At the Riga City Festival, which will take place from August 16th to 18th, people will have the opportunity to attend and participate in a diverse range of active recreation and sports activities, including the traditional 24-hour basketball tournament “Battle of the Riverbanks”, rowing festival “Come and Row!”, international dog agility competition, Riga Cup sailing competition, as well as several new activities. For the first time during the Riga City Festival there will be a Freeport of Riga SUP Festival “SUPiāde” and the Beach Games.
This year, Riga City Festival will include a completely new event – the Freeport of Riga SUP Festival “SUPiāde”, which will take place from August 16th to 18th at Kronvalda Park and in the Riga Canal next to the Freeport of Riga Authority building as part of the Freeport of Riga Festival. On Friday evening there will be a SUP carnival, and on Saturday visitors will have the opportunity all throughout the day to follow the two main events –Latvian SUP Sprint Championship and “SUPiāde” Team Relay Race. At Kronvalda Park there will be a Festival village with a recreation area and the Freeport of Riga interactive stand and “Street Food” stands will placed in the territory, visitors will be able to watch “SUPiāde” demonstrations and carnival, as well as the performance by band “Bur Mani” and the fountain show “The Story of Water in the Moonlight”.
During the Riga City Festival a lot of the activities will be combined in the Beach Games. Participants will have the opportunity to test their abilities in competitions of different sports – swimming, skateboarding, beach volleyball, sailing, pétanque, triathlon, beach football, floorball, dodgeball, crossminton, beach handball, running, Nordic walking, beach tennis, aquathlon and SUP rowing. For the most part the competitions will take place at Lucavsala Recreational Park, but a couple of the sports activities will have different locations. Sailing will take place in Daugava Aquatorium, while the floorball, football and handball competitions will take place in Ķīpsala.
At the Riga City Festival people will have a chance to participate in a sports activity that is unusual for the summer – skating madness “Kurbads 2019” that will take place in “Kurbads” ice hall. There the participants will be able to compete and fight for the prizes in the obstacle course skating race, ice golf and the skating relay race.
Active recreation will be a guarantee for the participants of the city orienteering game “Discovering Legends of Pharmacy”. The game will take place in Old Riga and it is designed as a walking adventure, during which participants have to find different places and solve tasks related to facts about the history of pharmacy.
During the Festival it will be possible to attend and participate in several sports activities that have already become traditions. There will be the 24-Hour Basketball Tournament “Battle of the Riverbanks” at the square by Riga Congress Hall, the international dog agility competition “Riga Cup 2019” at Lucavsala Recreational Park, the competition for the Riga Cup in sailing in Daugava River by Vanšu Bridge, but in the City Canal by Latvia’s National Opera House the rowing festival “Come and Row!” will take place.
This year, Riga City Festival will be dedicated to Riga’s legends, because legends and history flow throughout the streets of Old Riga and its historical buildings, miraculously coming back to life every time Riga celebrates. Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration of the Riga City Festival, during which visitors will be able to explore the city’s legends, stories and tales, learn about the rich history of the capital and enjoy the diverse programme of cultural and sports activities.