Event guide 20201st January (2020) - 31st December (2020)
01.01. New Year’s welcome festivities in Valmiera, Beverīna, Burtnieki and Kocēni counties.
13.-19.01. Valmiera Winter Music festival “Gadsimti spēlējas”. Valmiera Culture centre, Valmiera 5th Secondary school, Valmiera St. Simon`s church.
18.01.* Community skiing “Slēpo un Vaidi”. Vaidava lake.
19.01. Barricade commemoration event and concert by the band “Vilki”. Kocēni Culture house.
24.01. Concert by Jurijs Šatunovs. Vidzeme Olympic centre.
28.01. Concert by the Valmiera Youth centre “Vinda”. Valmiera Culture centre.
29.01. International New Pianist competitions dedicated to Jautrīte Putniņa. Valmiera Culture centre.
* Possible schedulling changes due to bad weather.
5.02. Popband show. Concert hall “Valmiera”.
8.02. Valmiera Culture centre amateur celebration “Lecam pa vecam”.
8.02. Burtnieki county winter sports games. Ēvele parish.
10.-28.02. Exhibition of visual and visually plastic art programme - “Radi rotājot”. Vidzeme Olympic centre.
14.02. 5 year anniversary concert of the contemporary dance collective “Baltā”. Valmiera Culture centre.
15.02. Concert by the band “Dzelzs vilks”. Valmiera Culture centre.
15.02. Canceled! Winter swimming festival “Roņi tiekas Burtniekos”. Burtnieki lake, in Burtnieki.
18.02. The Vidzeme county stage of the Latvian educational institution vocal instrumental ensembles, instrumental collectives and popbands festival – contest “No baroka līdz rokam”. Valmiera Culture centre.
21.02. Concert by the band “Sudden Lights”. Valmiera Culture centre.
22.02. Concert by the youth dance collective “Sadancis”. Valmiera Culture centre.
24.-28.02. Vidzeme Inovations week. Valmiera.
29.02. Baiba Sipeniece-Gavare stand-up show “Vienreiz jau var/ar bufetes elementiem”. Valmiera Culture centre.
29.02. The 35th anniversary concert by the middle generation dance group “Abuls”. Trikāta Culture house.
29.02. Burtnieki county Sports Awards 2019. Valmiera parish culture house.
1.03. The Institute of France cooperation concert “Playtime”. Valmiera Culture centre.
7.03. Hip Hop artist concert “Republikas tūre”. Valmiera Culture centre.
8.03. Concert commemorating the international Women’s Day. Valmiera Culture centre.
8.03. Concert by Elīna Šimkus, Sondra Lejmalniece and Ieva Šablovska - “Trio Angelicus”. Kocēni Culture house.
13.03. The band “Melo-M” and Dināra Rudāne with the concert programme “Pieci elementi”. Valmiera Culture centre.
14.03. The Irēna Zelča choir class concert. Valmiera Culture centre.
16.-21.03. Open door days and creative workshops. Valmiera Design and Arts school.
20.03. Francophony day concert. Kocēni Culture house.
21.03. Concert by the the middle generation dance collective “Pastalnieki”. Valmiera parish culture house.
21.03. Spring solstice celebration and fair “Gardu muti”. Valmiermuiža palace park.
22.03. Aivars Gailis choir concert. Valmiera parish culture house.
29.03. Studio group spring concert by the folk dance ensemble “Gauja”. Valmiera parish culture house.
1.04.-01.05. Art days “Movement”. Valmiera.
1.-31.04. Exhibition “Turp–atpakaļ” of flying objects from the contest “Jaunais izgudrotājs”. Valmiera Youth centre “Vinda”.
2.04. Valmiera dance region folk dance collective exhibition, in preperation for the XII Latvian school and youth song and dance celebration. Valmiera Culture centre.
3.04. Forum “Māksla būt uzņēmējam”. Concert hall “Valmiera”.
4.-5.04. Amateur theatre festival “Ļembasts”. Rencēni parish culture house.
6.04. The first stage of the Valmiera and inter-county children and youth choir contest, in preperation for the XII Latvian School and Youth Song and Dance celebration. Valmiera 5th Secondary school.
9.04.-1.05. Environmental Art Exhibition “Movement”. Leona Paegles street 10, Valmiera.
10.04.- 13.04. Easter themed events. Valmiera, Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
12.04. Event “Kocēnu pavasaris 2020”. Kocēni.
17.04. Concert “16 kontrabasi un Alise Brīnumzemē” by the Latvian National Symphonic orchestra. Valmiera Culture centre.
18.04. Ethno kokle concert. Valmiera Culture centre.
18.-25.04. Valmiera Restaurant Week. Valmiera, Burtnieki and Kocēni counties.
19.04. Brass band concert “Fanijas smaids”. Valmiera Culture centre.
20.04. Valmiera and inter-county children and youth choir contest, in preperation for the XII Latvian School and Youth Song and Dance celebration. Valmiera 5th Secondary school.
24.-25.04. XIII Latvian Children and Youth Theatre festival “..un es iešu un iešu”. Valmiera Drama theatre, Viestura secondary school in Valmiera.
24.25.04. Baltic Championship in Track Car Modeling. Valmiera Youth centre “Vinda”.
26.04. Latvia’s State Forest mountain bike marathon 2020. First stage. Cēsis-Valmiera.
1.-2.05. The 75th anniversary concerts by the folk dance group “Gauja”. Valmiera Culture centre.
2.05. Sports dance competition “Vidzemes kauss 2020”. Vidzeme Olympic centre.
3.05. “Ūsiņdienas” celebration “Zirgi arī smejas”. Valmiermuiža stable.
4.05. White tablecloth celebration. Mūrmuiža open-air stage.
4.05. Celebration commemorating the anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia - “Baltā galdauta svētki”. Kocēni Culture house.
8.-9.05. Bicycle and movie festival “Kino Pedālis”. Valmiera and Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
9.05. Magical Feeling night. Park of Senses by the Gauja River Steep Banks.
9.05. Bicycle race in Kocēni county.
10.05. Māris Čaklais anniversary concert “Atkal, atkal ir debesis pušu”. Valmiera Culture centre.
10.05. Boat hike “Abuls-Gauja”. From Trikāta to Brenguļi. Beverīna county.
16.05. Museum Night events. Valmiera.
16.05. The 1st stage of the 22nd annual Latvian Meadow golf association championship. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
16.05. Kocēni county Rogaining.
22.05. Pop rock music concert. Dīvaliņa meadows, Valmiera.
22.-23.05. Vidzeme Entrepreneurs days 2020. Valmiera.
23.05. Folk dance collective concert “Naktsputni”. Matīšu parish open-air stage.
30.05. Church Night events. Rubene church.
5.06. Valmiera dance region folk dance collective concert. Valmiera open-air stage.
6.06. Beverīna county Song and Dance Celebration. Trikāta Pilskalns open-air stage.
6.06. The 13th annual “Avotu Cup” in golf. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
6.06. Concert and dance play by the band “Raxtu Raxti”. Neikenkalns open-air concert hall, in Dikļi.
10.,17.06. The 1st and 2nd stage of the running and nordic walking serial “Burtnieku novada apļi”. Valmieras and Ēvele parish.
13.06. Ethno festival “Sviests 2020” and fair “Gardu muti”. Valmiermuiža palace park.
13.06. “SMSCredit.lv” BMX championship, 4th stage. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
14.06. Burtnieki county cup BMX 2020. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
13.06. President’s Prize Competion in athletics. Ogre.
19.-21.06. Latvian open championship in swimming. Valmiera swimming pool.
20.06. Vidzeme song day in Valmiera. Valmiera open-air stage.
20.06. Running-walk Rīga-Valmiera, 107 km. Start from the Freedom Monument in Rīga. Finish by the Valmieras St. Simon’s church.
21.06. Latvian senior choir celebration. Dikļi.
21.-24.06. Summer solstice warm-up parties. Valmiera and Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
27.06. Burtnieki Lake Celebration. Boat channel in Burtnieki centre.
1.,15.,22.,29.07. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th stage of the running and nordic walking serial “Burtnieku novada apļi”. Rencēni, Matīši, Vecate, Burtnieki parishes.
3.,10.,17.07. Evening with live music. Valmiermuiža beer terrace.
3.-5.07. The World psaltery player camp. Kocēni county.
4.07. Vaidava triathlon.
5.07. Run around the Vaidava lake.
11.07. Beverīna County Celebration. Trikāta.
12.07. Indriķa Day. Rubene.
23.07. Summer night concert. The garden of Rubene church.
25.07. The 21st annual Valmiera championship in golf. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
24.-26.07. Valmiera town celebration.
1.08. Matīši parish celebration “Matīšiem 130”.
1.-2.08. SUP Fest. Beach of Vaidava lake.
7.-9.08. Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival. Valmiera.
8.08. Children and youth dance performance “Rok un rullē” with the dance school “Dzirnas”. Burtnieki parish open-air stage.
8.08. “Teātra svētki 2020” (“Theatre celebration 2020”). Dikļi.
15.08. The 22nd annual Vidzeme championship in golf. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
15.08. Dikļi Voluntary firefighter union’s 80th anniversary event and march. Valmiera region Voluntary firefighter team competition, anniversary concert and relaxing evening. Dikļi.
19.-23.08. International floorball tournament “Latvian Open 2020”. Vidzeme Olympic centre.
24.-29.08. Basketball tournament “Valmiera Summer CUP”. Vidzeme Olympic centre.
29.08. Tomato celebration and sports day “Atvadas vasarai”. Brenguļi.
29.08. Kocēni county sports games. Kocēni county.
1.09. Events commemorating the first day of school. Valmiera.
4.-5.09. Kokmuiža celebration. Kocēni.
5.-6.09. Sports games for children with disabilities “Mēs varam”. Stadium of Valmiera 2nd Secondary school.
12.09. The 14th annual Latvian Olympic committee cup in golf. Holiday complex “Avoti”, in Valmiermuiža.
17.09. Day of Poetry. Valmiera.
19.09. Autumn solstice celebration and fair “Gardu muti”. Valmiermuiža palace park.
20.09. Sportlat Valmiera Marathon. Valmiera.
23.-30.09. European Sports Week. Valmiera.
10.10. Simjūda fair. Valmiera town sqaure and old town.
10.10. The 100th anniversary concert of the Valmiera Music School. Valmiera Culture centre.
29.10. Georgia ballet performance. Valmiera Culture centre.
31.10. Legend’s Night in Kokmuiža. Kocēni.
07.11. Concert by the folk dance ensemlbe “Gauja”. Valmiera Culture centre.
7.-14.11. Valmiera Restaurant Week. Valmiera and Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
10.11. Lāčplēsis Day run. Kocēni county.
11.11. Lāčplēsis Day march. From Valmiera town square to the Valmiera City Cemetery.
11.-18.11. Events in Valmiera and Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties commemorating the countries independence celebration.
27.,28.11. International conference “The 6th edition of the Young historian scientific readings”. Museum of Valmiera.
28.11. The 20th anniversary concert of the choir “Skan”. Valmiera Culture centre.
4.12. The event commemorating the lighting of the Valmiera town Christmas Tree. Square by the Valmiera Culture centre.
5.12. Christmas fair “VDMV Marka”. Valmiera Design and Arts school.
5.12. Valmiera choir concert. Valmiera Culture centre.
6.12. Folk dance ensemble “Gauja” dance collective Christmas concert. Valmiera Culture centre.
11.12. Valmiera annual Sports Awards. Valmiera Culture centre.
12.12. Christmas fair. Valmiera town square and old town.
19.12. Winter solstice celebration, fair “Gardu muti” and traditional evening. Valmiermuiža palace park and Valmiermuiža beer kitchen.
24.-26.12. Christmas events in Valmiera and Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
31.12. Events welcoming the New Year in Valmiera and Beverīna, Burtnieki, Kocēni counties.
Exhibitions in the Valmiera Museum **
Until 2.02. Exhibition “Tēlniecība/Keramika/Stikls” with works from the teachers of Latvian Academy of Arts.
14.02.- 28.03. Exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of art works from Pēteris Postažs.
3.04.- 24.05. Exhibition of art works from Ilmārs Blumbergs.
29.05.- 18.07. Exhibition of posters from Juris Dimiters.
29.05.- 18.07. Exhibition of sculptures and drawings from Rose Lichtenberger.
24.07.- 5.09. Exhibition of art works from Andris Eglītis.
11.09.-16.10. Exhibition of photos from Estonian photographer Kylli Sparre.
11.09.- 16.10. Exhibition of art works from Laima Bikše.
23.10.- 5.12. Exhibition of sculptures and drawings from Andris Vārpa.
23.10.- 5.12. Exhibition of paintings from Ieva Kampe-Krumholce.
11.12.- 31.01.2021. Exhibition of paintings from Ieva Iltnere.
Expositions “Teic man, Gauja, Valmieras stāstu” (“Tell me, Gauja, the story of Valmiera”), “Senvēsture un Valmieras pilsēta viduslaikos” (“Ancient History and the City of Valmiera in the Medieval times”). Museum of Valmiera Maršnera house.
Exhibition “Prezidentu spēles. Valmiera 100 gados” (“President games. Valmiera through 100 years”). Museum of Valmiera Exhibition Hall.
Express-exhibition “Vērtības”. The lobby of the Museum of Valmiera Exhibition Hall.
Exhibitions in the Valmiera Integrated Library**
January Exhibition of works of Valmiera Art Plenary 2019.
February, March Exhibition of paintings from Sabīne Līva.
April, May Exhibition of graphic art from Ilze Eglīte.
June, July Exhibition of paintings from Kristīne Guršpone.
August, September Exhibition of photography art works from Uldis Balga.
October, November Exhibition of paintings from Ingemāra Treija.
December Exhibition of graphic art and paintings from the Valmiera Art Plenary 2020.
**Possible changes in the exhibition schedules.
EVENTS ARE CANCELED! Art Days in Valmiera. Movement1st April (2020) - 1st May (2020)
Starting from April 1st until May 1st Valmiera will be the hometown for the Art Days. This year the main theme is “Movement”, inviting everyone to experience how diverse it can be.
Movement is a process, a space, a procedure - in it we grow, run, move with time, meet, repel, change and find continuity. Movement is a process that encourages us to talk and listen, to create new forms and to fulfill - to be in motion.
Urban dancers, contemporary dance ambassadors from the USA, a unique opportunity to view an exhibition of Ilmars Blumberg's works, 16 double-bass concerts, movies and theatrel performances - these are just a few of the highlights of the magnificent Arts Days program.
The Valmiera Art Days will kick off with a movie playlist. The audience will have the opportunity to experience the creation of world-renowned art objects, the passion of Georgian dance, the brilliance of artists and the road to world-fame, love for art. The films will be screened free of charge on the evenings of April 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd in the cinema theatre “Gaisma”.
A major event in the Latvian fine arts scene will be the exhibition "Blumbergs / Kustība" by Ilmārs Blumbergs, which will be on view from April 3rd at the Museum of Valmiera, Valmiera Drama Theater and the Valmiera St. Sīmanis church. Ilmars Blumbergs, a Latvian artist, set designer, graphic artist and thinker, embodies the superhuman and real in his works, breaking down the need for time, while pointing to the fragility of human life as it flows. The format of the exhibition is also unusual - it is based on the movement of the circle, leading from one venue to the next, offering continuity and seeming permanence.
During the Valmiera Art Days, dancers and collective leaders of national and contemporary dance will gain new skills. Classical and contemporary dance masterclasses will be conducted by Latvian and American professionals in a unique collaboration between the UCSB Dance Company from the USA and the Latvian Academy of Culture contemporary dance program. Participants will develop techniques of contemporary dance, jazz, as well as of the Jose Limon contemporary dance. Dance lovers will be invited to attend the UCSB Dance Company contemporary dance concert "United in Dance" on April 23rd.
Dance has also become urban. Ballet on the Iron Bridge, an acrobat in the Kazu rapids, artistic gymnast at St. Sīmanis church in Valmiera – 13 locations in Valmiera transformed into a stage for dancers at the end of February, captured in photographs by Estonian artist Albert Kerstn. Photographs of the art project will be on display at the exhibition.
The artists will also need more than canvas. On April 25th, five new Art benches will be unveiled in Valmiera and the collection will be supplemented by paintings on benches by Pēteris Līdaka, Ieva Iltnere, Kristīne Kutepova and the students of Valmiera Design and Art school.
From April 9th until May 5th, in the Vecpuišu park the exhibition of environmental objects in the competition of art objects “Movement” organized by Valmiera Design and Art school will take place.
Meanwhile on April 17th– a special sound will be heard at the concert of the Latvian National symphony orchestra (LNSO) double bass orchestra “16 Double Basses and Alice in Wonderland”. LNSO chief double bassist Oskars Bokanovs, along with his friends from far and wide, will surprise with the double bass solo, duets, quartets and finally - the double bass orchestra. The program includes music from a variety of styles and eras - from Vivaldi to film music, from tango to Czech engravings, new works by Gundega Šmite and Dimitris Maronidis. The instrument will reveal its melodic and virtuoso strings, creating a real celebration for everyone.
On April 12th, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, a concert of organ music by the artist Larisa Carjkova will be performed at St. Sīmanis church.
Interested people are invited to a concert on April 14 - meeting with guitarist and composer Aivars Hermanis. Musical compositions will mix with the artist's narrative of the time when popular and rock music was born and developed in Latvia, his contemporaries, and the influence of world music.
Everyone is also invited to become not only a spectator but also a participant of Valmiera Art Days. On April 8th, guests will be able to try out the screen printing technique by creating their own special shirt design at the new co-production workshop "DARE". Meanwhile on April 19th there will be a master class for children, creating compositions from unusual material such as shadow. But what compositions the chefs create will be on display and available for tasting during the Valmiera Restaurant Week, April 18th - April 25th.
CANCELED INDEFINITELY due to coronavirus pandemic: Valmiera Restaurant week18th April (2020) - 25th April (2020)
a true gastronomic delight, with a springy taste.
Latvian Mountain Bike Marathon 2020. Stage I. Cēsis - Valmiera26th April (2020)
Festival “Cinema Pedal”8th May (2020) - 9th May (2020)
From May 8th until the 9th Valmiera will host the bicycle and cinema festival “Kino Pedālis” (“Bicycle Pedal”). On it’s 5th birthday, the festival will offer exciting short-film programs in specially designed cinemas, program for children, as well as bicycle trips in 3 different routes: Family pedal (~15 km), Half-pedal (~ 25 km), Grand Pedal (~ 55 km).
CANCELED! Museum night events16th May (2020)
The Museum Night in Valmiera will take place on May 16th. During the event guests will be able to enjoy various concerts, movies and creative workshops, as well as visit exhibitions of works of art and permanent expositions.
Vidzeme Entrepreneurs’ days 202022nd May (2020) - 23rd May (2020)
On May 22nd and 23rd, in the Valmiera town square, between the Valmiera Culture centre and shopping mall “Valleta” the traditional “Vidzemes Uzņēmēju dienas” (‘Vidzeme Entrepreneur days”) will be held – an event, that has become annual and highly anticipated among locals and guests from nearby regions and abroad.
Etno festival “SVIESTS 2020”13th June (2020)
On June 13th, in Valmiera, already for the 10th time the year’s most anticipated event in Valmiermuiža will take place – ethno festival “SVIESTS” (“BUTTER”). During the event, visitors will be able to visit and explore both annual celebrations, creative workshops and homemade market “Gardu muti”, as well as enjoy the performances from folk dance collectives and folk music concerts.
Latvian championship in swimming19th June (2020) - 21st June (2020)
From June 19th until June 21st the Valmiera swimming pool will host the Latvian open swimming championship, in which the athletes for 3 days will battle for the Latvian championship in both individual events and relays
Running-walk “Rīga - Valmiera”20th June (2020)
The start for the Running-walk will be given by the Freedom Monument in Rīga. The finish of the 107 km long distance will be at the Valmiera St. Sīmanis church.
Valmiera City Festival24th July (2020) - 26th July (2020)
From July 24th un the 27th Valmiera will celebrate it’s 737th birthday. There will be festive concerts for every taste, sporty, creative and cognitive activities both for the small ones and adults, as well as the traditional craftsmen and home made goods market.
Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival7th August (2020) - 9th August (2020)
The Valmiera Summer Theatre festival invites guests to unusual places in the urban environment, which, from August 7th until the 9th, will transform into temporary stages and will let everyone discover the city and it’s secrets. This year the festival will create a special atmosphere for families.
International floorball tournament “Latvian Open 2020”19th August (2020) - 23rd August (2020)
From August 19th until the 23rd in Valmiera, the Vidzeme Olympic centre and Kocēni sports house for the 14th time will host the international floorball tournament “Latvian Open 2020”, gathering teams from various countries.
The basketball tournament "Valmiera Summer Cup"24th August (2020) - 29th August (2020)
Shortly before the beginning of the basketball season, from August 24th until the 29th, in Valmiera, the Vidzeme Olympic centre will host the traditional youth basketball tournament “Valmiera Summer Cup”. The tournament will be held for the sixth time.
Miķeļ-days festivities and market “Gardu muti”19th September (2020)
In these parts of the country the traditional “Miķeļdienas” festivities and market “Gardu muti” will take on September 19th, in the Valmiermuiža park. The completion of the grand works will be commemorated with festivities and a tasty meal from all the treats gathered during the summer.
Sportlat Valmiera marathon20th September (2020)
On the third Sunday of September, on September 20th, Valmiera will host the Valmiera marathon, which annually brings together both big and small active lifestyle lovers and sports enthusiasts from Latvia and other countries.
Simjūds Fair in Valmiera10th October (2020)
On October 10th Valmiera will host one of it’s most anticipated events – the “Simjūda” fair, in which annually merchants from near and far come together and sell self-cultivated and cherished autumn harvest and other goods.
The Valmiera Music school centenary concert10th October (2020) 17:00
Throughout the whole year the Valmiera Music school, celebrating its centenary, invites guests to various concerts, meanwhile the Valmiera Music school centenary closing concert will take place on October 10th, at 5PM, in the Valmiera Culture centre. Let’s celebrate together!
Valmieras Restaurant week7th November (2020) - 14th November (2020)
From November 7th until the 14th, Valmiera will host the Valmiera Restaurant week, which is beloved by gourmet and during which every visitor will have the opportunity to experience a real gastronomic experience with various autumn goods.
Restaurant "Rātes Vārti"
Valmiermuiža Beer Kitchen
The National Celebration Events in Valmiera11th November (2020) - 18th November (2020)
From November 11th until the 18th, Valmiera will host events dedicated to the national holidays and the 102nd anniversary of Latvia, offering a wide range of events for both locals and guests of Valmiera.
Christmas Market in Valmiera12th December (2020)
On December 12, the Valmiera Town Square and the courtyard of the castle will traditionally host a Christmas market that will delight every visitor with the masterpieces of various merchants and amateurs.
Winter Solstice celebration and the fair “Gardu muti”19th December (2020)
During the Winter solstice festivities and in the fair “Gardu muti”, on december 19th, home-makers and craftsmen from near and far will come to Valmiermuiža Park, offering a variety of crafts, master classes, brews for different tastes, as well as smoked goods and other benefits for the festive table. By discovering the traditions of celebrating festivities, guests will be able to sing, celebrate and play during the eve of the festivities.