Concerts by world-renowned stars, international sports competitions, city festivals, and top-level conferences – just take you pick!
Music, rising to the towers of the most beautiful Baroque church in Vilnius. Music, resounding under blossoming trees, under the summer sky, against the backdrop of a magnificent old manor, or in a trendy industrial loft. Over a quarter of a century, the annual Christopher Summer Festival has made many wonderful discoveries. The festival organisers have opened up unexpected and unbelievable spaces for music lovers and adapted music to them, setting their boundless imagination free and allowing musicians and listeners to follow suit. For many years, the Christopher Summer Festival has been regarded as one of the strongest music festivals in Europe, and its artistic quality, innovation, and ability to involve the local community while also appealing to Europe and the entire world has earned it the EFFE Label.
It comes back every year! A festival by the sea that draws you in and submerges you in the waters of events, emotions and music. The wind that comes in from the sea for three days and nights blows the sails of ships, lines them up for a parade, and brings in the sounds of music, the feeling of cinema, theatre performances, and a subtle sense of design. Every year, the Baltic Sail sailboats come to Klaipėda to make an appearance and welcome visitors on board. The sea has a magical force of attraction. And it seems that it has lent it to the Sea Festival. Once you’ve been there, you want to keep coming back.
Vilnius City Fiesta
After resting from all the cars in summer, flirting with tourists at night, and getting back all of the locals who were away on holiday, Vilnius celebrates a new season on the first weekend of September. The traditional Vilnius City Fiesta invites the capital’s locals and guests to spend some time together. To talk a walk together down the buzzing Gediminas Avenue, to meet up with friends on Arts and Music Street, to get together on Book Boulevard or buy gifts on Tasty Souvenir Road, to dive into culinary experiences on the bank of the Neris between Mindaugas Bridge and the Green Bridge, or to view the traditional Vilnius City Fiesta video projection. Once your legs are warmed up, pay a tribute to the soul with jazz music or the touching sound of guitar, a noisy rock concert or a great DJ performance. Take your pick!
This is a celebration for everyone who can’t imagine their life without running. Covering 42.195 kilometres on the streets of Lithuania’s capital, the event attracts locals as well as runners from abroad. Running a marathon in an old Baroque city is both a challenge and an extraordinary feast for the eyes.
Christmas markets in Vilnius
Invite your friends to meet up at the Christmas market and be the first to see how impressive the Christmas tree will be this year.
Sartai 2020 Harness Race
At Sartai, jockeys race with their horses on ice. With traditions that go back to the 19th century, the race used to be held on the frozen Lake Sartai. Later, a special track was set up on the lake, but for almost two decades now, the Sartai race has been held in the Dusetos hippodrome on an ice track made of water from Lake Sartai.
Palanga Smelt Festival
Have you heard about the fish that smells like fresh cucumbers? There was a time when fishermen used to lure them into their nets under the ice with songs. These days, the songs are sung on the shore of Palanga, where the Smelt Festival takes place every year for people who love to fish them or eat them. Everything there revolves around smelt – a fish that is small and homely, yet extraordinarily tasty. During the festival, smelt abounds in various forms: fresh, fried, marinated, smoked, or even made out of clay or carved from wood. The traditional fishing competition on Palanga Pier, the smelt-eating contest, and the food, music and games attract crowds of people to our largest seaside resort.
Saint Casimir's Fair
.Inspired by the nature awakening in spring, people also came out of the homes and hold one of the largest and most beautiful fairs – Saint Casimir's Fair (Kaziuko muge). The three-day event held in major cities of Lithuania turns their central squares into a colourful feast of verba (Palm Sunday flowers), adorn with pot paintings and wood carvings, and flavours of delicious bagels. The fair is filled with songs, dances, voices and echoes with good emotions and contagious laugh – check out the festival at the end of winter and celebrate together.
Užgavėnės (Fat Tuesday)
It’s not you we want to scare off. We’re scaring off winter. For many years, we have been driving it away in February, shouting: “Winter, winter, get out of the yard!” Of course, winter doesn’t always surrender, holding out against the people in fancy dress who have gorged on pancakes and the children that go from door to door, asking for treats. Užgavėnės is a traditional celebration that is in our blood and lets adults feel like children again. Who will recognise you behind a mask? You can celebrate Užgavėnės in Rumšiškės – the traditions here never change. If you’re in Samogitia, stop by Lake Plateliai, where you’ll also find some winter fun. Come and burn your misery along with Morė, the symbol of evil and all misfortune.
Kino Pavasaris: Vilnius International Film Festival
The largest and most important film event in Lithuania will be inviting viewers to cinemas in 2019 for the 24th time. Over the course of two weeks, the festival presents more than 200 short and feature-length films, including both strong debuts and the work of recognised masters. The country’s most important film premieres also take place at the festival every year.
Kino Pavasaris is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest trends in the cinema world, to see the most popular films, to interact with recognised film-makers, and to meet and exchange experiences with like-minded people.