TOP 10 events this season

Source: Patrik Tamm, Visit Estonia

TOP 10 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.

Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

19.04.2019 - 28.04.2019

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 (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. 

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Estonian Music Days & ISCM World New Music Days

Harju maakond, Tallinn

02.05.2019 - 10.05.2019

The World Music Days festival introduces and promotes contemporary classical music around the world. In 2019, Estonia has the honour of hosting the festival for the first time. The festival hosts composers from all over the world, but focuses on the music of the hosting country. This offers an opportunity to composers and music event organisers coming from all over the world to get acquainted with the local music. At the same time, the local audience can get acquainted with the new music trends taking over the world and understand the role and speciality of their music.

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Tallinn Old Town Days

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

30.05.2019 - 02.06.2019

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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Tartu Song Festival

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

20.06.2019 - 22.06.2019

Tartu Song Festival 2019 | 150th Birthday of the Song Festival The song festival is an event uniting thousands of performers, where choirs and wind instrument orchestras who have specifically prepared for the festival perform Estonian music. The first Estonian song festival took place in Tartu in 1869. The song festival has maintained and awakened the Estonian people and their identity. Every Estonian thinks highly of the song festivals, finds time for them, and comes home. The Estonian song festivals are listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. See you at the 150th anniversary of the song festval in Tartu on 20–22 June 2019!

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XXVII Song and XX Dance Celebration ‘Minu arm (My love)’

Throughout Estonia

04.07.2019 - 07.07.2019

The song and dance festival tradition has been included in the UNESCO intangible culture heritage list. Peeter Perens, Chief Conductor of the Song Festival: ‘The Estonian Song Festival is born from the love for our country and language. Through this festival, our people became Estonians and our land became Estonia. By celebrating the song festival, we celebrate our mother tongue and fatherland so we could inherit them to our children and last forever.’ Vaike Rajaste, Head Director of the Dance Festival: ‘The festival in 2019 will allow everyone to feel that living in a free county is a great honour and a responsibility before those who have lived here before us, but also before those who will live here in the future.’

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Medieval Days in Tallinn's Old Town

Harju maakond, Tallinn

11.07.2019 - 14.07.2019

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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Rally Estonia

Valga maakond, Nüpli küla

12.07.2019 - 14.07.2019

Rally Estonia 2019, a motor sport and entertainment event, will bring together the best rally drivers in Europe, who will compete with each other in Tartu and the curvy roads of Southern Estonia. There will be plenty of media representatives and about 10,000 rally enthusiasts from around 20 countries. The rally is transmitted to nearly 50 million viewers on different continents via TV. The three-day entertainment event will offer something for the whole family: the competition can be watched from the public areas, there will be a special start and finish ceremony in the heart of Tartu, as well as an exciting city stage. Information about tickets is available here.

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Saaremaa Opera Days

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

23.07.2019 - 27.07.2019

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 well-known and recognised theatres, including Moscow Helikon Opera, Black American Opera Broadway, and many others. This summer, there are two main performers: the Hungarian State Opera and the Shanghai Opera from China. Due to the location and quality programme, Saaremaa Opera Days are an exotic event and visiting them has become a great privilege.

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Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

25.07.2019 - 28.07.2019

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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Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

02.08.2019 - 03.08.2019

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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Intsikurmu Music Festival

Põlva maakond, Põlva linn

02.08.2019 - 04.08.2019

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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Tartu Love Film Festival "tARTuFF"

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

13.08.2018 - 17.08.2019

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

16.08.2019 - 17.08.2019

"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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Tallinn Marathon

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

06.09.2019 - 08.09.2019

Compared to the big cities of the world, Tallinn is tiny, but Tallinn Marathon makes up for this just fine. Tallinn Marathon introduces our beautiful capital to our guests as the route is attractive and runs through different areas. Nearly twenty thousand runners from more than fifty countries participate each year. The competition centre is located on Freedom Square. The festival lasts for three days and it is possible to participate in different runs: marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, or 5 km. There are also children's races.  

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Last updated : 21.11.2018

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