Three for the Weekend: Open-minded open-air pleasures, country music and walking

The festival summer is upon us with several music festivals. Weather permitting, you're also invited to embark on a longer walk across the Latvian countryside.

Kometa festival

Kometa is an open-air festival featuring music, dance, lectures, workshops, circus performances and talks. It takes place from 7 to 9 July in Daugavgrīva Fortress, situated on a star-shaped island on the outskirts of Riga, near the Baltic sea.

"This year we have seven villages at Komēta, and each has its own meaning and content," organizer Dāvis Kaņepe told LTV. He showcased the family-friendly festival that focuses on using recyclable materials and being as nature-friendly as possible.

It features a total 110 foreign artists of different trades and 50 Latvian ones.

Organizers hope that Komēta will see more visitors flock to the archaeological monument and revive discussion over the future of the Daugavgrīva Fortress, a Swedish-era fortification that guards the mouth of the Daugava river.

From Egypt to Ilūkste

There's plenty of space to walk in Latvia, with foreigners often pleasantly surprised at the abundance of space even on busy hours across Riga and other cities.

From July 8 to July 9 you're invited to walk to Ilūkste from the conspicuously named Ēģipte (Egypt) village in Latvia right on the border with Latvia. 

Walkers will have accommodation at a local school (bring your own sleeping bag) where you're expected to make a €1 donation. 

You're expected to walk about 20 km each day. The local municipality provides some food, free of charge. Read more about the event on Facebook, and find out more about walking in groups around Latvia on this Facebook group

It's organized by the 1836 fund that encourages exploring Latvia on foot to celebrate its looming centenary in 2018.

Bauska country music festival

The Bauska Country Music Festival is taking place in the small town of Bauska on July 7 and 8 with foreign guests and local country musicians as well as a car parade in the family-friendly event.

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