Top six things to do in Latvia this autumn

  • 2015-09-24
  • By Emma Ikstruma

The Octoberfest Beer Festival at The Port of Riga Eksporta Street 1c, Sept 17-27

Hosted by Latviabeerfest, which brings us the largest beer festival in the Baltics each summer! Enjoy days of German music, folk costumes, delicious food, and of course, beer.

The Miķelis Day Fair at Dome Square, Sept 26, 9:00-17:00

Visit Old Riga right after the Equinox for a celebration of the Latvian harvest! Enjoy arts, crafts, food, and music just steps away from the Riga Cathedral, built in the 13th century. An ideal stop for those in need of woolen mittens before temperatures drop.

The Harvest Festival at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, Sept 27, 10:00-16:00

For a rural taste of the traditional Latvian harvest, take a short bus ride north of Riga to visit the museum! Relish the colorful displays and the crafts fair while enjoying a fresh, hot bowl of pumpkin soup. Special acorn and potato exhibits for children; various folklore ensemble performances.

Watch the leaves change in Sigulda, late Sept.-early Oct

Hands down, some of the most beautiful foliage in the world. Just an hour’s train ride from Riga, the historic town of Sigulda is home to castles, ruins, and caves, all nestled within forested Gauja Valley. Prepare for your visit by checking out the region’s webcam at

The Majori Bazaar in Horns Garden Park, Jurmala, Oct 3, 11:00

Pay the beach a final chilly visit for the season, then stroll through nearby Horns Garden Park, home of a seasonal mini-market and a variety of musical performers. A great place to find traditional as well as contemporary Latvian-made gifts and foods.

Porridge Day and The Eve of Dead Souls at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, Oct 18, 12:00-20:00

Celebrate variations of a warm traditional dish and honor the spirits of loved ones with a specially-prepared feast. In the foggy evening, visitors will gather at Hernhuter’s House to sing in remembrance of the departed.

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