Lithuania is the kind of country to visit during the summer. It’s so far north that the winter here can be incredibly snowy and icy, which while beautiful, may not be the most comfortable or easiest to go. On the contrary, during the summer, Lithuania is lush, green and warm, and is positively tied to energy. These summer festivals in Lithuania are just a few of the many events that take place across the country between May and September this year. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap flights to Vilnius from all over Europe.
List of Summer Festivals in Lithuania
1. Sea Festival
The Klaipeda City’s Sea Festival is held every July and is the busiest and largest summer festival in Lithuania. The event runs for three full days and more than half a million people flock to the harbor to dance and listen to music. People all over Europe travel here every year, so pre-booking is important. On the last weekend of July, the sea is traditionally paid homage, as Klaipeda hosts the great sea festival, which offers hundreds of events. An extremely cheerful summer weekend attracts people to the sea, also known as summer Christmas. The aim of the festival is to promote the navy by entertaining people. Concerts, performances, and plays are held in the city during the Maritime Festival.
Where: Klaipeda City
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2. Kaunas Jazz
Since Lithuania’s first independence from communist Russia in 1991, the Kaunas Jazz Festival has attracted thousands of jazz lovers from all over the world. This international festival has been held since 1991 in Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania. It was originally held in the spring, but concerts are also given today in the fall and before Christmas. This popular summer festival in Lithuania offers different styles and genres of jazz. Jazz groups and performers (e.g. Kurt Elling, Victor Wooten, Jan Garbarek, Bobby McFerrin) from more than 20 countries attended the festival.
3. Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival
This international jazz festival is held every summer for lovers of so-called world music, jazz, and light music, of different ages and musical tastes. In 1994, the first Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival was held. Its birth is connected to the Department of Jazz Music of the University of Klaipeda, which is the cradle of professional jazz and light music performers. This explains why this genre is so popular in Klaipeda and throughout Western Lithuania. The Klaipeda Castle was chosen as a symbol and venue for the festival with the aim of spreading the message about the reconstruction of the castle that had begun at that time. Today, the concerts are always held outdoors and are free, and the celebrated guests of the festival hold classes of excellence for the students of Klaipeda University.
4. Rock Nights
Held annually in August, the warm weather is the backdrop for a good pace. Thousands of visitors come to Lithuania for music, but they offer many other entertainment options, such as drawing, spas, workshops, and dancing. The spirit, style, and form of the festival, held every August, is mostly reflected in its name. In addition to concerts by dozens of Lithuanian and foreign rock bands and solo performers, this one of the best summer festivals in Lithuania also offers visitors other entertainment programs: dancing, drawing, mastering crafts, making their own music, relaxing in a sauna and hot tub, and much more. Therefore, you can definitely take your family with you.
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5. Blues Nights
Blues Nights is a festival held in early July in Varnai on Lake Lukas. The beautiful beaches transform into a modern Woodstock-type landscape, where tents cover the area with fireworks and games such as basketball. This is another festival whose name says a lot about it. Born in 1993, this major summer festival in Lithuania is always held on the first weekend of July, always in the same place – in Varniai, on Lake Lūkštas. The story of the Blue Nights began here, in a shed with a wooden shingle roof. Today, the shores of Lake Lūkštas are transformed into a mud pair, reminiscent of the legendary rock festival in Woodstock, USA. During this most popular summer festival in Lithuania, it is customary to hold fireworks, make so-called “blues soup” (fish soup), and organize football, volleyball, and basketball tournaments.
6. Pazaislis Music Festival
The Pažaislis Music Festival, held every summer since 1996 in Kaunas and other regions of Lithuania, is considered to be the best music festival in Europe. It is unique in that it combines classical and old music with jazz, blues, and popular music by contemporary composers from different countries, performed in the Pažaislis Monastery, considered one of the best pieces of the Middle Baroque, as well as in other architectural and heritage sites. The Pažaislis Music Festival is also famous as the venue for the first evening performances, with the latest works by Lithuanian composers every year. Moreover, the Festival welcomes projects that combine drama, dance, fine arts, and fine arts. Many concerts are free. Since 2006, Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, has been the patron of the festival.
Where: Various Cities of Lithuania
7. Vilnius International Film Festival
The Vilnius International Film Festival is one of the most popular film events in Europe. Each majestic celebration in March brings together enthusiastic film lovers, critics, producers, and actors from across the continent and around the world. It started in 1995 but quickly came to the fore, attracting more than 50,000 people a year. The festival is also held in other cities in Lithuania.
When: Early Summer
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8. Street Music Day
On the first Saturday in May, Street Music Day is considered one of the biggest events in the country. Parks, gardens, streets, concert halls, and schools broadcast music, making it one of the most memorable days on the Lithuanian calendar. On the first Saturday in May, thousands of people, professional musicians, and amateurs will go out to the streets, courtyards, parks, and squares to play music. Street Music must unite all those who speak the more universal language of the world, the language of music – this was the idea of musician and actor Andrius Mamontovas, the initiator of the festival. Armed with a variety of instruments, people play rock, classical, jazz, avant-garde, and folklore and beat African rhythms. Lithuanians from all over the world are invited to the festival.
Where: Various Cities of Lithuania
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