Light Show in Rīga

Festival of Light

Held around National Day celebrations in November, this festival of lights lifts spirits as Rīga begins to face the long winter ahead. Myriad civic buildings and public objects are lit up during the long nights.
Art in Rīga

Baltā Nakts

Sponsored by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, this ‘white night’ event in September mirrors Paris’ night-long showcase of artists and culture in various city locations.
Christmas in Rīga

Christmas Tree Path

Rīga claims to be the city that originated the Christmas tree, and thus at Christmas each year, locals decorate an ornate tree in Rātslaukums amid much ado.
Music in Rīga

Summer Sound

Latvia’s capital of music hosts this festival in July, which showcases the best of the Latvian pop music as well as prominent international headliners.
Cultural in Rīga

Midsummer Celebration

Latvians return to their pagan roots while celebrating the solstice on 23 June. Crowds gather along the embankment and public transport is free.
Art in Rīga

Survival Kit

This annual event, held in September, showcases some of the best Latvia contemporary artists and guests from the EU and ex-USSR countries.
Film in Rīga

Future Shorts

The popular festival of short documentaries by Latvian and international directors is currently held at Kalnciema Kvartāls in August.
Music in Rīga

Rīga Opera Festival

The Latvian National Opera’s showcase event takes place over two weeks in June and includes performances by world-renowned talents.
Music in Rīga

Piens Fest

Rīga’s best nightclub has a festival of its own in August that involves circus acts and poetry readings as well as lots of music.
Dance in Rīga

International Baltic Ballet Festival

This three-week festival starts in late April, with performances by Latvian and international companies.