Summer Solstice, Nationwide
Beginning on June 23rd, these festivities are held to celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year. All over the country traditional activities are carried out including bonfires, beer drinking and cheese eating – an interesting combination by all accounts. Also known as St. John’s Night, this is one of the country’s oldest holidays and offers an excellent opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the Latvian culture.
Medieval Day, Bauska Castle
For those of you who like to truly immerse yourself in a country’s culture, then this is the perfect festival for you. Taking place on the first weekend of September every year, the celebrations include crafts fairs, magic shows, theatres and concerts all of which you will find in the castle itself and scattered throughout the grounds. The location is ideal and makes the whole event particularly authentic and realistic.
Liepajas Dzintars, Liepaja
About two hundred kilometres southwest of the capital, the small town of Liepaja is literally taken over by rock fans from all over the Baltics on the second weekend in August. The biggest event of its kind in the region, this festival takes place over two days and attracts revellers in their thousands to listen to native rock music as well as that performed by a host of international stars. If you’re nearby, don’t miss it as dancing to native Latvian rock musicians usually proves quite an experience.
Early Music Festival, Bauska Castle, Rundale Palace & Mezotne Palace
On the third weekend of July every year, this festival takes place in the three venues which are located in three different regions of the country. Therefore, you really should try to catch some of the events in one of the areas. Those taking place include music, song and dance performances from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and while you might not know that much about entertainment from this era, the whole event is very moving and one you will remember for quite some time.