Riga City Festival arrives like a long-awaited birthday present. For three days, the city is filled with festive atmosphere, live music, and plenty of surprises. The multi-colored Riga summer season's closing festival is cause for elation, in turn offering knowledge and sense of the city's history nowadays.
The celebration reminds us of the times when it was first born - the Daugava River waters brought sailboats with foreign goods, the aroma of herring and sprat was in the air, and the narrow streets of cobblestone were filled with the Brethren and Knights of the Order. Riga has always been gateway to theworld, the Daugava - a road connecting nations and people. The festival's events conjure up ancient historical sights both on water and on land. And this year the celebration will take place from August 12 to August 14.
The popular festival venues in the Old Town of Riga - the 11th November Embankment, Vermanes Park, and other locales - are filled with entertaining and educational activities for all generations - musical and theatrical surprises, special offers from Riga's cafes and restaurants, goods sold at Riga City Festival markets by Latvian farmers and craftsmen.