Events

 

Event Guide 2019

  1st January (2019) - 31st December (2019) 

 

January

01.01. New Year celebration events in Valmiera and in the surrounding counties.
17.01.-20.01. International Winter Music Festival in Valmiera.
29.01. Concert of Valmiera Youth Centre “Vinda”. Rīgas Street 42, Valmiera.
30.01. The International Young pianist contest in Valmiera dedicated to Jautrite Putnina. In the Valmiera Culture centre, Concert Hall “Valmiera”, Valmiera 5th Secondary School.

February

 
09.02. Amateur festival. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
09.02. Latvian 10 dance championships. Vidzeme Olympic Centre.             
13.02. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concert. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
14.02. Concert - competition of contemporary dance and vocal instrumental ensembles. In the Valmiera Culture centre and Valmiera Youth Centre “Vinda”.
22.02. A musically entertaining event “Vasarai ziemā būt”. Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
23.02. Burtnieki County winter sports games. Matīši parish.
25.02. – 03.03. Vidzeme Innovation Week. Valmiera. 

March

01.03.The music and dance show “Sister Carrie.” In the Valmiera Culture centre.
02.03. Concert of middle-age dance group “Pastalnieki”. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
08.03. Spring Ball. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
08.03. Women's Day concert. In the Trikāta Culture House.
10.03. Competition of little vocalists “Cālis 2019”. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
10.03. Burtnieki county little Vocalists competition “Mincis”. In the Rencēni parish culture house.
16.03. Spring Solstice celebration and the Fair “Gardu muti” (Savour the Flavour).  In the park at the "Valmiermuižas alus" beer brewery.
April
 
01.04. – 01.05. Art Days in Valmiera. Steps.
01.04. Concert “Poet Viktors Kalniņš (Viks) – 80”. In Dikļi.
08. -14.04. Valmiera Restaurant week. In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki County.
09.04. Folk dance group competition of the Valmiera District. In the Valmiera Culture centre.      
14.04. Concert “Gudrītes smaids” (The smile of Gudrīte) by the brass band “Signāls”. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
15. -25.04. Exhibition “Mākslas punkti” (Art points) by the students of Valmiera Design and Art Secondary School. Valmiera Design and Art Secondary School.
18.04. Spring closing competition of running series “Kocēnu novada cilpas” (Kocēni County Loops). In the Kocēni County.
19.-22.04. Easter events in Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
21.04. Charity concert “Mans solis, tavs solis. Satikšanās!” (My step. Your step. Meeting!). In the Valmiera Culture centre.
21.04. Event “Kocēnu pavasaris 2019” (Kocēni Spring 2019). Kocēni.
27.04. Amateur collective festive concert. In the Valmiera parish culture house.
28.04. Latvian Mountain Bike Marathon 2019. Stage I. Valmiera – Cēsis.
 
 
 
 
May
 
01.05. People's stand up paddle boarding (SUP) “Around the Lake Burtnieks” On Vaidava Lake.
04.05. Magical Night of Senses. In the Park of Senses by the Gauja Steep Banks.
04.05. Concert story “My Folk Song”. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
03. -04.05. White Tablecloth Celebration and ceremonial events dedicated to the anniversary of the restoration of the Republic of Latvia. In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
05.05. Sports dance competition “Vidzeme Cup 2019”. Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
10.05. Children and Youth Group Concert in preparation for the XII Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival. Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
10. -11.05. Bicycle and cinema festival “Cinema pedal”.  In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
12.05. Boat trekking along the Abuls River “Trikata – Brenguli”. Beverīna County.           
17.05. -18.05. Vidzeme Entrepreneurs’ days 2019. In the Valmiera Culture centre and in the square at the Valmiera Culture centre.
-18.05. Museum Night’s Events.  In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki County.
24.05. Dancing night “Naktsputni” (Nightbirds) by folk dance groups. On the Matīši Open-air stage.           
25.05. Kocēni County Night Rogaining.  In Vaidava parish.
25.05. The 30th anniversary event of the family sport competition “Auto-Moto-Velo”. Mūrmuiža.
 
June

 
 
01.06. Football tournament “Liesmas Cup 2019”. Vidzeme Olympic Centre football stadium.
03.-07.06. Sculptors’ plain-air in Dikļi. Viks Fairy Tale Park.
07.06. Church Night in Rubene.
08.06. Schlager Music Festival.  On the Valmiera Open-air stage.
08.06. Beverīna county Song and Dance Festival. On the Trikata castle mound stage.
13, 20, 27.06. Running and Nordic series “Burtnieku novadu apļi” (Circles of Burtnieki counties) Stage 1, 2, 3. In the Burtnieki county.
15.06. Ghetto Basket and Ghetto Dance. Valmiera 
15.06. Summer Ethno Festival “SVIESTS 2018” and the fair “Ar Gardu Muti” (Savour the Flavour).  In the park at the “Valmiermuižas alus” beer brewery.
15.-16.06. National Presidential Award Cup in athletics. In Ogre.
21.-22.06. Running and Walking Race “Rīga-Valmiera”. Finish at Valmiera St. Simon's Church.
21.-24.06. Summer Solstice Events. In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
27.-30.06.  World harpers’ camp.  In the Kocēni County.
29.06. Burtnieki County summer sports games. Rencēni parish.
29.06. Vaidava triathlon. In Vaidava parish.
30.06. Race around the Lake Vaidava.  In Vaidava parish.
30.06. Singing festival in Dikļi - 155. Mound Neikenkalns and the Nature Concert Hall in Dikļi. 
 
 
 
July

 
06.07. Burtnieks Lake Festival. In the boat canal of Burtnieki centre.
06.-07.07. Latvian Youth Olympiad 2019. Rowing slalom.  Valmiera
04.,11.,18.07. Running and Nordic series “Burtnieku novadu apļi” (Circles of Burtnieki counties) Stage 4, 5, 6. In the Burtnieki county.
05. 12. 19.07.Live music evening. On the terrace of “Valmiermuižas alus” beer brewery.
06.07. Festival of Senses.  In the park of Dikļi Palace.
12.-14.07. European Cycling BMX Championships. Valmiera new BMX track at Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
13.07. Beverīna County's festival. In the parish of Brenguļi.
14.07. Indriķis Day in Rubene.
20.07. Kocēni County decade race. Stage 1.  In the Kocēni County.
25.07. Summer Night Concert.  In the garden of Rubene Church.
26.07. Concert series “Melodiju daba” (The nature of the melodies).  Rencēni parish.
26.-28.07.  Valmiera City Festival. 
August

2. 9. 16. 23. 30.08. Concert series “Melodiju daba” (The nature of the melodies). In the Burtnieki county.
02.-04.08. Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival. Valmiera
03.08. Kocēni County decade race. Stage 2.  In the Kocēni County.
03.-04.08. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) festival “SUP fests”. On Vaidava Lake.
10.08. King's Tālivaldis Festival.  In Trikāta.
21.-25.08. International Floorball Tournament “Latvian Open 2019”.  Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
31.08.Kocēni County decade race. Stage 3.  In the Kocēni County.
31.08. International Floorball Tournament “Latvian Open 2018”.  Brenguļi.
September

 
07.09. Kokmuiža Festival.  Kocēni.
07.-08.09. Sports games for young people with special needs "Mēs varam” (We can). Valmiera.
12.09. Kocēni county final stage of cycling serial “Velocilpas”. In the Kocēni County.
13.-15.09. European Cultural Heritage Days. Valmiera and Kocēni County.
14.09. Kocēni County decade race. Stage 4.  In the Kocēni County.
15.09. Sportlat Valmiera Marathon. Valmiera.
19.09. Poetry Days.  In the Valmiera Integrated Library.
21.09. Celebration of Miķeļdiena and the Fair “Gardu muti” (Savour the Flavour). In the park at the “Valmiermuižas alus” beer brewery.
23.-30.09. European sports week. Valmiera.
October

12.10. Simjūds Fair.  Valmiera Town Hall Square and the Old Town.        
14.-20.10. Valmiera Restaurant week. In Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki County.
26.10. Concert by the band “Labvēlīgais tips’. In the Valmiera Culture centre.
26.10. Legends Night Event in Kokmuiža. Kocēni.
26.10. Legends night events. Beverīna County.
November

07.11. Autumn closing competition of running series “Kocēnu novada cilpas” (Kocēni County Loops). In the Kocēni County.
11.-18.11. Events dedicated to the national celebration in Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
11.11. Torch lit march dedicated to the Lāčplēsis Day. From the Valmiera Town Square to the Valmiera City Cemetery.
18.11. Concert and a ball dedicated to the National Day. Valmiera.
18.11. Concert dedicated to the National Day. In the Matīši parish culture house.
December

06.12. Valmiera city Christmas tree lighting event. In the square at the Valmiera Culture centre.
14.12. Christmas Market. Valmiera Town Hall Square and the Old Town.
21.12. Winter Solstice celebration and the Fair “Gardu muti” (Savour the Flavour). In the park at the “Valmiermuižas alus” beer brewery.
21.12. The Evening of Winter Solstice traditions. At the kitchen of Valmiermuiža Beer Brewery.
24.-26.12. Christmas events in Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki, Beverīna County.
31.12. 23:00 - 01:00 The Valmiera Museum Exhibition House is open for visitors.
31.12. New Year celebration events in Valmiera and Kocēni, Burtnieki County.

 

Exhibitions at the Valmiera Museum *

 
 
Until 19. 01. Exhibition of Maija Tabaka paintings.
25.01.-23.02. Textile exhibition by Iveta Vecenāne.
25.01.-23.02. Exhibition of glass artworks by students of the Art Academy of Latvia.
01.03.-03.03. Exhibition of artworks by Aleksejs Naumovs.
05.04.-11.05. Exhibitions of artworks by Helēna Heinrihsone and Anna Heinrihsone.
17.05.-22.06.  Exhibition of artworks by Paula Zariņa - Zēmane.
17.05.-22.06.  Exhibition of artworks "Manai Dzimtenei” (For My Homeland) by Ivars Drulle.
26.06.-20.07. Exhibition “Rūdolfs Voldemārs Vītols – 115”.
28.06.-20.07. Exhibition of works by Valmiera  artists.
26.07.-14.09. Exhibition of wreaths by Edīte Paula Vīgnere.
02.08.-26.10. Exhibition “Attention - Expedition! Valmiera museum - 60!” 
20.09.-26.10. Exhibition by Tõnu Noorits (Estonia).
01.11.-7.12.  Valmiera Design and Art Secondary School students' exhibition of contemporary artworks “Virsma. Klātbūtne” (Surface. Presence.)
01.11.-7.12.  Painting and video exhibition by the artist Agnese Kaupere.
13.12.-27.01.2020.  Exhibition of teachers and students' artworks of the Visual Plastic Arts Department of the Art Academy of Latvia.
June - September  Exhibition of flowers and vegetables at the Herbs garden.
 
Permanent exhibitions:
 “Tell me, Gauja, the story of Valmiera”.
  Part 1 – “Ancient History and the Valmiera City in the Middle Ages.” In the Valmiera Museum Maršnera House.
Exhibition “Prezidentu spēles” (The games of presidents).
Exhibition “12 stāsti” (12 stories). Dedication to the year of 60th anniversary of the Valmiera Museum.
In the Valmiera Museum Exibition Hall.
 
 
Exhibitions in the Valmiera Integrated Library*
January Photo exhibition on the winners of the Saharov Prize.
February An exhibition of graphic works from the Plein Air in Rauna.           
March, April Exhibition of paintings by Neonilla Medvedeva.
May, June Exhibition of drawing artworks by Jekaterina Grjazeva.
July, August Exhibition of paintings by Ilze Aulmane.
September, October Exhibition of illustrations by Elīna Brasliņa.
November, December Exhibition of paintings by Līva Graudiņa.

*- changes may apply in the list of exhibitions.

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Events in July

  1st July (2019) - 31st July (2019) 
VALMIERA CITY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION “VALMIERAI 736”

 
Friday, July 26th
           
11:00 The opening of the Valmiera St. Sīmanis church tower and Valmiera city celebration. Location: Bruņinieku street 2.
16:00-17:00 The opening of the exhibition “Vainagi” by Edīte Pauls Vīgnere. Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house, Bruņinieku street 3.
17:00-02:00 Valmiera taste festival. Participating restaurants: “Vecpuisis”, “Valmiermuižas alus virtuve”, “H.E. Vanadziņš”, “Rocket Bean Roastery”, “Entresol”, “Čarlstons”, “Ferma”, “Osta”. Location: Valmiera town square.
19:00 Celebratory march “Valmiera lepojas!” („Valmiera is proud!”). Starting from the Vienības square up to the Central square by the wall of Hanza.
20:30-02:00 Valmiera city birthday opening and concert. Participating musicians: “MC Orķestris”, Ance Krauze, Mārtiņš Ruskis, Ieva Kerēvica, Daumants Kalniņš, Valmiera choirs, the band “The Sound Poets”. Location: Central celebration square by the wall of Hanza.
21:00-02:00 Alternative music stage “Harmonija brīvdabā”. Participating musicians: “ViA Gars” improvisation theatre and bands “Plenērs”, Inokentijs Mārpls, “Jūdas Graši”, “Tavas Māsas Nāsis”. Location: at the crossing of Lucas and Palejas streets.
 
Saturday, July 27th
 
08:00-09:00  The waking up of the Valmiera city residents – surprises in various places around the city by the brass band and the artists of Valmiera Music school.
09:00-16:00  Craftsman fair. Location: Lāčplēša street-Tērbatas street.
09:00-03:00  Valmiera taste festival. Participating restaurants: “Vecpuisis”, “Valmiermuižas alus virtuve”, “H.E. Vanadziņš”, “Rocket Bean Roastery”, “Entresol”, “Čarlstons”, “Ferma”, “Osta”. Location: Valmiera town square.       
10:00-16:00  “Dzīve senā pilsētā” (“Life in an ancient town”). Creative workshops, ancient writings, belt weawing, heraldry and coin forging workshops, medieval games – balancing on the log, walking with stilts, archery, trying out medieval costumes, exploration of the weight of armor, weapons un and shields, interesting stories, knight battle and sword fight demonstrations. Location: Territory of Valmiera castle.
10:00-16:00 Open door day. Location: Valmiera firefighters depot, Tērbatas street 9.
10:00-15:00 New car parade. “Volkswagen”, “Škoda”, “KIA”, “Subaru”, “DACIA”, “Opel”, “Volvo”, “Mercedes”, “Nissan”. Location: By the Vidzeme University of Applied sciences, Tērbatas street 10.
10:00-16:00 Adventure park for kids. Fun-fair, creative and sports activities, science experiments. Location: In the square by the Valmiera Culture centre, Rīgas street 10.
10:00-16:00 Be active! Rock climbing, virtual reality sports games, orientation sprint, the game “Valprollings”. Location: In the square by the Valmiera Culture centre, Rīgas street 10.
12:00-17:00 Rowing slalom competition “Valmiera viļņo!”. Location: Dzirnavu lake.
12:00-20:00* “Rancho Parks” activities – rides with SUP boards, waterballs. Location: Dzirnavu lake.
12:00-15:00 Strongest Latvian city, Valmiera stage. Location: In the square by the Valmiera Culture centre, Rīgas street 10.
14:00-19:00 Brass band and bigband musical marathon and the concert by the “Rumbas kvartets”. Location: Vecpuišu park, Leona Paegles street 10.
20:00-05:00 Celebration concert. Participating bands: “Pērkons”, “Līvi”, ”DaGamba”. Ball with the band “Ballīšu orķestris”. Location: Central celebration square by the wall of Hanza.
~00:00 Celebratory fireworks. Location: Central celebration square by the wall of Hanza.
 
Sunday, July 28th
 
13:00  Concert “Bahs un romantika”. Participating artists: Ilona Birģele, Juris Vizbulis and Inita Malnača. Location: Valmiera St. Sīmanis church, Bruņinieku street 2.
14:00-19:00 Rogaining in the territory of Valmiera. Start by the Valmiera castleruins, Bruņinieku street 3.
 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10AM until 6PM*  “Annels” amusement park. Location: Valmiera 5th Secondary school sports stadium, Raiņa street 3.
*Entrance fee required.
Full festivity programme: www.valmiera.lv
 
VALMIERA SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL
 

 
 
Friday, August 2nd
 
18:00 Activity play for the whole family “pus Otrs” (5+). Director, choreographer Liene Grava.  Location: Andreja Upīša street 2.
20:00 Play about rules “Tools to rule” (5+). Produced by: “United dancers of Zuga” (Estonia). Location: Vecpuišu park.
20:00 Scientific reality adventures STACIJA (“Station”) “Nezinkaskuriens” (5+). Directed by: Paula Pļavniece. Location: Valmiera Memorial ensemble (pedestrian bridge next to the park), Lucas street 2A.
 
Saturday, August 3rd
 
14:00, 18:00 Scientific reality adventures STACIJA (“Station”) “Nezinkaskuriens” (5+). Directed by: Paula Pļavniece. Location: Valmiera Memorial ensemble (pedestrian bridge next to the park), Lucas street 2A.
14:00, 18:00 Play about rules “Tools to rule” (5+). Produced by: “United dancers of Zuga” (Estonia). Location: Vecpuišu park.
16:00, 20:00 Activity play for the whole family “pus Otrs” (5+). Director, choreographer Liene Grava.  Location: Andreja Upīša street 2.
 
Sunday, August 4th
                       
13:00, 17:00    Scientific reality adventures STACIJA (“Station”) “Nezinkaskuriens” (5+). Directed by: Paula Pļavniece. Location: Valmiera Memorial ensemble (pedestrian bridge next to the park), Lucas street 2A.
13:00,17:00     Play about rules “Tools to rule” (5+). Produced by: “United dancers of Zuga” (Estonia). Location: Vecpuišu park.
 
Ticket presale available at “Biļešu paradīze” box-office, Valmiera Drama theatre box-office and at the websites www.bilesuparadize.lv, www.vdt.lv, www.valmierasfestivals.lv.
Tickets are obligatory for everyone from ages 3 and higher.
 
CONCERTS, FESTIVITIES, SOCIAL GATHERINGS
 

4.07. 19:00 Concert by the duet “Laura un Renārs Duo”. Free entrance. Location: Concert hall “Valmiera” summer terrace. 
5.07. 21:00 Live music evening with the band “Laika suns”. Free entrance. Location: Valmiermuiža beer terrace.  
6.07. 12:00-00:00 Sound initiated gatethering “Virzskaņa”. Participating artists: Alise Joste, Leilali, bands “Sus Dungo”, “Doni Tondo”, “The Sound Poets”, “Ezeri”, “Goran Gora”, “Mick Pedaja” (Estonia), “Frankie Animal” (Estonia), “Storme” (UK), Kārlis Kazāks and rockband. Ticket price: 15 EUR, on the day of the event - 20 EUR, for kids and teens up to ages 18 in the company of their parents – free entrance. Tickets available at: www.bezrindas.lv. Location: Neikenkalna open-air concert hall, in Dikļi.
6.07. 14:00 Burtnieka lake celebration. Host of the evening Valters Krauze. Free entrance. Location: Boat chanel in Burtnieki center.
8.07. 18:00 Choir and classical music concert. Participating: Okema school Chapel choir, Chamber choir and Symphonic orchestra (UK), Harry Jacque (organ) and choir from the youngest grades of Valmiera Music school. Free entrance. Location: Valmiera St. Sīmanis church.
11.07. 18:00 Musical evening with DJ “Šalcošās niedres”. Starting from 7:30PM live music evening with the band “Polifauna”. Free entrance. Location: Valmiermuiža summer house in Vaidava.
11.07. 19:00 Concert by Emīlija Kate Tomsone and Paula Ērika Skujiņa. Free entrance. Location: Concert hall “Valmiera” summer terrace.
11.07. 19:00 Concert series “Melodiju daba”. Free entrance. Location: Viestura square 2, in the courtyard of the house.
12.07. 21:00 Live music evening with the band “Laime pilnīga”. Free entrance. Location: Valmiermuiža beer terrace.  
13.07. 12:00-00:00 Music festival “Tinte”. Participating artists: Intars Busulis, Miks Dukurs, “Carnival Youth”, “Triānas Parks”, “Double Faced Eels”, “Olas”, “Very Cool People”, ansis, Edavārdi, Mickeen and others. Starting from 12PM until 6PM – free entrance. After that ticket price: 15 EUR. Tickets can be bought at: www.bilesuserviss.lv. Location: Valmiermuiža castle park.
13.07. from 1PM  Beverīna county celebration. Programme: www.beverinasnovads.lv. Free entrance. Location: Brenguļi.
13.07. 22:00 Open-air festivities with the band “Hameleoni”. Ticket price: 5 EUR. Location: Neikenkalna open-air concer hall in Dikļi.
18.07. 19:00 Concert by the band “Limited Empire”. Free entrance. Location: Concert hall “Valmiera” summer terrace.
19.07. 19:00  Concert by the band “Cryin’ White”. Free entrance. Location: Concert hall “Valmiera” summer terrace.
19.07. 21:00  Live music evening with the band “Pienvedēja piedzīvojumi”. Free entrance. Location: Valmiermuiža beer terrace.  
20.07. from 08:30AM  Rubene hamlet celebration. Free entrance. Location: Rubene.
25.07. 21:00 Rubene church night concert. Free entrance. Location: at the garden of Rubene church.
 
CINEMA ‘’GAISMA’’
 

Exact screening times and additional information: www.kinogaisma.lv, phone no.: 64222641.  
 
Screenings starting 5.07.
Premiere! “Spiderman: Far From Home” 2D, 3D (12+) - comedy in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
Premiere! “Anna”(16+) - thriller in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
 
Screenings starting 12.07.
Premiere! “Anabella 3” (16+) – horror movie in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian. Premiere! “Vyshe Nyeba” (12+) – drama in Russian with subtitles in Latvian.
 
 
Screenings starting 19.07.
Premiere! “Lying and Stealing” (16+) – crime drama in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
Premiere! “Midsommar” (16+) - mystical drama in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
 
Coming soon: “Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw”, “The Angry Birds Movie 2”, “IT Chapter Two”.
 
 
EXHIBITIONS
 

 

Until 14.07.    Express-exhibition “Jāņu alus un siers” („Summer solstice beer and cheese”). Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
Until 21.07.    Exhibition of Valmiera and nearby area artists’ works “Bez robežām” („Without borders”). Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
 
Until 21.07.    Exhibtion “Rūdolfs Voldemārs Vītols – 115”. Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
Until 24.07.    Exhibition “Vidzemes vīri Latvijas sardzē” (“Men of Vidzeme guarding Latvia”). Free entrance. Location: Valmiera Culture centre.
Until 31.08.    Express-exhibition “Saknes debesīs” (“Roots in the sky”) by Sindija Mačtama. Location: The Hanseatic houses next to the Museum of Valmiera.
17.07.-17.08.  Express-exhibition “Atmiņai no Dziesmu svētkiem” („In Memory of the Choral festival”). Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
26.07.-14.09.  Exhibtion „Vainagi” („Wreaths”) by Edīte Pauls Vīgnere. Wreath photos by Valdis Ošiņš. Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
Permanently Exposition ‘’Teic man, Gauja, Valmieras stāstu’’ („Tell me, Gauja, the story of Valmiera”). Location: Museum of Valmiera Maršnera house.
Permanently Exhibition “Prezidentu spēles. Valmiera 100 gados” („President games. Valmiera through 100 years”). Location: Museum of Valmiera Exhibition house.
Permanently Paintings of the artists of the Latvian National Awakening and a unique exposition of fireplaces from the 19th Century. Location: Dikļi Palace.
 
SPORTS AND ACTIVE RECREATION
 

6.07.-7.07. The 8th Latvian Youth Olympic games. Rowing slalom competition. Free entrance. Location: Rowing track “Krāces”, in Valmiera.
6.07. Latvian BMX championship. Free entrance. Location: Valmiera BMX track, Čempionu street 3.
11.07.-14.07. BMX Eupoean championship. Tickets available for purchase in the  Vidzeme Olympic centre or the website www.bezrindas.lv. More information: www.eurobmx2019.eu. Location: Valmiera BMX track, Čempionu street 3.
13.07. 09:30 “Kocēni county sports games 2019”. Free entrance. Location: Juris Neikens primary school sports stadium.
20.07. Burtnieks lake volleyball cup. Location: Burtnieki.
21.07. 10:00 Golf tournament finale “Rossini Matchplay”. Free entrance. Location: Golf course at the leisure park “Avoti” in Valmiermuiža.
27.07. 10:00 The 21st Valmiera golf championship. Free entrance. Location: Golf course at the leisure park “Avoti” in Valmiermuiža.
 
GAUJA RIVER TRAM
 

 

 
Location: Boat dock on Pilskalna street 1. Additional information and changes in the ride times: www.gaujastramvajs.lv
 
Public cruises in July:
Monday, Wednesday: Not working
Tuesday: 17:00,18:00, 19:00
Thursday: 17:00,18:00, 19:00
Saturday: 12:00,13:00,17:00,18:00, 19:00
Sunday: 12:00,13:00,14:00,15:00
 
Special public cruise times during the Valmiera city birthday celebration:
  27.07. 11:00, 12:00, 13:00,14:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00

 
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Valmiera City Festival "Valmiera 736"

  26th July (2019) - 28th July (2019) 
I will be celebrating my 736th birthday on the 26th, 27th and 28th of July. There will be a festive march, open-air party, cheerful un sportive activities, fair, various workshops. We’ll be watching movies and listening to music. There will be performances by the bands “Pērkons”, “DaGamba”, “Līvi”, “The Sound Poets”, Inokentijs Mārpls and many others. We’ll be adorning ourselves with gorgeous crowns. I will tell interesting stories about myself and of course I’ll be providing all sorts of treats. If you want to present me with a gift, I’d be happy about a greener life – less plastic, more recycling, less garbage, more kindness. I’ve also attached a more detailed summary of the festivities. I will be very happy, I’ve you’ll come share the joy of life! Yours truly, Valmiera.
We’ll be going on a birthday march
On Friday, July 26th, at 7PM, starting from the Vienības square to the St.Sīmanis church there’ll be a march “Valmiera lepojas!” („Valmiera is proud!”). Everyone – including members of unions and institutions, as well as friends of Valmiera – are welcome to participate. The first rows of the march will provide the most joy – parents with their children, who were born this or last year.
 
Festive concerts for everyone’s taste
At the birthday opening concert, on July 26th, at 8:30PM, at the main festivity square there’ll be concerts by Ance Krauze, Ieva Kerēvica, Daumants Kalniņš, Mārtiņš Ruskis, the bands “The Sound Poets” and “MC Orķestris”. After the concert we’ll warm up our legs for the upcoming days of celebration – a ball with “MC Orķestris”.
 
Meanwhile at the same time, from 9PM until 2AM, at the crossing of Lucas and Palejas streets, the mood will be conjured up by the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences improvisation theater „ViA Gars”, the calm summer evening will be shaked by Inokentijs Mārpls, as well as the bands “Plenērs”, “Jūdas Graši” and “Tavas Māsas Nāsis”. For the purpose of relaxing from the rush of everyday life guests will be able to use hammocks.
 
In order to not miss out on the Saturday events, there’ll be a special alarmbell on the morning of July 27th. The first ring will be at 8AM, and it will ring until 9:30AM, without the option to snooze it for later time. Additionally, it will be mobile and will be heard in various places around Valmiera. The alarm will be provided by the brass band and the artists of Valmiera Music school.
 
On Saturday from 11AM until 2PM the youngest festivity participants are welcome at the Valmiera Culture centre. There’ll be performances from the popbands “Notiņas” and “Lizantes”, as well as shows, that will bring joy not only to kids, but will aslo inspire parents – concert performance “Vali, mierā!”, a performance by the children’s vocal band “Smaidiņi” titled “Pasaka nesaka, pasaka pasaka”, and also a staging of “Vinnijs Pūks ar saviem draugiem” („Winnie the Pooh and his friends”).
 
On Saturday at various times a concert hall on wheels will be making its rounds through the streets of Valmiera – musical buses. Entrance is free, passengers will become concert spectators and enjoy the live music on the bus. For the past two years at a random stop the bus driver also receives his share of dancing. Will it happen again this year? One must ride the bus, listen and see!
 
For a true open-air party mood between fragrant bushes and sun rays stuck in the tree branches we invite to enjoy in Vecpuišu park. Starting from 2PM until 7PM there’ll be a musical marathon from the brass band and bigband, as well as the band “Rumbas kvartets” will be visiting Valmiera. There will be more than enough room for a waltz.
 
The most powerful part of Saturday evening will be at the main square of the festivities. Starting from 8PM until 5AM the bands „Pērkons” and „Līvi” will invite to party and sing along, rhytmic hair shaking will be provided by “DaGamba”, meanwhile a real dancefest at the ball will be helmed by “Ballīšu orķestris”.
 
On Sunday, July 28th, Ilona Birģele, Juris Vizbulis and Inita Malnača will provide a real pleasure for the mind and spirit in the concert “Bahs un romantika”, at 1PM, in the St.Sīmanis church.
 
Dance and party around
Valmiera’s birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without the presence of sports activities. On Saturday, July 27th, in the square between the Valmiera Culture centre and the shopping mall “Valleta” starting from 10AM until 4PM everyone is welcome to try out the rock wall climbing. Get to know the city better through orienteering sprint. You can visit a different reality even without leaving the square – we invite to try out the virtual reality sports games by becoming a part of the „Angry Birds” and visiting the Alps. As for the SIA “VALPRO” activity Valprolling will demonstrate, what kind of interesting games can be played by using fuel cans and fire extinguishers.
 
On Saturday starting from 12PM until 3PM in the square by the Valmiera Culture centre strongmen and women are welcome. Valmiera was crowned the strongest city in Latvia two years ago. Will we manage to reclaim our title? Come and help us do it! By pressing the weight bar, you’ll help increase the city’s overall result, as well as earn points for yourself.
 
The usually restrained Dzirnavu lake will be dressed, decorated with green-white and red-white gates hanged above the water. On Saturday, at 12PM, the start for the fourth paralel rowing slalom “Valmiera viļņo!” will be given, gathering around 100 participants not only from Latvia, but but also Lithuania, Estonia and Russia.
 
On Sunday the pace will be kept high thanks to rogaining in the area of Valmiera, starting at 2PM in the Valmieras castle territory. During the three hour long competition teams must visit as many checkpoints as possible, using the map prepared by the organizers.
 
Festivities for the youngest birthday guests
Traditionally the guests of honor on the birthday of Valmiera have been the youngest visitors. Their genuine pleasure is the real birthday spirit. On July 27th starting from 10AM until 4PM in the Valmiera Culture centre square there’ll be various activities and creative workshops for families and kids. Guests will be able to test their agility, attention and ingenuity under the guidance of the kindergarten “Buratino”, Valmiera Design and Art school, youth centre “Vinda” and the Valmiera Children’s sports school. Nearby will also be a swimming pool with all the swimming equipement, toy ponies, children will be able to ride the toy train and catch the wind in the carousel. We encourage to dress up in the spirit of celebration, letting yourself to take part in face painting or henna tattooing.
 
Meanwhile in the territory of the Museum of Valmiera, Saturday from 10AM until 4PM guests will have the chance to time travel and find out more about the life in an ancient city. Jewelery workshops, ancient writings, belt weawing, heraldry and coin forging workshops, medieval games – balancing on the log, walking with stilts, archery, trying out medieval costumes, exploration of the weight of armor, weapons un and shields, interesting stories, knight battle and sword fight demonstrations. It will be exciting not only for the kids, but also the parents and everyone else!
 
Back to present day – on Saturday, July 27th, at 10AM at the square by the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences on Tērbatas street 10 will be a showcase of new cars: from automakers Volkswagen, Škoda, KIA, Subaru, DACIA, Opel, Volvo, Mercedes and Nissan, as well as the opportunity to take test drives.
 
Not far away, at the Valmiera firefighters depot on Tērbatas street 9, visitors will be introduced to the everyday life of firefighters, the depot, firefighter vehicles and tools and also will be able to try out the firefighter protective gear.
 
The church rooster is a local
Every guest will have the chance to come a little closer to the rooster, because during the Valmiera city festivites, on July 26th, at 5PM, will be the opening of the restored tower of the Valmiera St. Sīmanis church.
 
By climbing up the tower, it becomes clear, that during the summer Valmiera “disappears” in the verdancy. To enjoy the mood of a summer evening and the beauty of everything green, we invite on Saturday, from 7PM until 2AM, at the Vecpuišu park to listen to more than 30 works of various forms by the actors of Valmiera. Authors of these works are Pāvils Rozītis, Juris Helds, Jānis Poruks, Ojārs Vācietis, Linards Laicens, Rieteklis, Estonian poet Contra, Daina Sirmā, Elza Stērste, Tamāra Skrīna and many others.
 
The artist Edīte Pauls-Vīgnere will make sure there is a special and unforgettable festive jewelery. The exhibition “Vainagi” at the Museum of Valmiera will be opened on July 26th at 4PM. The good defeating the evil, the dark berries of an era, immortality, the liveliness of the town, a spider web in a solstice meadow, the smoldering of a firefly, eternity in an amber, the beauty of a woman – such different stories has the artist expressed, by creating wreaths and head-dresses.
 
Joy for the stomach and heart
It has already become a tradition, that on Saturday the Valmiera city festivities begin with the craftsman fair, which will take place on Rīgas street, in the territory from Katrīnas until Lāčplēša street, at the starting point of Lāčplēša and Tērbatas streets, and will offer seedlings, wood and clay products, jewelery, snacks, textiles and various useful household items.
For the first time the merchants will be joined by children and teenagers with their own creations. What can the new generation of Valmiera and nearby areas create – guests will be able to see and purchace it, thus continuing the fair road through Raiņa street. In honor of Rainis and his special skill to create new words, which brilliantly correlates with the creativity of the young merchants, will bring the new word “Jēgums” created by Rainis to the title of the kids and teenagers creation fair. The young merchants and guests are welcome to participate in the fair in the coming years as well.
 
The “Valmieras garšu festivāls” (“Valmiera taste festival”) will take place on Friday, July 26th, starting from 7PM and on Saturday, July 27th, starting from 9AM, in the town hall square. Restaurants “Valmiermuižas teātra kafejnīca”, “Vecpuisis”, “Rocket Bean Roastery”, “Entresol”, “H.E.Vanadziņš”, “Čarlstons”, “Restorāns Ferma” will offer special tastes of Valmiera festivities, meanwhile the visitors will be able to taste tasty dishes and drinks, while the meals are prepared on the spot, in front of your eyes. The guests of the birthday of Valmiera will be witnesses to the cook’s fantasy flight and taste experiments, while at the same time locals and guests will have to answer the question – what is the true taste of Valmiera?
 
On Saturday, July 26th, around midnight, gorgeous fireworks will brighten the sky.
 
And above everything – we live green in Valmiera, which is why we also have some “green” celebratory advices.
 
The full programme of the Valmiera city festivities is available at www.valmiera.lv.
 
Valmiera city festival is sponsored by: SIA “PATA TIMBER”, AS “SEB banka”, AS “Citadele banka”, “Latio”, SIA “VALPRO”, GRASBERGS Z/S “Zilūži”, wakepark “Rancho parks”, VSIA “Valmieras drāmas teātris”, Valmiera swimming pool, “Gaujas Stāvo krastu Sajūtu parks”, “Ādažu čipsi”, “DRAKO”, “vietējais “top!””, AS “Latvijas valsts meži”, concert hall “Valmiera”, restaurant “Rātes Vārti”, caffe “Jauna Saule”, SIA “Valmiermuižas alus”. Informed by “Valmieras Ziņas”..
 
During the event photography taking and video recording is probable. The photos and video materials can be used by the Valmiera city municipality for publicity purposes.
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Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival

  2nd August (2019) - 4th August (2019) 

The Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival this year will take place August 2-4. The programme of the theatre festival is based on especially for the festival created works consisting of professionals known at national and international level. In unaccustomed places and original forms, in the urban environment of Valmiera are performed shows that entertain, enrich, provoke and certainly do not leave cold the visitors of the festival. In addition to the theatre performances, there are open-air cinema evenings, musical and gastronomic adventures, creating a rich summer art festival in the urban environment. The 2019 festival will be dedicated to children and teenagers with the theme “Live City.” A city with its own life, thoughts, body and other characteristics of a living being. There will be a chance to see 7 new productions at the festival!

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Valmiera Marathon

  15th September (2019) 
On the second Sunday of September, Valmiera Marathon takes place annually in Valmiera, bringing together the old and the young fans of active lifestyle and sporting people from different places in Latvia and abroad. 
When applying for the Valmiera Marathon it is possible to choose the most suitable distance - the 6.2 km race, the 10.55 km race, the half-marathon - 21.0975 km and the Nordic skiing - 7.5 km, while the most durable ones can compete in the marathon - 42,195 km.
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Valmiera Restaurant Week

  12th October (2019) - 19th October (2019) 
The Restaurant Week will take place in Valmiera, during which five restaurants of Valmiera and surrounding counties will be preparing special gourmet offers for their visitors.
During the restaurant week, making a prior-table reservation, a multi-round meal at an attractive price for their visitors will offer:

Restaurant "Rātes Vārti"
Restaurant "Vecpuisis"
Restaurant "Agnese"
Valmiermuiža Beer Kitchen
Dikļi Palace

 

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Simjūds Fair

  12th October (2019) 

Every year on the second Saturday of October, the traditional Simjūds Fair is held in Valmiera Town Hall Square and in the territory of Valmiera Castle. This is historically is the last big market before winter and where it is possible to prepare of a wide variety of produce. Craftsmen and home producers will delight with products, but the tempting scents will call to preserve autumn flavour colours for white winter days.

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The National Celebration Events in Valmiera

  11th November (2019) - 18th November (2019) 

From November 11-18 in Valmiera, a diverse range of patriotic events will be held in honour of Latvia's national holiday.

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Christmas Market in Valmiera

  14th December (2019) 

The traditional Christmas Market in Valmiera Town Hall Square and in the Old Town brings guests from near and far away, attracting with scents and flavours. Musical performances will create a joyous Christmas mood. 

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