The New Year usually kicks off with Bach’s music. Spring brings popular music festivals like Tallinn Music Week, Estonian Music Days, and Jazzkaar. Summer is the time for themed festivals such as Tallinn Old Town Days, Tallinn Medieval Days and Tallinn Maritime Days.
Our warmest season ends with the Birgitta Festival. For a few August nights, the imposing ruins of the Pirita monastery are turned into a modern amphitheatre where various genres of musical theatre are performed.
Then there are also international-level sporting events where everyone is welcome to test their stamina and see how they do compared to fellow participants. While winter coincides with the festival of extreme sports, that is Simple Session, it's autumn that really tests your stamina, with the Tallinn Marathon and various surrounding runs highlighting the city’s sights.
Autumn is also time for harvesting, with various market days and community events taking place such as Bread Day at the Estonian Open Air Museum, and the Uue Maailma community fair. The list of best restaurants is announced just before the end of the year, and Tallinn Restaurant Week brings all the seasonal flavours together for everyone to enjoy. Autumn ends in November with the Estonia’s largest handicraft fair – St. Martin’s Day – and with the popular Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF).
Around 10 new productions are staged annually at the Estonian National Opera. In the Estonia Concert Hall, right next to the opera house, music plays almost every night, making it one of the hotspots of local music life.
The most eagerly-awaited event in Tallinn is without the doubt the magical Christmas Market on the cobbled Town Hall Square. With the first snowflakes falling, this is where time stops, and there is room for reflection.
When planning your trip, take a look at our Events' Calendar - there's bound to be one you would love to be part of.