There is a list of 10 awesome festivals that will be held in the Baltic States this June 2019. Be sure, each festival is impressive and unique! However, all of them has gathering atmosphere and attractive entertainments that allure thousands of people.
Well, if you still haven’t any plans for June, we would recommend you to check the list and choose at least one festival for visiting. And our managers can plan your tour tailored to your preferences and budget!
International Folklore Festival “Baltica 2019”
May 29 – June 2, 2019
“Baltica” is the largest joint folk festival in the Baltic States. This festival is shared between Rīga, Vilnius and Tallinn; it’s Tallinn’s turn to play host in June 2019 and 2022.
This year, “Baltica” focuses on three themes – local specialty, language and party.
The purpose of “Baltica” has been valuing the true historical folk tradition (song, dance, musical instruments, customs, etc.) of its people and preserving the characteristics of the local traditions throughout the years. The festival’s ideology follows the priorities of UNESCO’s folklore protection.
If you are interested, you can find a lot of useful information about the festival here.
Kapa Festival 2019
May 31 – June 1, 2019
The Kapa Festival will take place from May 31 to June 1 at the beautiful Tohisoo Manor Park in Kohila. Kohila is located in Rapla County, just a few dozen minutes drive from Tallinn. This time, the two-day Kapa Festival (formerly known as Kaparock) presents the well-known Estonian artists to the audience.
The main performer of the festival’s first night is the local legend Tõnis Mägi, who performs with a full-length acoustic programme. On the second day of the festival, the army of Estonian rock and pop will perform: Terminaator and Karl-Erik Taukar.
Check line-up here.
June 3-21, 2019
The Vilnius Festival is one of the most prestigious, solid and versatile classical music events in Lithuania and a major summer destination for music-lovers during the hottest tourist season.
With primary interest in presenting classical music, performed by the established soloists, ensembles and symphony orchestras from all over the world, the Vilnius Festival also continues to promote contemporary Lithuanian music by commissioning new large-scale works, and offers a platform for jazz and musical theatre.
People from all over the globe visit Lithuania during these times to either enjoy, entertain or both. The Vilnius festival also happens to be the oldest cultural festival in the country.
Visit official website to see the program of Vilnius Festival 2019.
Riga Opera Festival
June 5-16, 2019
This year, the Riga Opera Festival will celebrate its 22nd anniversary. Over the years, the festival has become a much anticipated tradition, widely praised by the Latvian audience as well as foreign visitors.
Each year, the Riga Opera Festival features the brightest productions of this and past seasons. And there is an opportunity to meet talented Latvian singers and illustrious foreign soloists.
Highly recommended for all opera funs!
Vegfest LT 2019
June 8, 2019
Vegfest LT 2019 is really one of the most exceptional festivals in Lithuania. In Vegfest LT festival people come together for meaningful conversations about vegan and plant-based lifestyle. There will be over 100 vegan and vegan-friendly businesses from Lithuania and abroad at this event.
Entrance to the festival is absolutely free. So, all vegan diet lovers and everyone who has an interest in the plant-based nutrition are welcome to wonder through the vegan food fair and also join other amazing events – lectures, cooking lessons, movie reviews and other interesting talks.
Tartu Street Food Festival 2019
June 8-9, 2019
The first ever Tartu Street Food Festival took place in the Widget Factory in 2017 and attracted more than 9000 street food lovers confirming that this party of taste experiences can become a tradition.
This year in June, the festival returns as a two-day event. The festival has selected caterers, who combine quality ‘classical’ street food with fresh, surprising and exotic flavours.
Besides the amazing food experiences, the festival ‘TaDaa!’ brings tens of street artists to Telliskivi Creative City and fill the festival area with music, dance, circus, theatre, fire shows, acrobatic numbers and other captivating entertainment. The festival offers activities and exciting flavours for every age.
Bushcraft Festival Estland 2019
June 14-16, 2019
A festival that aims to introduce and promote the disappearing knowledge and skills of nature, historic crafts and heritage culture, and a lifestyle closer to nature that has become distant.
In connection to the festival, there will be various trainings, workshops and lectures available to participate in. There are also many other wonderful activities planned, the market area will be open, and the visitors can take part in the enjoyable entertainment and concert programme. All this happens in the breathtaking nature of northern Estonia, Lahemaa, Raudsilla Entertainment Complex.
You can find a lot of useful information about the festival here.
Medieval festival in Trakai Castle
June 15-16, 2019
The Middle Age Festival is the most prestigious tournament held in Lithuania where competitors from all over the world participate for the honour of International Armed Forces Commander title.
The tourney held in Trakai, the XIV century capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is a great chance of revealing old Lithuanian martial traditions for Lithuanians and guests from foreign countries as well as to introduce Lithuanian Armed Forces as it was in the period of the Middle Ages.
If one wants to get a slice of the medieval lifestyle and rule, one should head down to the Trakai Peninsula Castle during the Midsummer days to enjoy this brilliant festival. People participate in this very seriously ranging from the kind of attire one wears to the style of speaking. Festival program includes performances of Medieval dancing and music bands, street artists and various games, mystical Fire Show! It is definitely going to be a fun show to watch and enjoy in Lithuania.
Midsummer Eve in Latvia
June 23, 2019
Do not miss the most Latvian holiday of all – Jāņi or “Liigo!”, the night from June 23 to June 24 (in harmony with the summer solstice), when people participate in joyous festivities just as their ancestors did centuries ago.
Those who like to stay in the capital city have a special festive programme prepared for them every year with a contemporary take on Jāņi hosted on the shores of the Daugava River. Everybody has the chance to enjoy a programme that is replete with folk singers, dancers, Latvian actors, artists, bands and DJs.
The entertainment goes on into the wee hours and visitors can enjoy special foods and bonfires in the heart of the city. Riga-Pardaugava’s Dzegužkalns Park is another setting for the traditional all-night celebration. All Rigans and visitors to the city are invited to learn how to make your own oak-leaf or flower crown, and take part in the bonfire lighting ritual. Free of charge.
Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival 2019
June 27-30, 2019
This summer, the Tchaikovsky festival in Haapsalu takes place for the third time! In the past years, the Festival has been received well by the audiences, by the performers and also by the critics, and it gives us the proud courage to continue.
The Estonian National Male Choir will give a concert with Russian classical choral music. The Russian Horn Orchestra will offer different music as well as a unique visual experience. The soloists from the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera will perform a solo performance, surprisingly accompanied by the harp. A fairy tale concert with sand-sketches for children and a jazz night with the tunes of Tchaikovsky and Mozart will add colour to the festival. The cherry on the cake will be the performance by Eili Neuhaus based on letters written by Tchaikovsky “If there wasn’t that forest in the way.”
Days full of music, romance and hopefully the sun is waiting!
Feeling inspired? Start the summer bright on one of the Best Baltics Festivals! And Jerulita’ll help you to make it even brighter!
You can also read about our tour to the Baltics in this post.