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10 must-see Vilnius autumn events

Autumn in Vilnius is special; buzzing with action like a beehive wherever you go. It’s a season filled with music, art performances, marathons, and cultural fusions that take on many forma. You might even get a chance to see one of the Black Panther actresses sitting next to you in a cafe. So, check out our calendar of the most interesting Vilnius autumn events and keep your eyes open while you’re exploring the city; surprises await you at every turn.

Vilnius City Fiesta
When: 31 August – 2 September 2018
Where: Vilnius Old Town
Free admission

One of the most spectacular Vilnius festival welcomes you with hundreds of events, performances, exhibitions, movie nights, food tastings, and fashion shows. It’s your chance to get a crash course in contemporary Lithuanian culture. Jump right into it with no plan; the streets will be filled with action wherever you go.

New Circus Weekend’18
When: 4-9 September 2018
Where: Arts Printing House, Šiltadaržio g. 6
Starting at EUR 12.20

Acrobats, clowns, performance artists, video – this is not your average childhood circus. Local and international troupes at New Circus Weekend present the circus as an art form taking its cues from the theatre arts. It’s a rare chance to see human limits being pushed in contemporary circus performances.

Loftas Fest
When: 7-8 September 2018
Where: Art Factory Loftas, Švitrigailos 29
Voluntary donation to access the festival and separate tickets for the headline shows.

Spend two nights at the only urban city festival in the Baltics. Enjoy great music spread out on four stages, see contemporary urban art, watch night cinema, and taste delicious street food. A vinyl from the market will make for a great souvenir. Rave till dawn!

The Day of The Opera
When: 8 September 2018
Where: The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros a. 3
Free admission

Enjoy a bit of music history and celebrate the Day of the Opera in a palace. Educational activities, opera screenings, and lectures will be interesting for children and adults alike. Fun fact: the first opera was staged in Vilnius on 4 September 1636.

nowJapan 2018
When: 8-9 September 2018
Where: Vilnius Old Town
A lot of free admission events

Travel to Lithuania and end up in Japan? Why not? For one weekend in September, Vilnius becomes the largest Japanese cultural festival in the Baltics. Pop culture, millennial traditions, audio-visual and dance performances, Japanese art, fashion shows, and food – you might end up confusing Vilnius for Tokyo. So get ready to see the streets filled with cosplayers and colourful anime characters.

Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon
When: 9 September 2018
Where: Starting point at Cathedral Square
EUR 3-54

If jogging or running is your thing, test your stamina and strength along with 14,000 people at the Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon. A souvenir medal for finishing any distance will surely earn you bragging rights for the whole year. So choose from the 42, 21, 10, or 4.2 km distances, put on your running shoes and go!

Comic Con Baltics
When: 15-16 September 2018
Where: LITEXPO, Laisvės pr. 5
Starting at EUR 12

Celebrate pop culture at this highly anticipated annual event. The main language of the event is English, so you’ll be sure to talk to the actors and directors on hand, and take part in the various discussion panels. The autograph session is your chance to meet and mingle with the likes of RICK COSNETT (Vampire Diaries) and JANESHIA ADAMS-GINYARD (Black Panther), among many others. Cosplayers, get your costumes ready!

X INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL VILNIAUS FEJERIJA
When: 22 September 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vingis Park
EUR 10.90 – 39.00

Watch the sky bloom with fireworks accompanied by impressive music. Shows by professional teams from all over the world will simply take your breath away. Wear warmer clothes and come earlier to find the perfect spot to watch the show. The fire and laser art will vanish in the air, but the memories of the night are sure to stay in your heart for long.

Game On
When: 2-3 November 2018
Where: LITEXPO, Laisvės pr. 5
EUR 19-56

Game On is an absolute must for all game and sci-fi fans! Gaming culture is big in Lithuania, so join the Fellowship of the Geeks. See if you can come out a winner at the cosplay contest, participate in the conference for game professionals, meet Lithuania’s star creators, or just come for the games – hundreds of them.

Vilnius Gallery Weekend
When: 6-9 September 2018
Where: At various Vilnius art galleries
Free admission

Take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town and stop by the local art galleries opening their doors for the weekend with special exhibitions, performances, and meetings with artists. Explore contemporary Lithuanian art and learn more about the most famous names in the scene.

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