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25 May

Outdoor events

James Arthur in concert at Lucavsala

25 May
On May 25, the summer season at Lucavsala will officially be kicked off by British pop-rock and R&B singer James Arthur. Warming up for Arthur will be the popular Latvian singer Intars Busulis and the local band Carnival Youth. The concert will be 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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07 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Richard Bona & Latvian Radio Big Band

07 Jun
During Latvia's Centenary, the Rīgas Ritmi 2018 festival will kick-off with a concert featuring Richard Bona and the Latvian Radio Big Band. Grammy Award winner Richard Bona will be performing with Latvian Radio Big Band for the first time ever, which just returned from a concert tour in the United States. The program African Tales will feature compositions from Bona whose arrangement author is the renowned Vince Mendoza. Special guest – percussionist Francois Archanjo.

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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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24 May

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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24 May

Outdoor events

Open-air concerts at Kalnciema Quarter

10 May - 28 Jun
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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24 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 15 Jun
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

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25 May - 27 May

Events in Sigulda

Sigulda Town Festival 2018

25 May - 27 May
The Sigulda Town Festival will ring in the summer season with an extensive program of outdoor activities and events. The festival program includes many fun events - a hot-air balloon festival, the traditional festival procession, concerts, as well as activities for the children.

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25 May - 31 Aug

Exhibitions

Jewelry exhibition - Dandelion Fluff's Flight Through the Universe

25 May - 31 Aug
Jewelry - well known, little known, unique, kitschy, similar, handmade, mass-produced, digitally designed, somewhat sophisticated, amateur-made, beautiful, not so decorative or beautiful, expensive and cheap. This exhibition brings together the works of jewelry artists from Latvia and abroad.

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25 May

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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25 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 15 Jun
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

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26 May

Events in Jūrmala

Jūrmala Resort Festival

26 May
Jūrmala Resort Festival is a very special celebration, marking the beginning of the summer season in the largest resort town of the Baltics. Jūrmala Town Council and local residents have prepared a number of spectacular events for all the visitors.

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26 May

Outdoor events

Fashion and Design Day

26 May
As every year, the Kalnciems Quarter will gather the top Latvian fashion and design creators presenting their latest collections, sales from previous seasons, as well as special offers. Another feature of the event is the presentation of works from newcomers in the industry, who will be presenting their collections for the first time.

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26 May

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concerts at St John’s Church

28 Apr - 30 Jun
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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26 May

Concerts (classical)

Concerts on Sauer organ

07 Apr - 30 Jun
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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26 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 15 Jun
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

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27 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

27 May
The beautiful music of “waltz king” Johann Strauss inspired a romantic ballet about the choice between love and the stage, dreams and reality. An der schönen blauen Donau was first performed in Riga in 1957; in the 60 years since, it has been revived numerous times and has become one of the cornerstones of the Latvian Ballet. This new production is in celebration of yet another anniversary. April 2017 marks the 110th birthday of Helēna Tangijeva-Birzniece – legendary ballerina, ballet master, instructor and producer of this ballet.

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27 May

Concerts (shows)

Opercussion

27 May
Many years ago, percussion musician Ivo Krūskops had an idea to arrange some of the most popular opera excerpts for the percussion ensemble. Now it comes real! On the stage – all percussion of the classical orchestra, a drum kit, and other rhythm instruments. The repertoire – all “gold fund” of opera from ouvertures and choruses to arias that characteristically reflect the repertoire of the LNO. Alongside with Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Il trovatore, Rigoletto, La traviata and Nabucco, Puccini’s Turandot and La Boheme, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and suite of Wagner’s music, there will be some “guests”, also well-known to our house if we are looking at the history: Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, as well as The Golden Horse by a Latvian composer Arvīds Žilinskis, and Fire and Night by another one, Jānis Mediņš.

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27 May

Concerts (classical)

Concert “Ave Maria” at Riga Dome

27 May
Program – J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, L. Luzzi, P. Mascagni Performers: Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Edīte Alpe, organ; Indulis Cintiņš, violin.

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30 May

Concerts (classical)

Classical music concerts at Our Lady of Sorrows Church

23 May - 25 Jul
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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