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21 Jun

Markets

Līgo! market

21 Jun - 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.

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21 Jun

Outdoor events

International folklore festival Baltica 2018 gala event

21 Jun - 22 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

21 Jun - 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.

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23 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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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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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 - 05 Aug

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Art Nouveau. It’s Beginnings, Influences and Original Nature

04 May - 05 Aug
This exhibition is a story about the brightest expressions of Art Nouveau in Europe, visualized through painting, graphics, sculpture and the decorative arts. It marks out the beginnings, the roots and the flourishing of this style in Europe, allowing one to sense the originality of Latvian Art Nouveau more clearly, as well as showing the most prominent achievements from Art Nouveau metropolises. The exhibition is a coming together of different national schools with the goal of allowing its viewers to discover similarities, influences and differences on their own.

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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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21 Jun

Markets

Suiti Market

21 Jun
The Suiti Market at the Kalnciems Quarter has become an annual tradition. The Midsummer Market will feature ethnographic musical performances throughout the day, with the legendary Suitu Sievas also taking the stage to sing traditional midsummer songs and melodies. Weaving activities will also take place to weave the perfect Midsummer crown out of flowers and oak leaves, as well as various other traditional activities. And of course, traditional foods from Kurzeme Province, like sklandrauši, koča and others, will also be served to hungry visitors.

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21 Jun

Markets

Latvian Arts & Crafts Fair

21 Jun - 22 Jun
As part of this year's international folklore festival Baltica 2018, a Latvian Arts & Crafts Fair will be organized on the 11th November Embankment in downtown Riga. A wide range of items made by local artists and craftsmen will be available for purchase - wickerwork, clay dishes, linens, knitted items, wooden spoons, amber jewelry, silver items and much more. Music and dance performances by local amateur folklore collectives will also take place to maintain the festival atmosphere.

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21 Jun

Outdoor events

Jazz in Old Town at the Small Guild Hall Garden

07 Jun - 23 Aug
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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21 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Ave Maria, concert by Olga Pjatigorska

24 May - 09 Aug
The Riga-born Olga Pjatigorska (soprano) has graduated the Jāzeps Mediņš Academy of Musci and the Musical Conservatory of Rome - Santa Cecilia. She has performed concert programs with organ music at the Rome Opera, Rome Auditorium, St. Paolo Basilica, at the Santa Kiara in Naples, the Algerian National Theater and elsewhere. Since 2007, she has also made regular performances at the Riga Cathedral and St John's Church in Riga, teaming up with various organ players.

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21 Jun

Sports

Games of Riga FC football club

16 Jun - 01 Sep
Last season Riga FC during the Latvian championship for the first time in its history got into the top three, winning the bronze medals. This season the team has even higher goals. The 2018 season is at full speed, battles are tough and each game is intriguing. The Rigans are always playing well, therefore the goal is clear - victory. Your support is crucial in order to achieve this goal! And a good football atmosphere can be created by joining forces together!

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21 Jun

Outdoor events

Summer Solstice in Turaida

21 Jun
Summer Solstice — the shortest night of the year and day full of mysteries and traditions — is widely celebrated on 21 June. This year Jāņi (name of Latvian Summer Solstice celebrations) will be celebrated in Turaida with performances of folklore ensembles from various regions of Latvia.

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22 Jun - 30 Sep

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Song Day and Song Festival badges from Latvia's region. 19th century to 1940.

22 Jun - 30 Sep
Song Day traditions in Latvia began already before the first Song Festival, but especially during the independence years from 1920 to 1940. Not only regional song festival were held in Latgale, Northern Vidzeme, Lower Kurzeme and Zemgale, but in countries and towns throughout the country. Following tradition, special pins were specially made to commemorate not only the nationwide Song Festival, but regional ones as well. The badges were at the time worn proudly by festival participants.

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22 Jun

Markets

Latvian Arts & Crafts Fair

21 Jun - 22 Jun
As part of this year's international folklore festival Baltica 2018, a Latvian Arts & Crafts Fair will be organized on the 11th November Embankment in downtown Riga. A wide range of items made by local artists and craftsmen will be available for purchase - wickerwork, clay dishes, linens, knitted items, wooden spoons, amber jewelry, silver items and much more. Music and dance performances by local amateur folklore collectives will also take place to maintain the festival atmosphere.

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22 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

13 Jun - 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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23 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concerts at St John’s Church

02 Jun - 25 Aug
St John’s Church is located at the very heart of Old Riga. You are welcomed to enjoy fantastic organ music concerts. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine listening to sacred music with admiring magnificent architecture of the church.

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23 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Concerts on Sauer organ

09 Jun - 29 Sep
Old St. Gertrude's Church is home to the largest Sauer organ in Latvia, built by Sauer in 1906. Before the Riga Dome Cathedral became a concert hall in 1962, old St. Gertrude Church was the main organ concert venue in Riga.

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23 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Latvian classical music concerts at Riga Anglican Church

23 Jun - 29 Sep
Every Saturday at 7:00 p.m., the Riga Anglican Church will present classical music concerts featuring performances by talented Latvian musicians.

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26 Jun

Sports

Games of Riga FC football club

16 Jun - 01 Sep
Last season Riga FC during the Latvian championship for the first time in its history got into the top three, winning the bronze medals. This season the team has even higher goals. The 2018 season is at full speed, battles are tough and each game is intriguing. The Rigans are always playing well, therefore the goal is clear - victory. Your support is crucial in order to achieve this goal! And a good football atmosphere can be created by joining forces together!

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27 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Classical music concerts at Our Lady of Sorrows Church

20 Jun - 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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27 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Choir music concert at Riga St. John's Church

27 Jun - 07 Aug

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27 Jun

Outdoor events

Street Food Festival

06 Jun - 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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