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Cultural Highlights in 2017

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Tallinn's cultural calendar has a colourful choice of events to offer all year round, from classical music concerts and medieval festivals to state of the art concerts.

Tallinn is a true festival city with international high-flying events as well as cosy 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! The New Year usually kicks off with Bach’s music followed by spring music festivals like Tallinn Music Week, Estonian Music Days and Jazzkaar. 

Summer is the time of themed festivals such as Tallinn Old Town Days, Tallinn Medieval Days and Tallinn Maritime Days. The coming summer is also very special as the Youth Song and Dance Festival takes place in 2017. There is no way better to start the summer vacation than seeing masses of young people singing as one or forming breath taking patterns while dancing.

Then there are also international level sports events where everyone is welcome to test their stamina and see how they do compared to fellow participants. While the winter concentrates on extreme sports with Simple Session the autumn really tests your stamina with marathon and various runs highlighting the city’s sights. 

Autumn is also time for harvesting with various market days and community events taking place such as the Bread Day at the Estonian Open Air Museum or Uue Maailma community fair. Best restaurants are announced just before the end of the year and Tallinn Restaurant Week brings all the seasonal flavours together for everyone to enjoy. 

Around ten new productions are staged annually in the Estonian National Opera. In the Estonia Concert Hall, right next to the opera house, music plays almost every night, making it one of the hotspots of local music life. 
Most waited for event in Tallinn is without the doubt the magical Christmas Market on the cobbled Town Hall square. With the first snow flake coming down this is where the time stops and there is room for reflections.  
When planning your trip, keep the below events in mind - maybe there's one you wouldn't like to miss? A full list of events in Tallinn can be found in the Events Calendar.

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