Summer Solstice

We invite you to celebrate shortest night of year with us. Traditionally we will wait for shortest night next to river Daugava, opposite Old Town square and listen to traditional Latvian music. Take tea and some snacks with yourself and enjoy.

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City Festival

To celebrate 348th birthday of Jēkabpils, we have arranged three days full of interesting events all around the town. Open air cinema and music – all of that you will experience at so called Garden Festival. Fair at Old Town square where you can buy hand made things.  Bike ride together with other people from town will make you feel connected with local community. Concerts, activities for children, fireworks and dances till the morning comes. All of that and more from 13th to 16th of June.

Anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

To raise a feeling of belonging to Latvian country and culture and to celebrate this day, everyone is invited to participate in events that will take part in Jēkabpils during this day. We will start with ecumenical service and prayer. Later we will continue with singing together with local choirs and dancing folk dances with local dance groups.  In the evening everyone is welcomed to gather together at Old Town square for concert.

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Kiel´s Christmas Market

From 26 November to 23 December: a Christmassy atmosphere throughout Kiel - stroll on foot through the city centre of Kiel and experience Christmas in four Nordic and genuine Christmas markets. In Kiel you have the opportunity to discover your personal favourite market within just a small area.

Stadtwerke Eisfestival

The Stadtwerke Ice Festival arrives at the cruise ship terminal of the Ostsee quay! The blades will be glowing here once again from November 2018. The sheltered ice surface and the cosy pagodas let you enjoy carefree skating, company and Christmas parties, whatever the weather.

Scandinavian Days

For one weekend in November the Scandinavian Days spread Scandinavian flair into the centre of Kiel. Beside Nordic cooking and information about vacation areas you can also gaze at or buy original Scandinavian crafts. Shops are scheduled to open on the Sunday of this weekend.

Farmer´s and regional market

A fresh countryside breeze sweeps through the city on the fjord! For ten years now Kiel’s farmers’ and regional market has been held in the centre of Kiel. The city will be dedicated to agriculture and transformed into a market place for regional products, artisanal and historical crafts. Shops are scheduled to open their doors on the 7th of October from 1 – 6 pm.


This sports event has a beautiful course through the heart of the city and along the shores of the Kiel Fjord. It consists of a half marathon, a 10 km popular distance and a 6 km distance mainly for pupils. Be sure to register early, as the Kiel.Lauf enjoys a rapidly growing popularity. Become a part of the sports event or cheer on the runners and feel their fighting spirit up close!


It’s getting romantic at the Kiel-Canal: inhabitants, cyclists, tourists and many more are invited to join the longest chain of lights between Kiel and Brunsbüttel - with candles, torches and lanterns. In addition, in Kiel´s urban area there is a colorful program in the so-called maritime quarter.