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Photo by: Birgitta Festival

By Laura Hiietamm  •  05.08.2019

If you are wondering what to do in Tallinn during the sunniest time of the year, have a look at our tips below. 

August fills the Estonian capital with an impressive array of outdoor and sports events: Ironman Tallinn, Birgitta Festival, Telliskivi Flea Market, the Night of Ancient Bonfires, and much more. For more information on what’s happening in Tallinn check our events' calendar.

Special events

Birgitta Festival

09.08-18.08.2019

From ballet to opera, from visual theatre to an a capella show, the Birgitta Festival fills the stage at the majestic medieval ruins of the St. Bridget’s convent with masterpieces of modern musical theatre. The programme highlights include Verdi’s Il Trovatore by the Moscow’s Novaya Theatre, Don Quijote by the Tbilisi Z Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre, a concert by the Voca People, and much more. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook events: Birgitta Festival

The night of ancient bonfires

31.08.2019, 20:30
Beaches around the Baltic Sea

Every year, on the last Saturday of August, people come together on the shores of the Baltic Sea to light bonfires that celebrate the summer, the sea, and most of all, the human connections between us. The festival draws inspiration from the traditional usage of signal fires as an instrument of communication between seafaring people. 

At 20:30, a chain of hundreds of bonfires will be lit on the seafronts of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden, with many fires accompanied by a varied cultural programme. It is a truly magical night with a hint of ancient mystery.  

Facebook event: Muinastulede öö 2019 

Music and concerts

Concerts and festivals regularly take place in some of the most spectacular venues around Tallinn so you can easily combine sightseeing with music. An insider’s tip: medieval buildings and former factories stay pleasantly cool during the summer heat. 

Victor Crone & Stig Rästa

02.08.2019, 19:00
    
Your two favourite Eurovision alumni, Stig Rästa and Victor Crone, perform a mix of their most beloved songs along with some new material. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Hanna-Liina Võsa & Koit Toome


Hanna-Liina Võsa and Koit Toome, two beloved velvet-voiced Estonian singers, enchant the audiences with their interpretations of local pop-hits of the past decades. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Wagwan Festival

09.08.2019, 14:00 

The Wagwan Festival is all about reggae and hip-hop. The line-up includes, among others, Miyagi and Andy Panda, Jillionaire of Major Lazer, Kabaka Pyramid, and the local rap-phenomenon Nublu. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Wagwan Festival 2019 

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra: An Alpine Symphony

16.08.2019, 20:00
Noblessner Foundry (Peetri 10)

The Grammy-awarded Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), conducted by Paavo Järvi, will perform the grandiose Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss in the freshly renovated Noblessner Foundry, located in a former submarine shipyard, now a sleek and trendy seafront quarter.   

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Mumiy Troll (RUS)

16.08.2019, 20:00

Concert of one of the most famous Russian rock groups, Mumiy Troll. A fun fact: the first Russian music video on MTV Russia in 1998 was the band's hit, "Vladivostok 2000".

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Andrea Bocelli – World Tour 2019

20.08.2019, 20:00

Andrea Bocelli is set to win the hearts of Estonians on our national holiday, the Day of Restauration of Independence. And what better way to celebrate than by listening to Bocelli on the legendary Song Festival Grounds with a perfect view of the Tallinn Bay? The programme includes classical masterpieces as well as several hits from Bocelli’s long and exciting career. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Sports events

IRONMAN Tallinn

03.08.2019
Tallinn Old Town, City Centre, and Kalamaja

IRONMAN is the hardest one-day triathlon in the world. The race begins with a 3.8 km (2,4 miles) swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour, followed by a 180.2 km (112 miles) bike course on the coastline and through the nearby villages. The final 42.2 km (26.2 miles) run takes participants through the historical city centre of Tallinn and finishes on the Freedom Square. Simply, wow! 

Facebook event: 2019 IRONMAN Tallinn

Junior World Championship in Wrestling

12.-18.08.2019

The future Olympic medallists in Greco-Roman, freestyle and women’s wrestling face each other in the Junior World Championship. The high-level competition is expected to attract more than 600 young athletes, along with their coaches and teams. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Fairs and markets

Ice Cream Party

25.08.2019, 12:00-18:00

A real kids’ heaven with child-friendly entertainment, and most importantly, with a large choice of ice cream (for a country so far up in the North, Estonia produces an impressive range of different ice creams).  

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Jäätisepidu 2019 

Telliskivi Flea Market

31.08.2019

Estonia’s biggest recycling and sustainable lifestyle festival. On the hundreds of stalls, you will find anything from vintage and design to second-hand and handicraft items. This overall shopping extravaganza is further complemented by an entertainment and kids’ programme, and a varied choice of street food.

Facebook event: Telliskivi Kirbulaat

New exhibitions

The visit: Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt

16.08-01.12.2019

Eero Järnefelt (1863–1937) and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt (1863–1945) are two classics from the Golden Age of Finnish art. The works on display at the exhibition – colourful landscapes, portraits of the artist’s community and compositions focused on everyday life – come from the rich collection of the Järvenpää Art Museum.

Jüri Arrak. Green light.

23.08-20.10.2019

Jüri Arrak, an acclaimed Estonian artist, displays his most recent drawings, animated and dreamy landscapes, specially created for the exhibition space of the Tallinn Art Hall. 

Pop-up exhibition: 30 years from the Baltic Way

23.08.2019-...

This year, 30 years pass since the historic day when nearly two million people gathered together to join hands and create a 600 kilometres long human chain, the Baltic Way, across the three Baltic states to express their shared desire for freedom. The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom celebrates the anniversary with an experience-based pop-up exhibition in the Telliskivi Creative City.