Riga

Calendar of events

Here's what's going on in Riga this August and September. Photos courtesy of Asturia, the Latvian National Opera and Brainstorm (Prāta Vētra).

Music & Events
August            
Date    Time    Event    Venue

1 - 31    20:00    Free concerts at the Egle outdoor terrace every evening this summer    EG
1 - 31    20:00    Free concerts at the Rockabilly House on Līvu Square every evening    RH
1        Laba Daba Festival in Ratnieki with loads of punk acts as well as Subhumans (UK) and The Fall (UK). More at www.labadaba.lv.     
1    12:00    Saldus Saule Festival with local favourites Sound Poets, Dzelzs Vilks and Pērkons. More info at www.saldussaule.lv    
1    14:00    HOLI Colour Festival at the Lucavsala Park; www.holi.lv    LS
4    23:30    Combichrist (USA). Industrial metal concert. €18    MP
5, 12, 19, 26    19:00 - 22:00    Free music concerts at the Spīķeri creative quarter; www.spikeri.lv    SK
5, 12, 19, 26    19:00    Free music concerts at the Berga Bazārs shopping arcade; www.bergabazars.lv    BB
5    19:00    Latvian Blues Band. Free    BB
6 - 9        Kubana 2015. This popular annual music festival has moved from Kaliningrad to the Lucavsala Park in Riga. Headliners will include HIM (Finland) and Panic! At the Disco (USA). More info at www.kubana.com    LS
6, 13, 20, 27    17:00    Jazz in Old Riga. Free jazz concerts in the Small Guild garden on Līvu Square every Thursday    SG
6, 13, 20, 27    19:00 - 23:00    Free music concerts at the Kalnciems creative quarter; www.kalnciemaiela.lv    
8    22:00    Back at North (Sweden).

Pop/punk concert    DP
14 - 16        Annual Riga Festival with free concerts, shows, performances and other events; www.rigassvetki.lv    
14    23:59    Ida Corr (Denmark). €10 - 15    CF
15    12:00 - 18:30    Riga Festival Restaurant. The city’s best chefs offer their culinary wares at Spīķeri; www.rigassvetki.lv    SK
15    19:30    Riga Funk Fest. Free funk concert until 02:00    SK
16    12:00 - 22:00    Daugava Folk Music Festival with Iļģi, Kokle, Dārdi, Rikši and many more. Free    SK
16    19:00    BI2 (Russia). €7 - 19    MŽ
18    20:00    Efterklang (Denmark). Indie rock concert. €5 - 10    DMH
22    21:00    Torba Na Kruche (Russia). Alternative rock concert. €7 - 10    NK
26    20:00    Nervosa (Brazil) & Screaming Banshee (Italy). Thrash metal concert. €12 - 15    NK
26    22:00    MadCraft (Finland). Pop/punk concert    DP
29    19:00    Nighshift industrial music festival. €8 - 10    MP
29    19:00    The Tree of the Sun Latvian dance show. €8 - 30    LSH
29    19:30    Prāta vētra (Brainstorm). Latvia's most popular band. €25 - 70    NHC
29    22:00    Infant King (Germany). Garage rock band    DP

September            
2, 9, 16    19:00 - 22:00    Free music concerts at the Spīķeri creative quarter; www.spikeri.lv    SK
3, 10    19:00 - 23:00    Free music concerts at the Kalnciems creative quarter; www.kalnciemaiela.lv    KQ
5        White Night 2015.
Free music, theatre and art throughout the night in Riga; www.baltanakts.lv    
8    10:00 - 17:00    Contemporary Crafts Festival at the Ethnographic Museum    EM
11    20:00    ELO 45th Anniversary Tour with Electric Light Orchestra Classic. €10 - 60    RCC
12    22:00    Tijuana Bibles (UK). Psychedelic/rock concert    DP
12 - 13        Antithesis Dark Metal Festival with headliners Saturnus (Denmark) and Ereb Alto (Sweden). €15    MP
15    20:00    God is an Astronaut (Ireland). Rock conert. €15    MP
18    19:00    The Hobos (LV) will perform their best songs    PR
18    20:00    Ondo.lv Student Paradise Festival. For the latest info on headliners visit www.studentuparadize.lv. €5 -8     AR
27    18:00    The Viaggio Trio will perform everything from classical music to music by Depeche Mode. €11 - 18    GG
29    19:00    The Asturia (Ukraine)electro-string quartet. Versions of famous classical works and pop songs    
30    20:00    Songs for the Sangha: Deva Premal & Miten perform spiritual old and new age music    RCC

Opera & Ballet
September
    Tickets cost €4 - 40    
Date    Time    Event    Venue
4    19:00    Season opening concert    
5    19:00    The Barber of Seville, opera, Rossini    OP
6    19:00    Giselle, ballet, Adam    OP
18    19:00    The Birds' Opera, opera for children based on the story of Dr. Doolittle, Lūsēns    OP
19    12:00    The Birds' Opera, opera for children based on the story of Dr. Doolittle, Lūsēns    OP
19    18:00    The Birds' Opera, opera for children based on the story of Dr.
Doolittle, Lūsēns    OP
20    19:00    La Bayadère, ballet, Minkus    OP
24    19:00    Romeo and Juliet, ballet, Prokofiev    OP
25    19:00    Il Trovatore, opera, Verdi    OP
26    19:00    Swan Lake, ballet, Tchaikovsky    OP
27    18:30    Unknown Territories. Three once-acts brought to the stage by young choreographers    OPN
27    19:00    Rigoletto, opera, Verdi    OP
30    19:00    Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers are interpreted by some of the world's best choreographers    OP

Classical music
August            
Date    Time    Event    Venue

2    19:00    Fleures Musicales with Rudīte Līvmane-Lindenbeck (organ) and Nikolai Nikolov (viola/Germany). Programme: J.S.Bach,  G.Muffat, Schumann, C.Saint-Saëns,  L.Delibes, T.Dubois, C.Debussy and A.Glazunov    RC
4    19:00    Ave Maria with Olga Pyatigorska (soprano). Programme: J.S. Bach,  G.F. Händel, L. Lucci, L. Boëllmann, M. Reger, C. Debussy, R.Wagner, F.Liszt, C.Franck and S. Karg-Elert. €15 - 35    RC
5    19:00    Organ music concert with Una Cintiņa (organ) and Indulis Cintiņš (violin). Programme: J.Langlais, N.Hakim and V.Šmīdbergs    RC
7    19:00    Laura  Kalniņa (organ). Programme: J.S.Bach, N. de Grigny, C.Debussy, G. Bizet and J.Alain    RC
9    19:00    Digna Markule (organ) and Aija Frišenfelde (violin). Programme: J.S.Bach, F.M.Veracini, C.Franck and J.Svendsen     RC
11    19:00    J.S. Bach - Sounds and Reflections with the Rīga Professional Symphonic Band and Ilze Reine (organ)    RC
12    19:00    Iris Rieg (organ/Germany).
Programme: J.S.Bach, N.Bruhns, F.Mendelssohn, J.G.Rheinberger, C.Franck and L.Vierne     RC
14    19:00    Kristīne Adamaite (organ) and Ieva Manoni (soprano/Italy)    RC
14    20:30    Around the World in 8150 Seconds. A musical journey around the world's greatest port cities beginning and ending with Riga. Free    VP
15    12:00    Free concert. Augusts Dombrovskis' Port of Peace    ZB
15    21:00    Riga Festival gala concert followed by fireworks on 11.novembra krastmala. Free    
19    19:00    Tālivaldis Deksnis. Organ music concert     RC
21    19:00    Aivars Kalējs (organ) and Martina Doehring (soprano). Programme: J.S.Bach, G.F.Händel, A.Vivaldi, F.Chopin, C.Saint-Saëns, H.Bishoph and A.Kalējs     RC
23    19:00    Toccata alla Fantasia with Jānis Pelše (organ) and the Putni vocal ensemble. Programme: J.S.Bach, Hildegard of Bingen,  M.Rossi, D.Buxtehude, Ch.M.Widor, G.Muffat, A.Caplet, J.Tavener,   P.van Ness, O.Harkovyy, R.Jermaks and I.Ramiņš     RC
25    19:00    J.S. Bach - Sounds and Reflections with the Rīga Professional Symphonic Band and Vita Kalnciema (organ)    RC
26    19:00    Jakob Lorentzen (Denmark). Programme: C.Nielsen, R.Langgaard, B.Moe and J.Lorentzen     RC
28    19:00    Aija Ziņģīte (organ) and Edgars Saksons (percussion). Programme: J.S.Bach, A.Piazzolla, Ph.Glaas, A.Borodin and M.Zariņš    RC

September            
2    19:00    Vestards Šimkus (piano). Programme: works by Mozart, Chopin and Scriabin. €5 - 7    ZB
4    19:00    Jolanta Barinska (organ) and Anta Jankovska (soprano). Programme: J.S.Bach, G.F.Händel, P.Mascagni, G. Rosiīni, J.N.Lemmens and R.Strauss     RC
17    19:00    Sinfonietta Riga Season Opening Concert. Programme: Haydn cello concerto in c major; Beethoven Symphony No.1; Klas Torstensson and Rolf Wallin.
€7 - 25    GG
18    19:30    Cuarteto Casals (Spain). Programme: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and more    DCH
24    19:00    Riga Professional Symphonic Band season opening concert    GG
26    19:00    Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Arvo Pärt. Grammy Concert. Adam's Lament with the Latvian Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta Rīga. €15    RC

Concerts in Jūrmala
The Dzintari Concert Hall can be easily reached by train. Take a Jūrmala bound train from the Riga station to the Dzintari stop and then follow the crowds up Turaidas iela to the venue. More info at www.dzintarukoncertzale.lv

August        DCH - Dzintari Concert Hall    
Date    Time    Event    Venue
3    19:00    Barbara Hendricks (USA) and Her Blues Band    DCH
4    20:00    Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) performing Roma music    DCH
5    20:00    Viva Kalman: a tribute to his operetta Silva. Hungarian solists with the Latvian National Simphony Orchestra    DCH
8 - 9    18:00    Chanson Festival    DCH
10    19:00    Lidia Baich. The Voice of the Violin    DCH
11    19:00    Canadian Brass. The legendary brass quintet in Jūrmala    DCH
12    19:00    Andrea Motis (Spain). Mediterranean Vibrations jazz concert    DCH
13    19:00    Bel Canto. A Feast with Latvian soprano Inese Galante    DCH
14    19:00    The Swingles (UK). Friday in an A Capella Mood    DCH
15    19:00    Joey Morant (USA) & Daniil Kramer (Russia). New York-Moscow-New Orleans    DCH
16    18:00    Final Summertime Festival concert with Inese Galante    DCH
17 - 18    19:00    International Romani Culture Festival    DCH
19    19:00    Chicago Blues Brothers (UK)    DCH
20    20:00    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta    DCH
23    19:00    The ILO roma music ensemble    DCH
27 - 30    19:00    Latvian Pop Music Festival LV Pērles    DCH
31    20:00    Jumprava. Legendary Latvian 1980s pop/rock group    DCH

Venues
AR - Arena Riga
BB - Berga bazārs
CF - Coyote Fly
DMH - Daile Music Hall
DP - Depo Nightclub
EG - Egle Terrace
EM - Ethnographic Museum
GG - Great Guild
KQ - Kalnciems Quarter
LNL - National Library
LS - Lucavsala Park
LSH - Latvian Society House
MP - Melnā Piektdiena
MZ - Mežaparks
NHC - New Hanza City
NK - Nabaklab
OP - Opera
OPN - Opera New Hall
PR - Palladium Riga
RC - Riga Cathedral
RCC - Riga Congress Center
RCH - Riga Concert Hall
RH - Rockabilly House
SG - Small Guild
SK - Spīķeri Concert Hall
VP - Vērmanes Park
ZB - Ziemeļblāzma Culture Centre

 

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14.08.2015
Marina
uk
Agree with previous comments - October event calendar would be useful as would like to make the most of our first stay in Riga. Many thanks in advance.
24.09.2013
Martin
Amsterdam
Guy`s First i would like to say, great lucking web site and were useful. But wish to as you can i get the event calender for October, as it is the month that i plan to wist Riga. Thank you in advance Guys and keep up the grate work, good bye
27.06.2013
Bretscher Lucia
Switzerland, Richterswil
Could you send me your calender events for October, please? We're 18 friends visiting Riga from 6th-10th October. Are there any music preformances during this period? Thanks in advance.Best wishesLucia Bretscher
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