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TOP events in July and August

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By Laura Hiietamm  •  10.06.2019

The summer (holiday) is finally here! If you are wondering what to do in Tallinn during the sunniest time of the year, have a look at our tips below. 

July and August fill the Estonian capital with an impressive array of outdoor events: the Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn Medieval Days, Tallinn Maritime Days, Birgitta Festival, Telliskivi Flea Market Festival, and much more. 

Special events

XXVII Song Celebration (and XX Dance Celebration)

04.-07.07

The Dance Celebration’s tickets are unfortunately already sold out (according to the ones who missed out, it looks better from TV anyway) but you can still be a part of the Song Celebration, included in the UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

The Dance and Song Celebration takes place every five years, bringing together the whole nation for four days of dancing, singing, and spending precious time with family and friends. Also, if you have ever wondered what a 30 000+ choir sounds live on stage, then this is your chance!   

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook page: Laulu- ja tantsupidu

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

Tallinn Medieval Days

11.-14.07.2019
Tallinn Old Town

The Medieval Days take you back to the time when Tallinn was a thriving member of the Hanseatic League. The Old Town fills with artisans demonstrating their skills and crafts. You can immerse yourself into the medieval atmosphere with master classes, concerts and performances, and much more. Kids can fine-tune their skills at a special knights’ school in the medieval village. 


Tallinn Maritime Days

08.-09.06.2019
Old City Harbour, Seaplane Harbour, Noblessner Seafront Quarter, Haven Kakumäe

Tallinn Maritime Days put the focus on the seafront and the city harbours. During three days, the seaside will be taken over by different sea- and sailing-themed master classes and events, from visiting ships, sailing on the Tallinn bay, to listening to concerts, and much more. The performers’ line-up is quite impressive, including some of the biggest local stars. The kids’ have their own programme and a play area.

Facebook page: Tallinna Merepäevad 

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 

Concerts, parties and music festivals in exceptional venues

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. 

Concerts by Hortus Musics

02.,03.,05.07.2019, 18:00
Gate Tower (Lühike jalg 9)

The medieval Gate Tower is home to Hortus Musicus, an Estonian ensemble mainly focused on early music. The concert programme includes music from the 13th to 17th centuries. 

On July 5, at 18:00, Hortus Musicus will perform the world’s oldest polyphonic mass, the Mass of Tournai, in the St. Nicholas Church, now a museum housing the famous Danse Macabre by Bernt Notke. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Baltic vocal poems

11.07.2019, 18:00  

Classical musicians perform songs and piano pieces from Baltic composers. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi or the door (cash only). 

Disco Tallinn: Tortured Soul (USA) live

13.07.2019, 22:00

For one night only, for the afterparty of the Tallinn Maritime Days, the majestic seaplane hangars are turned into a discothèque. If the fantastic interior alone does not suffice, the jazzy beats of the American house-trio, Tortured Soul, are sure to get your feet moving. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi or the door. 

Järvi Academy Sinfonietta

14.07.2019, 20:00

Conductors of the Järvi Academy invite you on a musical journey with the timeless masterpieces by Beethoven, Stravinski, Eller, and Strauss.  

Tickets available at Piletilevi.

Hanna-Liina Võsa & Koit Toome

15.07.2019, 20:00, Tallinn Botanic Garden

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

Tallinn XXXIII International Organ Festival 

26.07-04.08.2019
Churches around the city 

The Tallinn Organ Festival invites you to discover some of the finest musical instruments in the city with concerts in the St. Nicholas ChurchTallinn Dome Church and the Charles XI church. The repertoire ranges from contemporary composers to classics such as Bach, Händel, Dvorak, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky (to name a few), performed by local and international organ virtuosos.   

Tickets available at Piletilevi

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

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

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 and lifestyle 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

Pirita Surf Festival

19.-20.07.2019

As the organisers jokingly declare, with the weather getting warmer and more unpredictable, it is time for the Estonians to pick a new national sport: surfing! The wind-, kite- and SUP-surfing festival on the sandy beach of Pirita offers everything you need from competitions to master-classes.

Facebook event: Pirita surfifestival 2019

Food events

Tallinn Vegfest 2019

27.07.2019, 10:00-19:00

Tallinn’s first Vegfest aims to bring together all things vegan. The wide selection of speciality products will be complemented by a varied cultural and entertainment programme, suitable for both kids and adults. 

Facebook event: Tallinn Vegfest 2019 

Lasnamäe pastry festival

28.07.2019, 12:00-18:00

Sweet pastries, salty pastries, spicy pastries, homemade pastries, mass-produced pastries… – this festival has them all. On a non-related side note, Pae park is located in the residential (block) area of Lasnamäe, the rumoured filming location of Christopher Nolan’s new film... 

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 

Midsummer Fishing Fair

28.07.2019, 10:00-16:00

Estonia’s biggest fishing fair offers a wide range of fishing equipment, fresh and cooked seafood (paired with Estonian craft beers), fishing competitions, and much more.

Tickets available at the door. 

Facebook event: Südasuvine kalastuslaat 

Fairs, markets and motor sport events

Pirita Convent’s Handicraft and Re-use Fair

28.07.2019, 11:00-16:00

The fair takes place in the unique atmosphere of the medieval ruins of the St. Bridget’s convent. You can find everything from seasonal and local products, to handicraft and vintage items. 

CarFest 2019

20.07.2019, 12:00-23:00

CarFest (formerly known as the Noble Car Day) aims to be the annual meeting point for all the local and regional car-aficionados. The programme consists of various competitions, an exhibition, and a traditional cruise around the city of Tallinn. If you wish to participate with your own car, please register beforehand. 

Tickets available at Fienta

Truck Show: Estonian Car Club Tuning Show

20.07.2019, 10:00-23:00

Tuning competitions, car shows, bike demonstrations, slackline and parkour masterclasses… – truly a dream day for petrol heads and adrenaline junkies! The musical entertainment will be provided, among others, by two metal heavyweights: Metsatöll from Estonia and Stratovarious from Finland. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Truck Show: Estonian Car Club Tuning Show 

Telliskivi Flea Market Festival

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, fashion shows, masterclasses, and a varied choice of street food.

New exhibitions

Opening exhibition: Jimmy Nelson “Homage to humanity”

20.06.-10.08.2019

The Stockholm-based internationally renowned photography centre Fotografiska has branched out to Tallinn with a new museum in the Telliskivi Creative Centre. Their first exhibition is “Homage to humanity” that takes its visitors to an all-immersive journey, combining meticulous craftsmanship with modern digital solutions. 

Top tip: Fotografiska Tallinn is open until the very late hours of the night (until 01:00 on the weekends). 

FLIGHT OVER, the aerial photography of cities

04.07-28.08.2019
Noblessner Foundry (Peetri 10)

Want to fly away, fly over, reverse the paradigms and look the world from above? The Noblessner Foundry (Valukoda) hosts an exhibition of aerial photography, designed by a French gallery, CAUE 92, and adapted by KOKO, an award-winning Estonian architecture bureau.

Facebook event: Survols / Ülelennud

Open collections. The floor goes to the artist. 

05.07-10.11.2019

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Art Museum of Estonia puts a focus on its own collections, on local and international art, spanning the medieval ages to today.

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. 

30 years from the Baltic Chain

23.08.2019

The Vabamu Museum of Freedom and Occupations commemorates 30 years from the Baltic Chain with a pop-up exhibition in the Telliskivi Creative City. On August 23, 1989, approximately two million people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined their hands to form a human chain across the three Baltic states to draw global attention to the desire for independence in the Soviet-occupied countries.