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.

Tallinn Fashion Week (TFW)

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

05.05.2020 - 06.05.2020

Tallinn Fashion Week is an event that has been organised by the Estonian Fashion Council since 2007. TFW is a dialogue with the fashion consumer which develops the awareness of the society on design and enables the promotion of cooperation between different design areas. The programme includes several fashion events, including designer shows, exhibitions of fashion drawings, seminars, and performances. Naturally, guests can also enjoy a show of the latest trends in the Estonian clothing industry.

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Estonian Music Days

Throughout Estonia

27.03.2020 - 05.04.2020

The Estonian Music Days Festival, held since 1979, has been one of the most important festivals focusing on the work of Estonian composers for 40 years. At the festival, you can hear the latest creations of Estonian composers, the programme includes musicians of various genres and combines different art forms. The festival balances the domestic with the foreign and the programme includes more and more music that encompass different genres and styles. Concerts take place in Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa and in different places in Tallinn and Tartu.

Pärnu Restaurant Week

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

12.04.2020 - 19.04.2020

During the Pärnu Restaurant Week, you can learn about the restaurants representing extremely diverse styles, as well as the wonderful chefs who work there. We hope that the Restaurant Week helps you learn more about the many restaurants in Pärnu! During the Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer lunches and dinners at a special price (2-course lunches and 3-course dinners). The dishes are prepared on the basis of the à la carte menu. The price does not include beverages.

Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

09.10.2020 - 14.10.2020

Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival of the Baltics, held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia since 1990. Jazzkaar is a 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 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. 

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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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Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

30.04.2021 - 01.05.2021

The event is sold out! TCBW is the first and largest International craft beer festival in the Baltic region. The event is organized by Põhjala Brewery and first took place in 2015. Over 50 of the best breweries from all over the world, plus the brightest stars of the local scene are participating every year. TCBW is a festival for beer lovers – people who are looking for an experience of new aromas and tastes in their beer. Serving size is 50 ml and each brewery will bring 8 world class beers to this 2-day event. So, over the course of these two 6-hour sessions, the guests have a choice of close to 400 extraordinary beers. Festival ticket includes all beer inside the venue – no tokens, no cash (except for food), no hassle!

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Tartu Rattaralli (Tartu Cycling Rally)

Tartu maakond, Tartu

26.05.2020 - 31.05.2020

Tartu Rattaralli is the biggest road cycling event in the Eastern Europe. The program also includes children’s races which are the biggest cycling events for children in the World. Rattaralli has approximately 7,500 participants in total and more than 3,000 of them are children. The main distances of the event are 124 and 56 km. Tartu Rattaralli starts in Tartu and the longer distance goes through Otepää, Kääriku, Elva, and finishes in Tartu. The shorter distance also starts in Tartu, turns towards Elva in Pangodi, and then finishes in Tartu.

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Tallinn Old Town Days

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

30.05.2019 - 07.06.2020

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. The festival, which has been held since 1982, celebrates the beginning of a beautiful summer.

Hanseatic Days in Viljandi

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

05.06.2020 - 07.06.2020

Viljandi is an ancient town full of youthful vigour. If today Viljandi can be called the export capital of Estonia due to the numerous innovative companies located here, then in the Middle Ages, the city was the centre of activity due to the trade route that passed through the city. Viljandi Hanseatic Days take place annually in order to commemorate the golden age of Viljandi. In early summer, this small town gives itself over to medieval customs and looks back on how the membership of the Hanseatic League brought riches and bold ideas to the town over the course of time. Viljandi is still a member of the Hanseatic League.

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Good Food Festival – Grillfest

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

12.06.2020 - 13.06.2020

Grillfest takes place on the beautiful meadow by Vallikääru in Pärnu in June, every year. For two days, 300 caterers from Estonia and abroad serve their best fare. We have outdoor restaurants, cafés and even a pet restaurant. You can enjoy the Good Food Fair, the national fishing championships and food preparation competitions; a large and exciting play area is available for children. The festival has performances by excellent artists on various stages; music styles offer something to every taste. Both days of the festival end with magnificent fireworks. After Grill Parties take place at festival clubs. Everyone is welcome to the Grillfest; the entrance is free of charge! Timetable is available on our website.

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SiS IRONMAN 70.3 Otepää triathlon festival

Valga maakond, Pühajärve küla

13.06.2020 - 13.06.2020

IRONMAN 70.3 Otepää triathlon festival 14-16 of June includes half distantce IRONMAN 70.3 Otepää triathlon and many side events: Seve Ehituse charity run, Pom'bel IRONKIDS childrens' races, short distance triathlon, consert at park of Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Resort. IRONMAN 70.3 Otepää event is globally tied no 1 event (Best Post-Race Celebration, Run Course, Overall Satisfaction). Come and enjoy the feeling!

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Pärnu Hanseatic Days

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

03.07.2020 - 05.07.2020

History is a storyteller of long ago times. Pärnu’s Hanseatic Days Festival gives us a look back into the past. Let’s go back to our roots. We’ll go to the wisdom filled rocks. Medieval customs, ethnic crafts, ancient skills and spiritual wealth! Come to buy and sell, to learn and to teach. Listen to enchanting musical rhythms, dance crazy dances during a medieval celebration.

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I Land Sound

Saare maakond, Orissaare alevik

16.07.2020 - 19.07.2020

In summer, an exciting festival called I Land Sound is going to take place on Illiku Islet. With the purpose to enjoy everything that the beautiful nature, great music and art, friends, and the Estonian summer have to offer. A proper sea breeze and a ferry trip will take off your mask, which will enable you to find yourself on the other shore.  Islanders are known for sticking together and I Land Sound is no exception – the electronic nightlife pioneers, artists, and the locals shall join forces for an enriching event. Four unique days and a never-to-be-forgotten memory.

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Pärnu Music Festival

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

16.07.2020 - 23.07.2020

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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Hansa Days in Tartu

Tartu maakond, Tartu

18.07.2020 - 19.07.2020

During the Hanseatic Days in Tartu visitors of all ages will experience the colourful and merry market atmosphere. The city will also see a visit from the spirit of the Hanseatic era who is full of surprises. For two days the city centre will become a place where visitors can taste dishes made from local ingredients, learn new skills, attend both spontaneous and scheduled concerts, and enjoy themselves in the company of friends, be they grown-ups or children.

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Saaremaa Opera Days

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

21.07.2020 - 26.07.2020

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.

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Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

23.07.2020 - 26.07.2020

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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Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Kolossova küla

01.08.2020 - 01.08.2020

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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Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

06.08.2020 - 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.

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Kuressaare Maritime Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

07.08.2020 - 08.08.2020

Estonians know that the heart of the Estonian sea beats in Saaremaa. The Maritime Festival is based on the small Baltic Sea and highlights the long voyages and explorations of Estonians and the trips across the ocean by the Saaremaa seamen.  You can watch the traditional marine festival regatta and demonstrations of different vessels in the yacht marina. Kids can have fun at the Kuressaare beach and park. The Marine Festival also includes the handicraft and haakrik fair at Tori inlet.

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Intsikurmu Music Festival

Põlva maakond, Põlva linn

07.08.2020 - 09.08.2020

Intsikurmu Music Festival attracts people back to the woods in order to find themselves and their predecessors through music. Charged with incredible ancient energy, the festival venue under the tall trees is a beautiful sight for the eyes. A wide-ranging music programme exudes warmth and has a healing effect amidst the hustle and bustle of modern times. The place with long traditions is given a new dimension and life through a forward-looking concept, in which we ourselves and the people around us play a major role. Video installations, international acts and music with meaning is what the festival is all about.

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Brigitta Festival

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

07.08.2020 - 15.08.2020

Birgitta Festival with its long history has become one of the most important cultural events of the summer. Operas and ballets, oratorios and galas, Tosca, La Traviata, Bolero, Swan Lake, acknowledged coryphaeus and crazy experiments, guest performances and self-productions, classical and modern music – Brigitta Festival brings all of these together. This high-level music theatre festival, which has taken place since 2005, is also the most important musical theatre festival in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Brigitta Festival combines the mysterious charm of a mediaeval monastery with the newest trends of modern musical theatre.

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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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Last updated : 26.02.2020
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