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.
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.
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.
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.
Latvians return to their pagan roots while celebrating the solstice on 23 June. Crowds gather along the embankment and public transport is free.
This annual event, held in September, showcases some of the best Latvia contemporary artists and guests from the EU and ex-USSR countries.
The popular festival of short documentaries by Latvian and international directors is currently held at Kalnciema Kvartāls in August.
The Latvian National Opera’s showcase event takes place over two weeks in June and includes performances by world-renowned talents.
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.
This three-week festival starts in late April, with performances by Latvian and international companies.