Riga Explorers Club’s guide to the events, concerts and festivals in Riga this week, 13th – 19th of May. Pop into the Explorers Club at R. Vāgnera iela 14 for more information, maps, bike, Dutch licorice and much more.

What's on in Riga

Thursday 16th May

Ziedondarzs FestivalConcerts, performances, workshops and more in Ziedoņdārzs (the blooming park?) on Čaka iela. From 2pm to 11pm, free for all.

Saturday 18th May

Meira Street Festival: Probably the best street festival of the year, the Miera iela Republic holds a day of concerts, events, exhibitions, workshops, markets and so much more. Bands on the stage from 1pm to 10 pm, most shops and cafes in the street get involved in some way. Definitely worth checking out. All day all free.

Museum NightSaturday also hosts the Riga Museum Night, an evening when all museums open their doors to the public and put on a number of special events and activities. Great for families and everyone else, but there can be long lines at the most popular museums. Free.

Kalnciems Quarter MarketEvery week there is a food and craft market held in the Kalnciems Quarter in Pardaugava, where you can find some great organic delicacies and some home made products, all local of course. Get there on bus 22, or by the most popular method… by bike. Free.

Sunday 19th May

Riga MarathonCheer on the thousands of runners in this year’s marathon, and try to pick the gaps between competitors to cross the tracks. It might be best to keep clear of the Old Town and Freedom Monument, mainly to avoid the guilt of not running the deafening, “inspirational” pop music and the droning MC. Let’s go the beach and eat icecream. 

Tonight in Riga

Wednesday 15th May

!Pasaka on WaterTaking place tonight on the good ship Misisipi (which really takes all the fun out of the word), !Pasaka uz udens features 6 electronic artists on board a boat on the Daugava river. Boarding at 15oo and 20oo, tickets 7 Ls.

Thursday 16th May

Twenty Minuters of Fame in Club DepoIt’s possible Latvia’s first grammy-award winning rock group will be uncovered in Riga’s oldest and crustiest rock club on Thursday. . It’s also possible they won’t. Free.

Friday 17th May

Finnish Rock in NABA ClubTwo bands from the strange northern lands of the Finns take to the stage in Naba Klab on Friday night. If you get bored of Finnrock, then jump to the next hall, and dance along the tunes played by Latvian punk legend Dambis. Free.

Saturday 18th May

Bernard et Bianca in I Love You Bar: It’s a Scandi-rock weekend in I Love You Bar as well, with Swedish band Bernard et Bianca playing some uplifting country-alt-pop music in one of the coolest music bars in Riga. Free.

What's happening in Riga

Wednesday 15th May

Imants and Ziedonis: A combination of music and poetry, featuring the works of the Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis and the music of Imants Kalniņš. The combination of the Latvian Radio Choir and instrumental group, plus the setting in the Latvian Railway Museum, should make up for the fact it’s all in Latvian. 19oo, 10 Ls

Friday 17th May

La BohemeThe final performance of the season of Puccini’s opera of young bohemians living in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. Buy a ticket and see the inside of Riga’s stunning Opera building. 19oo, tickets from 3 Ls.

For any more info, stop by the Riga Explorers Club. Find us at Vāgnera iela 14 in the Old Town, for maps, info, bike rental and much more.