Source: Patrik Tamm
Late winter and early spring is a special time of the year to visit Estonia. While the winter still stands strong, you know the springtime is here with the launch of some of the most upbeat and coolest festivals of the year. Here’s a selection of Estonia’s music, theatre, film and sports events to check out in the coming season.
04.05.2016 - 07.05.2016
The international Prima Vista Literary Festival is being held in Tartu. It is a party for everybody who values books and reading. There will also be a number of events taking place before and after the main programme. The festival brings together literary-minded people from Estonia and abroad.
Võru maakond, Võru
22.04.2017 - 22.04.2017
Inhale the fresh crisp air of early spring while rowing along Võhandu River, known as one of the most beautiful and challenging rivers in southern Estonia. The participants will cover 100 km in one day through ancient forests and meadows and past old water mills dotted along the riverbanks. A shot of adrenaline is guaranteed.Read more
Valga maakond, Otepää linn
08.05.2016 - 08.05.2016
Tartu Jooksumaraton is the Baltic largest cross-country running event, which brings more than 4000 runners to South-Estonia every year. There are two main distances, 23 km and 10 km, which both can be covered either by running or Nordic Walking. The tracks take the participants to the beautiful spring nature of South Estonia, running between the Estonian Ski Capital Otepää and a small town Elva, situated 25 km from Tartu. There are also children event and Charity Run included into the program.
Pärnu maakond, Kihlepa küla
14.05.2016 - 15.05.2016
All foodies, gather! South Estonia embraces the spring season with a festival dedicated to the first dandelions to emerge from the soil. Here you can taste dandelion coffee, learn about making an herbarium, dandelion wine and listen to music with dandelions in your hair. A serious foodie should combine dandelion festival with RäimeWest herring festival held in a nearby coastal village.
06.05.2016 - 07.05.2016
How about a spa break combined with some refined entertainment? North East Estonia is great for both and Jõhvi Concert Hall presents the best of Estonian ballet this spring.
Harju maakond, Tallinn
22.04.2016 - 01.05.2016
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.
Harju maakond, Tallinn
14.05.2016 - 14.05.2016
Free access ’til late to all the major museums combined with concerts, parties and other events, great for couples, families and solo travellers of all ages. This year’s theme is called Waves in the Night asking “How do ships, sounds and ideas travel on waves?”.
28.03.2016 - 03.04.2016
Annually held music industry conference and one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Nordic-Baltic spe-cialises in introducing up and coming acts from Eu-rope and beyond. A line up of over 200 acts perform in a a wide range of venues such as a bike shop, someone’s living room to the nation’s largest concert halls. Nearly 20,000 guests made up of local and international visitors en-joy free pop-up concerts, pub-quiz style chatter and culinary delights within TMW’s sub-programmes and fringe-events City Stage, TMW Talks, TMW Tastes and Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend.