TOP 10 events this summer

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TOP 10 events this summer

If you still need an excuse to spend your summer holiday in Estonia, then check out this list of sports events, festivals and concerts. From opera on a medieval island to the biggest electronic dance musicians on the beach, these events are for the summertime lovers.

Jazzkaar 2018

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

18.04.2018 - 29.04.2018

Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival of the Baltics, held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia since 1990. Jazzkaar is a ten-day festival in April presenting the hottest international and local jazz talents and filling the whole country with great sounds and activities. Combining a unique and versatile program with bold solutions, Jazzkaar creates a great jazz festival with the smallest budget in the Nordic.  Jazzkaar has been granted the EFFE quality label (2015-2016) among the finest festivals of Europe. In 2015 the Estonian music industry chose it as the Best Music Festival in Estonia. In addition to the annual spring festival, Jazzkaar also organizes a Christmas Jazz festival and the concert seasons Winter Jazz and Autumn Jazz. 

Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

16.11.2018 - 02.12.2018

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, or in native Estonian Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival – PÖFF – is one of the largest and most distinctive film events in Northern Europe and belongs to the 15 leading film festivals of the world. The festival embraces a cluster of events, accommodating three full-blown sub-festivals (Animated Dreams, Just Film, Sleepwalkers) as well as international industry events bringing together filmmakers from all over the world. The festival includes two international competition programmes (Main Competition and Tridens First Features Competition), a traditional film festival programme with documentaries and feature films as well as programmes for short films, retrospectives and film related special events (concerts, exhibitions, talks and more).

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Tallinn Marathon

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

07.09.2018 - 09.09.2018

Compared to the big cities of the world, Tallinn is tiny, but Tallinn Marathon makes up for this just fine. Tallinn Marathon introduces our beautiful capital to our guests as the route is attractive and runs through different areas. Nearly twenty thousand runners from more than fifty countries participate each year. The competition centre is located on Freedom Square. The festival lasts for three days and it is possible to participate in different runs: marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, or 5 km. There are also children's races.  

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Weekend Festival Baltic

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

16.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

Largest electronic dance music event in the Nordic countries! Pärnu’s beach offers a unique kind of atmosphere, where one can see and hear the hottest dance and pop music artists.

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Tartu Love Film Festival "tARTuFF"

Tartu maakond, Tartu

13.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

tARTuFF is a unique outdoor film festival taking place in the second biggest city in Estonia - Tartu. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the festival screens a diverse selection of genre and documentary films, focusing on the many facets of love. All films are screened free of charge. The screenings are accompanied by daily lectures and family friendly special events. With its cosy midsummer atmosphere and the biggest open air cinema in the Baltics, tARTuFF has grown to be one of the most beloved summer festivals in Estonia. Welcome to tARTuFF!

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Birgitta Festival 2018

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

09.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

BIRGITTA FESTIVAL The core of Birgitta Festival is the atmosphere. This is a union of the atmosphere of the Pirita convent and a programme of music and performing arts. No other such festival can be found near the Baltic Sea. Every year, over 8,000 people gather here on the ancient riverbank and dive into the magical world of sound for a limited number of days. The large audience of Birgitta Festival is a phenomenon in its own right. The atmosphere with its festivity, many joyful encounters, and unique lighting solutions are what brings them here. Operas and ballets, oratorios and galas, "Tosca" and "La traviata", "Bolero" and "Swan Lake", acknowledged coryphaeuses and wild experiments, guest performances and self-productions, classics and contemporaries – the Birgitta Festival can combine them all. The world's best current and future artists have performed here in the peaceful sea air. For years to come, they will recall the medieval walls in the sunset, the haze of summer nights, walks in the moonlight and torchlight, bright burgundy rugs, and the reflective echo of churchbells. While enjoying the summer evening, creators and spectators become one. Additionally, there are subtitles, comfortable box seats, cosy cafes (Mademoiselle!), and an à la carte restaurant. There is a roof to protect from weather. Art prevails.

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Pärnu Music Festival 2018

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

05.08.2018 - 11.08.2018

The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy will continue the fine tradition of musical festivals in Pärnu that has been established over the decades. Pärnu music festival is primarily focused on orchestral music and the main carrier of this concept is the special world-class Pärnu Festival orchestra. The musicians of the orchestra are high-level professionals from all over the world. Furthermore, the festival presents brilliant soloists, who will perform with orchestra and also as chamber musicians.  The other important aspect of the festival is the teaching - Järvi Academy offers musical education for young musicians via master classes, which are mainly carried out by the same interprets, who perform at the festival. Festival's artistic adviser is Paavo Järvi.

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Tallinn Maritime Days

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

13.07.2018 - 15.07.2018

Tallinn Maritime Days is the largest free marine festival for families that combines events related to nautical life and the port, a conference for tourism and maritime professionals, opportunities to explore various large foreign vessels, concerts, sailing trips, Tallinn Race for yachts, water attractions, shows and other nautical entertainment for the inhabitants and guests of Tallinn.

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Tallinn Music Week

Throughout Estonia

02.04.2018 - 08.04.2018

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is one of the biggest indoor music festivals in the Baltic and Nordic region that presents a line-up of around 200 artists from Estonia and abroad, representing various musical genres. The number of Festival participants from Estonia and elsewhere reaches 25,000. In addition to the main programme of the Festival that takes place in the most important clubs and concert venues of Tallinn, you can also explore the lesser known parts of town during the Tallinn Music Week. Across Tallinn, City Stage concerts take place; you can also participate in the discussion series TMW Talks, the restaurant festival TMW Tastes and the contemporary art programme TMW Arts.

Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

03.08.2018 - 04.08.2018

The Leigo Lake Music Festival is a perfect example of how to bring together nature and music to create unique and truly memorable experiences. Concerts on a variety of stages showcase music from classical to rock, with the summer's evening culminating in a Leigo-style display of fireworks - both traditional and of the floating tea light variety. The performances and the venue both add to one another to create something very special.

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XXVI Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

26.07.2018 - 29.07.2018

The festival takes place every July in the castle park and centre of Viljandi. It is the strongest expression of a special mindset originating from the early 1990s. This mindset values tradition, heritage, and a local identity and tries to adapt the spiritual values collected over hundreds and thousands of years with the modern way of living – all of this to keep the traditions alive and thereby strengthen our national characteristics.  Viljandi Folk Music Festival has become one of the largest festivals of this kind in the Baltic and Nordic countries over the years. 

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Saaremaa Opera Days 2018

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

19.07.2018 - 28.07.2018

For the tenth summer, Saaremaa and its enchanting nature will host the Opera Days in its capital. Music enthusiasts will be happy to see that an opera house, which seats up to 2,000 people, will be re-erected in the courtyard of the bishop's castle from the 13th century. The guest of the Opera Days is an Opera Theatre Krefeld Mönchengladbach from Germany, who will perform Wagner's "Lohengrin", Verdi's "A Masked Ball", Mascagni's "Cavalleria rusticana", Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi", and the grandiose stage work of Carl Orff, "Carmina burana".

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Last updated : 12.06.2018

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