Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Library, Innovation, Carnival Youth

Three more polite suggestions if you have some free time on your hands this weekend.

Latvian National Library Open Day

The Latvian National Library celebrates its centenary on August 31 by throwing open its doors and cramming an incredible series of talks, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations and other activities between the shelves. Full details available at the website and in our previous coverage. Entrance is free.


As we've already reported, August 30, 31 and September 1 will see a three-day innovation and technology festival dubbed iNOVUSS taking place on Lucavsala island in the middle of the River Daugava in Rīga. Entry is free of charge and there are plenty of activities to occupy your time between talks from innovative types of people. 

There will be a dining area for food and drink throughout the three days of the festival and free drinking water will also be available on the festival grounds. There will be a children's area with babysitters in the festival area, too.

iNOVUSS is an open-air festival, so visitors are invited to provide weather-friendly clothing and footwear but to leave sharp and dangerous items, alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants at home.

More information at the website.  

Kauguri festival

August 31 sees the Kauguri district of Jūrmala celebrating its annual festival. Russing from 13:00 until 18:00 along the Talsi highway, the festival promises activities for families with modern and traditional games, a chance to decorate the streets with chalk drawings and strongmen will be showing off feats of Herculean exertion to give a true carnival atmosphere. Appropriately enough, in the evening there will be concerts, including the excellent young band Carnival Youth.

More details at the Jūrmala website (in Latvian)



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