Main events

20th International Ice sculpture festival “Dreams”

Venue: February 9th-11th, 2018
Place: Pasta (Post) Island, Duke Jacob Square and J. Čakstes Boulevard
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The Ice Sculpture festival brings thousands of visitors to Jelgava for the largest outdoor festival of the season every year to see the works of sculptors from around the world make sculptures from 40 tons of crystal clear ice. With sculptures shining in colorful spotlights, concerts and many activities for the whole family the festival gives you the beauty and fun of winter.

 
Easter Promenade
Venue: April 1st, 2018
Place: Park of Jelgava palace
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Easter in Jelgava is time when every family is invited to take a stroll through the park of Jelgava palace, look for eggs that had been hidden by Easter bunny, listen to folklore groups, dance and sing together with others and play all kind of games – egg rolling, painting on pavement, pot hitting and darting eggs into a basket. All visitors will be given the opportunity to buy all kind of treats and trinkets at the Easter Fair.
 
Plant Days 
Venue: May 12th-13th, 2018
Place: Park of Jelgava palace
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Spring is the time when the best gardners of Latvia come to Jelgava to participate in Plant Days in the scenic Park of Jelgava Palace. Plant growers, collectors and garden supply merchants offer plants, garden decorations, fertilizers, garden tools and professional advices while local entertainers make the event festive.
 
Jelgava City Festival 
Venue: May 25th- 27th, 2018
Place: All around the city
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Last weekend of May is special to everyone here in Jelgava. Citizens and guests can plunge into our City festival that offers wide range of activities, including performances, shows, exhibitions, concerts and numerous parades.
 
12th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival "Summer Signs" 
Venue: June 9th- 10th, 2018
Place: Pasta (Post) Island
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Amazing sculptures made of 600 tons of sand in the Summer Signs festival will make you look at sand in a whole different way. Here you can see art, read a story, even a history - all made of sand. Artwork of artists from around the world along concerts and activities for the whole family make this an event not to miss.
 
Midsummer, festival “Baltica”  
Venue: June 21st, 2018
Place: Pils (Palace) Island, Pasta (Post) Island
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Old Latvian traditions come to life on the Little Palace Island on the longest day of the year. The Herb market in Duke Jacob's Square is the event that brings Līgo songs and the fresh summer smell of the herbs to the city. Cheese, diadems, beer, bread, birch-boughs – think of it and you’ll find it in the market.
 
XVIII International festival of Milk, bread and honey 
Venue: August 25th, 2018
Place: Duke Jacob Square, Pasta (Post) Island, Lielupe River
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Last Saturday of August is marked by a festival that stresses importance of healthy lifestyle and significance of bread, honey and milk. One can enjoy many games, taste natural products, buy goods in a market and witness new records. The main event of the day is the milk carton boat regatta that where teams try to outdo each other in building the most amazing raft.
 
Metal festival and Days of Engineers 
Date and place:

September 8th - Metal festival, Pasta (Post) Island
September 7th - 9th Engineers days and PRO KART competition, around the city

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The Metal festival is educational, informative and leisure event for inhabitants and guests where it will be possible to enjoy art and culture as well as find out about education, career and job opportunities in the area of metalworking. Jelgava is industrial city and this is the reason why metalworking skills are respected here. During the holidays Days of Engineers will take place, which motivate the young people to pay attention to mahinery and technical solutions. Jelgava city streets will transform into the "Pro - Kart" Championship track.
 

Balts' Unity day

Venue: September 22nd-23rd, 2018
Place: Duke Jacob Square

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This year’s  Balts’ Unity Day will be celebrated in Jelgava. A rich variety of cultural and entertainment activities with participants from both, Latvia and Lithuania, are planned.  
 
Celebration of Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia 
Venue: November 18th, 2018
Place: All around the city
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Concerts in St. Anna Church and in Jelgava Culture House mark the beginning of celebration devoted to proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, while songs in Duke Jacob’s Square spread the patriotism around the city.
 
New Year’s Eve 
Venue: December 31st, 2018
Place: Pasta (Post) island
new_year_11.jpgSoon after the Christmas Tree has been lit in the Duke Jacob's Square at 2nd of December, the city is preparing itself for celebration of the New Year's Eve. On December 31st, at 23 New Year's celebration will take place on Post Island. And the magnificent fireworks right after the midnight 00:25 will make it even more breathtaking for everyone in Jelgava.