November just started and we present you our monthly article aiming to advise you what to do if you visit Vilnius in November.
To be honest, November is not the most beautiful time of the year in Vilnius. After the colorful and chilly October, in November, most of the days are cold and rainy, sky is cloudy and grey. Although November in Lithuanian language is lapkritis and it means the falling leaves, in reality, the leaves are already fallen. On the other hand, don’t be scared, the melancholy and calmness that can be felt in the city have its’ own charm. Furthermore, as it is too cold to stay outside, a lot of indoor activities are organized in the city.
So if you just decided to visit Vilnius this month, here are our tips what to expect from November in Vilnius form weather, to festivals and historical events.
1st of November- All Saints day
While on the Eve of All Saints day many people in the world loudly celebrate Halloween with creepy costumes, carved pumpkins and tricks, the next day in Lithuania is welcomed with calmness and peace.
All Saints day in the Christian world is a celebration of all saints and especially those who do not have its’ own feast day. In Lithuania, it is a public holiday dedicated to remember and honor the souls of passed away. Most of Lithuanians call it “Velines” which was the celebration in pagan times that honored the souls of dead ancestors with special rituals. Though the years these rituals became traditions that are still live today. Usually, a lot of Lithuanians leave their homes and visit the graves of their relatives thinking about those that passed away. The cemeteries are gorgeous that night, the tombs are decorated with flowers and lit by candles.
Visit cemeteries in Vilnius
The best way to spend this day is to visit any cemetery in Vilnius. The sight of hundreds of graveside candles glowing in the dark creates romantic and mysterious atmosphere. Here is the list of the most famous cemeteries in Vilnius where a lot of Lithuanian famous people rest in peace.
- Rasu Cemetery that is the oldest cemeteries in Vilnius
- Bernadine’s Cemetary- the second oldest in Vilnius
- Antakalnio Cemetery – the biggest cemetery in Vilnius
From 21st of October till 7th of November: Contemporary music festival “Gaida”
When it is cold and dark outside, it is a perfect time for indoor culture!
Gaida is the biggest modern music festival not only in Lithuania but in all Baltic States. This year it offers a wide range of concerts and organized meetings with Composers. For the locals, it is a good opportunity to get familiar with the modern musicians from all over the world, for the city guests, it can be interesting to listen to wide range of music genres from Lithuanian symphonic orchestra to electronic music performed by Lithuanian artists.
More information about the festival, the program of concerts can be found here.
From 6th November till 12th of November: Vilnius Gastronomy Week
If you visit Vilnius this week, don’t miss an opportunity to taste Vilnius Gastronomy Week dishes. November traditionally becomes gourmet discoveries month. Already the fourth year, the gastronomy week will take place in different restaurants of Vilnius that will offer a wide range of dishes dedicated to food gourmets and those who want to discover a higher food culture.
Some restaurants in Vilnius this week will offer a special Gastronomy menu for 10 eur, 20 eur and 30 eur. You can choose the restaurant with appropriate budget. Find the list of the restaurants here.
This page is in Lithuanian only, but don’t get scared, you can find the names of restaurants that participate in this week. Make sure you register by telephone or email for a gourmet course in advance!
From 9th November till 11th of November: Baltic Food and Beverage exhibition BAF
November traditionally becomes the month of tastes, therefore we introduce you one more event, dedicated to food gourmets. The purpose of the exhibition is to introduce new food products, beverages, spices of higher quality to Baltic market.
Click here, to find out more.
From 9th of November till 12th of November: XV Vilnius Gospel music festival
You just came back from gastronomy week, your belly is filled with high-quality food, so why not to relax with some gospel music!
This year, the XV Vilnius Gospel Music festival will invite choirs from various Lithuanian cities and, also, guests from Sweeden and USA to perform gospel music.
The opening festival concert will take place in ST. Johns church on the 9th of October at 7 pm and is free of charge.
You can find more information about the festival here. The page is in Lithuanian language, so if you need some help with translation, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
From 15th of November till 19th of November: International Jazz Festival “Vilnius Mama Jazz”
If you visit Vilnius on the second part of November and you are a fan of jazz music, don’t miss this festival on these days.
Since 2002 Vilnius Mama Jazz festival became one of the largest autumn events in the capital. The festival invites world-famous performers together with Lithuanian jazz maestros to perform.
The festival takes place at Lithuanian National Drama theatre (part of the concerts are held in its lobby and are free of charge), live music club Tamsta and Russian Drama Theatre.
One of the main innovations of the festival is the discussion platform Vilnius Mama Jazz Margins that invites performers and academic community to discuss current trends of jazz music and to understand its’ values for society.
More about the festival, it’s program, tickets, and prices you can find here
Last tips about the weather
If you visit Vilnius in November, be prepared for cool weather. Have in mind that November is usually cold, cloudy, windy and humid. The first part of the month is usually warmer and lighter, but further you go, the darker and colder it becomes. The chance of a wet day remains around 24%.
The length of the daylight is also rapidly decreasing. At the beginning of the month, the days are about 9 hours long, but in the end, only 7 hours 41 min are light. Plan that about 3-4 pm it will start getting dark.
So before your trip to Vilnius, check the weather forecast very carefully and be prepared: bring a windproof jacket, umbrella and most importantly, for your personal comfort bring warm coat and shoes.
If you need more specific information about the things to do in Vilnius this month such as concerts, conferences, performances, don’t hesitate to contact us at info(eta)vilniusfreetour.lt