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By Laura Hiietamm  •  14.05.2019

If you are visiting Tallinn in June, you are in luck! The days are at their longest, outdoor terraces are open, and the city is buzzing with events - our summers are short, so Estonians try to make full use of every minute.   

Pick your favourites from our selection of this month's top events. Concerts by Bon Jovi and Sting, street food and craft brewers’ festivals, cross-karting with Ott Tänak, exhibitions about the Song and Dance Celebration - these are just a few examples of June’s highlights. If you cannot find what you are looking for, check our events’ calendar for more inspiration.    

Special events

Tallinn Old Town Days

All around the city

In 2019, the Tallinn Old Town days will celebrate 800 years from the first recorded mention of the city in the Livonian Chronicle of Henry of Latvia. The festival fills the streets with concerts, fairs, performances, and many other events. Check out the impressive music programme with events taking places in churches, towers, courtyards and so on. At midday, head to Harju mägi to buy, sell, and swap vinyl records with local music lovers. 

Facebook event: Tallinna Vanalinna Päevad 

Find out more about Tallinn's 800th anniversary

15.06.2019, 11:00-16:00
Vabaduse väljak

Did you know that according to a popular legend, the Danish red-and-white cross, the Dannebrog, fell from the sky as a sign of support from God during a battle in Tallinn in 1219 (yes, at the same time when Henry of Latvia mentioned the city for the first time in his chronicle)? Coincidentally, in 2019, we also celebrate the 135th anniversary of our own beloved blue-black-and-white tricolour that started its life in semi-secret as the flag of the Estonian Students’ Society in 1884. The two flags will take centre stage during a family day full of music, games, and much more on Vabaduse väljak. 

An extra tip for royalty spotters: the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, is expected to visit Tallinn on the very same day with planned appearances all around the city. 

Jaaniõhtu and Jaanipäev

Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer’s Eve) and Jaanipäev (St. John’s Day) are one of the most important public holidays in Estonia. To celebrate the summer solstice, we pack our bags, grab our family and friends, and leave the city centre for a night full of (jumping over) bonfires, singing, and just a little bit of pagan magic. If you happen to be in town for the shortest night of the year, do not be alarmed by the empty streets, but head straight to the Estonian Open Air Museum or the Viimsi Open Air Museum and join in the party! Also, do not forget to read our insider's tips on how to celebrate St. John's Day like a true Estonian

Facebook event: Jaanipäev / Midsummer's Eve (Estonian Open Air Museum) 

Extra tip! As a special offer, the St. John's Day event in the Estonian Open Air Museum is free with Tallinn Card!

Food and drink events


The biggest street food festival in Estonia: more than 70 local and international vendors offer a variety of dishes ranging from traditional to exotic. This year, one of the main focuses of the festival will be on kids, especially in providing them with a choice of healthy child-friendly street food. The festival is environment-friendly: the food is served on reusable or biodegradable plates, and the cups are deposit-subjected (so be sure to bring cash). The festival programme also includes performances, concerts, and masterclasses. 

Fine Spirits and Cigar Weekend

A festival for anyone whose favourite pastime includes a good cigar and a fine drink. The program features a trade show, musical entertainment, a slow smoking competition (Nordic qualifiers for the Cigar Smoking World Championship – serious business), and a gala dinner.   

Tickets available at the event's webpage. 

Estonian Craft Brewers Festival 

More than 30 Estonian beer, wine, and cider producers will demonstrate their craft at the annual brewers’ festival. The “line-up” includes top local microbreweries such as Põhjala, Sori, Lehe, Tanker, and many more. The event itself is free, but for degustation, you have to buy tokens.       

Concerts, musicals, and stand-up

Bon Jovi: This House is Not for Sale Tour
02.06.2019, 18:30

One of the world’s greatest rock bands will be in Tallinn for the first time, filling the legendary Song Festival Grounds with their best-loved hits and new songs. It will be Bon Jovi’s only concert in the region (i.e. the Baltics and Finland) so be sure not to miss it if you want to get your summer off to a rocking start. The warm-up acts include Terminaator (EST) and Santa Cruz (FIN). 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

West Side Story
In English: 02.06, 16.06, 19.06, 20.06, 21.06.2019

Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and set amidst the rivalry of the 1950s youth gangs in New York, Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” is an absolute modern classic with a number of hit songs: “Maria”, “Somewhere”, “I feel pretty”, “America”, and many more.. In Tallinn, an outstanding double cast featuring both local and international musical actors will give performances both in Estonian and English.

Tickets and full schedule available on the Opera's website

Vennaskond: Live
07.06.2019, 22:00

A legendary Estonian punk rock band in a legendary Estonian pub in Nõmme

Tickets available at the door. 

Facebook event: Vennaskond: Live

Tallinn Guitar Festival

International and local string virtuosos showcase their talents in some of the most iconic concert venues in Tallinn: the House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads, the Tallinn TV Tower, the Kadriorg Palace, and the KUMU Art Museum. Full porgram is  available on the festival's website

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Comedy Estonia: Telliskivi English Open Mic
10.06.2019, 20:00-22:00

English-language comedy in a relaxed bar atmosphere – what a fun way to spend your night! If you have a couple of (good) jokes up your sleeve yourself, you can register as a performer through the event’s Facebook page. 

Disturbed: Evolution World Tour
10.06.2019, 19:00

Tickets for the American heavy-metal band sold out so quickly that the organisers had to move the concert to a bigger venue. If you are a hard rock fan, then do not miss out on your chance to see Disturbed live on stage. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi.

Sting: My Songs Tour
12.06.2019, 20:00

Sting – do we even need to introduce him? Winner of 17 Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations, and one of the world’s best-selling music artists, will be in town with his newest tour, My Songs. The legendary frontman of the Police and a hugely successful solo artist will perform a selection of his most-loved songs from throughout his career.   
Tickets available at Piletilevi


CEV Volleyball European Golden League

The final four of the Men’s European Volleyball League will face each other during a two-day battle for the title of the winner of the Golden League. 

Tickets available at Piletikeskus

Estonia vs Northern Ireland EURO 2020 Qualifier
08.06.2019, 19:00
A Le Coq Arena (Asula 4c)

Estonian men’s national football team will face Northern Ireland in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying tournament. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Delfi rally day with Ott Tänak
30.06.2019, 14:00

This is your chance to spend a day with one of the top rally drivers in the world, the Estonian Ott Tänak, who will demonstrate his cross-kart driving skills.  

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Fairs and design events

Estonian Academy of Arts spring fair and flea market
02.06.2019, 12:00-17:00
Courtyard of the Academy building (Põhja puiestee 7A)

Students of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) sell their unique creations and design objects at the annual spring fair. If you want to support the young artists by buying their crafts or have a drink at one of the pop-up cafés, be sure to bring cash.  

Facebook event: EKA kevadlaat 2019

Folk costumes 'airing' and flea market
02.06.2019, 14:00-16:00

A true community-spirited event for the lovers and wearers of Estonian folk costumes. Everyone can bring their own costumes and tell their story (hence, the ‘airing’), ask advice on how to take care of the precious garments, and buy or sell anything related to the traditional Estonian clothes.


At the handicraft fair, you can buy quality items from local artisans, learn new skills at masterclasses and listen to concerts – all of that in the fairy-tale surroundings of the medieval Tallinn Old Town. 


Tallinn 800, thematic exhibitions
Tallinn City Museum, permanent exhibition
Estonian National Library, 14.06-04.07.2019
Kadriorg Palace, 16.06-13.10.2019

In 2019, Tallinn celebrates 800 years from its first recorded mention along with the appearance of the Danish state flag, the Dannebrog, with several exhibitions. From city history and valuable archive documents from the 13th century to renowned Danish artists, each museum and gallery has chosen a different angle to commemorate the event.   

Song and Dance Celebration, thematic exhibitions
Rotermanni 18/1, 08.04-10.07.2019
Estonian National Library, 19.05-26.10.2019 

From July 4 to July 7, the streets of Tallinn will fill with festive singers and dancers in colourful folk costumes taking part in the Song and Dance Celebration, held once every five years. Part of our cultural heritage, this event has always had a significant effect on the development of Estonian national identity. To find out more about the fascinating history and impact of the Song and Dance Celebration, check out the different thematic exhibitions in Tallinn’s museums and galleries.      

“Communism is prison”
15.05-30.10.2019 (or longer if the weather permits)

After a long pause, the impressive interiors of the former 19th-century sea fortress and prison are now open to the public with a new exhibition. “Communism is Prison” introduces the stories of the victims of the communist regime, imprisoned in Patarei for ideological pretexts, through the grim interiors of a Soviet-era prison. 

Estonian Academy of Arts: TASE ‘19
01.-16.06.2019, 12:00-18:00
EKA Gallery (Põhja puiestee 7) 

TASE is the annual graduation exhibition of the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts. You can spot the future talents in architecture, fine arts, and design in the Academy’s main gallery. Exhibitions for other disciplines are taking place in various spaces around the city – you can see the full list on the event’s Facebook page. 

Facebook event: Tase ’19