Good news for those heading over to Riga for a stag weekend this summer: there will be a packed schedule of festivals and events to get involved with whilst you are out there. The summer season kicked off last weekend with the popular Yaga Festival, essentially a gathering of 112 DJs and several thousand fun-loving locals in an isolated ‘dream island’ setting. Sounds pretty sweet to us! The biggest festival in the Baltics that has been quickly gaining a foreign following is Positivus and this took place last weekend too, headliners including Keane, SBTRKT and Friendly Fires.
But enough about the past, if you are about to embark on that all-important Riga stag do then you’ll want to know about what’s coming up! Greenfest City Edition 2012 will be taking place a short hop away in Tallinn and apparently is an up and coming festival aimed at young dance and pop enthusiasts. A two-day shindig, headliners this year include Tinie Tempah and I Blame Coco.
Away from the festival side of things all of Riga’s best pubs, bars and clubs continue to do a roaring trade and there’s plenty of areas to relax in the sun with a few beers. Chief amongst them is the I Love You Bar in the Old Town. With its large outdoor seating area and cheap local beer it is extremely popular with stag parties and locals alike. In addition to the top booze, their pizzas aren’t too shabby either. According to one local who I spoke to, there is ‘no better place for a Margherita (or any other pizza) in the Old Town’. Sounds like a bold claim to us, but who are we to argue with a born and bred local lad?!
Do send us your photos if you are heading out to Riga this summer as we’d love to see what you got up to! Pictures of semi-naked women are actively encouraged, of course.