Enjoy the Summer in Jūrmala: Event Guide
Riga Jurmala Music Festival (19 July - 1 September)
RIGA JURMALA, a new, world-class symphony orchestra festival will be held for the first time this summer in Latvia. The festival’s inaugural season will happen over the course of four weekends, from July 19th to September 1st, with concerts at the Latvian National Opera, the Great Guild and the Dzintari Concert Hall.
The festival consists of a series of four mini festivals four summer weekends, each with five concerts and their centrepiece — one outstanding symphonic music heavyweight orchestra. The gourmets and those who enjoy discovering something new will particularly like the daytime concerts, which will feature performances by artists often described as future stars by the world’s music press. Mariss Jansons and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, and many more of the world's best musicians!
Laima Rendezvous Jūrmala (18-21 July)
Romance, passion and a unique atmosphere preside over the festival presented by Laima Vaikule. This summer promises to be particularly powerful and breathtaking with performers including Grigorijs Ļepss, Sergejs Lazarevs, Valērijs Meladze, Vremja i Steklo, Monatik, Intars Busulis, Stass Mihailovs and, of course, Laima Vaikule herself. This date with Laima and her guests is Jūrmala’s pearl which can’t be missed.
Baltic Open Tennis Tournament (22-28 July)
The heat of the sun isn’t even close to the tension boiling up during the Baltic Open tennis tournament. Almost next to the sea, the players will fight for the 250,000-dollar prize fund and 280 rating points. This is the first time that a WTA International-level tournament will take place in Latvia, so make sure you cheer especially loudly for Latvia’s tennis stars. While the adults cheer for the athletes, younger guests can enjoy themselves in the kids’ zone, and in the evenings supporters can fill their stomachs in restaurants and dance the night away. Keep your tickets, because there will also be autograph sessions - wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a keepsake with Anastasija Sevastova, Jeļena Ostapenko and other tennis stars’ signatures on them?
Free Concerts in Horn’s Garden
Ladies, bring your biggest handbags to Jūrmala so you can fit a blanket in there! They’ll come in handy when you visit Horn’s Garden, which hosts musical surprises every Friday night. This green oasis has been delighting residents of Jūrmala since 1870, and for many years now it has served as an open-air concert hall. Sitting in the grass, weather permitting, you will be able to enjoy poetry readings, jazz and wind orchestras this summer. Meanwhile, at the closing concert on August 16th, you’ll hear the sounds of the organ.
Jūrmala Colour Run (28 July)
These may be the happiest five kilometers in the world, because the colour run is a special event. Everyone arrives in white clothing to run, walk, dance or Nordic Walk five kilometers. Every kilometer, colourful powder will shoot into the air - blue, purple, orange and pink. Now you know why you have to wear white clothes! And in the finishing straight, wade through white foam and have fun! Wouldn’t the finishing medal be a great souvenir?