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Cēsis 811 – Let’s celebrate with the taste!

The biggest and most waited annual event - city celebration "Cēsis 811" - this year will be celebrated WITH THE TASTE! 🎉 Events will take part from 21st to 23rd of July by pointing out the adventures of ganstonomy. Many of traditions from the previous city celebrations will be held in honor this year as well, but especially important meaning will be given to the "taste" of celebration because Cēsis is a part of Rīga-Gauja region as a European Gastronomy region 2017.


Friday 21st of July

Rock Music Festival “FONO Cesis” at the Cēsis Castle Park.

Opening Concert of the 1st International Hand bell Festival in the Vidzeme concert hall “Cesis”.

Live Music Concert at the Rožu (Rose) square

Saturday, 22nd of July

Rock Music Festival “FONO Cesis” at the Cēsis Castle Park.

Gastronomic mystery “Park on a tray” at the Maija (May) park. Different masterpieces of several restaurants accompanied by orchestra music and fountain performances.

Historical Hansa market in the Cēsis Castle garden. There will be handicrafts and other goods from the local craftsman and also from different Hanseatic cities. Musical and creative performances of artists, musicians and storytellers will give an opportunity to see how people lived back in 1375. In the market will be possible to buy, sell and bargain different goods.

Fashion and style performances at the Castle square. Fashion show of different styles, performances, market and workshop of accessories.

Cheese and Beer Festival at the Rožu (Rose) square. Activities, quizzes and degustation provided by Latvian Cheese club and local brewery “Cēsu Alus”.  Dances and music together with orchestra and local folk dance groups.

Musical terrace on Rauna street by the Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”. Choir music, chamber orchestra and vocal ensemble concerts.

1st International Handbell Festival on Ķiršu Street. Concerts and masterclasses provided by different bell ensembles from Texas, Liepāja, Ventspils, Rīga, Jelgava and Cēsis.

Crafts market at the Old town.

Highlight of the celebration – evening parade and fireworks

Sunday, 23rd of July

Sports activities at Cēsis city. Motorsport competition “Zelta mopēds”, Ghetto games festival, Summer skiing etc.


*Festive program will be supplemented and clarified

Video: Jurģis Rudmiezis;
Music: Group from Cēsis "Franco Franco" - "Up"

"Cēsis 811" is supported by local brewery "Cēsu alus" and the project "Hansa values for sustainable cooperation (HANSA)" that works for bringing Hanseatic heritage closer to nowadays - in cooperation with 11 Latvian, Estonian and Swedish partners, which is implemented by the European Regional Development Fund of the Central Baltic Program 2014-2020 support. Cēsis city celebration is a part of events happening on Rīga-Gauja region as a European Gastronomy region 2017. 

Last years'celebration "Cēsis 810" gathered more than 60'000 visitors from Latvia and abroad. Cēsis was founded in 1206 and it is the third oldest town in Latvia.


Cēsis Tourism information center

Pils laukums 9, Cēsis

Latvia, LV-4101

Tel. +371 64121815, +371 28318318


From 1st of May till 30th of September

Monday - Sunday

10:00 - 18:00