What To Do & Where To Go when in Tallinn, Estonia 2017
Tallinn is a true festival city with international high-flying events as well as cozy local community happenings going on in various parts of the city. Regardless of the size and the nature of the event, guests are always welcome!
Here’s sampling of major events in Tallinn’s cultural calendar 2017 by VisitTallinn.ee
DocPoint Tallinn, an international documentary film festival, will focus on documentary films that offer social criticism and deal with topical issues. The festival is held in cooperation with DocPoint Helsinki, one of the most important documentary film festivals in the Nordic countries.
January 27 – February 5
A long-standing international music festival, which is being held under the name MustonenFest. It brings to the audience music in different genres from different centuries and exciting musical personalities: composers, interprets and music groups.
Renowned Estonian and foreign musicians perform classical music under the motto “Open your eyes, open your heart!”. A charity campaign to raise money for the Instruments Fund of the Pille Lill Music Fund, which supports Estonia’s most promising musicians in purchasing professional and high-quality music instruments.
Prepare for the greatest of all BMX and skateboarding event! Starting out as just as local hangout, Simple Session has now become one of World’s premier skateboarding and BMX contests. Over the years, Simple Session has hosted most of the top BMX and skateboard athletes. Expect some insane, mind-blowing, action from top athletes from all over the world.
Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is the biggest indoor festival and music industry conference in the Baltic-Nordic region, attracting an enthusiastic audience of nearly 20,000 music lovers from Estonia and neighbouring countries. The line-up presents around 800 industry players, more than 200 Estonian and international acts from diverse musical genres from pop to jazz and hard rock to electronic music. The TMW City Stage programme offers daily free pop-up concerts in unexpected and exciting places across Tallinn.
Tallinn TV Tower and the World Federation of Great Towers hold a joint international tower running series. The event in Tallinn is held on the first Sunday in April, with the distance of 170 meters/ 870 stairs.
For over 30 years, Estonian Music Days (EMD) has been one of the most important festivals to focus on the recent compositions of Estonian composers; most of the programme consists of world premieres. EMD strikes a balance between domestic and foreign, intimacy and grandeur, and the programmes of the festival include increasingly more crossovers between genres and styles.
April 21 – 30
Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz music event in the Baltics held from 1990. Combining interesting and unique programme with bold solution Jazzkaar’s team brings the biggest and most interesting findings of the world’s jazz scene to Tallinn and Estonia.
View of the old town. Tallinn, Estonia, Europe
Tallinn gained Lübeck city rights in 1248, gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European cities. Tallinn Day commemorates this historical event with a day full of cultural and fun activities. The day, first held in 2002, has grown in scope ever since.
Once a year, Estonian museums and other heritage sites open their doors to visitors for later than usual and free of charge. The event is affiliated with the Night of Museums programme across Europe. Each year, the Night of Museums is dedicated to a specific theme. Over the years, the event has become a highlight of the cultural calendar attracting tens of thousands of visitors both from Estonia and abroad.
SEB Maijooks (May Run)
Once again the women of Tallinn are being called upon to get out and get healthy. May run starts from the Song Festival Grounds and can be a gentle stroll or a gut-wrenching run, depending on how you want to take it. In any case, it is a chance for people of all ages to get out and get fit. The route for children under the age of 12 is a slightly shorter.
May 24 – 28
HeadRead is a literary festival in Tallinn, bringing together writers from Estonia and abroad to spreading the message of the written word.
May 26 – August 25
The traditional garden design festival takes place on the picturesque Towers’ square featuring the works of both local and international landscape designers. This year’s theme is “Family garden” and “Monochrome garden”. The beauty of flowers and garden design art will be accompanied with many concerts and various other events.
May 31 – June 4
The main venue of this traditional festival is the Old Town of Tallinn. The event held since 1982 is celebrating the beginning of glorious summer. The courtyards, squares, streets and coffee shops will fill with music, art and theatre, and they become the venues for other fun activities. Visitors can peek into the courtyards of the Old Town and learn about the long and impressive history of Tallinn through festive events.
June 1 – 4
Visual theatre festival is introducing and promoting modern puppet theatre, by preserving and passing on puppet theatre traditions and bringing new, surprising forms of theatre to audiences that we never knew existed.
June 12 – 16
Tallinn Guitar Festival, held since 2006, has become a traditional and much-loved event for lovers of guitar music. The initiator and artistic director of the festival is one of the best guitarists in Estonia, Tiit Peterson. The festival offers guitar music of all styles, performed by various musicians. Over the years, the festival has been headlined by some of the world’s leading guitarists.
St. John’s Day Celebrations
On the whitest and most beautiful night of the year the Estonian Open Air Museum invites you to take the most of it. Flaming bonfires, music from the best folk musicians, dancing and swinging with big village swings, children playing old time folk games.
Summer solstice or Jaanipäev in Estonian is one of the highlight events of the year which traditionally marked the change in the farming year. Spring sowing was completed as well as the hard hay-making.
The following year’s celebration of 7 to 27 year olds will focus on roots – the youth’ connection with its land, culture and older generations. This celebration is born at the time where the youngsters need the wisdom and strength of the past generations to learn how to keep and give forward the fore-fathers’ knowledge – the way of being us.
Chief conductor of the 12th Youth Song- and Dance Celebration is Heli Jürgenson, stage director Margus Toomla. Singing part of the celebration takes part at the Song Festival Grounds and dancing at the Kalevi Stadium.