Although there is still snow on the ground in Riga, we are preparing ourselves for Spring to blossom and the city to come to life again with busy activity. Every year, to mark the longer days and warmer weather, the city celebrates with a full calendar of social events. In this post we summarise our favourite five:
1. Street Food Festival in Kalnciems Quarter, Every Wednesday starting 2 May, 2018
For us, summer is marked by the opening of this popular outdoor street food festival. Open every Wednesday from 6pm to 11pm, the festival is located in the increasingly hip neighborhood of Kalnciems. You can find families, student and tourists enjoying the many stalls, various cuisines and enjoying a glass of wine. If you still need convincing, heres a video to show you what’s on offer.
2. Riga Restaurant Week, 7 – 13 May, 2018
For an entire week, the restaurants of Riga will be opening their doors to all foodies to experience a three course meal for only 12-20 Euros. Each participating restaurant will be serving dishes based on local and season products. This highly anticipated event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the best of Baltic cuisine from innovative chefs at an affordable price. Find out more here.
3. Night of Museums, Saturday 19 May, 2018
This day marks an event which is popular across Europe; celebrating International Museum Day. Various exhibitions, workshops, concerts and performances will be springing up across Riga throughout the night. Wander the streets of Riga to see what you come across or plan ahead and find the full programme in English online here.
4. Lattelecom Riga Marathon, 20 May, 2018
For all you runners, this marathon is an excellent way to get to know Riga. Bringing together participants from all over the world, the course will take you through the historic Old town, the Art Nouveau district, the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and across the Vanšu Bridge. To get a taste of the event, watch their video online here.
5. Visit the Freedom Monument to mark the anniversary of Latvia’s restoration of independence, 4 May 2018
Every year on 4 May, Latvia celebrates the day they became an independent state from Soviet rule in 1990. Numerous events take place across the country, but at the centre of this all is the country’s Freedom Monument, which can be found at the entrance of the Old Town. This year, there will be an exhibition dedicated to this symbol of freedom at St. Peter’s Church. Find out more here.