Latvian Tourism Newsletter
April, 2014

Riga 2014
As part of "Riga 2014" events, a special carnival for the youngest and not so young resident of Riga will take place on the first day of summer (June 1) called Children’s carnival of Europe which will take place in two of Riga’s central parks – Vērmanes dārzs and Esplanāde. The Carnival will be a recreational and educational event for families and children, giving them an...
The musical "Riga Festival" will kick-off the European Capital of Culture year’s summer season with a series of concerts and musical performances from a wide range of classical music genres. One of the more unique concerts will take place on May 24 at the recently renovated Spilve Airport in Riga, where the world-renowned chamber orchestra "Sinfonietta Riga" will perform a special concert....
Cultural tourism
  On April 24, a new exhibition called "Marc Chagall and the European Avant-Gardists" will be unveiled at the Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils, where original works from the famous avant-garde artist will be displayed. This exhibition will be the first collaboration project of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center and the Vitebsk Museum of Marc Chagall (Belarus). Besides the original...
As every year, the Latvian National Opera (LNO) will conclude its performance season with its annual Riga Opera Festival, giving music lovers the opportunity to relive their favorite scenes of the season or see what they have missed. The Riga Opera Festival will take place from June 3 to 15 this year, and is highly anticipated by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad. Just like in...
Entertainment tourism
With the start of the summer season, the Latvian cities of Jelgava and Daugavpils will each organize their annual city festivals. The Jelgava city festival is celebrated every year during the last weekend of May, and is always one of the main events on the city’s cultural calendar. Everyone is invited to participate in the festival’s colorful and cheerful parade, where local...
For the second time, the "Foundation of World Music and Art" kindly invites you to attend the open-air concert "Outer World Music" at Tiguļkalns hills, which will take place on June 8 from 8 p.m. in the town of Talsi (western Latvia). Tiguļkalns, the highest hillock of Talsi, will resound in local and foreign folk music and take you on a musical journey from the circle of green oaks to the...
At the end of May, one of Riga’s central park – Vērmanes Dārzs, will host the annual international beer festival "Latvia Beer Fest", which has in just a few years grown into the largest beer festival in the Baltics. The festival, which will take place from May 23 to 25, will feature many different beers from the largest breweries in Latvia, the Baltics and Europe, as well as...
Saulkrasti – a town by the sea, a town closer to the sun. A place with a lot of good looking and hospitable people and also the place where for the 5th time the unique international American car owners’ reunion "Saulkrasti 2014. Wanted!" will be held, which only takes place once a year and only in Saulkrasti. The event, organized by the "American Auto Club" in Latvia, gathers...
Shopping tourism
If you are looking for a wooden chair, a silver ring, hand-made baskets or traditional pottery, there is no better place to purchase these items than at traditional arts and crafts fairs in Latvia.The Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum will hold the 44th Traditional Applied Arts Fair from June 7 to 8, with several thousand of Latvia’s best craftsmen participating from all over the country...
Health tourism
At the new "Veselības Centrs 4" clinic – Capital Clinic Riga, is available the latest "PHOTONDynamics SP" laser technology, which offers the possibility to solve both health and aesthetics problems. The laser technology can eliminate tiny blood-vessels both from face and the whole body. Besides this technology allows safely controlling temperature created by every impulse, allowing avoid...
Nature tourism
Located in one of Latvia’s most beautiful regions- northwest Kurzeme Province, Slītere National Park is once again organizing its annual travel days on May 31 and June 1, where friends and families can gather for an adventure filled weekend. The theme of this year’s event is "Through the Undžava forests to visit the Liivs". During this time, the event’s organizers invite...
Wander among free-flying tropical butterflies, feel the flutter of a butterfly's wings, and the scent of a jungle climate - the Tropical Butterfly House in the Botanical Gardens of the University of Latvia (LU) is the only place where such adventures can be had in the Baltic countries. Here, you can see butterflies from tropical jungles of South America, Asia and Africa. Not only are the...
The picturesque Latvian town of Mazsalaca is hidden away in the country’s north. The charm of Mazsalaca and the surrounding area lies not only in natural beauty but also in its history and cultural monuments. From the sacred sites of the ancient Livs to the heritage of the five centuries old baronial estate and religious buildings of these eras – there is much to see and do in...
Tourism industry news
On March 6th, Kuldiga was given the "Vision for Innovation in Sustainable Tourism Award" or (VISTA 2014) during the international tourism "ITB 2014" exhibition in Berlin. "I knew we would share the finals with Belgium’s Derby. It is a great place and pride of their country. I was sure they would win. When I received word that Kuldiga was chosen instead, I was twice as happy," the head of...
Tourist routes, nearby accommodation, information about specific sites and landmarks, as well as culture and entertainment events – this can all be found on a special app for smartphones and tablet computers. This free app has been created by the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), and offers information of five categories – what to see, accommodation, food and restaurants,...
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