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By Laura Hiietamm  •  17.09.2019

What do you get when you combine the country’s best fashion week, a top-level theatre festival, an international horse show, and the opening of a new exciting virtual reality centre? - The colourful month of October in Tallinn! 

The cultural agenda caters to everyone’s tastes, quite literally: in addition to a wide choice of concerts, shows, and exhibitions, three different dining events invite you to discover the vast array of restaurants in Tallinn. Autumn might just be our favourite season!

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

Special events

Tallinn International Horse Show

4.-6.10.2019
 
The grand event of Estonian equestrian sport, Tallinn International Horse Show, offers both family entertainment as well as serious athletic performances: the programme includes two World Cup qualifiers, in dressage and show jumping. 
 
Tickets available at Piletikeskus.
 

Tallinn Fashion Week

16.-19.10.2019
 
Tallinn Fashion Week brings together the crème de la crème of the Estonian fashion industry. The event culminates with an awards’ gala celebrating the most outstanding and memorable local designers with a Golden Needle, Kuldnõel. This year’s nominees include Iris Janvier, Tanel Veenre, and Kirill Safonov.   

Tickets available at Piletilevi (from 1.10) or at the door.

Theatre festival “Golden Mask in Estonia 2019”

18.-30.10.2019
Different theatres in Tallinn, Narva, Kohtla-Järve, and Sillamäe
 
Every autumn, the theatre festival “Golden Mask in Estonia” offers local audiences a glimpse of some of the best theatre productions from Russia, from drama and ballet to musicals and puppet theatre. The Golden Mask is both a festival as well as a prestigious annual award given out by the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation.
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi.

PROTO Invention Factory opens its doors

From 19.10.2019
 
The PROTO Invention Factory combines science, fantasy, and history with virtual reality bringing to life some of the most important inventions of our time. It’s both highly entertaining as well as educating. You have to see it to believe it! 

Facebook page: PROTO Avastustehas 

PROTO Invention Factory

Food events

Söö Tallinn!

4.-17.10.2019
Different restaurants in Tallinn
 
Finland’s biggest restaurant event is taking over Tallinn! The restaurants participating at Söö Tallinn! choose 1-3 main courses and offer them for a reduced price of 10 euros to make eating out more accessible and inspire people to discover new restaurants. 

Information on the participating restaurants will be available on the event's website at the end of September. 

DinnerDays Restaurant Festival

11.-19.10.2019
Different restaurants in Tallinn
 
DinnerDays, organised by a Scandinavian restaurant booking platform DinnerBooking, brings together some of the most exciting restaurants in Tallinn and invites you to explore the local culinary landscape through fixed-price set-menus (28 euros). 

Tickets and booking are available on the festival’s website.


ToiduNautleja Restaurant Week

18.-27.10.2019
Different restaurants in Tallinn
 
During the ToiduNautleja event, a selection of restaurants from all over Estonia offer their visitors two- and three-course set menus for a special price to showcase the diversity of the local gourmet’ scene. Lunch menus start from 10 euros, dinner menus from 20 euros. Vegetarian options are also available.  

Booking starts at the beginning of October, see the event's website for more information.
 

An insider’s tip: if you are planning to visit Tallinn in November, do not forget to check out the Tallinn Restaurant Week (1.-7.11.2019). The booking for one of the city’s most prominent restaurant events starts on October 18, and the best restaurants fill up quickly.  

Onion and fish day 

05.10.2019, 10:00-15:00
 
Seto and Peipus-Russian communities grow the best onions in the country (and in the world, as far as Estonians are concerned) and know how to throw a good party when fieldwork is done for the season. Take part in a joyous Seto Michaelmas celebration, learn about traditional gardening and fishing methods, and discover some interesting local dishes!  

Tickets available at Piletilevi or at the museum.

Concerts and performances

Concerts and shows regularly take place in some of the most unique and/or historic venues in Tallinn. Below, you'll find a list of events inviting you to experience the city from a new angle and combine sightseeing with cultural experiences!

An insider's tip: if you are in Tallinn on October 1st, the International Music Day, you can enjoy free concerts in trams, schools, and even in a car dealership (Facebook event: Muusikapäev Tallinnas // Muusikapäev 2019).  

Jarek Kasar (EST) and Daniel Knox (USA)

03.10.2019, 19:00
 
One evening. Two men. Two concerts. Master storytellers, one in Estonian, the other in English, Jarek Kasar and Daniel Knox are bound to take you on a lyrical journey through the dark autumn nights.  

Tickets available from Piletilevi

Lenna: Tribute to Joni Mitchell

03.10.2019, 20:00

Lenna, a beloved Estonian singer and pop-star, will interpret Joni Mitchell in the House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads, a beautiful, Renaissance-style guild house in the middle of the Old Town. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Hortus Musicus: In Memoriam Helle Mustonen

06.10.2019, 14:00
 
Hortus Musicus, a well-known classical and early music ensemble, plays a free concert in the majestic interior of the Cathedral of Saint May the Virgin (Tallinn Dome Church) in the memory of one of their founding members, musician Helle Mustonen. 

More information available on the organiser’s website

Suveniir 45

10.10.2019, 19:00
 
Schlager- and country-singing popular Estonian retro band celebrating its 45th anniversary in a 1960s Soviet-style cultural palace? – Yes, please.   

Tickets available at Piletilevi and at the door.

Beethoven 250: string quartet Precioso

12.10.2019, 18:00
 
It is hard to imagine a more suitable venue for a Beethoven-playing string quartet than an 18th-century baroque palace commissioned by Peter the Great for his wife, now home to an art museum.  
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Autumn Jazz presents: Juhan

20.10.2019, 17:00
 
Juhan, a band carrying a very common name (Estonian version of John), brings together four extraordinary local musicians and instrumentalists: Jaak Sooäär, Riho Sibul, Henno Kelp, and Andrus Lillepea. Together they present their new album, ranging from intimate reflections to passionate rock. 
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi. More information about Autumn Jazz: jazzkaar.ee
 

Ksenia Rossar (soprano), Katariina Maria Kits (violin), Marcel Johannes Kits (cello), Auli Lonks (piano)

27.10.2019, 18:00
 
Four talented young musicians perform the work of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Martin in the historic surroundings of a Baroque-style guild house. 
 
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Anna Orlova: organ chef-d'oeuvres

31.10.2019, 19:00

Anna Orlova, a master organ player from Moscow, will interpret a selection of her favourite pieces in Niguliste, a church turned into a museum for ecclesiastical art - among others, its display includes the famous Dance Macabre by Bernt Notke.
  
Tickets available at Piletilevi

Fairs and conferences

Tallinn Entrepreneurship Day

08.10.2019, 09:00-18:00
 
Local entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals gather for a day full of inspirational presentations, meet-ups, and workshops. The thematic focus of this year is courage, the secret ingredient needed to convert a great idea into reality. 

The full programme will be available on the event’s website at the end of September. 

Beauty Word Autumn

11.-13.10.2019
 
Beauty Word Autumn showcases professional beauty products and procedures, from work supplies and uniforms to training and masterclasses. Learn about the newest trends from beauty, health, and wellness specialists! 

CryptoFin Conference

14.-15.10.2019

The largest blockchain, cryptocurrency, alternative banking conference and expo in Northern Europe. If you want to keep pace with innovations in technology and the future of the banking sector, then this is event is not to miss.

Sports

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying tournament: Estonia VS Germany

13.10.2019, 21:45
A. Le Coq Arena (Asula 4c)
 
The Estonian national team face Germany in a qualifier for the 2020 European Championship. Although Estonia no longer has a chance to play at the finals, it is still bound to be an interesting game: we have a lot to prove after losing 8-0 to Germany in June. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi


Exhibitions

Opening exhibition of the Kai Art Center

21.09-01.12.2019
 
The brand new contemporary art centre Kai opens its doors with an international exhibition “Let the field of your attention… soften and spread out” that analyses the different registers of visibility through the language of photography.  


A pro-tip: the Kai Art Center is located right next to the brand new PROTO Invention Factory (opens on 19 October) and at a short walk from the Seaplane Harbour, the impressive maritime museum – an excellent excuse to go and discover the Noblessner Seafront Quarter and Kalamaja

New exhibitions at Fotografiska Tallinn

September-November
 
The Tallinn branch of the Stockholm-born photography centre has recently opened two new exhibitions: the intriguing “Truth is dead” by Alison Jackson and the fairy-tale-like “Wonderland” by Kirsty Mitchell. A must visit, if not only for the top-level artistic experience but also for its surroundings: Fotografiska is situated right in the middle of the buzzing Telliskivi Creative City.

Kuud – modern lighting design

20.09.-20.10.2019
 
Kuud, moons in Estonian, displays new lamp designs by eight renowned Estonian and Finnish designers. A chance to sneak a peek of the freshest trends in Nordic interior design. 

Maire Männik – Estonian legend in Paris

23.08.2019-05.01.2020
 
Maire Männik (1922–2003) was an Estonian sculptor. After the World War II, she lived and worked in Paris and studied with the famous Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. In her work, she combined motifs of nature with abstract elements and was an integral part of the French artistic scene.