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By Laura Hiietamm  •  16.10.2019

The darkest period of the year has arrived. But worry not: if there is one thing we Northerners are good at, it is making the maximum out of all the four seasons! November in Tallinn brings you one of the biggest film festivals in the region, Europe’s best Christmas market, an international stand-up event, a huge handicraft fair, and much more! - Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? 


Below are our suggestions for November. For more information on what is happening in Tallinn, please check out our events' calendar.

November highlights

Tallinn Restaurant Week

1.-7.11.2019
Different restaurants in Tallinn
 
Tallinn Restaurant Week fills the city’s best restaurants with foodies and gourmands. The restaurants are divided into two categories, reflecting their price level: lunch menus are 10 to 15 euros; multi-course dinners range from 15 to 30 euros. 
 
The 67 participants include the crème de la crème of local restaurants, such as Ö, Juur, Ore, Horisont, and many others. If you do not know which restaurant to choose, take a look at our guide. The top restaurants fill up quickly, so be sure to book well in advance. 
 
Information and booking (starts on 17 October): www.tallinnrestaurantweek.ee 
 
Facebook page: Tallinn Restaurant Week  

St Martin’s Day Fair

7.-10.11.2019
 
It is never too early to start preparing for Christmas, especially when it comes to buying locally-made quality handicraft. In addition to a large variety of craft and design items, the programme of the Martin’s Day Fair includes masterclasses and presentations accompanied by traditional Estonian food and folk music. 
 

Tallinn Comedy Festival 

12.-15.11.2019
Different venues
 
Tallinn Comedy Festival, the funniest week in Estonia, features well-known performers and up-and-coming acts. Some of the English-language performances include shows by Stuart Goldsmith (UK), Emmanuel Sonubi (UK), Dan le Man (AUS), Alexander Maloy (RUS), and Vasiliy Medvedev (RUS). 
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Tallinn Comedy Festival 2019 

Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)

15.11-1.12.2019
Different cinemas and venues in Tallinn 
 
The Black Nights Film Festival is one of the most significant movie events in Northern Europe. The festival holds the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) accreditation for its international competition programme. It is labelled as an A-category cinema event alongside with only 14 other world-renowned festivals. 
 
The focal points of the festival include the international competition programme, several world premieres, movie industry events, and much more. The main event also has two sub-festivals: Just Film for children and teen productions and PÖFF Shorts for short movies. 

Tickets and passes available at Piletilevi prior to the event. During the festival, you can purchase tickets at the PÖFF information and ticket points as well as at the screening venues. See their website for more details. 

Christmas Market 

15.11-7.01.2019
 
This fairy-tale-like assembly of picturesque wooden cottages set around a majestic spruce in the middle of the medieval Town Hall Square is, according to an international public vote, the Best Christmas Market in Europe in 2019. We cannot guarantee you snow, but we can promise you a wide selection of local handicraft and delicacies topped with a varied entertainment program. When taking in the smell of fresh gingerbread and mulled wine, do not forget to watch out, as you might run into Santa…. 
 
Facebook page: Jõuluturg 

Christmas Jazz

29.11-12.12
Different venues
 
The traditional Christmas-themed jazz festival brings you a carefully curated selection of concerts best suited to light up the dark, cold winter nights. The programme features local stars, international, virtuosos, and rising talents. This year’s highlights include performances by Kurt Elling, Accent, and Sabrina Malheiros.
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi.
 
Facebook page: Jazzkaar 

Rockin' around the Christmas tree...

Christmas tree on the Town Hall Square

7.11.2019 to mid-January 2020
 
Tallinn’s most iconic Christmas tree will not be lit until the First Advent Sunday (1 December), but you can admire its beauty already from the beginning of November as it will be set up in time for the annual Christmas Market. 

By the way, did you know that Tallinn was the first place to have a public Christmas tree, already as early as 1441? Read more about the history and the local Christmas tree traditions from our blog post.  

Lightning of the Christmas tree in the St Nicholas Church

24.11.2019, 12:00-16:00
 
The Christmas season in Niguliste, a former church turned into a museum for ecclesiastical art, traditionally starts with the inauguration of their ornate Christmas tree, accompanied with thematic concerts.

The tree is set up by Shishi, an Estonian-Norwegian interior design brand known for their elaborate seasonal decorations. It will remain on display until 9 January 2020. 

Admission with museum ticket, available at the door. 


A top tip: Shishi will also decorate the Christmas tree of the main square of one of Tallinn’s newest city areas, the Noblessner Seafront Quarter. The tree will be lit on the First Advent Sunday, 1 December.  

Robotics, start-ups, and e-sports 

Startup Week Tallinn 2019

11.-15.11.2019
Different venues
 
Started in Boulder, Colorado nine years ago, Startup Week has now spread to more than 75 cities worldwide, including Tallinn. For five days, some of the most successful start-ups and start-up community organisations in Estonia are opening their doors to share their best practices with the whole community. So, if you have a startup or simply a startup spark, get involved and register for the events! 
 

HyperTown Tallinn

23.11-24.11.2019
 
HyperTown’s adventurous two-day programme features two finals: the Baltic eSports League Season 4 and Guns of Boom Season 2. You can also check out the latest-generation computers, robots, virtual reality games, simulator, a cosplay show, and much more. Come and join the fun! 
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi
 
Facebook event: HyperTown TLL 

Robotex International

29.11-01.12.2019
 
The annual Robotex International festival is one of the most significant robotics events on the planet. Be inspired by industry leaders, check out new start-ups, build robots for various challenges, and learn about the latest technological innovations!

Tickets available at Piletilevi
 
Facebook event: Robotex International 2019 

Dance and theatre

Georgian National Ballet Sukishvili

1.11.2019, 19:00
 
The Sukishvili dance company has brought Georgian national dancing and costumes to the biggest stages in the world, including the Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden, and La Scala. In Estonia, their show will feature 60 performers, hundreds of colourful costumes, and 50 exclusive sables – a remarkable sight!  
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Estonian folk-dance ensemble Kuljus

2.11.2019, 16:00
 
Kuljus, the folk-dance ensemble of the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) celebrates its 70th year of activity with their favourite dances. Founded in 1948, Kuljus is the biggest dance collective in Estonia and is considered as one of the best in the country. 
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi.  

Kristina Norman: „Lighter than woman“
9.11.2019, 19:30

„Lighter than woman“ is a poetical documentary-performance about overcoming the gravity of life, both literally and figuratively. The focus of the performance is on two sets of real-life characters: the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Ukrainian migrant-labourers who take care of Italian elderly. All of them deal with issues of gravity and weight(lesness) at different levels.  
 
Kristina Norman is active both in the field of contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. She represented Estonia at the Biennale of Venice in 2009. 
 
The performance is in English with Estonian subtitles. Tickets available at Piletilevi.  

Berezka Dance Ensemble

12.11.2019, 19:00
 
The legendary troupe of female dancers, Berezka, is known for their top-secret technique of moving across the stage as though on wheels or floating. Founded in the Soviet Union in 1948, they perform Russian folk-like dances that are popular all over the world.   
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Alice in Wonderland

Première on 29.11.2019, 19:00
 
Created after Lewis Carroll’s most-loved novel, the ballet blends multi-media effects, spectacle, and imaginative dance to immerse you into the Wonderland with Alice. The production was created for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples with original choreography by Gianluca Schiavoni (world première in 2017). 
 
Tickets available at Piletimaailm.

Food events and fairs

Tallinn Vegan Fair 2019

9.-10.11.2019, 12:00-18:00
 
Find out all about the newest trends in vegan cooking, buy vegan products, and discuss the vegan lifestyle. 
 
Facebook event: Taimetoidumess 2019 

Ideas / Flavours / Experiences

11.11.2019, 10:00-22:00
 
Come and listen to the top-chefs, innovators, and thought leaders of the culinary world! The mind-blowing line-up of renowned hospitality industry specialists includes, among others, the culinary superstar Heston Blumenthal from the Fat Duck. The event culminates in the announcement of the Best Restaurants in Estonia by the White Guide. 
 
Tickets available at Fienta.
 

Concerts 

All Souls’ Day Concerts in Tallinn

2.11.2019
 
18:00, St. John’s Church: a classical music concert organised by the Estonian National Opera. The highlight of the event will be Dvořák’s “Mass in D Major”, Op. 86. Tickets available at Piletimaailm

19:00, Kumu Art Museum: Mari Jürjens, a velvet-voiced Estonian actress and musician performs her autumn-inspired songs. An extra concert will also take place the following day, 3.11. Tickets available at Piletilevi

19:00, Charles XI Lutheran Church: Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor performed by the Choir of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, directed by Grammy-awarded Tõnu Kaljuste. The concert is free. Facebook event: Hingedepäeva kontsert

20:00, Saku Suurhall: not an All Souls’ Day concert as such, but Sarah Brightman, one of the most powerful and well-known female voices of the world is in Tallinn with her new mystic-inspired tour, “The Hymn”. Tickets available at Piletilevi
 
3.11.2019
 
19:00, Kadriorg Palace: the Lithuanian Čiurlionis Quartet performs compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven in the majestic baroque palace in Kadriorg. Tickets available at Piletilevi and on the spot.

Estonian Jazz Union 15 

5.11.2019, 19:00
 
The Estonian Jazz Union celebrates its 15th anniversary with a playful show in the NUKU Puppet Theatre featuring an impressive line-up of some of the best Estonian jazz musicians.
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi
 

Nazareth: the big European tour

10.11.2019, 19:00

The legendary Scottish hard rock band Nazareth will put your eardrums to the test with their new European tour. Formed in 1968, Nazareth has inspired some of the most prolific rock bands of today as they continue keeping the spirit of rock alive. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Elvis Show 2019

15.11.2019, 19:00
 
The title of the event says it all: this show is all about the King and his musical legacy. Showing their respect are Jack Baymoore, Darrel Higham, Tri-Tones, Rockin' Lady & Her Rivertown Boys, Margus Jürisson, and Roni Leppä. Let's rock everybody, let's rock!

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Elvis Show 2019 Tallinn 

Gala concert: Jaak Joala’s songs

15.11.2019, 19:00
 
In the 1980s, the Estonian singer Jaak Joala was the equivalent of Julio Iglesias in the Soviet Union - a superstar filling all the major venues and charming everyone with his romantic tunes. The concert by Koit Toome, Valter Soosalu, Ivo Linna, and Jassi Zahharov features all his top hits. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi.

Big Bang Tallinn

17.-18.11.2019
 
The international children’s music festival Big Bang takes place in 13 different cities in Europe and Canada. The event targets youngsters aged 5-13 to inspire them to discover the wonderful world of music. In the programme, you will find concerts, interactive installations, and hands-on masterclasses. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Early music festival: Tallinn feat. Reval

23.11-1.12.2019
Different venues
 
This enchanting festival is an excellent opportunity to peek behind some of the most exciting doors in the Old Town. The concerts take place, for example, in the Town Hall, in the St. Nicholas Church, and the Academy of Sciences in Toompea. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook page: Tallinn feat. Reval 

Exhibitions

The Weather Diaries

28.09.2019-6.01.2020
 
The visually hypnotising international exhibition is inspired by the unique landscape and harsh weather of the Nordic region, namely Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. A real feast for your eyes!

The Virgin Mary: Woman, Mother, Queen

25.10.19-26.04.2020
 
The exhibition presents the story, meaning and depiction of the Virgin Mary, with a focus on medieval Livonia. On display are the medieval and early modern artworks from the houses of worship of Estonia and Livonia. 

Jyri Pitkänen and Eveliina Talvitie: Catch Me

13.09-10.11.2019
 
Exhibition “Catch me” takes you to the homes of disabled children in different countries. Together the photographs by Jyri Pitkänen and the stories by Eveliina Talvitie create a bigger entity of reality and emotion showing everyday life as it is without the aspect of pity or heroism.