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Top events in September

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By Laura Hiietamm  •  14.08.2019

Autumn in Tallinn greets you with colourful design and architecture events, a high-level marathon, world-class concerts, open-air fairs, and last but not least - with the opening of a brand-new art museum, the Kai Art Centre in the Noblessner Seafront Quarter. It is time to catch those last rays of sunshine before the winter arrives! 

Here are our top suggestions for September. For more information on what's happening in Tallinn, please check out our event's calendar

Special events: photography, architecture, and (light) design

Tallinn Photomonth


The biennale fills some of Tallinn’s leading contemporary art spaces with international photography, thematic movies, and an art fair. The programme includes the opening exhibition of Kai, a brand new modern art centre in the Noblessner Seafront Quarter

Facebook event: Tallinna Fotokuu 2019 

Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Around the city

The most prominent international architecture and urban-planning festival in the region. The programme features exhibitions, installations, a symposium, and a vision competition. 

Tallinn Design Night Festival


This year, the Tallinn Design Night puts a focus on new materials. The programme is a symbiosis of exhibitions, fashion shows, seminars, fairs, and many other thematic events taking place in different intriguing locations around the city. 

Facebook page: Disainiöö 

Wandering Lights Festival 

18.-20.09.2019, starting from 19:30

Hundreds of lights and light installations will be lit in the Kadriorg park (18.-19.09) and the Old Town (19.-20.09). The enlighted nooks, pathways, and green areas inspire us to discover the city space around us from a new angle and celebrate the end of summer. 

Facebook event: Valgus Kõnnib 2019

Food events, fairs, and street festivals

Balti Jaam’s Night Market

6.09.2019, 15:00-00:00

Ever wondered what happens at the market after the sun goes down? Well, here is your chance to find out.  In addition to the obvious – late night shopping – the festival’s program includes free concerts by beloved Estonian pop-stats Shanon and reket, a children’s area, a fashion show, and a pop-up fair. A top tip for street-food aficionados: the market’s already plentiful street food selection will be complemented by street food trucks, specially invited for the event. 

Facebook event: Ööturg 2019 

Uue Maailma Street Festival

Streets in Uue-Maailma: Väike-Ameerika, Luha, Koidu etc. 

The block party in Tallinn organised by the local community of Uue-Maailma, a lovely little neighbourhood close to the city centre. Head to the streets of Väike-Ameerika, Luha, and Koidu for two days full of family-friendly events, street fairs, and lots of fun special activities. 

Facebook page: Uue Maailma Tänavafestival 

Literary Street Festival

14.09.2019, 12:00-23:00
Kadriorg: Lydia Koidula street

For one day, almost all Estonian literary organisations gather on the idyllic Lydia Koidula street, named after a beloved 19th-century Estonian poet. In addition to a rich cultural program involving discussions, guided walks, concerts, theatre performances, and much more, you can visit pop-up cafés, try street food, and enjoy the unique bohemian vibe of Kadriorg. 

A top tip: Kadriorg is home to the best historic house museums in Tallinn, and two of them, once residences of famous Estonian writers Anton Hansen Tammsaare and Eduard Vilde, are conveniently located right on or next to the Lydia Koidula Street.  

Estonian bread day and autumn fair

15.09.2019, 10:00-16:00

Want to know more about our beloved black bread? The historical farms at the Estonian Open Air Museum invite you to discover the bread-making process from grain grinding to actual tasting. Throughout the day you can learn about traditional Estonian cuisine and buy different local products at the traditional autumn fair. Jätku leiba!

Tickets available at the event. 

Mushroom festival

15.09.2019, 12:00-18:00

Mushrooms are taking over! From edible to poisonous, from forest-grown to laboratory-developed, from useful to dangerous mushrooms – you can discover them all! Also, the police will give you useful tips on not getting lost in the forest, and you can learn about using mushrooms in different areas of life. Last but not least: you can taste plenty of mushroom-based delicacies. 

Facebook event: Seenefestival

Oktoberfest Tallinn

20.09.2019, 19:00-01:00
Pirita Harbour

Grab your dirndl and lederhosen and join a true Baiern-style beer party in Pirita! The offer includes not only traditional German drinks and snacks but also live music from the original band from Munich: Gaudiblosn Oktoberfestband.

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Oktoberfest Tallinn 2019

Music festivals, concerts, and dance performances

Nargenfestival: Arvo Pärt Days

Noblessner foundry (Peetri 10), St. John's ChurchArvo Pärt Centre

Composers Thomas Adès, James MacMillan, and Pärt Uusberg perform their own creations and interpret Arvo Pärt’s oeuvre in spectacular venues around the city. According to Bachtrack, the highly-awarded Estonian Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Facebook event: Pärdi päevad 2019 

Anna Kaneelina & Erki Pärnoja

06.09.2019, 20:00

A warming concert by the hottest couple on the Estonian indie music scene. The ethereal pop of Anna Kaneelina and the dreamy, movie-like instrumental sounds of Erki Pärnoja will take you on a voyage to remember. 

Tickets available at Fienta


07.09.2019, 18:00

The electronic-pop sensation from Tallinn will give his only live concert in Estonia in the Telliskivi Creative City. Praised internationally as “the next big thing”, his hits “Move”, “Rooftop”, and “fk this up” have racked up millions of plays on music streaming services. If you have not heard about him yet, turn on your speakers. And before you know it, you will be singing from the rooftop, turning all the lights out...

Tickets available at Ticketer

Facebook event: NOËP Live 

NOËP - Rooftop

Première! Opera “Romeo and Juliet”

20.09.2019, 20:00

An opera by Charles Gounod based on William Shakespeare’s classic masterpiece. It is famous for its deeply emotional love duets, its beautiful orchestral colours and its heart-stirring choruses. In Tallinn, the world-known opera is directed by Stephen Barlow, and the set is designed by Yannis Thavoris. 

Tickets available at Piletimaailm

Flamenco: Estampas de España

23.09.2019, 19:00

The Larreal dance group from the Spanish Mariemma Royal Dance Conservatory will take you on a picturesque journey through Spain, via the passionate art of flamenco. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Estonian voice on the world stage. Ain Anger and Kristin Okerlund.

28.09.2019, 19:00

An Estonian voice on the world stage – this statement is not an exaggeration when it comes to Ain Anger. Considered as one of the best bass singers of our time, Anger is a welcomed guest in all the major opera houses around the world. He has performed in Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, … - and that’s just this season alone. 

Tickets available at Piletimaailm

Sports events

Tallinn Marathon

Competition centre: Vabaduse väljak

The Tallinn Marathon is Estonia’s biggest running festival consisting of several different types of distances from kids’ runs, Nordic walking to half- and full marathon. For the first time, the marathon track will pass through the Tallinn Zoo. Proceeds from the sales of the Tallinn Marathon’s official t-shirts will go towards building a new home for the city’s tigers.  

You can register for the runs online until September 6th, 17:00 local time.  

Facebook event: Tallinna Maraton 2019 

BC Kalev/Cramo VS BC Kaunas Žalgiris

8.09.2019, 17:00

BC Kaunas Žalgiris, a top-level European basketball team (in 2018, they finished third in the EuroLeague), open their season with a friendly game in Tallinn against the defending Estonian champions, BC Kalev/Cramo.   

Tickets available at Piletilevi

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying tournament: Estonia VS the Netherlands

9.09.2019, 21:45
A. Le Coq Arena (Asula 4c)

The Estonian national team face the European champions, the Netherlands, in a qualifier for the 2020 European Championship. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi. 

Martin Müürsepp’s Last Battle

26.09.2019, 19:00

Martin Müürsepp, the former Estonian power forward for Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, has invited some of his favourite teammates to Tallinn. Müürsepp’s dream team of Olympic winners, world champions, and other top-level players will face the local legends, BC Tallinna Kalev, for one final battle. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi