TOP events this season

Source: Aron Urb, 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 marathons to music and film festivals, these events are for the holiday lovers.

Tartu Love Film Festival "Tartuff"

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

01.08.2022 - 06.08.2022

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!

Intsikurmu Music Festival

Põlva maakond, Põlva linn

05.08.2022 - 06.08.2022

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.

Bluesfest "Augustibluus"

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

05.08.2022 - 07.08.2022

The main stage is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the ancient Episcopal Castle, featuring both big names from the United States – the cradle of blues and Europe as well as exciting projects from the local performers. The daily program offers workshops, exhibitions and traditional acoustic concerts in the old railway station. Music can also be enjoyed in streets and open- air cafes.

Tartu Food and Wine Festival

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

05.08.2022 - 07.08.2022

On the first weekend of August, Tartu celebrates Estonian food, our local fresh produce and excellent wine with Tartu Food and Wine Festival. During the 3-day festival, small producers from South Estonia as well as pop-up restaurants offer the best seasonal bounties of nature and delicious taste experiences. At the wine area, everyone can participate in the open tasting events and get advice from the best Estonian sommeliers. The festivities also include concerts, workshops and various family-friendly entertainment programmes. The third day of the festival is dedicated to the enthusiastic and generous community members in Tammelinn who welcome visitors to their homes for tasty treats in the pop-up cafes.

Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Määsi küla

06.08.2022 - 06.08.2022

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.

Birgitta Festival

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

06.08.2022 - 14.08.2022

Birgitta Festival has been a musical theater festival taking place in the ruins of Pirita Monastery in Tallinn since 2005. The festival combines the dark charm of a medieval monastery with the last word of modern musical theater.The only international musical theater festival in the neighboring countries is the Tallinn Festival, which takes place every August. The festival features operas, ballets, staged oratorios, contemporary dance performances, music and other genres of musical theater. The performances have Estonian and English subtitles, a café and a restaurant are open. See the exact schedule of this year's event on their website.

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International Wind Band Festival „Mürtsub pill“

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

10.08.2022 - 14.08.2022

You will be greeted by a summery Tartu — lovely summer cafés, Toomemägi and River Emajõgi. The festival will be held in the centre of Tartu, the main stage is in Tartu Town Hall Square. The festival will introduce orchestral music, wind bands, wind ensembles, soloists and ensembles from Estonia and abroad. 

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Opinion Festival / Arvamusfestival

Järva maakond, Paide

13.08.2020 - 13.08.2022

Opinion Festival takes place in Paide on August 13.14. 2021 The eigth Opinion Festival brings discussions and debates to life in the ideal environment, inspiring people to create new ideas and deeds, bringing them together. Through this, the Festival aims to develop a culture of discussion within society. We invite everyone toparticipate, so that the many different voices and opinions of people in Estonia will be heard in discussions. 

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White Lady Festival

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

12.08.2022 - 14.08.2022

The White Lady Festival has been one of the highlights of the summer in Haapsalu for three decades. During the weekend closest to the August full moon, the Haapsalu old town transforms into a buzzing marketplace, where the vibrant culture programme lasts from dawn to dusk, and upon the setting of the sun, open air performances of the White Lady take place in the bishop's castle. The summer play "100 White Ladies" is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Inspired by its predecessors from 1979, "100 White Ladies" also tells the story of Maila, a young Estonian girl who meets a lord. Not only is Maila convinced that love is not to be bound by social standing – she is also driven by a strong belief in freedom. Despite repeated warnings from fellow villagers, she rebels against the bishophood in an attempt to change society for the better. Screenwriter Piret Jaaks, stage director Siim Tõniste, music by Peeter Rebane.

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Viru Folk

Lääne-Viru maakond, Käsmu küla

12.08.2022 - 14.08.2022

The family festival Viru Folk has offered experiences of Nordic music since 2008; now the 15th festival is coming up. The culture of many Nordic countries has been introduced, with an annual focus on one region or people. This time, the festival will focus on the culture of our four neighbours, including their music, movie arts, cuisine, and more. This time, the festival will take place in the wonderful Käsmu captain's village from 12 to 14 August, offering music experiences from many Estonian, Latvian, Swedish and Finnish performers, including Skyforger (LV), Moonsorrow (FI), Nedsaja Küla Bänd and many others. We will introduce the performers on an ongoing basis on Viru Folk's FB page.  

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August Insomnia

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

13.08.2022 - 14.08.2022

August Insomnia will take place in a new way and in new places, but it will be just as amazing! We will discover Pärnu in a new way, because Pärnu is more than just a beach. This time, we will offer river views and bring the shores to life. The street festival has become an urban and creative festival, during which you can quietly enjoy the nature or take part in the excitement. There will be good music and company, as well as unique taste, art, and cultural experiences. Participants can also lose themselves in space and time – activities are offered all around the city.

Tallinn Maritime Days

Harju maakond, Tallinn

25.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Tallinn Maritime Days is a versatile and enjoyable summer festival, which has been traditionally held in Tallinn for several years and brings together over two hundred artists from Estonia and abroad. All ports provide attractions for children and open trading streets, fish areas and design markets. Visitor ships arrive at the capital of Estonia to be explored and offer sailing trips at the Tallinn Bay. The sea taxi sails between the ports. Tallinn Maritime Days – the largest maritime and family festival in Estonia.

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The Night of Ancient Bonfires

Throughout Estonia

27.08.2022 - 27.08.2022

Once a year, on the night of ancient bonfires, we will pay homage to the historic seaside beacon fires. During this end-of-the-summer event of lighting bonfires, which has become a folk tradition in the past few decades, we will create a chain of campfires along the beach and convey positive thoughts and messages by doing so. Find the nearest campfire sites on the map or mark your own site on the map using the aforementioned website.

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Last updated : 08.06.2022

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