Tallinn Annual Events
Tallinn Fire and Ice Festival (first weekend of January)
Burning fir trees is an old pagan Estonian folk custom. People believed that mid-winter fires, lit in the spirit of celebration, would guarantee the return of the sun in spring.
Figures made out of fir trees left over from Christmas season will be set alight as entertainment and to encourage economic frugality. The Fire and Ice Party will dazzle with a spectacle of fire sculptures, using art to express the spiritual and magical power of fire.
Mustonen Fest (the beginning of February)
The Festival, initiated by an Estonian early music ensemble Hortus Musicus and its leader Andres Mustonen, was born in 1989 of a series of winter baroque music concerts in the historical Tallinn Old Town and the Tartu University Hall. It soon acquired international dimensions as the Tallinn Baroque Music Festival with already world-famous performers. Since 2002 the Festival has significantly been widening its grasp of repertoire. Performers one can always find Hortus Musicus and its Academic Orchestra. This festival has hosted a variety of such famous musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Jordi Savall, Barthold Kuijken, Emma Kirkby, Patrick Gallois, Edward Parmentier as well as Liana Isakadze, Michel Lethiec, Natalia Gutman, ensembles Timedance, Consort of Musicke, The Tallis Scholars, Red Priest, Providence, Concerto’91, Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, Taganka Theatre with Yuri Lubimov and others, whose way to Estonia has been paved by Andres Mustonen’s personality as a musician. In the last years Baroque Music Festival has been focusing on the interaction and connection between the Eastern and Western music cultures and national cultures' individualities.
Tallinn Winter Festival
The magnificent Tallinn Winter Festival was first held at the turn of the year 2006/07, hosting several most renowned Estonian musicians.
The 6th Tallinn Winter Festival will be held for the first time in February. Concerts take place at the Tallinn Town Hall, Hopner House and St Charles church. The motto of the Festival Is “OPEN YOUR EYES, OPEN YOUR HEART” and with this year’s campaign we are collecting funds for musical instruments. The five concerts present Estonian top soloists and talented young artists from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Independence Day Parade (February 24)
Simple Session (16-17 March 2013)
Prepare for the greatest of all BMX and skateboarding event! Starting out as just as local hangout, Simple Session has now become one of the biggest and the best contest in the world. 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. The unforgettable contest will be followed by unstoppable after-parties.
Estonian Music Days (1-7 April 2013)
Composers, musicians and eras are placed beside and opposite to each other, so are the aesthetics of planned and chance as well as professional musicians and music pupils. Festival Estonian Music Days, held since 1979, concentrates on the Estonian composers’ most recent music.
Depending on the event the entrance is free or 5-8 euro
Tallinn Music Week (4-6 April 2013)
Tallinn Music Week started in 2009 with a plan to introduce Estonian music to the entire world ranging from jazz and folk to punk and metal. A kind of crash course in Estonian music was born and continues this year in Tallinn’s clubs, theatres and cellar bars with the freshest and most exciting Estonian music there is.
Tallinn Music Week will be attended by close to a hundred A&R people from around Europe. Other attendees include festival directors, organisers, managers, agents, record companies, publishers and journalists, Tallinn Music Week is a large-scale party for Estonians and foreign fans and an opportunity for talented Estonian musicians to get noticed outside the country’s borders.
International Choir Festival „Tallinn 2013“ (18-21 April 2013)
Jazzkaar International Jazz Festival (19-28 April 2013)
Spring and Jazzkaar are inseparable. The twenty fourth Jazzkaar takes place from April 19th to 28th at the specially built unique Marina Pavilion at the Port of Tallinn grounds. Jazzkaar organizes the festival in this exalting atmosphere with the help of Prike, RGB and Port of Tallinn. Traditionally the concerts also take place at other cities – on Viljandi and Tartu there are even small festivals.
Tallinn Day. Opening of the Kadriorg Park Canals. (15 May 2013)
Tallinn gained Lubeck 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. This year promises a whole day of concerts and the opening of historic rain water channels at the Kadriorg Park.
The day, first held in 2002, has grown in scope ever since.
SEB Maijooks (18 May 2013)
Once again the women of Tallinn are called upon to get out and get healthy. The Maijooks (May Run), which starts in the Song Festival Grounds, 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 bit shorter.
Tallinn Old Town Days (01-08 June 2013)
The essence of this event lies in the festivities for townsfolk to celebrate the beginning of summer. The Main character of these festivities appears to be beloved Old Town itself. During these days, courtyards, squares, streets, coffee-shops and halls will be filled with music, art, theatre and many other events large and small of various kinds.
The topic of 2013 is “Every tower has its story”. It means a great opportunity for the guests of the city to reveal the secrets of Tallinn‘s medieval towers and to get in touch with their history, architecture and interior.
Nargen Festival (June-September)
Exact dates will be specified*
Each year the Nargen festival presents the best classical music in the most beautiful locations in Estonia. Performances are taking place in Tallinn, Naissaar (Isle of women or Nargen in German) and other locations in Estonia.
Tallinn Tref Festival (06-10 June 2013)
Tallinn Treff Festival has grown out if an initiative started by Estonian State Puppet Theatre in 1991 when the ESPT organised the first Puppet Theatre Festival of the Baltic Sea countries. Since then the festival has evolved into a large-scale theatre festival and from 2006 started to take place under the name of Tallinn Treff Festival.
The main objective of the festival is to introduce the magnificent world of performing arts in its full diversity. Tallinn Treff Festival is all about breaking borders, between different art forms and West and East.
The festival offers a wide variety of performances, including dance, drama, puppet theatre, performance art, visual theatre, music, art. The festival takes place on the streets and in the venues of Tallinn Old Town.
Tallinn Guitar Festival (09-15 June 2013)
Tallinn Guitar Festival offers a rich musical choice and the chance to hear some of the best musicians around. The festival showcases all aspects of the instrument and presents a broad spectrum of styles from cultures from around the world.
Green Day Concert (25th June 2013)
On the 25th of June, the kings of punk-rock GREEN DAY (USA) will be performing at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
Green Day has sold more than 70 million albums and won 5 Grammy Awards during their 25 year career.
On the 11th of February only 15 000 tickets will be sold in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania. It will be the only concert in the Baltic States.
Elton John Concert (29th June 2013)
Õllesummer (03-06 July 2013)
The biggest outdoor festival in the Baltic’s with many arenas offering four days of local and international bands on the Song Festival Grounds.
The programme of the event includes wall-to-wall music including the chance to hear popular local jazz performers, top rock bands and many other local or international favourites.
Tickets (8-25 Euros)
Tallinn Medieval Days (04-07 July 2013)
The Medieval Days are one of the most important annual events of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union since the year 2000. The Medieval Days take place in Tallinn’s Old Town every year on the first full week of July from Thursday to Sunday.
During the Medieval Days you are able to feel the atmosphere of the flourishing hanseatic era. A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. Musicians and dancers from near and far take the stage. A medieval procession opens the event followed by various workshops, excursions and theatre performances. The children’s area is situated on the Niguliste hill where children are able to participate in workshops, knight tournaments and other exciting activities.
Since 2008 a medieval gourmand carnival takes place in the Tallinn’s Town Hall where graciously dressed guests may enjoy the atmosphere of a real medieval festivity.
Tallinn Maritime Days (12-14 July 2013)
Tallinn Maritime Days are held for the sixth time on July 12-14 this year in three harbours in the city of Tallinn that by now have become traditional venues for the event - the Passenger Port, the Seaplane Harbour and Peetri Harbour.
Maritime Days that over the years have emerged as Tallinn’s largest sea and family related event, once again provide visitors with an exciting opportunity to learn about the sea and seafaring in a multitude of ways. Tallinn Seaplane Harbour, one of the most modern and fascinating exhibition complexes in Northern Europe, boasts an outstanding overview of Estonia’s versatile maritime history. The Passenger Port hosts the main stage as well as the jazz area of Maritime Days; Peetri Harbour attracts spectators with events of a more intimate nature. Peetri Harbour as well as the Passenger Port welcome visitors who wish to sail in on their own sailboats, yachts or launches.
Tallinn International Organ Festival (02-11 August 2013)
Niguliste Organ Week, which was held first time in 1987, has now gained dimensions, which allow considering today’s festival as one of the most significant and authoritative organ music forum in the whole world.
This year the festival introduces a completely new dimension and this for the first time all over the world – the festival program includes Tallinn International Youth Organ Festival, which will be attended by more than 30 young organists from many countries. Within ten days of the festival, young artists can participate at master classes and give concerts themselves on our historical and new organs. Young musicians and masters together – this is supportive and inspiring for both sides.
Birgitta Festival (09-18 August 2013)
Robbie Williams „Take the Crown – Stadium Tour 2013“ (20 August 2013)
On the 20th of August 2013 megastar Robbie Williams will perform at The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Robbie Williams will visit Tallinn with his latest “Take the Crown – Stadium Tour 2013″ tour and it will be the only concert in the North-Europe.
August Dance Festival (21-31 August 2013)
August Dance Festival has throughout the years turned into an internationally acknowledged summer ending dance festival in Europe. It is the largest and most well-known dance festival also within Estonia.
In the end of August there are two weeks of original performances waiting for us in the theatres and on the streets of Tallinn by local as well as guests from as far as Japan. August Dance Festival has never been afraid of breaking the stereotypes, even if this requires force.
Tallinn Chamber Music Festival (21-31 August 2013)
The Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, which began in 2005, is a major event in professional music in Estonia, giving audiences the chance to enjoy and take pride in the country’s most outstanding musicians alongside many guests. It is created to enrich and add some classical spice to the busy cultural life in Tallinn!
The headliner for the 9th edition of the festival in 2013 is the well known Swedish chamber orchestra Camerata Nordica.
The Festival takes place in the historic concert halls and churches in one of the most beautiful cities of the Baltic States with concerts in the Town Hall, Hopner House, St John’s and St Michael's Swedish Church.
Estonian National Opera 1000 (06-20 September 2013)
In September 2013, the building of the Estonian National Opera will celebrate its 100 years anniversary. Sale of tickets to the anniversary festival will start in March 2013.
SEB Tallinn Marathon (07-08 September 2013)
Very many great cities have panoramic marathons. Tallinn is a small city but it is still has rich and distinctive sights – the Old Town, the City Wall with its towers, Freedom Square and the green parks. Tallinn has been described as medieval town with a modern twist, it has one of the best preserved old towns in Northern Europe. It is exactly this combination of "old" and "new" that the course of Tallinn Marathon will take.
In the program: marathon, half marathon, 10 km run, 10 km walk and Nordic Walking.
International Festival of Orthodox Music (19 September- 1 October 2013)
An International festival of Orthodox sacred music CREDO has taken place in Estonia since 1994 and has since then been an important event of musical life every September. The festival’s goal is the preservation, development and popularization of Orthodox musical culture. Masterly performances, a wide variety of concert programmes and a considerable increase in the interest in Orthodox culture among the contemporary world, give promise of a great European-scale event.
Church and monastery choirs, amateur and folk choirs, secular choirs that have Orthodox repertoire, and children’s choirs of high masterly execution participate in the festival.
One of the festival’s aims is a study of reception of ancient Orthodox culture in contemporary sacred music.
Light Walks in Kadriorg (19 September 2013)
Light walks in Kadriorg is an annual festival with many different events in Kadriorg Park to send away the summer season
Design Night Festival (26-29 September 2013)
Exhibitions and fashion shows, as well as seminars and workshops, introduce the world of design to the public in this well-established festival.
Art Teddy Planet (12-13 October 2013)
Exhibition-Fair Art Teddy Planet will take place in Tallinn for the second time at the Saku Suurhall Hall on12-13th October 2013.
It will bring together Teddy Baer artists, doll artists, handicraft shops, collectors and Teddy Bear fans. This is the only Exhibition-Fair in Baltics which shows Teddy Bears in such variety. There you will see different bears – from antique museum bears to modern artist’s bears. You can also find all necessary materials for making our favourite animals.
Saint Martin‘s Day Fair (07-10 November 2013)
The St Martin's Day fair is the biggest handicraft and folk event in Estonia. Craftsmen from many European countries will be selling their wares.
Visitors will be able to buy traditional foods and beverages. There will be book release parties, workshops and plenty of music and dance, so make a day of it at Handicraft's Night.
Black Nights Film Festival (21-30 November 2013)
The 17th PÖFF is one of the Northern Europe's biggest and most important film festivals. PÖFF will present the year's best animations, student and short films, features and documentaries, children’s and youth films and will encourage people to make films themselves on mobile devices.
Hundreds of full-length and short films from different countries will be screened during the festival.
Christmas Jazz (28 November – 12 December)
Jazz is back for Christmas. Performers from different countries will to take to the stages of Tallinn's churches and concert venues.
Tallinn Christmas Market (1st December 2013 – 12 January 2014)
At the Town Hall Square of Tallinn, next to the majestic Town Hall, a Christmas market will be held with a touch of fairy tale where anything is possible! The heart of action will be the most important Christmas tree in Estonia, surrounded by Christmas cabins/stands.
A Living Christmas land is decorated with trees, Christmas decorations and Christmas lights.