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Cēsis 817 celebration Programm

Cesis 817


Friday, 28 July. Festival opening

8.30 pm Star parade in the light of lamps

Valmieras Street - Unity (Vienības) Square - Lenču Street - Castle Park

Everyone from Cesis and Cesis region, companies, institutions, non-governmental organisations, amateur art groups, families, guests of Cesis and others are invited to participate in the parade.


Castle Park

7.30 pm Opening concert with musicians Rūta Dūduma and Emīls Balceris, Jānis Strazds, Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra and conductor Andris Veismanis

8.45 pm Greeting of the festival parade in the Castle Park

9.00 pm “Cesis citizen of the Year 2023” award

9.15 pm Musical group “Musiqq”

10.30 pm Ball with the “Luscious Festival Orchestra”


Unity (Vienības) Square

8.30 pm Greeting the participants of the parade

9.00 pm - 02.00 am Ball with DJ Alexx Rea at Unity (Vienības) Square


Saturday, 29 July. Cesis City Festival

8.00 am The brass band “Cesis” wakes up the citizens of Cesis to the festival


Rose (Rožu) Square

10.00 am - 6.00 pm The historic artisan and handicraft market in Rose (Rožu) Square;

Performances of amateur art groups of Cesis region

10.00 am - 6.00 pm Artisan and handicraft market in Riga Street and Livu Square

5.00 pm Concert “Musical Journey” at St John's Church,

participants Lelde Krastiņa (organ) and Ilze Petrovska (cello)

8.00 pm - 12.00 am Open air dances with the brass orchestra “Cēsis” and friends


May (Maija) Park

11.00 am - 3.00 pm Solitaire tournament

12.00 am - 4.00 pm Chess tournament

11.00 am - 4.00 pm Design market in the art space “Mala”

11.00 am - 3.00 pm “Lazy Flea Market” in the Skola6 courtyard

11.00 am - 6.00 pm Exhibition of portraits of the Honorary Chief Conductors and Chief Group Leaders of the Song and Dance Festival in Church (Baznīcas) Square

11.00 am - 3.00 pm Exhibition of paintings, photographs and published books by the association “Harmonija”. Instrumental duo “Nostalgija”. 7 Riga Street


Castle Square

Programme for children and families

11.00 am Morning exercise with fairy tale characters

11.30 am Cesis Theatre performance “Heijā Vardulēn!”

12.45 am Concert of children’s vocal groups

2.00 pm Concert by students of A. Kalniņš Cesis Music Secondary School

3.15 pm Marta Ritova and Gustavs Kalējs

“Zīmētprieks” creative workshops and Mārtiņš bubble attractions

Delicious treats and activities


Castle Park

6.00 pm A. Kalniņš Cesis Music Secondary School

Concert by students of the Popular and Jazz Music Department

7.00 pm Ieva Kerēvica and big band “Cesis”

8.00 pm Musical group “Rimdari”

9.00 pm Musical group “Labveligais Tips”

11.00 pm Open air dances with “Stradivari”

2.00 am - 4.00 am Ball with DJ Vento


Unity (Vienības) Square

Starting at 10.00 am Cesis classic car club parade ride around Cesis and classic car exhibition in Unity (Vienības) Square

1.13 pm Summer skiing “Blossoming skis”

2.00 am - 6.00 pm Festival studio “Cesis 2025” with Jānis Romanovskis and guests. Inspiring discussions, challenges, games, musical greetings.

8.00 pm - 12.00 am “Brumo Silent Disco. Silent party” with DJ Brumo, DJ [Ex] da Bass and DJ Vento

12.00 am - 4.00 am Ball with DJ DidzisKo



Sport activities all day long:

10.00 am - 4.00 am Volleyball

10.00 am - 8.00 pm Sunny Streetball Basketball tournament

11.00 am - 1.00 pm 4 Seasons Run - Summer

11.00 am - 3.00 pm Floorball 3x3


Competition in the skatepark

1.00 pm - 6.00 pm Dynami:t jam | Registration from 11.00 am

11.00 am - 4.00 pm BTA Pump Track Championship at 1 Valmieras Street

Competition in the Children and Youth Centre courtyard

10.00 am - 5.00 pm Latvian Radio Model Off-Road Cup


Sunday, 30 July. Relaxation and sports day

Sports activities at the city stadium:

10.00 am - 6.00 pm Volleyball

10.00 am - 12.00 pm Walking Football

11.00 am - 1.30 pm Basketball shooting contests

1.30 pm Basketball All-Star game Cēsis - Priekuļi

12.00 pm Cesis Region motorsport drivers parade in the streets of Cesis

12.30 pm - 4.00 pm Autocross, rallycross, folkrace, rally, sprint and other motorsport car exhibitions in the Old Market Square.

Party with autocross driver Mareks Daine, also known as DJ [Ex] da Bass, and DJ Dominox.

11.00 am Dog show and other activities with dogs in the square near Niniera Street. Organised by International dog breeders club from the Baltics.

Cesis Tourism Information Center

Address: Baznīcas laukums 1, Cēsis

Latvija, LV-4101

Tel. +371 28318318

Working hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10.00-17.00

Monday, Sunday CLOSED