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.

Exhibition ‘Egypt of Glory: Art from the Nile Valley’

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

18.01.2021 - 21.03.2021

At the first major exhibition of ancient Egyptian art in Estonia, thousands of years old objects from one of the world's most important collections of ancient Egypt – the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) in Turin, Italy, are exhibited. Simultaneously with the exhibition at the Kumu Art Museum, the treasures of the Egyptian Museum are also on display at the Amos Rex Art Museum in Helsinki. The large-scale joint project of the three museums is a unique opportunity to discover ancient Egypt without traveling far. The Kumu exhibition features 200 items from the rich heritage of the land of Pharaohs. These include sarcophagi, mummies, magical amulets, various tombstones, and sculptures. On the one hand, the objects speak of the world of an ancient Egyptian, on the other hand, each is a work of art in its own right. Although the language at the time did not include the word 'art', the surrounding environment was actively depicted. Ancient Egyptians' perceptions of art differed significantly from modern ones. The idea of art as an independent creative form of expression was unknown. Art fulfilled a magical purpose for them, giving form to what they wanted to bring to life. According to the Egyptians, a shape made from a stone block was as alive and important as the person it represented. Thus, on the one hand, artists were craftsmen, on the other hand, they belonged to the mysterious sphere of magic and religion. Today, we can generalise that one of the most characteristic features of ancient Egyptian art was the rigid adherence to rules. The rules applied to both the way of depiction and the content when creating all works of art. The repetition of the scenes of Pharaohs destroying enemies, the dead embracing each other, or offering sacrifices to the gods did not mean a lack of imagination, but the observance of ideological and religious rules. Through seven sub-themes, the exhibition tells the story of Pharaohs' life and faith in eternity, the depiction of people, animals, and gods in different ways and purposes, and hieroglyphs as an art form and applied art. In addition, the exhibition gives an idea of the connections of Estonians with Ancient Egypt, moving forward to the fascination with 19th century Egypt, which also brought Egyptian antiquities to our museum collections.    

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Christmas City Tartu

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

29.11.2020 - 10.01.2021

We might have white Christmas, we might not be that lucky. There is no knowing even when it comes to old university towns in this matter of great importance.  But one thing is certain – every year Tartu will become a Christmas City, snow or no snow. This joyous transformation will always take place on the first Sunday of Advent. A candle is lit on Town Hall Square and this officially kindles the season in the city and all its Christmas lights. People in Tartu meet up at the very heart of the city on all four Sundays before Christmas Day and at noon on 24 December. They also enjoy the festive season activities and treats offered by the city`s unique set of museums and great concert halls. To name a few of the surprises available – one might even meet a folk dancer or two, in fact couple of hundreds of them, in the middle of winter right at Town Hall Square in Tartu. 

Alutaguse Marathon

Ida-Viru maakond, Vasavere küla

12.02.2021 - 13.02.2021

The Alutaguse Marathon is part of the Estoloppet series. The marathon is in the classic style with distances of 20 km and 40 km. This ski race has become increasingly popular over the years both with the locals and skiers from abroad.  The ski tracks traverse the area covered by the Kurtna Lakes, Estonia's largest lake system. This year a nightmaraton will be held for the first time as well. 

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Tartu Marathon

Throughout Estonia

16.02.2020 - 21.02.2021

Tartu Maraton is known as the Estonian Song Festival of Winter, which brings thousands of skiing enthusiasts to South-Estonia every year. Tartu Maraton, a member of Worldloppet, is also one of the oldest ski marathons in the World. Foreign skiers have said the marathon track is one of the most beautiful and interesting ski tracks in the World. In addition to the main distances the program includes Open Track event, Relay Marathon and races for children. There is also a virtual race format available! This is for skiing friends, who cannot join the original race day, but would still like to be part of the marathon. Virtual race period is open between February 8th to March 14th

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Black Food Festival in Tallinn

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

10.04.2021 - 10.04.2021

The Black Food Festival is coming to Estonia for the second time this year! Having set out its stall in Berlin, London and New York in the last 12 months, it’s be coming to the Põhjala factory in Tallinn. The aim is to open the door to culinary creativity and experimentation and to do so under the umbrella of an enjoyable city festival during some of the blackest nights of the year. Taste-wise, there’ll be something for everybody!  

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Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

16.04.2021 - 25.04.2021

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

17.04.2021 - 17.04.2021

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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Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF)

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

30.04.2021 - 02.05.2021

HÕFF introduces to Estonian and foreign audiences the largest possible contemporary range of horror, fantasy, and cult movies. Although a number of horror and fantasy film festivals are organised in the neighbouring countries of Estonia, HÖFF is unique, as it focuses on a high-quality programme and shows the best movies from the world's most prestigious genre festivals. Most of the films have not been featured in Estonia and it is unlikely that they will be shown outside of HÖFF.  

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Last updated : 16.07.2020

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