Latvian Song and Dance FestivalOne of the key cultural events in Latvia, which started back in 1873 as a singing festival. Now the festival involves live performances of various choirs, folk dance groups, brass bands etc. Competitions, exibitions, concerts, parades and joint concerts are some of the cultural events. Riga is full with people wearing traditional costumes and cheerful people from all Latvia. It is held once in five years. The last Latvian Song and Dance Festival (http://www.dziesmusvetki2...) took place from 6th to 12th July, 2008 in Riga.
International Baltic Balet Festival
(http://www.ballet-festival.lv/) in april/may.
Country music festival
(http://www.cma.lv/) - held annually in bauska, around middle july for 2 days. european and us country musicans. camping on the site possible.
(http://www.saulkrastijazz.lv/) - yearly jazz festival, which is held at the end of july. latvian and massive number of foreign musicians are performing live by the sea. weekly gigs culminate in one final concert. saulkrasti can be easily reached from the riga main train terminal by train.
International Music Festival “Riga Rythms”
(http://www.rigasritmi.lv/) usually held at the beginning of july in riga.
(http://www.liepajasdzinta...) - the end of august is the time for famous liepaja music festival.
Finding work is possible, especially if you are a citizen of an EU country; however, salaries are low. Job advertisements are posted in Latvian newspapers such as Diena in its Tuesday or Saturday edition. Some ads are in English, German, Russian, or French.
For information on obtaining a residence permit, see Office of Citizenship & Migration Affairs
Latvia has one of the longest sand beaches in Europe. In July and August the water is warm enough to swim comfortably. The sea has a very slow slope. As a best natural beach is listed the coast southwards from Liepaja because it is a coast of open sea not a gulf with cleaner water, brighter sand, and not too many people, because it's not close to massive population. With stable air temperature 30°C, water temperature is about 20°C, which is very refreshing when you take an intensive sunbath. You practically don't need to wash after swimming, because the salt level is pleasantly low.
sports and outdoor activities
Due to low population density, large parts of Latvia are covered by forests and wetlands and there are many national parks and nature preserves. The largest one is the densely forested Gauja National Park in the River Gauja valley. Slitere National Park has the stunning beach of Cape Kolka, where the Gulf of Riga meets the Baltic Sea. Latvia is popular for bird watching. There are also many trekking opportunities at all difficulty levels, from short walks in old parks up to several day camping and boating trips. It is popular to go for a stroll in the autumn to watch the different shades of colour, when the trees turn red and yellow. Popular places for such activities are Sigulda and Vidzemes Augstiene.
There are a lot of possibilities for winter sports - snowboarding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing etc. Major ski facilities include Ramkalni, Baili, and Zviedru Cepure. Some of the slopes are open late at night. They are not accessible via public transport.
As rivers get more water from melting snow, kayaking down rivers is among the favorite pastimes for young people. It usually gets warmer after Easter.