Christmas fairs - a delight to both children and adults: decorated Christmas trees, scent of mulled wine, roasted almonds, Christmas tea and coffee; gingerbread men and houses. Peaceful Christmas time, Advent concerts everywhere in the city and the inimitable care-free bustling atmosphere of Christmas fairs. Guests and citizens of Riga join at the New Year Eve celebrations and fireworks at the Freedom Monument.
The “Staro Rīga” Festival has become an inseparable part of the nation’s Independence Day celebration traditions in Riga. It is time when houses, parks, monuments and bridges become the playground of light.
The contemporary art forum "White Night" presents art, theatre, music, movement and other art projects and performances. “White Night” is part of the joint “European White Nights” project by Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Riga and Rome.
Entry to all events is free of charge.
The City Festival is a strong tradition since 2001, the 800th anniversary of Riga.
At end-August Riga turns into a major location for festivities, where visitors of the city, the young and the old, enjoy a number of exciting events: concerts, workshops, street fairs, theatre plays, art performances, and even a gourmet festival.
Most of the events take place along the 11th November Embankment, in Old Town and central parks, with a wide range of events also held all over the city.
During the 3rd European Choir Games and the Grand Prix of Nations, people gather together in the world’s largest choir. The largest people’s choir symbolizes singing as a peaceful and humanitarian movement; which emerges through acceptance of cultural diversity, respect towards one another, each nation’s identity and their traditions.
Rigas Ritmi Festival is one of the most attended and loved music festivals in Latvia. The festival’s stages at different locations in Riga feature both world-famous and award-winning, as well as young and undiscovered musical talents. Rigas Ritmi Festival is one of the main music festivals in the Baltic States.
It is the biggest summer festivity in Latvia offering to explore Midsummer customs and witness their power today, try out traditional recipes, make flower wreaths, enjoy bonfires, have fun playing games, learn folk songs with the refrain of “ligo” which means “to sway”, dance and sing together with popular music groups all the night long!
Everybody is invited to come along and join in the Midsummer Night’s celebrations!
Night of churches is a cultural event which takes place in Christian churches in early summer. On the day of event the churches are open until midnight and longer. This is time to see the church differently and explore cultural and spiritual values.
Riga Opera Festival marks the end of the Latvian National Opera’s season with an overview of the most successful performances of the previous year. Festival is highly anticipated by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad.
Since 2012 Riga Marathon has been awarded the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label. If you have never been to Riga then marathon or half-marathon could be a good reason to visit one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea coast. The route leads through the very centre of Riga City and runners can enjoy the charm of the old Hanseatic Town.