Kaziukas Fair (Kaziuko Mugė in Lithuanian) is the largest annual folk arts and crafts fair in the Baltic countries. For most craftsmen, this fair is on their must-do list, because it attracts thousands of visitors and other craftsmen from all over the country or region (such countries as Russia, Latvia and Poland included).
Kaziukas Fair marks the St. Casimir’s Day, March 4, when St. Casimir (the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Prince of the Kingdom of Poland) died. So, the fair is held on the nearest weekend to this date (March 3 – 5 in 2017).
To be honest, Kaziukas Fair is one of the most interesting weekends in Vilnius. It is a time when you have a chance to go to the main Vilnius streets, Old Town or City centre and find a lot of unique hand-made things such as knitted clothes, jewellery, toys, souvenirs, metal crafts, souvenirs or paintings. Also, you can taste a lot of traditional foods and drinks such as white cheese, honey, beer, gira or black bread. However, the most fascinating thing for me is that you have a chance to meet craftsmen or designers in real life and purchase some amazing things without any retailers.
Oh, and don’t forget the must-have souvenir Verbos (‘Palm’ bouquets) which are traditionally made from dried flowers and herbs. On Palm Sunday, these are taken to churches and then you can see how fascinating the colourful ‘sea’ of Verbos looks!
N.B. Don’t forget to bargain! 🙂