Vilnius is getting ready for an experience you won’t soon forget. Visit the Lithuanian capital from 31 August to 2 September and get a crash course in Lithuanian art, music, and traditions, all while celebrating the biggest city festival – the Capital Days (Sostinės Dienos).
Taking place on the first weekend of September, the annual event marks the beginning of the cultural year and offers a spotlight onto both Lithuanian and international artists.
Start with Cathedral Square where the main concerts will be taking place. Discover famous local bands or check out the headliners, British indie rockers Everything Everything. Each performance is free of charge, so dance to your heart’s content.
Visit the buzzing Gediminas Avenue – the main street of Vilnius’ Old Town will be filled with a colourful market, a designer pop-up shop, music performances in the squares, and many other fun activities. This is your place to get the best souvenirs or maybe even start thinking about those Christmas gifts.
Stop by for amazing gourmet street food at Good Food Bank (Gero maisto krantas) and stay there to chill and listen to some ethnic music, jazz, and rock. Food, music, and boats sailing the Neris River – a perfect recipe for relaxation.
Once the evening comes, watch Dancing in the Neris (Šokantys Neryje), the unique video projection and laser show on water that tells the tale of the Neris River. You’ll be able to find the perfect spot between the Mindaugas and Green bridges. The show will take place four times a night on 31 August and 1 September from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Coming as a family? Visit Lukiškių Square; it’s filled with activities for children and adults alike. If chess is your game, don’t forget to register for the chess tournament with Peter Heine Nielsen.
It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a perfect weekend filled with activities while celebrating the beginning of autumn in Vilnius.
Gedimino avenue from the Cathedral Square to the Lukiškės Square
August 31, Friday, from 12.00 pm until 11.30 pm
September 01, Saturday, from 10.00 am until 11.30 pm
September 02, Sunday, from 10.00 am until 9.00 pm