TOP 10 events this season

Photo: Patrik Tamm, Visit Estonia

TOP 10 events this season

If you still need an excuse to spend your summer 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 summertime lovers.

Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

16.11.2018 - 02.12.2018

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF is an annual film festival held since 1997 in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. PÖFF is the only A-category film festival in Northern Europe, sharing that status with world’s leading festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, and San Sebastian. With over 600 films, over 1200 attending film professionals and journalists and attendance of more than 80,000 PÖFF is the largest annual cultural event in Estonia.

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Christmas Jazz

Throughout Estonia

28.11.2018 - 15.12.2018

Christmas Jazz is a two-week intimate festival suitable for the festive season that fills the churches, concert halls and clubs with beautiful jazz at the end of November and beginning of December.

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Simple Session

Harju maakond, Haabersti linnaosa

02.02.2019 - 03.02.2019

Simple Session, the most popular skateboarding and BMX competition of the year, is one of the most important events in Estonia! This extreme sports competition attracts more and more foreign visitors and famous competitors every year. Thanks to the media, millions of viewers follow it. The exciting weekend is full of unprecedented spectacles, as several hundred BMX riders and skateboarders from all over the world compete in the massive competition area. The atmosphere is exciting and pleasant. In the evening, however, it turns into a wild party programme.

Tallinn Music Week

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

25.03.2019 - 31.03.2019

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is one of the biggest indoor music festivals in the Baltic and Nordic region that presents a line-up of around 200 artists from Estonia and abroad, representing various musical genres. The number of Festival participants from Estonia and elsewhere reaches 25,000. In addition to the main programme of the Festival that takes place in the most important clubs and concert venues of Tallinn, you can also explore the lesser known parts of town during the Tallinn Music Week. Across Tallinn, City Stage concerts take place; you can also participate in the discussion series TMW Talks, the restaurant festival TMW Tastes and the contemporary art programme TMW Arts.

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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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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)’

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

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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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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Brigitta Festival

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

08.08.2019 - 17.08.2019

Birgitta Festival with its long history has become on the most important cultural events of the summer. The ancient ruins of a convent and a world-class festival programme lures thousands of visitors from Estonia, as well as our neighbouring countries.

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Last updated : 14.11.2018