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Cultural Highlights in 2017

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By  •  15.05.2017

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 gatherings 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 holiday than seeing masses of young people singing as one, or forming breathtaking patterns while dancing. Another special event happening this year is the international festival of street art “Mextonia”. However, 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 the winter concentrates on extreme sports with Simple Session, the autumn really tests your stamina with the Tallinn 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 Bread Day at the Estonian Open Air Museum, or 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 ten 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 reflections.  

When planning your trip, keep the events below in mind - there's bound to be one you would love to be part of. A full list of events in Tallinn can be found in the Events Calendar. A full list of events in Tallinn can be found in the Events Calendar.

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