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Riga Opera Festival

First held in 1998, the annual Riga Opera Festival is a popular event hosted by the prestigious Latvian National Opera. Marking the end of the opera season, audiences can relive some of the highlights of the year and enjoy a sneak preview of what’s to come in the 12 months ahead. There are also performances of works by legendary composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart and Wagner.

Date: 05 June 2019 - 16 June 2019
Venue: Latvian National Opera.
Website: http://www.opera.lv/en/festival
Cost:

Yes.


Riga Salsa Festival

The Baltics might not seem like an obvious place for the hottest names in salsa to get together, but that’s exactly what they do every June for the Riga Salsa Festival. Expecta booty-shaking programme of live performances and salsa DJs, plus the opportunity to find your feet with a series of workshops led by some of the most talented teachers around.

Date: 09 August 2019 - 11 August 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.rigasalsafestival.com
Cost:

Yes.


Autumn Chamber Music Festival

Another must for classical music lovers, this annual festival offers a smorgasbord of performances that are held in some of the finest concert halls the city has to offer. The festival’s patron is Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. The festival prides itself on a “tête-à-tête” or “eye to eye” experience because of its intimate environment and close proximity between performers and observers.

Date: 19 October 2019 - 19 October 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.kamermuzika.lv

Porta World Music Festival

This international music festival is going from strength to strength each year. A celebration of world music, it plays host to a broad spectrum of performers from the far corners of the world and everywhere in between. The announce the line-up on an annual basis, and the tourist information centre should be able to give you all the information you need as the date approaches.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.festivalporta.lv
Cost:

Various.


New Year in Riga

Celebrate at a street party on New Year's Eve to welcome in the new year.

Date: 31 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Old Town's main squares.

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The latest offering from this rapidly growing hotel chain offers state-of-the-art rooms with high-speed internet access, albeit a lack of soul. The location is handy, just on the edge of Old Town and within walking distance of most of the main points of interest.

Grand Palace

Regarded by many as the finest hotel in Riga, the Grand Palace is a supremely enjoyable place to stay. It manages to conjure up an old world feeling of luxury and decadence while also staying ahead of the game with Wi-Fi now available in all guest rooms. Slick service, a sauna and gym help complete the impressive picture of perhaps the best hotel in the country. First class.

Hotel Bergs

When it first opened it was ranked by Condé Nast as one of the world's best boutique hotels. This slick operation in the new town is indeed impressive, both in terms of the designer décor and the seamlessly smooth service. It’s easy to see why this Riga hotel has won so many awards. Still one of the most fashionable places to stay in the Latvian capital, Hotel Bergs also has an excellent restaurant on site.

Radisson SAS Daugava

The free airport transfer helps make up for the location on the opposite bank of the River Daugava from almost everything you will want to see and do. The views of the Old Town are superb across the water. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all guests.

Rixwell Centra

This boutique hotel in Riga is a stylish option handily located between Old Town and the bus and railway stations. The 26 minimalist rooms are elegantly decorated and all have satellite TV and internet connections. Some of the rooms on the upper levels boast great views of Old Town.

Dodo Hotel

Latvia’s answer to the Premier Inn, Dodo is the flagship property for a new chain of budget hotels. What the 100+ spacious rooms lack in individuality they more than make up for in comfort and value for money, making this a good choice for budget travellers. The breakfast buffet costs extra, and the hotel is about a 15-minute walk into town. Even so, this is one of the better value hotels in Riga.