the park. The museum's historical buildings and farmsteads open their doors once again after the long winter season, and guests are greeted by local craftsmen, who demonstrate their skills to visitors. The museum's Zemgale farmstead was originally erected in 1937. The museum's theme this year will be associated with this building, including tales about the history and people of Zemgale. Traditional songs of Zemgale will be sung, and visitors will be able to enjoy traditional treats at the museum's ''bread barn''.

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14 May

Outdoor events

May's open-air religious ritual

14 May
In the month of May, the ritual of singing at the cross is a new tradition at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum but an age-old tradition in Latgale and Augšzeme. According to Catholic traditions of Latgale, a cross is the place of reflection where one looks up, removing any hat in reverence to God. People called divine service in May as "dzīduošana pi krusta" (singing at the cross) and held it at their own initiative. The Holy Mass will be held in the chapel of Eleonorvilla Manor, and Virgin Mary’s songs will be sung at the crucifix of Guti village.

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20 May

Outdoor events

Night of the Museums at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

20 May
A special atmosphere is always present during the Night of the Museums in May, when a spring-time joy is in the air and both young and old can enjoy various fun games at the museum's Kurzeme coastal village section - fun for the whole family!

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08 Apr - 07 Oct

Markets

Riga Flea Market

08 Apr - 07 Oct
The Riga open-air flea market takes in the Spīķeri quarter. There you can find old knick-knacks and useful things, as well as original design objects, clothing and fashion accessories.

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16 Apr - 17 Apr

Outdoor events

Easter at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

16 Apr - 17 Apr
It is important to wake up early to join the fun at the annual Easter event at the museum, which will be celebrated in folklore, Christian and modern-day traditions. The church services at the Usma Church will begin at 10:00 a.m. Various fun activities will also take place, including egg painting and swinging, song and dance, as well as other merry Latvian Easter customs, including the ''bird chasing rite''. The Priede Tavern will also serve traditional Easter dishes to hungry visitors. An arts and crafts market will also be held.

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11 May - 31 Aug

Outdoor events

Open-air concerts at Kalnciema Quarter

11 May - 31 Aug
Free open-air concerts take place every Thursday in the Kalnciema Quarter courtyard, which provides a great platform for young emerging musicians from Latvia. Local indie and alternative rock bands, jazz, classical and folk artists as well as visiting musicians from abroad play these concerts.

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01 Jun - 29 Jun

Outdoor events

Jazz in Old Town at the Small Guild Hall Garden

01 Jun - 29 Jun
Well-known and popular jazz melodies performed by talented musicians. Jazz must be heard many times before you suddenly get hit with the feeling. And then you do not feel time anymore. Improvisation between musicians and the audience creates and atmosphere of energy and feelings. The true emotions jazz can offers is like an oasis in the synthetic world of music.

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03 Jun - 04 Jun

Outdoor events

47th annual Latvian Arts and Crafts Fair

03 Jun - 04 Jun
Since 1972, the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum has been organizing its annual Latvian Arts and Crafts Fairs, which traditionally is held during the first weekend of June. Over the past 46 years, the Fair has become an event of national importance - it is not only a fair, but a national exhibition and one of the largest annual gatherings of residents and guests. Along with the arts and craftsmen participating in the Fair, various traditional folklore and dance groups, as well as musical ensembles and others perform at the Fair. National cuisine is also available to hungry visitors. These are the people who cultivate the Fair each year, and acquaint modern-day society with the traditional culture of the Latvian people.

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18 Jun - 22 Jun

Outdoor events

Events opening Latvian traditional Midsummer festivities in Riga

18 Jun - 22 Jun
Ahead of the annual Midsummer festival, or Līgo!, various events will take place at Riga's squares, parks, cultural centers and elsewhere, including the traditional event cycle Midsummer Bonfire on Riga's Hills, the Līgo! market on Dome Square, as well as various other exhibitions, performances and events based on national traditions.

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23 Jun - 24 Jun

Outdoor events

Līgo! festivities on November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns

23 Jun - 24 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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