TOP events this season

Source: Aron Urb, Visit Estonia

TOP events this season

If you still need an excuse to spend your holiday in Estonia, then check out this list of sports events, festivals and concerts. From marathons to music and film festivals, these events are for the holiday lovers.

FIA World Rally Championship Rally Estonia

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

15.07.2021 - 18.07.2021

For the second time in the history of world of rallying – FIA World Rally Championship comes to Estonia. Rally Estonia will be hosting world top drivers from WRC teams on curvy and bumpy roads of South-Estonia. To top up the competition, all the best drivers from Baltics, Russia and Scandinavia will also enter to the event. The 3-day event will keep the whole family entertained with unbeatable fan experience in the rally world. By implementing innovative solutions the rally will be made even more convenient and safe for the spectators to watch from the spectator areas. The start and finish ceremony will take place on the territory of the Estonial National Museum in Tartu, where also Service Park and Rally HQ are located and a Special Stage is run on 2 days.

Saaremaa Opera Days

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

20.07.2021 - 24.07.2021

Saaremaa Opera Days, which take place in the middle of the summer in the historical courtyard of Kuressaare Castle, is the most popular opera festival in the Baltic states. An opera house is erected for this occasion, seating up to 2,000 people. Over the years, Saaremaa Opera Days have welcomed a number of famous theatres, including Moscow Helikon Opera, Black American Opera from Broadway, the Hungarian State Opera, the Shanghai Opera from China, and many more. Due to the location and high-quality programme, Saaremaa Opera Days is an exotic festival and visiting it has become a great privilege.

Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

22.07.2021 - 25.07.2021

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. 

Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Lobotka küla

07.08.2021 - 07.08.2021

On this important day, the people of Setomaa decide who is the earthly representative of the mythical King Peko for the next 12 months – the ülembsootska. The festival day features pageantry and sticks to a traditional format: the Seto anthem is sung, the people choose the best artists and artisans and the new leader is elected. Improvisational singers and dancers compete against each other, Seto food and crafts are prepared. The Seto military can be seen at the end of the day. Visitors are then invited to a kirmas, a Seto party with instrumental music, leelo singing and dancing.

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Ironman Tallinn

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

07.08.2021 - 08.08.2021

IRONMAN is part of the summer triathlon festival in the capital Tallinn. The main competitions take place on two consecutive days. Over the years, the IRONMAN competition has attracted almost a thousand participants from different countries around the world to compete in Estonia. The competition runs through the unforgettable Old Town of Tallinn and the wonderful Harju County. Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The IRONMAN triathlon festival also includes an IRONKIDS competition and a series of charity races. A sporty weekend offers entertainment for sports fans of all ages!

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Estonian Aviation Days

Tartu maakond, Lange küla

07.08.2021 - 08.08.2021

The largest outdoor aviation event welcomes aviation fans both young and old in (and up above) the territory of the Estonian Aviation Museum in Tartu county. It is possible to see parachutists, or go on a sightseeing flight. Different attractions are open, e.g. simulators, a catapult, a parachute simulator, trampoline beds, and much more. Two days filled with state of the art aviation equipment and an interesting program both on land and in air.

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Tallinn Old Town Days

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

12.08.2021 - 15.08.2021

Tallinn Old Town Days are the biggest festival in Old Town dedicated to the local cultural heritage and community. Various music, theatre, art, and sports events are held during five days for both locals and visitors. Both old and young guests can peak into the courtyards of the Old Town, learn about the long and impressive history of Tallinn, and participate in various activities.

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Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

23.08.2021 - 29.08.2021

Jazzkaar brings the best local performers and newcomers, as well as big jazz names and rising stars from all over the world to Estonia. More than 3,000 foreign artists from 60 countries have performed at the festival. Over the years, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, and Angélique Kidjo have performed at Jazzkaar. Jazzkaar is experimenting with new formats and venues, bringing music from concert halls to the city space and inviting families with children to enjoy jazz as well.

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Tallinn Music Week

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

29.09.2021 - 03.10.2021

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.

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Last updated : 22.04.2021

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