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23.5.2016 | Leisure

Markets, Sea and Culture

Markets, Sea and Culture

 There is no shortage of summer events in Estonia. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from our calendar.

This year in Estonia is known as the year of maritime culture. The full programme of events can be found at www.merekultuur.ee. The Year of Maritime Culture aims to raise awareness of Estonian maritime history and traditions. Sõbralaat also supports the old Estonian and Finnish-based commercial ties, which takes place in July in the town of Kunda.

Estonian folk music is gaining popularity. Its performers have created new songs to enchant audiences. Be sure to catch Curly Strings, who have risen in popularity. They won multiple Estonian Music Awards in 2015.. Folk festivals are held all over the country, starting with the largest one, Viljandi Folk Music Festival.

One of the last summer folk festivals will be held in the beautiful town of Käsmu, about 90 km east of Tallinn and is organised by Viru Folk. This year’s theme is the Nordic Islands. The music of Iceland, Scotland, Åland and Gotland will be heard along with Estonian music on the second weekend in August.

The week-long Birgitta Festival takes place in August in Tallinn, in the ruins of Pirita monastery. The old monastery turns into a theatre for ballet and opera, the walls protect against the wind, and the roof from rain. This year, the festival is dedicated to the memory of artistic director Eri Klas, who passed away earlier this year.

Birgitta Festival is one of the major events of the summer in Estonia. This year will include Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the flamenco ballet Carmen by Bizet, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet.

Every weekend there are fairs from May to September and more information can be found on www.laadakalender.ee. Antique collectors can find old items and gardeners can find new accessories.


Summer Event Calendar 2016


13-14 Kuressaare Garden and Flower Fair, Kuressaare

14 Museum Night, over 150 museums taking part

20-22 Türi Flower Fair, Türi

21 SEB Maijooks, the biggest women’s running event, Tallinn

27-29 Barokksepis, smith’s festival, Narva

28 Võrukate Uma pido, Põlva



1-5 Tallinn Old Town Days, Tallinn

2-5 Tallinn Treff Theatre Festival, Tallinn

2-9 Beautiful Concerts in Käsmu (Kaunid kontserdid Käsmus), Käsmu

3-4 Italian Wine Festival, Haapsalu

4-5 Line Dancing Festival, Pärnu

4-5 Viljandi Hanseatic Days, Viljandi

17-23 Suure-Jaani Music Festival, Suure-Jaani

16-19 Sõru Jazz, Sõru Port, Hiiumaa

23 Avinurme Barrel Fair, Avinurme

28.06–3.07 July Juu jääb, Muhu



1-3 Hanseatic Days, Pärnu

1-2 Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala

6-9 Õllesummer, Tallinn

6-10 Haapsalu Early Music Festival, Haapsalu

6-9 Baltoscandal Theatre Festival, Rakvere

6-10 Võru Folk, Võru

7-10 Medieval Days, Tallinn

7-12 Glass Bead Days, Tartu

8-10 Ceramics Days, Narva

9-10 Hanseatic Days, Tartu

9-10 Friendship Fair (Sõbralaat), Kunda

11-17 Pärnu Music Days, Pärnu

11-24 Pärnu Film Festival, Pärnu

15-17 American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu

15-17 Tallinn Maritime Days, Tallinn

15-17 auto24 Rally Estonia, Otepää

23-24 Yoga Festival, Haapsalu

25-31 Saaremaa Opera Days, Kuressaare

28-31 Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Viljandi

28-31 Jõgevatreff, Jõgeva



1-6 Love Film Festival, Tartu

4-7 Weekend Festival Baltic, Pärnu

5-6 Augustibluus Blues Festival, Haapsalu

5-7 Leigo Moto Festival, Kiviõli

5-7 War History Festival, Valga

6 Seto Kingdom Day, Valga

11-13 Kuressaare Maritime Days, Kuressaare

12-14 Viru Folk Festival, Käsmu

13-21 Birgitta Festival, Pirita Convent Ruins, Tallinn

13-14 Narva History Festival “Battle of Narva”, Narva

13-14 Hauka Fair, Antsla

13 August Insomnia – Night of Pärnu Arts, Pärnu

19-21 White Lady Days, Haapsalu

21 Tartu In-line Skating Marathon, Tartu

27 Night of the Ancient Bonfires, all over Estonia


Food Events & Festivals

14-15 May Dandelion Flower Festival and Räimewest, Pärnu

28 May Garfish Festival, Hiiumaa

10-11 June Grillfest – Good Food Festival, Pärnu

11-12 June Telliskivi Street Food Festival, Tallinn

26 July Coastal Folk Festival and Fish Market, Viimsi

4-7 August Café Days, Kärdla

20 August Tahkuranna Pickle Festival, Tahkuranna

20 August Garlic Festival, Ülenurme

27 August Lüübnitsa Onion and Fish Fair, Lüübnitsa

27-28 August “Summer in a jar” Preserves Festival, Narva Castle


Tartu Summer Events 2016

Estonian Aviation Days
4–5 June

International Night of Churches in Tartu
10 June

Wow Run
18 June

Tartu City Day
29 June

Pop Choir Party
2 July

Festival “Glasperlenspiel”
7–12 July

Tartu Mill Triathlon
8–10 July

Hanseatic Days
9–10 July

Auto24 Rally Estonia 2016
15–17 July

Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert
31 July

10th Tartu Love Film Festival “tARTuFF”
1–6 August

Emajõgi River Festival
5–6 August

The Food Festival
13 August

Urban Festival UIT
17–20 August

Garlic Festival
20 August

Street Art Festival “Stencibility”
5–11 September

Estonian Theatre Festival Draama
5–11 September

Japanese Pop-Culture Festival AniMatsuri
23–25 September

Festival of Archaic Arts “RegiÖÖ”
23–25 September

Tartu Rally
23–24 September

Researchers’ Night Festival
25–30 September



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