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.

Tartu Rattaralli (Tartu Cycling Rally) virtual race

Tartu maakond, Tartu

29.05.2020 - 14.06.2020

Tartu Rattaralli has a new race format this year. Everyone can participate the legendary race at their own location - just choose the cycling route/track close to your home and join the event! There are three distances available: 128, 58 and 25 km. The selected distance must be completed within the two weeks period between May 29th to June 14th and the cycling log sent to the organisers. More information from the homepage. 

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Pärnu Hanseatic Days

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

02.07.2021 - 04.07.2021

History is a storyteller of long ago times. Pärnu’s Hanseatic Days Festival gives us a look back into the past. Let’s go back to our roots. We’ll go to the wisdom filled rocks. Medieval customs, ethnic crafts, ancient skills and spiritual wealth! Come to buy and sell, to learn and to teach. Listen to enchanting musical rhythms, dance crazy dances during a medieval celebration.

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I Land Sound

Saare maakond, Orissaare alevik

16.07.2020 - 19.07.2020

In summer, an exciting festival called I Land Sound is going to take place on Illiku Islet. With the purpose to enjoy everything that the beautiful nature, great music and art, friends, and the Estonian summer have to offer. A proper sea breeze and a ferry trip will take off your mask, which will enable you to find yourself on the other shore.  Islanders are known for sticking together and I Land Sound is no exception – the electronic nightlife pioneers, artists, and the locals shall join forces for an enriching event. Four unique days and a never-to-be-forgotten memory.

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Pärnu Music Festival

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

16.07.2020 - 23.07.2020

The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy will continue the fine tradition of musical festivals in Pärnu that has been established over the decades. Pärnu music festival is primarily focused on orchestral music and the main carrier of this concept is the special world-class Pärnu Festival orchestra. The musicians of the orchestra are high-level professionals from all over the world. Furthermore, the festival presents brilliant soloists, who will perform with orchestra and also as chamber musicians.  The other important aspect of the festival is the teaching - Järvi Academy offers musical education for young musicians via master classes, which are mainly carried out by the same interprets, who perform at the festival. Festival's artistic adviser is Paavo Järvi.

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Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

22.07.2021 - 25.07.2021

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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Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Kolossova küla

05.09.2020 - 05.09.2020

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.

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Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

06.08.2020 - 08.08.2020

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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Kuressaare Maritime Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

07.08.2020 - 08.08.2020

Estonians know that the heart of the Estonian sea beats in Saaremaa. The Maritime Festival is based on the small Baltic Sea and highlights the long voyages and explorations of Estonians and the trips across the ocean by the Saaremaa seamen.  You can watch the traditional marine festival regatta and demonstrations of different vessels in the yacht marina. Kids can have fun at the Kuressaare beach and park. The Marine Festival also includes the handicraft and haakrik fair at Tori inlet.

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Intsikurmu Music Festival

Põlva maakond, Põlva linn

07.08.2020 - 09.08.2020

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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Brigitta Festival

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

06.08.2021 - 14.08.2021

Birgitta Festival with its long history has become one of the most important cultural events of the summer. Operas and ballets, oratorios and galas, Tosca, La Traviata, Bolero, Swan Lake, acknowledged coryphaeus and crazy experiments, guest performances and self-productions, classical and modern music – Brigitta Festival brings all of these together. This high-level music theatre festival, which has taken place since 2005, is also the most important musical theatre festival in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Brigitta Festival combines the mysterious charm of a mediaeval monastery with the newest trends of modern musical theatre.

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Tallinn Music Week

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

26.08.2020 - 30.08.2020

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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Võhandu Marathon - 100 km of a beautiful river

Võru maakond, Võru

05.09.2020 - 05.09.2020

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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Jazzkaar

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

09.10.2020 - 15.10.2020

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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Last updated : 26.02.2020

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