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.

Võhandu Marathon - 100 km of a beautiful river

Võru maakond, Võru

22.05.2021 - 22.05.2021

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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Kuressaare street festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

29.05.2021 - 29.05.2021

In spring, Kuressaare will close its city centre to cars and make space to pedestrians, cyclists, traders, artists, poets, and soup-makers. The Kuressaare street festival welcomes everybody: both from the city and from the countryside, from the mainland and from the sea! There is an entire street dedicated to estonian design and another one to children. There are pop up restaurants everywhere that offer food and drinks that cannot be found in Saaremaa otherwise. On the last day of the festival the people of Kuressaare open their sheds garages to offer an incredible shopping experience. 

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Tartu Student Days

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

21.09.2020 - 06.06.2021

Have you heard the legendary stories of quiz shows with 300 participants in Tartu? How about stories of students who jump into the River Emajõgi with unique and exciting aircraft? These stories are about the Tartu Student Days! Tartu Student Days is a festival for students, which takes place two times a year – in spring and autumn. Almost 150 different events take place in the city of Tartu during the festival. The programme includes a number of sports, entertainment, and music events, as well as special competitions where participants compete with both their wit and speed. Bring your friends and relax!

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Tartu Cycling Rally (Tartu Rattaralli)

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

29.05.2021 - 30.05.2021

Tartu Cycling Rally is the biggest road cycling event in Eastern Europe. Its programme also includes children's races, which are the biggest cycling events for children in the World. The rally has approximately 7,500 participants, of whom more than 3,000 are children. The main distances of the event are 128 and 58 km. The start and finish are located in the heart of Tartu. Those who wish can also take part in the event virtually. More information on participation and registration can be found on the official website.

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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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Seto Folk

Võru maakond, Värska alevik

25.06.2021 - 26.06.2021

Seto Folk is a festival where experience is born and inspiration buds from the fusion of music and nature. The festival brings together travel and music lovers from all over Estonia and broadens the boundaries of performing arts culture. At this festival, vendors sell local crafts, genuine Seto food is served, home brewed beer is quaffed and Seto hospitality is enjoyed. A real Seto kirmas ground is open, full of the spirit of the village fetes, allowing festival goers to rest from the madding crowds and enjoy cheerful company, good music and a beautiful natural environment.

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Medieval Days in Tallinn's Old Town

Harju maakond, Tallinn

08.07.2021 - 11.07.2021

The Medieval Days are one of the most important annual events of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union since the year 2000. The Medieval Days take place in Tallinn’s Old Town every year on the first full week of July from Thursday to Sunday. During the Medieval Days you are able to feel the atmosphere of the flourishing Hanseatic era. A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. Musicians and dancers from near and far take the stage. A medieval procession opens the event followed by various workshops, excursions and theatre performances. The children’s area is situated on the Niguliste hill where children are able to participate in workshops, knight tournaments and other exciting activities.

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American Beauty Car Show

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

09.07.2021 - 11.07.2021

American Beauty Car Show is the biggest event for American cars in the Baltic States, consisting of a car show, a convention, a drag race, and cruising. The show lasts for three days. In addition, you can enjoy the best music by Estonian and foreign artists. American Beauty Car Show takes place in Haapsalu Bishop's Castle, in its vicinity, and at Kiltsi airfield.

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The Tall Ships Races Tallinn

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

15.07.2021 - 18.07.2021

The Tall Ships Races fleet, in which more than a hundred sailing vessels of different sizes from all over the world participate, will make a stop in the summer of 2021 in the ports of Tallinn. During the visit of The Tall Ships Races, a maritime-themed family festival will take place in Tallinn, where you can visit majestic ships, participate in various events and concerts, and enjoy the exciting harbour life for three days. Those interested can visit the vessels participating in the regatta free of charge in the Old City Harbour, Port Noblessner, and Seaplane Harbour. The spectacular regatta competes every year between different port cities in Europe and beyond.

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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.

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Saaremaa Opera Days

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

20.07.2021 - 25.07.2021

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.

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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. 

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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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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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Tallinn Old Town Days

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

30.05.2019 - 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. The festival, which has been held since 1982, celebrates the beginning of a beautiful summer.

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Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

23.08.2021 - 31.08.2021

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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Last updated : 16.07.2020

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