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.


Tallinn Maritime Days

Throughout Estonia

13.07.2018 - 15.07.2018

Tallinn Maritime Days is the largest free marine festival for families that combines events related to nautical life and the port, a conference for tourism and maritime professionals, opportunities to explore various large foreign vessels, concerts, sailing trips, Tallinn Race for yachts, water attractions, shows and other nautical entertainment for the inhabitants and guests of Tallinn.


Rally Estonia

Throughout Estonia

13.07.2018 - 15.07.2018

Rally Estonia 2018, 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 curving 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 3-day entertainment event offers something for the whole family: the competition can be monitored from the public areas, there is an attractive start and finish ceremony in the heart of Tartu, as well as an exciting city stage.


Saaremaa Opera Days

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

19.07.2018 - 28.07.2018

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

26.07.2018 - 29.07.2018

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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Sweet Spot Music Festival

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

27.07.2018 - 28.07.2018

This summer’s sweetest weekend will bring together a lot of lovely people, delightful music, tasty bites and exciting pieces of art – all that very close to the heart of Tallinn. Sweet Spot festival, taking place for the very first time at Tallinn Creative Hub’s Park on 27th and 28th of July, offers you an opportunity to take yourself on a two-day cultural journey filled with quality music and provides the nicest city festival experience. The festival has announced the first acts, among which you will find world famous names and the absolute top acts from Estonia.

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Concerts of Europa Cantat XX Tallinn 2018

Throughout Estonia

29.07.2018 - 04.08.2018

The 10-day choral festival, which first took place in 1961 in Germany, will bring more than 4,000 singers, conductors, composers, and choir managers from Europe and elsewhere to Tallinn, where the festival will be held for the first time. workshops, discovery studios, joint singing sessions, a programme for conductors and composers different vocal music genres, new choral musicIn addition to a rich concert programme, a music-EXPO will also take place where publishers, organisers of international festivals, and music managers from all over the world will introduce new products and services.

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Leigo Lake Music Festival

Valga maakond, Lutike küla

03.08.2018 - 04.08.2018

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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Pärnu Music Festival

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

05.08.2018 - 11.08.2018

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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Birgitta Festival

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

09.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

BIRGITTA FESTIVAL The core of Birgitta Festival is the atmosphere. This is a union of the atmosphere of the Pirita convent and a programme of music and performing arts. No other such festival can be found near the Baltic Sea. Every year, over 8,000 people gather here on the ancient riverbank and dive into the magical world of sound for a limited number of days. The large audience of Birgitta Festival is a phenomenon in its own right. The atmosphere with its festivity, many joyful encounters, and unique lighting solutions are what brings them here. Operas and ballets, oratorios and galas, "Tosca" and "La traviata", "Bolero" and "Swan Lake", acknowledged coryphaeuses and wild experiments, guest performances and self-productions, classics and contemporaries – the Birgitta Festival can combine them all. The world's best current and future artists have performed here in the peaceful sea air. For years to come, they will recall the medieval walls in the sunset, the haze of summer nights, walks in the moonlight and torchlight, bright burgundy rugs, and the reflective echo of churchbells. While enjoying the summer evening, creators and spectators become one. Additionally, there are subtitles, comfortable box seats, cosy cafes (Mademoiselle!), and an à la carte restaurant. There is a roof to protect from weather. Art prevails.

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Tartu Love Film Festival "tARTuFF"

Tartu maakond, Tartu

13.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

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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Weekend Festival Baltic

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

16.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

Largest electronic dance music event in the Nordic countries! Pärnu’s beach offers a unique kind of atmosphere, where one can see and hear the hottest dance and pop music artists.

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Last updated : 18.07.2018