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Photo by: Kaupo Kalda

Photo by: Kaupo Kalda

Photo by: PÖFF

Photo by: Mait Jüriado

Photo by: Tõnu Tunnel, TAB

By  •  27.11.2018

What is happening in Tallinn? - The city'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 and high-level sport competitions.

The year 2018 has brought a true party mood to the city, as our country is celebrating its 100th birthday! While 24 February 2018 officially marked 100 years of the Republic of Estonia, the centenary celebrations last all year around and continue through to 2 February 2020. The EV100 calendar of events brings together details of everything taking place during the anniversary period.

Top events 2018

Top events 2019

BachFest Tallinn
01.01.2019 – 07.01.2019
Docpoint Tallinn Festival 2019
30.01.2019 – 03.02.2019
01.02.2019 – 09.02.2019
Simple Session
02.02.2019 – 03.02.2019
Tallinn Winter Festival
19.02.2019 – 23.02.2019
Gordon Matta-Clark: anarchitect
22.02.2019 – 08.06.2019
Sex and the Sea
08.03.2019 – 19.01.2020
Sots Art and fashion. Conceptual designs from Eastern Europe
15.03.2019 – 04.08.2019
Tallinn Fashion Week
21.03.2019 – 23.03.2019
Tallinn Music Week (TMW)
25.03.2019 – 31.03.2019
Tallinn TV Tower Run 2019
Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar
19.04.2019 – 28.04.2019
Estonian Music Days
02.05.2019 – 10.05.2019
Tommy Cash / Rick Owens
03.05.2019 – 15.09.2019
Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2019
03.05.2019 – 04.05.2019
Tallinn Day
Tallinn Literature Festival "HeadRead"
22.05.2019 – 26.05.2019
Visual Theatre Festival NuQ Treff
23.05.2019 – 26.05.2019
Old Town Days: Tallinn 800
30.05.2019 – 02.06.2019
Tallinn’s 800th anniversary celebrations
Dannebrog 800. Art from the Danish Golden Age
16.06.2019 – 13.10.2019
St. John's Day Celebrations in the Open Air Museum
Folk Art Handicraft Fair on Town Hall Square
28.06.2019 – 30.06.2019
XXVII Song Celebration and XX Dance Celebration
04.07.2019 – 07.07.2019
Open collections. The floor goes to the artist
05.07.2019 – 10.11.2019
Sweet Spot Festival
05.07.2019 – 06.07.2019
Tallinn Medieval Days
11.07.2019 – 14.07.2019
Tallinn Maritime Days
12.07.2019 – 14.07.2019
Birgitta Festival
08.08.2019 – 17.08.2019
Junior World Championship in Wrestling
12.08.2019 – 18.08.2019
Tallinn Marathon
06.09.2019 – 08.09.2019
Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB)
11.09.2019 – 03.11.2019
Tallinn Design Night Festival
16.09.2019 – 22.09.2019
Tallinn Comedy Festival
08.10.2019 – 11.10.2019
The Golden Mask Theatre Festival
17.10.2019 – 29.10.2019
Mardilaat, St. Martin's Day Fair
07.11.2019 – 10.11.2019
Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)
15.11.2019 – 01.12.2019

Events' calendar

The New Year usually kicks off with Bach’s music. Spring brings popular music festivals like Tallinn Music Week, Estonian Music Days, and Jazzkaar. Summer is the time for themed festivals such as Tallinn Old Town Days, Tallinn Medieval Days and Tallinn Maritime Days. 

Summer 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first nationwide song festival, now held every five years. Also, the accompaning dance celebration will take place for the 20th time. 

Our warmest season ends with the Birgitta Festival. For a few August nights, the imposing ruins of the Pirita monastery are turned into a modern amphitheatre where various genres of musical theatre are performed.

Then there are also international-level sporting events where everyone is welcome to test their stamina and see how they do compared to fellow participants. While winter coincides with the festival of extreme sports, that is Simple Session, it's autumn that really tests your stamina, with the Tallinn Marathon and various surrounding runs highlighting the city’s sights. 

Autumn is also time for harvesting, with various market days and community events taking place such as Bread Day at the Estonian Open Air Museum, and the Uue Maailma community fair. The list of best restaurants is announced just before the end of the year, and Tallinn Restaurant Week brings all the seasonal flavours together for everyone to enjoy. Autumn ends in November with the Estonia’s largest handicraft fair – St. Martin’s Day – and with the popular Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF).

Around 10 new productions are staged annually at 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. 

The most eagerly-awaited event in Tallinn is without the doubt the magical Christmas Market on the cobbled Town Hall Square. With the first snowflakes falling, this is where time stops, and there is room for reflection.  

When planning your trip, take a look at our Events' Calendar - there's bound to be one you would love to be part of.

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