Three For the Weekend: Fun festivals

As high summer arrives, what better excuse could there be to get out of Rīga (if that's where you happen to be!) and discover the friendly attractions of Latvia's smaller towns and cities. Here are three places that are all celebrating special festivals this weekend.


Located 165 km  from Rīga, Cesvaine is known for its spectacular castle and tasty dairy products, among other things. This year's festival has a full three-day program running July 29-31. "Every visitor of the festival will be able to choose an activity or event that interests them. This year, the main venue of the festival will be the Cesvaine Castle courtyard," say the organizers.

It's normally a farly sleepy place, but arrive early at eight o'clock on Saturday morning when the vocal-instrumental ensemble "Good morning, Cesvaine" will literally wake up the whole town, followed by many more musical, theatrical, educational and entertaining events.


Cēsvaine festival 2022


On the banks of the River Daugava 55 km south east of the capital, Lielvārde has numerous historical and mythical associations, and it also benefits from being easily accessible from several other directions and cities. This year's city festival runs July 29 and 30 with sports tournaments, concerts, musical breakfasts, active games for the whole family, creative workshops and more.


Lielvārde festival 2022


The village of Āraiši near Cēsis is one of the most picturesque in Latvia, and the ancient windmill, which is a local landmark, is the location for the annual 'Bread Day' on July 31 which marks the grinding of the year's first flour and the baking of the traditional rye bread. This year a Cider Festival is also promised. Traditional music, games, tastings and a craft market are all on hand, while you can enjoy beautiful views across the nearby lake.


Bread day and cider festival

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