Festival “Cēsis 812. Let’s celebrate with our friends!”

Place Cesis City, streets and squares


20.07.2018 - 22.07.2018



This year, the city will mark its 812th anniversary together with its close and distant friends. On Friday and Saturday, in the streets, parks, and squares of the old city music will sound, dance steps will rumble, the sale will take place resulting in enjoyment of flavors. Sunday will be spent attending sporting events.

Friday, the 20th of July.  Festive opening.

18.00 – 04.00 at Smilšu Square (Smilšu laukums)

Rock music festival “Fono Cēsis”. Artists: Doni Tondo, Fēlikss Ķiģelis, Linga, Inokentijs Mārpls, Jauno Jāņu orķestris, Astro’n’out, DJ Artis Volfs


20.00 – 00.00 at Cēsis Castle Park

Jazz and Blues evening. Artists: Good Feeling Band, Latvian Blues Band

22.30 Open-air cinema. Latvian movie “Paradīze 89”


22.00 – 02.00 at Rožu Square (Rožu laukums)

Disko party hosted by DJ


Saturday, the 21st  of July. The main day of the celebration

Starting from 08.00 all over the city

City awakening by orchestra march. Orchestra: “Cēsis orķestrmobīlis”


10.00 – 19.00 at Cēsis Old Town

Craftsmen and home producers market. Latvian rural goods and crafts


10.00 – 17.00 at Cēsis Castle Park

The International Custom Bike Show. In collaboration with AMD World Champion of custom bike building and society MC XIII


11.00 – 19.00 at Cēsis Castle Garden

Historic Hanseatic Market. Handicraft skills, traditions and trading


11.00 – 02.00 at Cēsis Castle Square (Pils laukums)

Fashion and style performances . Fashion shows of various styles, musical performances as well as style and accessories workshops

20.00  Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra Concert “Gadalaiki”. Artists: Daniils Bulajevs (violin), Reinis Tomiņš (vibraphone), music director Kaspars Adamsons


10.00 – 19.00  at Cēsis New Castle

Alexandre Vassiliev exhibition “Stage and Costume

12.00 – 15.00 Medieval crafts. Bronze figure making workshop hosted by Matiass Jansons.

To enter it is necessary to buy a ticket for Cēsis New Castle visit


14.00 – 04.00 at Smilšu Square (Smilšu laukums)

Rock Music Festival “Fono Cēsis”. Artists: Comedy LV, Transleiteris, Miks Dukurs, Čipsis un Dullais, Edavārdi, Riga Reggae, Oranžās Brīvdienas, Pērkons, Pienvedēja Piedzīvojumi, DJ Aspirīns


11.00 – 16.00 at Maija Park

Celebration for kids. Science Center ZINOO expert parade, circus show, cheese cake competition, street orchestra concert “Eigen:hulp” (Netherlands) and other activities


10.00-21.00 at Cēsis Skatepark

Cēsis “Dynami:t Jam” skatepark competition. Participants registration starts at 10.00


16.00 – 18.00 at St. John’s Church

Vidzeme Organists Concert. Artist: organist Līga Ivāne (Valmiera), Inga Rācene (Smiltene), Lelde Krastiņa, Sandra Tamane (Cēsis), cello artist Ilze Petrovska (Cēsis). The program includes music from Latvian and foreign composers. Entrance for donations


11.00 – 18.00 Meadow at Niniera street and Ceriņu street junction
Dog Show Cēsis Cup and Dog Sports Games. Demonstrations and contests during all day


22.00 at Rīgas street near Rožu Square (Rožu laukums). Gathering for festive procession


19.00 – 02.00 at Cēsis Castle Park

Celebration with friends. Artists: NewWaves Band (Sweden), Credo (Latvia). After fireworks a ball with the band “RR-Band” will take place

23.30 – 23.00 Lantern procession participants welcoming, Cēsis Citizen Award 2018,  Fireworks


Sunday, the 22nd of July. Leisure and Sports Day


Starting from 11.00 at Raunas street

Floorball tem “Lekrings” Cup 3 against 3


Starting from 11.30 at Pirtsupītes grava

Motocross racing “Zelta mopēds”


Starting from 12.00 at Vienības Square (Vienības laukums)
Ghetto Basket, The strongest city (Latvian Championship series event in Cēsis), Summer Ski Sprint 2018


19.00 at Cēsis Castle Park Stage

Cēsis Art Festival concert “SALUT D’AMOUR”. Soloist Marina Rebeka /soprano, Festival orchestra and director Karels Marks Šīšons. Program: R. Vagner, P. Tchaikovsky, J. Medins, S. Prokofiev. Tickets pre-saleing at “Biļešu Paradīze” ticket centers or online https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/en/events/event/65147

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