TOP events this season

Source: Patrik Tamm, 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 opera on a medieval island to the biggest electronic dance musicians on the beach, these events are for the holiday lovers.

Nargen Festival

Throughout Estonia

07.08.2020 - 11.09.2020

The Nargen Festival, founded by Tõnu Kaljuste, is the longest and most diverse summer cultural festival in Estonia. The festival offers its own culturally diverse programme – from folk music to the best of classical music.

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Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

08.08.2020 - 08.08.2020

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.

Tartu Love Film Festival "Tartuff"

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

10.08.2020 - 15.08.2020

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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Historical Festival "Narva Battle"

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

15.08.2020 - 15.08.2020

"Narva Battle" as an international festival has grown into the main event of summer in Narva and it brings together military-historical clubs from all over Northern Europe to meet at the courtyard of Narva Castle. Soldiers in uniforms of  Peter I and Karl XII times live in war camps that are located in the courtyard for three days to reconstruct one of the most famous battles of the Northern War that took place between Russia and Sweden. Reconstruction of a village of the same time period will show the everyday life of common people and the Northern Yard will host a fair. Young soldiers can sign up for recruits and military training will take place exactly the same way as it was 300 years ago.

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Peipsi Food Street 175 km

Jõgeva maakond, Mustvee linn

22.08.2020 - 23.08.2020

The third Peipsi Food Street 175 km will take place from 22nd to 23rd of August from Vasknarva to Saabolda. Pop-up restaurants will be opened on a road that is 175 km long in total. The restaurants offer dishes and drinks made only from the fresh local raw ingredients. The festival features local restaurants as well as  pop-up restaurants from all over Estonia. Peipsi food comes from the local lakes, forests, fields, bogs, and marshes. It is diverse and full of different cultures, traditional but also new. The main value is the people who bring the food to the table.

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Tartu Inline Skating Marathon

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

23.08.2020 - 23.08.2020

Tartu Rulluisumaraton is the biggest inline skating marathon in the Baltic States and in Scandinavia. Over 1000 people participate every year in the marathon events, where amateurs can compete along some of the best inline skaters in Eastern Europe. In addition to the marathon, half-marathon and 10 km distances also races for children take place.

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Tallinn Music Week

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

26.08.2020 - 30.08.2020

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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Night of Museums

Harju maakond, Tallinn

29.08.2020 - 29.08.2020

Once a year, on Saturday evening in May, Estonian museums and other exciting places across the whole country will open their doors for visitors, celebrating the Night of Museums. Museums, galleries, nature centres, etc, will be open for free offering special programmes, free tours, workshops - and in many cases, access to spots in the museums which you cannot see on a regular day. In this Year the Museum Night will take place under an umbrella theme of "Time in the Night". You are all welcome to the biggest museum party in Estonia!  

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Saaremaa Food Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

03.09.2020 - 13.09.2020

Even though summer will be over by September, Saaremaa still welcomes everyone. Saaremaa Food Festival is an exciting 11-day programme, the motto of which is ‘a happy eater also makes happy food’. There is something for everyone in the programme: Saaremaa Restaurant Week, Cake Concert, Market Day, village centres, special dinners, Kuressaare Street Picnic, Children’s restaurant, and more. Come to the islands!

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FIA World Rally Championship Rally Estonia

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

04.09.2020 - 06.09.2020

First 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.

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Narva Opera Days ContempArt

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

04.09.2020 - 13.09.2020

In 2020, the Narva Opera Days will be held for the fifth time. The festival introduces contemporary classical music, has world premieres, and includes pieces by young artists (musicians, artists, directors, etc.), who, with professionals in their field, will perform well-known classics. The events of the Narva Opera Days will be carried out in the historic Narva  Kreenholm Manufacture settlement, and in the manors, where you can experience more chamber-like performances. The programme of Narva Opera Days includes family performances, a dance theatre, and a theatre created by combining different art forms.

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Võhandu Marathon - 100 km of a beautiful river

Võru maakond, Võru

05.09.2020 - 05.09.2020

Võhandu River, one of the most beautiful and most challenging rivers in Southern Estonia,  will be hosting an international rowing marathon starting early in the morning on Lake Tamula in Võru and finishing in Võõpsu in Põlva County. The participants will cover 100 km in one day, experiencing some extreme conditions along the way. The river affords fantastic views of ancient forests, meadows and sandstone bluffs. Seven water mills were built along the course of the river over the years, some of which have since crumbled to ruins. However, making their way through the dams of the mills is sure to give the participants an extra shot of adrenaline! The registration for new teams is closed! 

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Ironman Tallinn triathlon

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

05.09.2020 - 05.09.2020

IRONMAN Tallinn triathlon and festival in September provides sporty weekend for thousands of people from around the world. Full distance triathlon, Pom'bel IRONKIDS races, Seve Ehituse charity run, short distance triathlon and culture programm takes place with race center and sport expo at the Freedom Square. The competition is free for spectators, but participants will have to buy a ticket.

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Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Kolossova küla

05.09.2020 - 05.09.2020

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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Tartu Mountain Bike Marathon

Throughout Estonia

13.09.2020 - 20.09.2020

Tartu Rattamaraton is the biggest mountain bike marathon in the Baltics and third biggest in the World. The track takes the participants to the original course of the legendary Tartu ski marathon. Riders can choose between 89 km and 40 km distances, where both of the tracks offer the picturesque views and varied landscape. The start is given in the Estonian winter capital Otepää and finish is situated in a small town called Elva (25 km from Tartu). A week before the main distances races for teams are held.

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Last updated : 16.07.2020

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