Baltic summer festival guide 2023

As every summer, Latvia does not hold it back when it comes to a good party. LSM has produced an overview of festivals you should not miss this summer.


  • June 9– June 10: Conversation festival LAMPA on many stages throughout the city of Cēsis. 
  • June 9 – June 11: "Zobens un Lemess" modern ethnic music and ancient trade festival, with artists like Skyforger and Inokentijs Mārpls performing and trades such as fishnet weaving for you to learn.
  • June 10: Rīga Ice Cream festival at Vērmanes Garden, central Rīga.
  • June 10: "R&B Blues Festival" in Ropaži, Latvia, with Latvian, Polish, and Danish performers participating.
  • June 12 – June 17: "Laiks dejot 2023" or 'time to dance' with a focus on Caucasus contemporary dance. The festival takes place at various locations in Rīga and at Stāmeriena Castle.
  • June 13 – June 15: "Džeztivāls" or 'Jazztival' in Rīga with performances of the Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy, aiming to popularize jazz and its many forms.
  • June 13 – June 18: "Starptelpa" performance festival promises to promote cooperation between the artist and the spectator. 
  • June 17: "Unreal Festival" at the Mežaparks open-air stage with local and foreign musicians.
  • June 16 – June 17: "Flex Fest" in Tallinn, Krulli Square, with artists related to urban and hip-hop music.
  • June 16 – June 18: 8 Festival 2023 #mybloodyfestival in Lithuania, former Lukiškes prison, will bring together indie and alternative music bands.
  • June 22 – June 24: Klaipeda Jazz Festival promises artists from the USA, Israel, the UK, Ukraine, and local Lithuanians.
  • June 29 – July 1: "Kilkim Žaibu" festival in Ukmergė, Lithuania, promises to be the biggest folk pagan extreme metal festival in the Baltic.
  • June 30 – July 1: "Straume" second annual hip-hop festival in Līgatne with artists like ansis, Gustavo, Ozols, Edavārdi and others.


  • July 5 – July 8: Rīgas Ritmi annual improvisation, jazz and global music festival will take place in Rīga with artists from Cuba, Mozambique, Switzerland, Spain, France, Denmark, the UK, Germany, Estonia, and Lithuania.
  • July 6 – July 8: Võnge Festival, a 'travelling cultural festival' in Pruntova, Estonia, near the Latvian border.
  • July 11 – July 15: Ancient Music festival in Rīga, as well as Rundāle Palace and Mežotne.
  • July 14 – July 15: Positivus festival in Rīga, Lucavsala, with Sam Smith as the main star of the show.
  • July 15: Valmiermuiža ethnic music festival at Valmiermuiža park with local artists and performers from Italy, Norway and Ukraine.
  • July 15 – July 16: Vivat Curlandia! ancient music festival in Bauska.
  • July 15 – July 30: Cēsis Art Festival with exhibitions and performances in the city of Cēsis.
  • July 15 – July 23: Jūrmala Festival at the Dzintari concert hall with several classical music stars in various performances.
  • July 27 – July 29: Porta World Music festival in Rīga, fon Stricka villa, and in Kuldīga, with artists from Ukraine, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and elsewhere.
  • July 27 – July 30: RojaL Film Festival 2023 takes place in Roja, Latvia, for the 10th time. The film program will focus on Greek cinema classics and 21th century 'weird wave'.
  • July 27 – July 30: Viljandi Folk Music Festival in Viljandi, Estonia, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with international folk music artists.
  • July 28 – July 29: Saldus Saule music festival with The Sound Poets, Oranžās Brīvdienas, Pērkons, Līvi, Inokentijs Mārpls, Sudden Lights and other local artists.
  • July 28 – July 29: Punk and Rock Festival Estonia in Tartu, Estonia. Includes Latvian band Inokentijs Mārpls.
  • July 30: 'Vegan Festival' will take place at the creative block Lastādija. The program is yet to be announced.


  • August 4 – August 6: Laba Daba music and art festival with local and international musicians, theater, dance, and performance artists takes place in Līgatne, Ratnieki.
  • August 4 – August 5: Summer Sound pop music festival in Liepāja.
  • August 4 – August 6: Valmiera summer theater festival takes place in Valmiera urban spaces with focus on theater for the whole family.
  • August 4 – August 5: Bauska Taste festival with local musicians will take place at the Bauska castle hill park.
  • August 10 – August 13: Summertime – aicina Inese Galante music festival in Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert hall, will bring together piano, opera musicians, Balkan music masters, Italian virtuosos, and others.
  • August 11 – August 12: Progausis festival with art-rock and jazz-rock alternative artists takes place at Kaives manor park, Cēsis municipality.
  • August 11 – August 13: Sansusī festival at Susēja, Aknīste municipality, brings together different art forms and never discloses its program prior to the festival.
  • August 12 and August 19: Kartupeļpalma local pop and retro music festival will go to two cities: Cēsis on August 12 and Liepāja on August 19.
  • August 18 – August 19: Bandava 2023 medieval festival in Kazdanga municipality "Upītes" promises to be the festival "Zobens un Lemess" 'little brother'.
  • August 26: Ezīšfests will end the summer with a bang at the Tallinas Square, Rīga. On stage: "Pērkons", "Inokentijs Mārpls", Prusax, "Krata", "PND", Zeļģis, Čipsis un Dullais, Vēbere un Arutjunjans, Elizabete Balčus, "Gapoljeri", Diona, "Grupa Jānis", DJ Magnuss Eriņš, DJ Miami, DJ Lietuvietis, DJ Cukurpaps and others.

Hope you have a great summer!

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