TOP Estonian folk music festivals

Photo: Marek Metslaid, Visit Estonia

TOP Estonian folk music festivals

Estonia comes to life with music throughout the summertime, and visitors can get a taste of local song, dance, food and traditions at folk music festivals. Listen to rock bands in a forested village or be serenaded by violins at the seaside. Even witness the remarkable Seto Leelo singing style – a UNESCO intangible heritage tradition. These intimate events bring you close to Estonian nature and people.


Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

26.07.2018 - 29.07.2018

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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Hiiu Folk

Hiiu maakond, Kassari küla

19.07.2018 - 22.07.2018

Hiiu Folk is a family-friendly folk music festival, which includes concerts and workshops as well as involves all of the regions of Hiiumaa: Käina, Kõrgessaare, Pühalepa, Emmaste, and Kärdla.  The main emphasis of the festival is on Estonian folk music, but performers from outside Estonia will also perform there. The festival has been taking place since 2005 and has already expanded to the whole island of Hiiumaa. At the festival, you can hear folk tradition, learn old Estonian dances, play different instruments, sing, and participate in the nature hikes that introduce Hiiumaa. 

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Seto Folk

Võru maakond, Värska alevik

29.06.2018 - 30.06.2018

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.   More information:

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Kihnu Heritage Days

Pärnu maakond, Lemsi küla

22.06.2018 - 24.06.2018

The Heritage Days value and introduce the unique culture and history of Kihnu Island. The diverse three-day cultural programme features performances by children, folk dancers, and singers. There will be concerts, workshops, exhibitions, sports competitions, and a Midsummer's Eve celebration. Games, songs, and handicrafts are used to describe the everyday life of the ancestors of locals and explain their beliefs. On Sunday, the route Kihnu Reesuratas (travel wheel), which passes through the island and introduces the most important local sights, will be opened in the harbour.

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Viru Folk 2018

Lääne-Viru maakond, Käsmu küla

10.08.2018 - 12.08.2018

Family friendly festival Viru Folk, which will take place for the 11th time and is part of the Estonia 100 programme, focuses on Estonia – in all of its fields and, above all, in music. For the first time ever, almost all performers are Estonian. Welcome concerts are held by our four close neighbours, who will bring another kind of temperament to the programme. Viru Folk will show the many sides of Estonia. On the one hand, we have the wild Metsatöll. On the other hand, we have the humble Naised Köögis. Other performers include Marko Matvere & VLÜ, Tom Valsberg & Väelaulud, Svjata Vatra, Kukerpillid, Justament, Kiriko, Mandotrio, Trio Romansid, Sibul & Tuksam, Lauri Saatpalu, and Andres Roots. There will also be Estonian films, beautiful Estonian crafts, and delicious local food.  

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Kihnu Violin Festival

Pärnu maakond, Linaküla

28.09.2018 - 30.09.2018

Many great and skillful violinists and luthiers have lived on Kihnu island. Luckily we have a great selection of recorded materials that give an idea of the level, style and originality of the former violinists. The violin festival gives the locals an opportunity to get to know the traditions of their island. Festival guests will hear the best violinists of Estonia honouring the violin traditions of Kihnu. The festival days are filled with discussions about how instruments are traditionally taught, playing instruments and concerts. Every guest has a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the island culture and the wonderful nature of Kihnu.

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Wearing folk costumes in Tartu

Tartu maakond, Tartu

20.08.2018 - 20.08.2018

2018 has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Part of our national cultural heritage is folk costumes, made by previous generations, which have become characteristic of our people. The day of wearing folk costumes is a great opportunity to cherish the costumes and wear them with pride. We ask guests to wear the folk costumes from the morning to make the Independence Day ceremony, held at the statue of the War of Independence (Kalevipoeg) at 11 a.m., more festive. The midday folk costume picnic, however, is an opportunity to present the folk costumes! The picnic includes educational and fun activities for every local and guest of Tartu.  

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Last updated : 21.06.2018

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